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    What GPS unit is everyone using in Linux?

    What GPS unit is everyone using in Linux?

    I have recently purchased a Holux gr-231 and am fighting with it, I was wondering what everyone else is using and what sort of sucess you are having with Linux.
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    Garmin GPS15H. First unit was DOA, I RMAd it and I'm waiting for it to come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Change
    Garmin GPS15H. First unit was DOA, I RMAd it and I'm waiting for it to come back.
    What modules are you loading for the GPS device to work? usbserial?
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    I have a Holux-GM210; I got it off E-bay from gps4evyone. I have had it running with GPSDrive on Slackware 10.1. According to dmesg it is a prolific pl2303 usb-to-serial adapter on /dev/ttyUSB01. All I had to do was include the pl2303 driver in the kernel (as a module). I am planning on spending some time this weekend getting it and iGuidance 2.1 running on my laptop (Ubuntu 5.10).
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    Quote Originally Posted by aultl
    I have a Holux-GM210; I got it off E-bay from gps4evyone. I have had it running with GPSDrive on Slackware 10.1. According to dmesg it is a prolific pl2303 usb-to-serial adapter on /dev/ttyUSB01. All I had to do was include the pl2303 driver in the kernel (as a module). I am planning on spending some time this weekend getting it and iGuidance 2.1 running on my laptop (Ubuntu 5.10).
    Interesting, the same driver is used for the 231. I am getting weird usb errors with mine (error device does not accept ID [number] error: -71). -71 is a protocol error. I haven't spent much time on the GPS unit as I am still trying get the touchscreen working. Let me know how it goes for you, I may pick one of the 210s up if I get tired of fighting with the 231.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkg
    I am getting weird usb errors with mine (error device does not accept ID [number] error: -71). -71 is a protocol error.
    Are you using gpsd to communicate with your GPS?
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    Yeah I have gpsd installed, but the problem seems to be at a lower level. The GPS isnt getting a usb ID # and is not showing up in the /proc file system. I will get some more info on this.
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    Ha! You said unit!

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    Im using a cypress based USB > Serial adapter with a Garmin GPS 12.
    read the Documentation for your kernel in /usr/src/Documentation/usb/usb-serial.txt

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkg
    What modules are you loading for the GPS device to work? usbserial?
    Nope, no modules necessary. It spits out RS-232, I plug it straight into one of my car PC's serial ports.

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