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    FLAC sama's Avatar
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    TomTom How To (PocketPC Emulator)

    For more support, see The TomTom Guide


    I just downloaded and tried the the new pocketpc emulator from Microsoft. HOLY COW!!! TomTom runs smooth as a **** from a duck's ***. I'm guessing you still need a semi beefy machine to run it, but hey, try it anyway

    1. Download and Install the emulator and image files

    download efp.msi.

    get Device Emulator 2.0.

    install them both in their default directories.

    go to start menu -> device emulator -> Register Device Emulator

    2. Setup the environment

    Create a directory C:\Storage Card

    The first time you start the emulator, use the following command line switch.

    Right click somewhere, create a shortcut and paste this into it:

    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Device Emulator 2.0 Preview\DeviceEmulator.exe" "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 MSFP Emulator Images\pocketpc.nb0" /s "C:\pocketpc.dess" /p /sharedfolder "C:\Storage Card" /vmname TomTom /video 640x480x16 /memsize 256 /u1 com1

    call the shortcut it "Initialise Device Emulator".

    you can play with the resolution and memsize to get better performance. Also, you need to set /u1 to the com port that your GPS is plugged into.

    double click this new shorcut and be patient (up to 1min to init). This should start a pocketpc emulator for the first time. First thing is first, set the routed network adaptor to connect to the internet (not work). This should get the traffic service working (not tried it yet).

    Configure anything you'd like to configure on the virtual ppc, then close it and save the state when it asks you to.

    Now there should be a state file called c:\pocketpc.dess. Starting the emulator with this state file will restore the last position you left off. It's basically an image, so make a copy of it and call is something like basepoint.dess. That way, if you mess up, you can just delete your pocketpc.dess file and copy the basepoint.dess to pocketpc.dess and you'll be back to new again.

    To run an image directly, use the following command (again, paste it into a shortcut and call it TomTom this time)

    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Device Emulator 2.0 Preview\DeviceEmulator.exe" /s "C:\pocketpc.dess" /nosecurityprompt

    Test this and you should end up where you were last time.

    3. Install TomTom

    There are two ways to install TomTom. If you haven't already got TomTom installed on a pocketpc, then use step 3a, otherwise if you have TomTom installed somewhere you can access use 3b.

    3a. Use Active Sync to install TOMTom

    I'm doing this from memory so may not be 100% accurate. any questions, just ask.

    install Activesync. goto connections settings and enable "allow connections to one of the following:" and select DMA from the list.

    run the TomTom shortcut and go to start->programs->active sync. click on Menu, then select "connections". Make sure DMA Default is selected. click ok.

    Now start theDevice Emulator Manager (from the start menu) and click on refresh, you should see "TomTom" running. right click it and select cradle. Cancel the sync wizard (unless you want to sync your contacts so you can navigate to them).

    When they are connected, you should be able to use the tomtom cd to install it. I would recommend that after you do this, you take the steps below in 3b in case you need to do it again.

    3b. Use an existing TomTom installation

    This is my preffered method as once it's done, you can hard reset the device emulator and still restore. There's no reason why you can't install it the first time using the method above, then take these steps so that you dont' have to do active sync installations every time you hard reset. you'll see what I mean as you read.

    Copy the Great-Britain-Map (or other country) to c:\Storage Card\Great-Britain-Map and copy the Navigator directory to the c:\Storage card\Naigator folder.

    You'll also need to copy the TomTom directory from the device's "My Documents" folder to the StorageCard directory. This contains a file named currentmap.dat

    So now you should end up with this directory structure in the StorageCard directory

    - StorageCard
    - - TomTom
    - - - currentmap.dat
    - - Navigator
    - - - data05.chk (number may be different depending on voice selected)
    - - - data.chk
    - - - navigator.cfg
    - - - TomTom Navigator.exe
    - - Great-Britain-Map
    - - - cline.dat
    - - - cnode.dat
    - - - cname.dat
    - - - ...a whole load more files...

    open the curretmap.dat in notepad and make sure the line reads "! \Storage Card\Great-Britain-Map\ ". if it doens't, change it so it does but make sure you don't mess with the whitespaces before and after the string.

    delete the navigator.cfg file

    next, start the emulator and use file explorer to copy the TomTom directory from the storage card folder, to \My Device\My Documents\TomTom

    create an empty directory called \My Device\TomTom

    now, go to \Storage Card\Navigator and make sure you can see TomTom Navigator.exe

    you may want to save the state at this stage by closing the emulator. Make a copy of the c:\pocketpc.dess file so you can restore to that point if anything goes wrong.

    start the TomTom shortcut again and click on TomTom Navigator. Be patient, it takes about 10-30 seconds to start

    if you did everthing correctly, you should now see tomtom asking you a load of config questions. go through them all. If the orientation is the wrong way up, dont' worry, you can fix this later.

    click on the tomtom screen once you see the map, and click on configure. click next page, until you see GPS status. click on configure then select the port serial 1. check that you are receiveing a GPS signal. (a small disc should be spinning, this shows an active data stream, and after a while you should see a position lock).

    I would now close and save the state, and back it up.

    from this moment on, whenever you launch the TomTom shortcut, it should take you directly into a running TomTom.

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    FLAC djmickyg's Avatar
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    nice write up.
    im triing this asap

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    MySQL Error Scouse Monkey's Avatar
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    what PC specs did you use?

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    by the way, this is skinnable. The device emulator takes xml definitions of skins, you can see some of the default ones when you install the rom images

    I would work on an installer script, but it would be illegal to host the tomtom software and maps somewhere. In fact, I've just had an idea that instead of using a storage card, everything can be installed on pocketpc.flash file, which can be all zipped up with the pocketpc.dess image. I'll work on that later and then if only this zip file could be hosted somewhere. But that's illegal right?

    Scouse, I used a P4 2.8GHz 1GB RAM. This emulator is much less hungry on resoruces than version 1.0. I've set the task to lowest priority (ctrl-shift-escape, right click, priority, lowest) and it's running fine along with Eclipse (a power hungry java IDE) and also running various servers like weblogic, messaging servers and so on.

    It will be intersting to see what specs it can run on in a usable state.

    Also, there a few more tricks to tweak later. there are some CPU options that are passed to the emulator that I haven't messed with, and there are also other images that may work better (like smartphone isntead of pocketpc).

    all this will require more messing around on a need to do basis

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    There are quite a lot of options on these emulators... if I get time I'll find the origonal threads discussing this started by Stevieg...


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    Quote Originally Posted by sama
    Thats the one...


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    Variable Bitrate proph's Avatar
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    Cant wait to check it out later

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    Low Bitrate bLindmOnkey's Avatar
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    smooth as **** from a ducks *** huh..i'll have to see how smooth it runs on my lifebook with a 800mhz transmeta crusoe heh. that's quite a step down from 2.8ghz but if it works oh man this would make my day.

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    I see! I would recommend you use 320x240x16 and a memory of either 64 or 128.

    here's a batchfile that you can parameterize (rename to setup.bat). usage is:

    setup "C:\Program Files\TomTom" 640x480x16 COM1 128
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