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POI Observer on Sony Nav-U50/70: full instructions
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Dippy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you need to make sure that hidden folders are viewable. Go to the menus at the top of the explorer window and choose Tools - Folder Options. Then click the tab marked View and make sure that "Show Hidden Files and Folders" is selected.

That help?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers mate will try it laters thx
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I have just completed the installation, but although I got Yellowbells after checking the POI Observer in the setup, when I try at the finish all I get is a red bell.

Any ideas before I re-install completely??

Software Version is 1.06

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like prefs.ini to me - it's not seeing the gps strings, so make sure that step is sound?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:26 pm    Post subject: Hello.... Reply with quote

Regards from Spain. Im glad to share this site with you.
I need a small help:

Someone might copy the content of the file "prefs.ini"?
Ive erased it accidentally and haven't safety copy of the same one.

Thank you very much for your help !!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch.

But it's part of the system software, so quickest would be to just reinstall that from the CD/DVD you got with the unit and then start again I would think.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Thanks for the post and I have got the speed cameras loaded and all is ok for about 10 minutes and then the whole system locks up.

All I have is a blank screen that does not react to the top hybernate switch only the hard off switch on the bottom, with all the grief this leads to.

Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a thought. if anyone is interested, the antenna connection on the sony is a Hirose MS-147-c(lp)-1.

So now you can re-teminate one of the other SatNav active antennae from e-bay and improve reception.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: POI Observer on Sony Nav-U50/70: full instructions Reply with quote

[quote="Dippy"]First, I'm sorry for the this HUGE post. It's necessary to explain fully what you have to do. It took me three days on and off to get it clear in my head and make it happen, but I'm a GPS/speed camera database novice, and have never worked with Windows CE or POI Observer before.



Hi Dippy.

Firstly Well done.

I have a Sony U-50. I have followed your instructions to the letter and I am sure I am very close.

However I have 1 remaining problem! When I launch nav_u2.exe everything appears to be fine except I hav no GPS icon. If I press where it normally resides I get a message that a GPS device is not connected and that I should check connections and hardware.

The GPS section of Prefs.iniis as follows:

[gps]
comport = 0
receiver = 2
baudrate = 9600
receiver_status = 1
ExtTmcPort = 7

I have set nothing else.

Both virtual comm and observer appear to work correctly I get a yellow bell followed by a green bell when satalites are in view.

Hope you can help.

Many thanks.

Best regards.
Stuart
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Dippy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tricky!

First thought is:

Are you CERTAIN you are looking at the prefs.ini on the sony, not a copy on your pc?

Then, are you CERTAIN you've used the virtcom manager to set the virtual comport to 0 and source port to 5?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Missing GPS Icon Reply with quote

Hi Dippy.

I have checked and double checked. I have removed all changes and reinstalled the sont application.

I will have another go this evening.

Once again.

Many thanks.
Best regards.
stuart
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:42 pm    Post subject: Help Reply with quote

I got up to the bit

Quote:
Launch POI Observer. It will complain that it can't find wav/bmp files nor a poi database - ignore all that and proceed anyway

Make sure the button in the second row says "Virtcom", not "Standalone". Press Activate. Press Minimize.


When I open POI Observer it's already activated and so I clicked De-activate and then changed "Standalone" to "Virtcom" and then clicked Activate. I then received the following error message:

Quote:
OpenCommDevice: Failed to Open " Error No 123:


Can anyone help?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one of those irritating things that could probably be sussed if I could just see it! But doing it virtually is hard. I'm not sure I can make many sensible suggestions.

How old is the unit? If it's very new then is there a chance it has later software on it and they've moved the GPS away from port 5? Mine was up to 1.05 from memory.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dippy wrote:
This is one of those irritating things that could probably be sussed if I could just see it! But doing it virtually is hard. I'm not sure I can make many sensible suggestions.

How old is the unit? If it's very new then is there a chance it has later software on it and they've moved the GPS away from port 5? Mine was up to 1.05 from memory.

Thanks for the response

It is a quite a new unit it is version 1.06. When I chose Port 5 it said GPS Receiver next to it, so doesn't that mean it is still in port 5.

For the time being I've just switched back Nav-U2.exe to Nav-u.exe so that i'm back using the Sony software temporarily.

If you have any ideas, can you let me know?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only thing I can suggest is to have a look at the gpspassion forums, where POI Observer might be supported. Looks like the error is coming from that software.

You are using the New Generation virtcomm manager, not the old one? (The one called something like virtcomng.dll)
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