1. markf's Avatar
    Earlier I posted that I was contemplating getting a BT GPS receiver and how it would work or not with a BT Headset. I posted this on this forum and the Bluetooth forum, but got only a couple of responses none very definitive, so I took the plunge. The other day I received a Holux M-1200 BT GPS receiver, about the size of a disposable lighter. I tried it with the BB maps, Google maps, Live Search maps and AmazeGPS. The latter 2 only worked once each, both said that they were receiving no satellite info, even though BB and Google maps were working albeit briefly. Google maps would work briefly then you notice that it goes back to cell tower triangulation, when I tried to restart the GPS the phone would reboot killing everything. BB maps would work and then I would notice that it also stopped working. I would again try to restart the GPS, but it would be stuck saying reconnecting to GPS for the longest time. All this before I even turned on the Headset BT. Sometimes the phone froze and I had to do a battery pull. When I turned on the Headset all would be fine until I tried to make a call, then I would lose the GPS function or I would hear nothing through my headset only directly through the phone even though the headset seemed to turn on okay. The same if I received a call. To turn the GPS back on I would turn the BT off via the BT icon on the apps screen and then back on. Once I had to turn the phone off and then back on to get things working. Personally I have found this very frustrating. It seems that 2 BT's co-existing at the same time and working properly is VERY unreliable. IMO if you really need a GPS unit, get a phone with the GPS built-in or purchase a dashboard GPS. My wife uses a Tom-Tom and it starts within a few seconds of turning on with no glithches. Fortunately I do not really need a GPS unit, but got this as a nice add-on to my 8100 Pearl (OS 4.2). I do not see using this too often since, using 2 BT devices at the same time is gimmicky. If anyone has any suggestions to get both devices to work together I would appreciate it. Thanks!
    09-17-08 09:18 PM
  2. oakie's Avatar
    my bb works just fine with a gps puck and headset at the same time.

    sounds more like you bought a crappy quality puck considering you had problems with it even before you tried to connect to a headset.
    09-18-08 09:46 AM
  3. markf's Avatar
    WOW! What a great response. So freakin' helpful. A useful answer would have been to my 1st post with the type of gps puck and headset that you use, not you bought crap and you're an idi*t. Maybe too much Las Vegas sun and heat or being in a casino all day and night has affected your thought processes. Hopefully I will get some intelligent responses. Thanks.
    Last edited by markf; 09-20-08 at 01:06 AM.
    09-18-08 12:05 PM
  4. jdubau55's Avatar
    Wow...good luck getting any help now. An established user just merely gave his opinion on the matter. Maybe you should run a search and look to see what other users have reported on this issue and the fixes for it. I am sure the info is there. You are not a special case I can be sure.
    09-19-08 01:20 PM
  5. markf's Avatar
    A legitimate "established user" would have told me what combination of gps puck and headset he uses that works and then might have had some suggestions to possibly fix the problem or said that maybe someone else can suggest some fixes. Not you bought a crappy product and had a stupid question as his last line says. I never actually asked a question. I got a couple of nice replies to my first post (several spots below this one), but nothing useful to this one. Of course I did a search on this forum prior to posting my query. I found nothing definitive here or on Blackberry's own forum. After making this post I came across BlackberryForums.com site and searched their site. I did find others that have similar problems, but no real answers. I got LiveSearch Maps to finally work after I rooted around the application and found that LiveSearch is apparently set up to look for a built-in gps unit by default and not an external gps receiver. Once I switched it to the Holux M-1200 things now work. but not quite 100% of the time. It will stop tracking after awhile and when I switch to Google or BB maps I can get them to start tracking, but when I go back to LiveSearch it is still stalled. I found that if I stop the gps tracking and then start it back up, I'm back in business. So far BB maps seems to be the most reliable. AmazeGPS has worked a couple of times, but takes awhile to get started and display any streets. Zooming is also slow, perhaps because of all the data that comes over. Any other useful suggestions/information would be appreciated. Thanks.
    09-20-08 01:00 AM
  6. markf's Avatar
    Hey I see that I've been promoted to user from newbie!!
    09-20-08 01:05 AM
  7. MangoGT's Avatar
    Did you set your phone to use a bluetooth GPS?
    09-22-08 12:31 PM
  8. markf's Avatar
    Yes I did, my phone displays 2 BT items paired (headset & puck). The issue seems to be that the phone won't maintain the BT connection all the time to the puck. I see in another recent post that others have trouble maintaining gps function.
    09-23-08 01:12 AM