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Old 06-01-2011, 09:57   #1
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HP NR3610 GPS Device in Linux

I recently acquired an ix260, branded as a HP rugged 3610, nice hardened notebook with integrated touchscreen and GPS. I cannot find the GPS device nor find linux support for it, I know the hardware exists in the machine as I took the screen apart to confirm it, hardinfo does show one unknown USB device but I cant figure out if that is the touch screen of the GPS. has anyone else had any experience with this machine?

For $150 (after shipping) I am very happy to have this machine.

Before the peanut gallery starts recommending that I downgrade to Windows I will stop that discussion now, I've been using linux exclusively for several years and after my experiences in tech support will never go back to pay-to-play software
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:18   #2
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In my experience GPS is always a serial port. If it is a USB device it uses a serial adapter for a driver and will show up as a serial port in your devices in keeping with the NMEA protocol. Sorry, no experience with your particular hardware though.
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Update for anyone in the future that has the same problem

the gps device is located at /dev/ttyS3 the kernel module is garmin_gps.ko

When I installed Debian it automagicly detected the device and installed the modules, I installed gpsd, xgps and gpsbable. I got it to show me lat/long output via xgps, fired up opencpn, under tools>gps selected GPDS and pointed it to 127.0.0.1:2947 (default) and VIOLA! my boat icon moved to my current location, the icon on the top right of the screen showed green bars.... Sweeeet.... I have a great piece of equipment to navigate with for $150, less than my handheld GPS cost.
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Nice. debian is my favorite distro (disclaimer: I used to work for Progeny Linux).
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