I have a Navilock NL-454US USB GPS which I’ve been trying to connect to my Eee which is running Kubuntu Netbook Edition.
To get it working, I’ve used help from a few sources (here):
HOWTO get it working:
Install the GPS driver and testing program (xgps):
sudo aptitude install gpsd gpsd-clients
Plug in the USB GPS. Find it’s location on the system:
dmesg | grep tty ... [xxx.xxx] usb 6-1: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB0
When you plug in the USB, it starts GPSd, but not correctly. We have to stop the process and start it again. To stop:
sudo kill -SIGINT `pgrep gpsd`
Attempt to start GPSd, try in debugging mode to ensure it is working:
gpsd -n -N -D3 /dev/ttyUSB0 gpsd: launching (Version 2.39) gpsd: listening on port gpsd gpsd: Unable to start ntpshm. gpsd must run as root. gpsd: successfully connected to the DBUS system bus gpsd: running with effective group ID 1000 gpsd: running with effective user ID 1000 gpsd: opening GPS data source at '/dev/ttyUSB0' gpsd: speed 57600, 8N1 gpsd: Navcom: sent command 0x1c (Test Support Block) gpsd: Navcom: sent command 0x20 (Data Request) - data block id = ae at rate 00 gpsd: Navcom: sent command 0x20 (Data Request) - data block id = 86 at rate 0a gpsd: garmin_gps Linux USB module not active. gpsd: no probe matched... gpsd: gpsd_activate(1): opened GPS (5) [pauses ~20s] gpsd: speed 4800, 8N1 gpsd: Navcom: sent command 0x1c (Test Support Block) gpsd: Navcom: sent command 0x20 (Data Request) - data block id = ae at rate 00 gpsd: Navcom: sent command 0x20 (Data Request) - data block id = 86 at rate 0a [pauses for ~20s]
This last section repeats four times, testing different speeds, each time pausing for 20s. It then starts cycling through as a server. Or, instead of a 20s pause it does not continue beyond this line and hangs*.
When I Ctrl+C to stop gpsd then reissue the command to start it, sometimes it does not come back again (stopping at * above), and sometimes it does. I cannot see any pattern to when it does or does not work, so I guess it’s something out of my control. To get it to restart, I kill the server, replug the USB, and continue from the kill above.
If it is working, run
xgps to view the GPS and satellite data.
Now that I know it takes around 80s for the server to start, I can start it in non-debug mode and use xgps to ensure the server is running. Ctrl+C in the debugging window if it is running. Run the simple command:
xgps and wait (around 80s in my case) for the satellites to display. If they don’t, either start from kill above, or replug the USB and