How can I install GPS using an external antenna on Linux Mint?

David McMullen January 17, 2013
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Can you guide me to a good tutorial that will help me install GPS (using an external GPS antenna) on my Linux laptop? Compaq 2000 with Linux Mint 13.

So far, I just get an error when I try to activate GPSD, that says that GPSD can’t… that maybe there is already an instance of GPSD running. I’m stuck. I’ve never used GPS.

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  1. ha14
    January 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    perhaps to install gpsd and gpsd-clients
    http://www.catb.org/gpsd/
    http://gpsd.berlios.de/troubleshooting.html
    plug gps and run lsusb, GPS appearing as a serial port. /var/log/syslog you will also notice it will have created the port as /dev/ttyUSB0 (or another USB)
    then run
    sudo apt-get install gpsd gpsd-clients
    sudo gpsd /dev/ttyUSB0 -F /var/run/gpsd.sock

    GPS dongle, gpsd, and Ubuntu 11.10
    http://cheesehead-techblog.blogspot.fr/2011/11/gps-dongle-gpsd-and-ubuntu-1110.html

    apt-get install gpsdrive
    http://www.gpsdrive.de/development/Zaurus/debian.shtml
    http://gpsdrive.1045374.n5.nabble.com/gpsdrive-Easy-way-to-install-gpsdrive-2-12pre-on-Ubuntu-td3382881.html

    Review: Four GPS Software Packages for Linux
    http://www.fsckin.com/2008/04/06/review-four-linux-gps-packages/

  2. Erlis Dhima
    January 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Probably when you buy a GPS reciever, the cd with the setup, might have the setup for linux too (ususally they have a official web page too)
    After installing the setup, it should have a program to use the GPS options..
    I don't know how I might help you better, but it would be better if you told me the name and version of your GPS reciever..
    You can also try reading on this pages, since they might help you:
    http://www.gps2003.com/install-gps-navigator-to-laptop-netbook-pc.html
    http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1019059.html

  3. Rob Hindle
    January 17, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    When you say "using an external GPS ANTENNA" do you mean "using an external GPS RECEIVER" - as far as I'm aware the laptop itself is unlikely to have GPS receiver on-board.

    Apart from that, the best place to look for help getting GPSD running will be the troubleshooting guide http://catb.org/gpsd/troubleshooting.html