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Comp does not "see" that the GPS reciever attached.

This is a very old product from Sony for their laptop. My father gave me his old laptop with this product. He used it trouble free for years, but I can not get it to "see" that the GPS is attached. When I start the program it tells me that in order to use the GPS positioning feature the GPS receiver must be attached....augh it is attached. I have tried attaching one part first(2 wires), then the other part first, then both before the comp is turned on, then after, ect. Do I need to reconfigure something trickey in the comp settings?

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  • sheafmom May 22, 2009

    The GPS is a Skymap GPS Reciever Model # ET-GPS20 using Skymap 2000 software on a Sony Laptop G29R2.0.0.430/ENU x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 320.0MB RAM with Windows 98 second addition. Thank you for any help you can provide.

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    efs_perpends May 11, 2010

    You're more likely to get a valid answer if you let us know both make and model number for the product you're attempting to connect, as well as the model of the computer you're using to connect to.



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Here , here and revised here are a couple of relevant and possibly informative links.
Here's a users guide and software cds on craig's list.
I don't know if the user's guide is still available, but it seems like it would be helpful.
Otherwise, it seems to me you need to go into device manager or whatever win98 had that was like one, somewhere in control panel perhaps and look at the hardware configuration and sort it out.
Here's a relevant link that may shed some light.
Interesting historical note about etak here.
From a June 8, 1997 newspaper article: The SkyMap (Etak, 888-2-SKYMAP,,
I'm afraid I'm not being very helpful, but it was fascinating trying to discover exactly what kind of hardware you have there, and how it would have to integrate into windows. I must admit I've never seen a receiver like that, but your best bet may be to buy the users guide....
Best of luck!

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

Posted on May 22, 2009


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