HGIS Hardware

Windows Mobile
Ruggedized Handhelds running Windows Mobile 6.x are recommended for the forseeable future.
Windows Mobile 6.x is the end of the Windows Mobile Operating System.
 
Microsoft Marketing
(Advertising Name)
 
Recommend
Microsoft Operating System
(Settings...System...About...)
Supported
?
Windows Mobile
 6.5x  - 6.6x
(Touchscreen)
Release Oct 2009
 

YES
 
5.2
(runs HGIS V9.5x today)
 
HGISV10
V9.5x
"Windows Mobile 6.1"
Release May 2009
YES 5.2
HGIS V10
HGIS V9
 "Windows Mobile 6"
Release February 2007
No
5.2
HGIS V10
HGIS V9

Other Handheld Computers / Smartphones
Windows Phone OS No NOT Windows Mobile No
iPad / Android OS
No
NOT Windows Mobile No
 Windows Mobile 5.0
Release May 2005
 No
(6 years old)
 5.1
WAS Windows Mobile
HGIS V9
HGIS V8
Pre-Windows Mobile
Macallan / Pocket PC /...
 
No
  Older than 5.1
NOT Windows Mobile
 
No
*Start...Settings...System...About... to see Microsoft Marketing Name and OS Version.

Tablet / Netbook / Laptop Computers
May show message after you run HGIS first time "This program may not have installed correctly."
 Select option "It installed correctly." (We will address this message in the future.)
 
Windows
Recommended
Support:
 
Windows 7/8

 
Yes
HGIS V10
HGIS V9

 
Vista

NO
Recommend upgrade to Windows 7.
 HGIS
V9
 
XP
 Yes
Consider replacing with Windows 7.
HGIS
V9 / V8
 Older... No



The method you use to connect your GPS to your computer is very important.


GPS and  SENSORS options.
NOTES:
Recommend?
Built-in
GPS
Internal GPS
(SIRF Star III or newer)
Accuracy 30 feet (10 meter) in vehicle.
because of poor GPS view of the sky.
YES
USB
GPS
GlobalSat BU-353
(uses Prolific Driver,
but fixed some problems)
Place GPS antenna on roof for 12 foot accuracy.
Random COM Port Assignment.
  Use "Find and Start GPS" in HGIS.

YES
USB -
Serial
EdgePort USB - Serial Adapters
(1 - 16 Port Modules, up to 96 ports)
www.amazon.com
http://www.bb-elec.com
Best option for Serial GPS or Sensors.
Does Not change COM Port at random.
Does Not have "Psycho-Mouse" problem.
(Your mouse never jumps wildly.)

YES
USB -
Serial
GPS City USB-Serial Adapter
http://www.gpscity.com

May change COM Port at random.
Use "Find and Start GPS" in HGIS.
Psycho-Mouse (Plug-in GPS after port is open in HGIS).

NO
USB -
Serial
"Prolific" USB - Serial Adapter
Sold under many brand names.
Start GPS displays "Prolific USB"

Comes with driver that may freeze your computer.
Download (Prolific v3.4.25.218 or newer driver)
http://www.prolific.com.tw/eng/downloads.asp?ID=31
Problems: Random COM Port and Psycho-Mouse.

NO
USB -
Serial
"Silicon Labs" MWE814
USB - 4 Serial Ports
No soldering needed for RS232 Sensors (screw terminal).
Random COM Port Assignment (always use same USB Port)
Psycho-Mouse (Plug-in Sensors after port is open in HGIS.)
NO
USB
GPS
Garmin Brand USB GPS
(Not Supported)
Garmin USB GPS Not Supported.
(Driver issues for Garmin USB GPS drivers only.)
NO
 
USB-
Bluetooth
USB-Bluetooth Radio (BlueRadios)
(US$25) www.digikey.com
(Use with GlobalSat GPS below.)
The best Bluetooth Radio we have found.
No Psycho-Mouse, always same COM Port Assignment.
(All Bluetooth hardware is a little quirky at startup sometimes.)
YES
Bluetooth
GPS
Bluetooth GPS (GlobalSat)
  (SIRF Star III or newer)
On the rooftop with clear view of sky < 4 meters.
On the dashboard  < 9 meters.
YES
Bluetooth
Built-in Bluetooth
Depends on Laptop manufacturer (Name brand probably OK).
YES

 



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