Some newly released VAIO models – like the P Series – include an embedded GPS chip.When using software like Microsoft® Streets and Trips it works just like other GPS systems you might find in your car.Because I can understand how setting up this feature might be confusing at times, I wanted to make sure you all knew how to do it.
This quick tip will walk you through the process of configuring your GPS chip so you can take full advantage of all its features.
1. Ensure the GPS Module is On
Before taking advantage of features like turn-by-turn directions within the Microsoft Street & Trips software, you must ensure that the GPS module is on and that it has acquired a signal.
a. Click the Start button and then All Programs
b. Within the All Programs menu, select SmartWi Connection Utility folder and then click the SmartWi Connection Utility program
c. Within the SmartWi Connection Utility window, in the GPS section, click Turn On
NOTE: To turn on the GPS module, the Verizon WWAN module must also be turned on but does not have to be connected to the Verizon service. If the option to turn
on the GPS module is grayed out, please repeat the steps above but within the Wireless WAN category of the SmartWi Connection Utility window (located directly above the GPS category).
2. Using the GPS Module
After ensuring that the GPS module is on you can either click Launch Navigation Software or launch Microsoft® Streets and Trips 2009 from the Start menu.
Note: If this is the first time the Microsoft® Streets and Trips 2009 software has been opened, you must complete the activation process.
a. In the Microsoft® Streets and Trips window, click the GPS Task button
b. Click the Start / Stop GPS Tracking button
c. In the Routing textbox, type your destination address and then click the Go button
Note: For more information about these and other features of Microsoft® Streets and Trips 2009, consult the Help files within the software.
For more information on this quick tip, please read the eSupport article.