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TomTom GO 520 Login Script Bug!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Well, everyone else has got one, and I thought it was about time, I got a real TomTom. I’ve been using my phone for a while with a bluetooth GPS and TT, and after the mobile speed camera incident, I thought it was about time I upgraded to the latest maps, speed camera database from the guys over at Pocket GPS World (probably the best speed camera database in the World!), and live traffic services. (not forgetting bluetooth handsfree for the mobile phone – want to be legal now, don’t we PC Copper!).

The TomTom GO 520 is not the latest offering by TomTom, but you still get the latest “Map Guarantee” within 30 days of purchase, and I think they are a bargain at £127, from CPC Farnell. Elsewhere on the Internet will have you paying £160 – £199 notes! Purchase soon, the offer will not last long, as I believe these have now been discontinued by TomTom.

Tom Tom 520 SatNav with Live Traffic via GPRS (mobile phone)

TomTom GO 520 SatNav with Live Traffic via GPRS (mobile phone)

I’m using the Tom Tom with Live Traffic via Bluetooth mobile phone using GPRS, rather than the RDS antenna, which is another cable in the car. But the reason for this blog post is I’ve found a little bug, which on occasion, the Tom Tom loses the “dial-up” string to “dial the GPRS” connection. In the picture above, you can see there is an incident 10 miles away, with a delay of 1 minutes due to car breakdown.

So if your Live Traffic function no longer operates on your Tom Tom, and when setting up ther service manually, it prompts for login script, which should be automatically entered, this is what you need to enter.

The login script is constructed: at+cgdcont=1,”ip”,”Access point name”,””,0,0

e.g., Orange becomes: at+cgdcont=1,”ip”,”orangeinternet”,””,0,0

This is for GPRS!

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Geocaching expedition today

Monday, August 31st, 2009

With my trusty GPS in hand, we went on our first Geocaching expedition today, not far a round trip from door to door of around 5 miles, and stopped at the pub the Fleece Inn in Bishop Wilton on route for an orange juice and a packet of cheesy moments!

What is Geocaching? Well basically, you goto, register for free membership, find a Geocache location, enter the co-ordinates into your GPS, to help you find the geocache location. When you find the location, remove an item from the cache, and put something in its place and sign the log book. (make walking a little more interesting!)

This is the item we decided to take from the cache today. It’s a trackeable item, so it can be tracked on the Internet, so far it’s travelled 617 miles from France! We will deposit it at our next cache. (Lindsey decided!)

geocache item

geocache item

Everything didn’t quite go as planned, Lindsey got stung by a wasp, as we passed an angry wasps nest on the footpath, in an old post hole, shortly after we meet another walker that warned of us another wasps nest in a post hole, 200 yards further North, and the treeline obscured the GPS signal near the cache location, and we walked past it, by 250 yards, so I had to walk out in the field, for the GPS to acquire a new fix, I found it eventually.

and they weren’t severing food in the pub!

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