I have a Tablet (Darebook with Windows 10) on which I installed QGIS (v. 2.8)  So I tried to do the "live GPS tracking" with internal GPS (Sierra wireless sensor).

Next, from the menu of QGIS I went to "GPS information" and I clicked on the "Autodiscover" but I always get the message "unable to connect to the GPS." So I tried with the other options: internal, serial device, gpsd, but always the same message.

What am I doing wrong? What steps do I need to be able to do live tracking?

  • Welcome to GIS.SE. Is there any particular reason you chose an old QGis-version?
    – Erik
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 10:29
  • No I have not, but I know this version guit well.
    – Johan
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 15:37

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Your best bet here is to run the latest 3.4 release as that includes an update to Qt (from 4 to 5) which has much better support for built-in GPS in Windows. The GPS support in Qt5 can now access the Windows Location Services which allows for access to built-in GPS sensors.

Access to sensor data like that isn't supported in any < 3.0 release. The workaround is to run something to expose the Windows Location Service data to a COM port, which has worked in the past, but a update to 3.4 will be easier IMO.

  • Everything works now well, thanks for the help!
    – Johan
    Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 19:17

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