I've just bought the latest Qstarz BT-Q818X which I believe is an update/improvement over the older BT-Q818 eXtreme. The small manual that came with the device is not very good in that it's not that thorough and is confusing in parts. It is not entirely clear whether you need to download the QstarzGpsView software to set the device into 5Hz mode now that there is an external switch. Does anyone know if it is simply a case that when I switch the GPS on, I move the switch to the 5Hz setting and it will record at 5Hz, therefore no need to worry about the software?
You can confirm it is in 5 Hz mode after starting a session by going to "Traveled route" and browsing the plots. If the time stamp in the lower part of the screen increments in steps of 0.2 second, you're in 5 Hz mode.
The instructions that come with the software are fairly straightforward and it worked first time for me.
ps. AOL crackin bit of software used it the first time this Tuesday at Snetterton (UK) and was very impressed with the results..
I also downloaded the QstarzGpsView software and following the instructions in the downloaded manual I connected the unit, switched on, ran the software and nothing happened! Went to Device Manager, Ports (COM & LPT) as per the manual and the GPS wasn't shown. Though not mentioned in the manual, I had to eventually download and install the USB Driver from Qstarz before my PC recognised the GPS. I could then see the GPS in Ports in the Device Manager, set the baud rate to 115,200 (in Properties). I then set the correct COM port in the Qstarz software, clicked the 'On' button and it worked perfectly!
The full manual still doesn't make it clear what the new 5Hz setting does on the OFF/NAV/5HZ switch because it still states you have to set 5Hz update from the software? Why have a 5Hz option on the switch if you need to use the software to activate 5Hz? I don't get it. Now I've activated the 5Hz update in the software does that mean when I switch the unit to NAV, it will update at 5Hz or 1Hz or do you still have to move the switch to 5Hz?! I'm sure Ill find out when I start using it.
Also, what on the earth is G-Mouse? The manual doesn't explain, it just states "wired G-Mouse function" in the Overview and later it states that you need to download the Driver and connect via USB.
Despite the less than clear manual I am really pleased with the device as it seems to get a fix very quickly. If the weather holds today, I'll try and test it with the Racechrono on my N95 8GB and see what happens.
It is a little confusing from the beginning but as Aol said its just another way of connecting the Gps Reciever..