Provides Technical Information of GPS Receivers & Data Logger

21 Oct 19 Why my Columbus P-1 professional logger turns off itself right away?

When booting, Columbus P-1 professional logger will check if the the MicroSD memory card is installed. If not, it shuts down itself right away.
Please insert a MicroSD memory card before turning on the P-1 logger.

13 Jun 19 Script error on TimeAlbum Lite of Columbus GPS logger

It’s not available for Google Map in TimeAlbum Lite since Google has changed the API service.
Please turn to TimeAlbum Pro for a better Google Map view for your tracks.
Step 1. Export your track as KML file via TimeAlbum Lite.
Step 2. Open it in TimeAlbum Pro.

TimeAlbum Pro download link:

26 May 19 Firmware update for Columbus GPS (V-990, V-900 & V-800+, sold between years 2010-2015)

The firmware update is to resolve “GPS Week Number Rollover” Issue. This issue only affects models sold during years between 2010-2015 (which are using the MTK3329 chipset). The current models sold after 2015 (which are using the MTK3339 chipset) don’t affected by this issue. No update is needed.

Download firmware update for V-900 and V-990;

Download firmware update for V-800+.

23 Dec 16 How to convert Columbus V-800+ data file to CSV format?

Step01: Open the track in TimeAlbum Lite and EXPORT TO NMEA file.
Step02:Download this convert tool – Routconverter. Open the nmea file,then save as Columbus Standard CSV file.

27 Mar 16 Install Windows 8 / 8.1 & Windows 10 driver for Columbus GPS

The below instruction for Columbus V-800 & V-800+ GPS, not for V-990 & V-900.
(The standard usb cable from V-900 & V990 package is a charging cable. To use V-900 or V-990 as the usb GPS, you need a standard mini-usb to usb cable.)

Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 driver installation instruction for Columbus GPS.

02 Sep 14 How to change the Columbus V-800 GPS update rate to 5Hz permanently.

The miniGPS software comes with V-800 can only change the 5Hz setting temporary. To keep 5Hz setting permanently, please download the “tools for v-800” & update the firmware.

Attention: please use the below to replace the section 3 in “Tool Guide”.
3. Setting the indicator LED:
“Com A”—-Select”NMEA”&”11520″
“Com B”—-Select”OTHER”&”LED”
—-Click ”Select”
—-Click ”Execute” to save

19 May 14 Why Columbus V-900 / V-990 GPS can not transfer log data via USB port

By design, the usb port of V-900 / V-990 is NOT for transferring log data. (The usb port is used for charging. The driver is for usb GPS receiver function.)

Users should transfer log data via the come with memory card reader.

03 May 14 Columbus V-900 / V-990 GPS memory requirements.

If the memory card does not meet the following 2 requirements, you will hear continuous short beep from the GPS.
1. Memory Size <= 4GB
2. Memory must be formatted into FAT (FAT16) partition. FAT32 or other partitions do NOT work. The picture below shows the stpes to format a 4GB memory card by Windows 7.

BTW, don’t use Mac to format the memory card. It does not support FAT(FAT16).