Altitude on Windows Mobile devices

Some of you that are using the Windows Mobile version of SportyPal may have noticed that the altitude graph on the website always shows your altitude as having a value of zero.

This is a known issue with Windows Mobile’s GPS Intermediate Driver and there’s most likely nothing you can do about it. For most Windows Mobile devices, the altitude recorded is always zero. We’ve read about people working around this by manually configuring the GPS driver, but we’ve never had much success with it on our devices.

If you want to give it a go, go to Start -> Settings -> System -> External GPS. In the Access tab, uncheck the “Manage GPS automatically” option, then choose a port and baud rate in the other tabs.

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19 Comments on “Altitude on Windows Mobile devices”

  1. mike Says:

    Hello, altitude does not work in SportyPal as described in article, but is works perfect in BeeGPS software… No idea why…

    PDA is HTC Diamond.

  2. David Whyte Says:

    My ride on the weekend seemed to work fine, showing the altitude etc.

    This was a iMate JasJam running Windows Mobile 6 and an external GPS running over Bluetooth.



  3. apostolo Says:

    My X1 (windows mobile with internal GPS) also captures the altitude with GPSed but not with SportyPal…

  4. Evan Says:

    altitude works fine on sportypal on my HTC Diamond and some other apps as well

  5. mike Says:

    after flashinf WM 6.5 ROM and new radio, altitude is correctly captured.

    Solved 🙂

  6. Pablo Says:

    My HTC diamond with internal GPS doesn’t show altitude either.

    Mike, ¿could you explain your answer a bit more? ¿Where can I get WM 6.5 and how can I flash it?

    • mike Says:

      you can get WM 6.5 ROM and new radio (which is the part of ROM, which is managin all radio partn in your phone – GSM, Wifi, BT and GPS) on in forum section in Diamond ROM development.
      There are several 6.5 ROMS available for download, but be sure you get to understand how to update ROM in your phone (reading the sticky topics and how-to) so you don’t brick it…

  7. Patrick Says:

    Where do I find the altitude information in the application (on HTC Diamond). I don’t see it on the mainscreen, only on the website / uploaded tracks

    • SportyPal Says:

      Altitude isn’t shown in the application, because we could never get it working on our devices (except on simulated signals).

  8. Griff Says:

    I tried this on my HTC Touch Pro – the GPS totally stopped working 😦

    I’m also using Cycle Computer v3 with Crossingways and it works perfectly.

    I hope SportyPal fix this issue as the interface on the device application and web application are much better.

  9. Ian Says:

    So it looks like its an issue with SportyPal. If other systems like beeline etc work ok. Dissapointing for all mountain bikers because Sportypal really is the best software around for this. Please fix this soon. (Also it has to calculate altitude changes in the calorie count)

  10. Ian Says:

    I tested the ‘GPS Cycle Computer’ program and, although its not as attractive as Sportypal, it does read altitude on a Windows Mobile Device. It also looks like the source code is shared on their site so hopefully the people at Sportypal can take a look at it and see if they can figure out what makes altitude work on Sportypal.

    The website is:

  11. Wow,
    my HTC Diamond doesn’t show altitude with the old firmware.
    This morning I updated the ROM (using the original from HTC site) and my radio was updated from to and now I’m happy because on my workouts I can see also altitude information 🙂


  12. lasersport Says:

    Same problem with HTC Touch Pro, Sportypal does not read the altitude but some other softwares can read it.
    I think we can do the log with “GPS Cycle Computer”, export to gpx format and upload the file to sportypal on the website. I will try this in my next outdoor workout.

    Of course sportypal working will be mutch better!

    • SportyPal Says:

      We believe that we’ve found a solution (it works on our devices, at least) and we’ll include it in 1.0.8.

    • Ian Coats Says:

      Thats exaclty waht I’ve been doing. (Uploading GPX collected from GPS Cycle Computer) Can’t wait for V1.0.8 so I can have it all in one great app!


  13. […] fixed altitude, at least on our devices. Be sure to tell us if your device saves altitude data for workouts made […]

  14. […] fixed altitude, at least on our devices. Be sure to tell us if your device saves altitude data for workouts made […]

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