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Old 02-21-2007, 02:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bollar
Well, I gave it a go, but unfortunately, it does not recognize the internal GPS.

Has anyone else had success?
Yes. Here's the exact instructions.
  1. Download and install Desktop Manager 4.2 Service Pack 1 from:
    (Cingular only has version 4.2 as far as I can see)
  2. Download and install BlackBerry Handheld Software (v4.2.1.109 - firmware version from:
    (this is the same version as I got on the device, but...)
  3. Once you've installed the firmware from step 2, go to the directory:
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Shared\Loader Files\8800-v4.2.1.72_P2.3.0.54
    and rename the file LBS.alx to LBS.alx.ORG
  4. Download the file LBS.alx.txt from:
    (found in the post: and save it as LBS.alx in the directory noted in step 3.
  5. Run Desktop Manager. The first time I did, it wanted to update the firmware - not sure why, but if it doesn't, just run the Application Loader. BlackBerry Maps will appear in the applications list unchecked. Check the box and proceed with the application loader.
BlackBerry Maps will now be installed. You have to turn on GPS under (Settings) Options --> Advanced Options --> GPRS and refresh your location if you're outside. In Maps (the name of the app), go to Options and make sure it had GPRS set to Internal GPS, and you may want to change the Disable Backlight... percentage from its default 100% of battery power!

One thing. There's a function to Copy Location within the application which puts a URL into the clip board which (I assume) is supposed to display the location you're at so you can email it to someone. However, it brings you to what I can only assume is BlackBerry Map's web site, but all you get is the home page. Guess that will work sooner or later!