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Does the Dell WWAN 5520 HSDPA Minicard (Novatel EU870D) support GPS?

  • Hi,


    some people are reporting, that they can receive a GPS-signal with their Dell 5520 mobile broadband card.

    Actually a GPS-Button was shown in a former software version of the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility.


    In the specifications for the 5520 (Dell) and EU870D (Novatel) is no precise answer to this question.


    Does anyone definitely know if there is GPS support by the 5520 card? If yes, why GPS isn´t supported by the newest Dell software for the 5520 card?


    BTW: Anyone got the firmware upgrade files for supporting HSDPA up to 7,2 Mb/s yet?

  • Answering by my self: GPS works fine with the Dell 5520. It needs just a registry hack...
  • What was the hack?
  • Go to registry editor (regedit) and search the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Novatel Wireless\NextGenCommon\GPSHWStatus. Then set the value from 0 to 1 and apply.


    After a restart of the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility there should be shown a new GPS button.

  • Thanks a lot for this instruction to Petepete