Nokia Wireless GPS Module LD-3W Software Installation and Instructions

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Last Updated : 02 July 2012

Part 1 - Nokia Wireless GPS Module LD-3W Review Part 1
Part 2 - LD-3W software, installation and instructions (This page).
Part 3 - Google Maps and Nokia Maps etc... screenshots

You'll need need to install some software on your PC and phone to take full advantage of the GPS functions.  So for this review I used my Nokia E61i (mobile phone) and my internet PC (Windows XP SP2).  The unit I bought did not come with any software so I had to download it off the website.  That said the LD-3W doesn't need drivers or specific software for the module its self.

Here's how to get the Nokia LD-3W wireless GPS module working on your Nokia mobile phone. Well at least for the E61i at the least.

The module can seemingly be used with any Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or PC but the software seems to only be available for the S60 OS based Nokia mobiles.

Go to the menu to see if your phone as the basic GPS programs. You can find the default software in the Tools folder.  It's a set of 3 programs: Position, Navigator and Landmarks.  (See the review page for description) So if your Nokia mobile has these programs the LD-3W will definitely work.  If you don't have these basic programs  you'll need to install 3rd party software or the Nokia Maps application.

Nokia makes the Nokia Maps application which is different from these 3 programs. The Nokia Maps program comes in various versions so go to the Nokia website and see it they make one for your mobile phone.  I have included the links at the bottom of the page.

Now! open the box of the LD-3W GPS module checking out its various contents. Tiny manual, GPS unit, battery and car charger. My unit clearly on the shelf for at least 6 months did not come with a AC power adapter.  There was no space for it in the package either or inventory listing so meant to be.  I understand new models have come with an AC charger.  The module may be compatible with other phones or even your PC.

If you have a Nokia phone purchased within the last 2 years you can use the same AC charger.  Note that the plug is the small one rather than the larger sized connector Nokia has previously used for the last 10 years.   All new Nokia's have the smaller type as standard.  The Nokia E61i has the same type so it worked perfectly.

The LD-3W uses the same battery (BL-5C) as regular Nokia's so easy to replace. The E61i has a different battery.

SO charging plug it in and wait for it to charge. It takes about 2.5 hours.

Follow the usual mobile phone battery conditioning routine to maximise the life of your battery.

When charging the red LED flashes so don't worry.
When charging and turned on the Green LED flashes.
The LEDs flash slower when not being charged.

Now go to the Nokia site and download the Nokia Map Loader Software it is about 9.5Megs so shouldn't take too long.  This program allows to to select and download various maps offered by Nokia and its partners.  You can choose from all the major countries and it's FREE.

Once downloaded the install program on your PC. It requires .NET framework 3 so the installer software will then download it for you. It is about 55 Megs in size.  Once downloaded the .Net install takes at least 15 minutes to finish.  I was using my XP SP2 computer.  You need this program to download the free maps.

Now download the Nokia Maps software for your mobile phone. Transfer the file to you phone and install.  The Nokia Maps software takes about 5 minutes to install on the phone.  It takes about 15 seconds to load once installed.

Run the Nokia Map Loader on the PC ensuring you have connected your phone in data transfer mode or have memory card inserted in your computer.  The program verifies that a card is present - cheeky.  (Note that the phone cannot receive or make call when in data transfer mode.) The Map Loader program has a selection of the major continents:

Africa  80.2Meg
America Nth and Sth 1434.6Megs
Asia 226.3Megs
Australia and New Zealand 96.6Megs
Europe 1526.8Megs

You can download parts of the country rather than the whole lot depends on how large your memory card is.  I naturally downloaded Australia and Japan.  Download times depend on your network. Took about 20 minutes to download Australia and New Zealand.

The Map loader downloads the file and saves on your computer before transferring to the phone.  Once done disconnect your card or phone from your computer.

Reboot everything and turn on the LD-3W module.  Turn on Bluetooth on your phone and go through the pairing process.  The phone will guide you through the pin number etc...

All up about 1 hour of your time to install the various programs and data to the phone.

Why are the Nokia maps data is free when everyone else charges for them? Because if you want turn by turn navigation to a location you have to pay a small subscription charge.  Otherwise Nokia Maps works just a tracking device.

Another useful application I use is Google Maps.  You have to download it directly from the website.  You may need to have a mobile phone plan that has data downloads since it downloads satellite images from the website.  That said apart from your phone data charges its free!  If you have access to a Wi-Fi network then the lot is free!  Again see the the links below for the links

Google recently updated its Google Maps program and it can now not only download satellite images but show it on a GPS navigation style map.  I'm doing up a proper review for this application as soon as I have some spare time.

Nokia LD-3W

Claimed Standby time of 7 days. Ie. Turned ON with green flashing light.
Running time of 22 hours when connected to phone of other device by Bluetooth.
GPS receiver: SiRF Star III LP with 20 parallel channels
Size 78.4 x 45.4 x 16.5 mm
Weight 65gms
Battery BL-5C
Updates every 1 second

Links to my other site with the pictures:

Nokia Maps Google Maps and Navigation

Links to the Nokia site on where to find everything:

Nokia Maps Main Page
Nokia Maps Downloader
Nokia USA LD-3W Page

Links to the various Google Maps site:

Google Maps

For the mobile version:
You must enter it in your phone web browser not your PC.

Google Maps Mobile Version




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