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ArcPad freezes or suffers slowdown when connecting a GPS unit to a Dell Axim device using the serial cable. This occurs after the settings of the GPS are entered into both the GPS and Protocol tabs (ArcPad > Tools > Options) and the GPS is activated.
The Dell Axim's serial cable/interface does not support GPS input. The cable is only designed for PC communication by way of ActiveSync.
To use a GPS unit with a Dell Axim device, either use a Bluetooth CompactFlash card and connect to a Bluetooth GPS, or use a CompactFlash GPS unit.