changed the baud rate to 4800 and it came on "cool" and it works with google earth. not as fast as my iphone but it will serve my purpose. thanks for the help. how would you get it faster is that the computer or the baud rate?
I'm going to guess here,if you are using google earth then your speed would be based on internet download speed,thus why the iPhone is faster.
Have you tried tethering your phone to the laptop for internet? I realize your GPS position is determined by satellites but isn't google earth internet based?
Strictly guessing here.