I installed gpsd (apt-get install gpsd)
Confirmed that thekismet settings are correct (kismetwireless.net)
Compared the gpsd settings with a backtrack config that worked well with my usb gps
still cant get kismet to recognize that the gps is installed.

I even ran the gps in debug mode with the gps sat data scrolling across a termins screen and kismet still regused to recognize that the gps was indeed attached.