GPS to suit laptop

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 17:20
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This question has probably been asked before but what GPS would suit a laptop computer. I have been told that you do not need a very expensive one as we will be using the laptop and Ozzie explore software but it has to obviously be compatible with the lap top, any advice would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Pluto - Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 19:40

Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 19:40
Martin,

Basically any GPS which can output standard NMEA is compatible with your laptop and OziExplorer. You may need a USB to serial convertor, if your PC does not have a serial port.

OziExplorer best supports Garmin, Magellan, Lowerance, Eagle and Silva GPS units but again, any NMEA comptible GPS will work. If you choose one of these brands and your version of OziExplorer doesn't specifically support it, download and install the latest upgrade from OziExplorer and you will probably find that it now is.

This doesn't narrow down your choices much. Considering you are intending to use Ozi, there is no reason to spend bucket loads, but keep in mind any activities which will employ the GPS without Ozi (ie bushwalking, geocaching etc) when you make your choice.

PlutoGet out there & have Fun!!!
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Reply By: brianm - Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 20:05

Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 20:05
hi martin
I use a garmin plus2. it works well.i use a outside aerial but its not a factor.
HP laptop same software as you have. its a great package. have fun.
brian
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 20:35

Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 20:35
I have a very basic Magellan 310 .. absolute base model ... ad it is hooked into a Toshiba Laptop, using the Oziexplorer software and the Raster maps .. and it works fine. I had no use for a hand held with moving maps to direct me around the streets of Sydney, so this is good for me. All I want to know is where I am, how I got there and how I get out again.
Magellan cost me $150 off eBay ... Laptop came free from a mate whose company was throwing them away, GPS to Laptop cable cost me $20 (eBay again) and the sopftware came via this site.
JackNo trees were harmed in the making or sending of this message.
However a great number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
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Reply By: goldfinder - Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 22:03

Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 22:03
I recently purchased a mouse type GPS receiver from Ebay at $75.00 and couldn't be happier. It works excellent with Oziexplorer and only requires a USB port with power supplied via this port. All required drivers were supplied and the only drawback was it took approx. 3weeks delivery from Singapore.
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Follow Up By: DaveMc - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 07:58

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 07:58
I got one of those on Ebay too! They're GREAT! With OZIExplorer, you can't get a better setup for the money. Mine is a usb one as well, but I saw serial ones too.

Well done for $75, I paid $110. Still very happy with it
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Friday, Feb 20, 2004 at 16:46

Friday, Feb 20, 2004 at 16:46
I use a Garmen GPS12 with external ariel my laptop is HP Pavilion ze4200 ,the GPS is one of the cheaper ones on the market but it does all I want it to and with OExplorer I can do the rest , a mate has on worth $900 and cant work it out so simpler is sometimes better99 GU Patrol 4.2 TD
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Member - jtb - Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 08:06

Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 08:06
garmin are bringing out new streetpilot in april ,looks sweet two me cheersrather be fishing
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 13:10

Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 13:10
Yeah but whats the cost?Regards Bob
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