Maps on CD

Submitted: Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00
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Are the maps on CD compatible with my Toshiba Tecra 8000 series lap top. Has anyone used maps on CD whilst travelling around Australia. We are headed up to the Cape this year and I thought it would save taking several map books as we have in the past.
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Reply By: Andrew - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00
Lynette, The Auslig CD's 1:250K will work on pretty much all Windows based PC's. Th only problem with the laptops are they get hot on your lap, and are subject to component failure in rough conditions. I would still take a paper Hema map as a backup ... but a laptop, with AUSLIG cd's, OZIexplorer and a GPS is what I use to get around.
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Reply By: jono - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00
Lyn,
How do you power the laptop whilst away from civilisation on an extended trip? I have heard that you can damage a laptop simply using a 12volt adaptor into the cig lighter, is this true? Cheers Jono.
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Follow Up By: Bob - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00
I use a 12 volt inverter (300W). It cost about $130 from Dick Smith. It is handy for running also sorts of chargers as well as the laptop. The Hema Great Desert set is on CD too. There isn't enough detail for some tracks (eg Colson) but is worth adding to the Auslig set.
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Follow Up By: Dennisn - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, May 17, 2002 at 00:00
G'day Jono,

Another way to do it is with the "targas" powerpak. Go to any "Hardly Normal" computer superstore and have a talk with the blokes there. These little devices are purpose built to aid the traveller with their power requirements.

I think they are a bit more expensive than the inverter from "Tricky Dickies" but all options should be explored.

Enjoy the bush.
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Reply By: Nigel - Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 00:00
If you get the correct power adaptor for your laptop to run it off 12v then you should have no problems. That would be a better option than an inverter that changes 12 DC to 240 AC and then convert it back to low voltage on DC to run your laptop. Not very efficient and bulky too.
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Follow Up By: Bob - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00
Except when your laptop is 24 volts. Inverter is cheaper than new laptop.
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Reply By: Rob - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00
I have used the Auslig 1:250,000 maps with Ozieplorer and a Garmin
GPS38 on a Fujitsu laptop.

Conclusions...

The Auslig maps are a real mixed bunch. Some up to date with good
graphics. Others obviously poor scans of older maps. Generally the
end result is useful, however older maps may well be out of date and
sometimes its difficult to see detail - like tracks on the Simpson desert
series - they are there - just hard to see.

Ozieplorer - a real Gem.

Garmin GPS 38 - make sure you get something with and external antenna. Inside the windscreen is just too hit and miss.

Laptop - no failure so far - just keep it away from the dust and try not to run it while on bumpy roads as the hard disk may suffer. I started to run this off a Dick Smith 300 watt inverter - but found it works (but wont charge) when plugged straight into the 12V car supply. The inverter is relatively inefficient and eats the 2nd car battery when the engine is not running.

Rob
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Follow Up By: Nigel - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00
What model Fujitsu do you have and are you happy with it? I am looking at getting a Fujitsu P1030 shortly so I can run my business while away from home, and also have fun with OziExplorer, etc.
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Follow Up By: Rob - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00
A 6572C - which may not be available here. I bought it last year
as it had a firewire port for digi video in/out and a biggish HD for the
same. Very happy so far! Only 10 months old. This model has of
course now been superceeded!
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Reply By: Will - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00
Lynnette,

I have been using laptops in the car for several years now, I have always plug them straight to the 12 V supply in the car, I normally have one laptop on the front running Oziexplorer (connected to the GPS) and another laptop at the back of the car playing DVD movies for the kids.

I did the Cape trip in 2000 and the laptop did not have any problems with corrugations, I have also taken the laptops throug the vic high country.
Be aware that some laptops will not run on 12 V, check first.

Mine are Toshiba and work fine.

For maps I choose to buy the paper versions and scan/calibrate them to use with Oziexplorer, that way I have both versions just in case of technology failure.


Will
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Follow Up By: Fred - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00
Oh Will!!! Please encourage your kids to enjoy looking out the windows - I know it's harder for parents than plugging them into a movie but it's worth it in the end - your kids will learn from where they are going and you'll be able to have conversations with them!!! Books related to where you are travelling are great and you can also play all sorts of games - I spy type games which make a trip fly by in no time. I'm always sad to speak to kids who spend the bulk of their time glued to a screen!!!
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Follow Up By: Will - Friday, May 24, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, May 24, 2002 at 00:00
Fred,
Don't worry, they do, but when you do 10000kms of outback driving and there is nothing for them to see... if you don't have any amusement for them they get discouraged from coming next time.
My kids have been camping since age 2 and they have been just about everywhere, they would beat many adults on bush knowledge travelling knowledge, living outdoors, etc They have even done first aid courses (both of them).
They are now 8 and 9 yo.
Will
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Follow Up By: Will - Friday, May 24, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, May 24, 2002 at 00:00
Fred,
I forgot to mention.... They know how to navigate and use maps and the GPS too....
We also have conversations and the conversations are not limited to in car, they also keep in touch with other cars in our convoy (UHF) and with people and other children in properties around the place.
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Reply By: Guy - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00
Do not use your LAPTOP on long 4WD trips with serious corragation, you will regret it.
I did use a Toshiba laptop (only switch on at stops) and I regretted so much.
Because the erros on the hard drive do not appear immediatly but a few months later.
If you want to use a hard drive use a flash drive for tooshiba, but the price is not cheap. around $AUS 4000-00 per flash drive 2 GB.
Guy
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Follow Up By: Will - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00
Guy,

I have been using laptops in my 4wds since 1995, been to the Cape, Vic High country etc etc.

Never a problem.

Sometimes we have two laptops going at once.

Will
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Reply By: MIKE POWELL - Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00
You might like to check out TRACKRANGER from ADVANTECHDESIGN.COM.AU it beats anything else handsdown.Very easy to load and calibrate all sorts of maps off paper or CD.
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