power to gps

Submitted: Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 09:57
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yes ive done a search and couldnt find anything... b4 i get bagged out...but when running a gps with a laptop what powers the gps. coz when im loading info at home from my desktop the gps runs off the batterys.
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Reply By: Pilbara Wayne - Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 10:04

Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 10:04
I use an Etrex connected to my laptop. Cable is connected to laptop via serial port, power comes from 12v cig lighter socket and then the other end connects to the back of the GPS.

Check Ebay for GPS cables or look on GPSOZ Cables for information for your particular GPS.

Helps if you tell us what GPS you have and how you are connecting to your laptop (serial or USB)

Hope this helps.


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Follow Up By: Member - Craig M (NSW) - Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 10:24

Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 10:24
Hi Richard,
Mine is the same as the other post. You just buy one cable that has the serial connection on one end and also has a cigarette lighter fitting on the other. It ends up as quite a tangle of cables but it works fine. I guess your laptop has a serial con? Some of the newer models dont. (like mine) I then had to get a serial to usb connecter. (more cables) Which works ok too.

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Reply By: mattandlana - Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 10:29

Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 10:29

Which serial to USB connector did you buy. We can't get our Belkin one working with our e-Map.

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Follow Up By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 12:43

Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 12:43

Have you tried using the Belkin on something else as well? A Palm maybe.

Sometimes they need software drivers installed - even on a Mac which usually copes with anything you plug in.

Or try to connect the GPS to a computer with a serial port so you can figure where the problem is.

I bought a Prolific unit from ebay, then spent a while searching google for drivers for it. Once set up, it works fine.


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Reply By: GazzaS (VIC) - Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 11:13

Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 11:13
Hi Richard

If your laptop has a USB port I would be looking for a USB one end and a suitable plug the other. USB can supply power and also act for data - so one cable. My GPS came with a PS2 (small round connector like for keyboards) one end and USB the other just for laptop use.

Good luck
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Reply By: Niko - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:57

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:57
Exploroz can supply you a serial to USB adapter cable if you need. This will allow you to use a Garmin data or combo cable (Cigarette lighter and PC) that suites your GPS. It includes a CD with the driver and is around the $69.
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