GPS - mouse or CF card GPS

Submitted: Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 14:45
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Hi everyone,

I am new to asking questions on this site and new to this GPS stuff and somewhat confused ( about GPS that is). Can someone tell me plainly, when setting up a laptop for GPS is it better to use a Gmouse GPS or a CF card GPS? I will be using Oziexplorer software.
Thanks for your help in advance.

Sharyn
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Reply By: Leroy - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 14:49

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 14:49
a CF card is for the hand helds like ipacs etc. You can use a GPS mouse. Most are USB and if you have a modern laptop with USB ports then it will be fine. You can also use a GPS and get a data cable to suit. If you don't plan on using the GPS on it's own standalone then go the mouse as it is cheaper!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:48

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:48
Hi Leroy
I won;t answer the main Q as I use Garmins. but have you seen those very small laptops , about half the size of mine, seen one the other day in Harvey Normans and I think it was a Toshiba, and I thought then hey that would be neat sitting on the dash for mapping, kinda set it up like the coppers do in the patrol cars.

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Follow Up By: Utemad - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:50

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:50
I've never used a GPS mouse however a CF GPS can be used in a laptop. It goes into your PCMCIA slot in a CF to PCMCIA converter. My CF GPS came with the converter.

I have the CF GPS as I can use it both in my laptop and my PDA. I use a 1 gig SD card for storage in my PDA.

I use an Etrex Legend for when I am out walking but it can also be plugged into the laptop via serial cable.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 16:22

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 16:22
I didn't think about the pcmcia adapter. the only prob with that though is the gps may not get good reception. you normally have your laptop on your lap!

Doug,
I haven't seen the laptop youre talking about but I don't know how you'd go attaching it to the dash. I don't personally don't like the dash being too cluttered.

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 17:22

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 17:22
hey doug...mines bigger than yours!

MPG:5!
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 17:22

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 17:22
ooops try again
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 18:17

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 18:17
I have the option of an external antenna with my CF GPS. However I have never needed it. The ability of my CF GPS to aquire sattelites is 100x better than the ability of my Etrex.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:10

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:10
HHhmmmph Your a CHEAT cough cough
I think thats the one that grabbed a D11 Dozer and it was jammed up in that wheel on the left
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 07:41

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 07:41
yep...that was you dozer eh? hahaha
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Follow Up By: Matt (W.A.) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 08:44

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 08:44
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I worked for the Company that built that Beast of a Reclaimer (Krupp)...
well thats my claim to fame anyway ha ha ha...!

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 08:50

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 08:50
it must have been awesome climbing all over that thing....take a week to get to the job site once you were on it
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Follow Up By: Matt (W.A.) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 09:54

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 09:54
Yep they're Pretty Awesome we have 8 or 9 of them up in Port Headland but admittedly not so big



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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 10:36

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 10:36
wish my dinky toys were that big
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:28

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:28
Even using the iPaq I prefer to use an alternative to a CF GPS.

I use a 2 Gig CF Card in my iPaq for storing maps and use a bluetooth GPS.

If your laptop is bluetooth capable I'd go with a bluetooth GPS "mouse" in preference to all others. Mine (Haicom) will run for about 15 hours without needing a charge and charges off a cig lighter plug or mains.

Dave

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:48

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:48
I agree. Cut down on leads and gives flexibility of mounting the GPS. If you are going to be looking out a window purchase a GPS with a SiRF III chipset. They perform much better than the II chipset.

I use a Hiacom CF GPS with a Bluetooth slipper mount. Bets of both worlds. Have alook at the shop here and www.ja-gps.com.au

Regards

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Follow Up By: pprass - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:55

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 15:55
DJ! - where do you place your bluetooth GPS while travelling in the Courier. I just recently got one to drive TomTom on my PDA (Palm LifeDrive) and I just leave it on the dash, which is ok for most conditions (has rubber grip strips on the bottom that seem to hold onto the dash ok), but when going over ruts and other rough stuff, it goes sailing! BTW - the reception of the GPS, which is SIRTH (whatever that is), is far more powerfull than my eXplorist 600. It picks up satellites within seconds of switching on.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 16:18

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 16:18
I have a Globalsat BT338 and once its locked on I throw it in the glovebox or the console (yes under the lid) and it works fine from there.
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Follow Up By: pprass - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 16:40

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 16:40
I think I have the same model - at least the same brand - mine is BT-GPS-325665.

Amazing that it still picks up reception from an enclosed & covered position. The hand held GPSr would not have a hope keeping satellite contact from there. It sometimes struggles if I have it on the back seat!
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:34

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:34
Hi Peter,

I have my Haicom mounted on the dash on a carpet dash mat. Stuck some selfadhesive velcro (what ever did we do without it?) on the battery hatch and slapped it on the dash carpet.

Stays there even when the charge lead is hanging off it. One or two bigger bumps have unseated it but my dash mat is a cut pile carpet, on a loop pile carpet dash mat the carpet holds the velcro hooks heaps better.

On the topic of pick up it's amazing. It locks so quickly and sitting on the dash it's always got between 5-8 or more satellites.

My Platinum (Magellan Meridian) now sits on a RAM Mount in the tray in the centre console. I adapted the OEM cradle from the crappy Magellan windscreen mount to a ram 1" ball and. It rarely loses lock despite the fact that it is down near (behind) the gear shift.

The iPaq gets used for nav with OziExplorer CE and NAVMAN (occassionally), the Platinum only gets used for caching. I leave it on so it's ready to go, and the power lead to the extra cig sockets saves the batteries.

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Reply By: arthurking83 - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 00:15

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 00:15
Hi Sharyn M,

Dependiong on what (how old??) your laptop is!

If you are running Win98 try to avoid a USB mouse. Get a serial version!
(while people are having much success with Win98 and USB (devices) they are not the best match!
(Better still...now would be a good excuse to upgrade to WinXP!)

If you have a modern lappy, (and hence WinXP) then a GPS 'mouse' wouldbe your best option!

I would use a CF GPS, for the reason already mentioned...reception!

the better option would be a Bluetooth GPS (only if you use WinXP!)

wireless, and generally better... something like the "Globalsat BT338" is a very good chipset GPS, and possibly one of the best!??
....will keep you happy for much longer than a generic mouse GPS!

Anyone that complains of handheld GPS sattelite lock troubles can only be using a Garmin!

If I could take a (easy to see in one shot) photo of my Meridian, squeezed between my PC monitor and tower, bookshelf containing all the other peripherals... printers, routers, cable modem....cables (what a mess!) all the windows have heavy drapes, and only give about a 5degree view of the sky to the south, nothing to the north (lot of walls!) and 2 degrees to the west (between the fence, house next door and the roof) and 1 degree to the east that's totally obscured by the PC tower emitting all kinds of EMF????

6 out of 11 sats... tracking 5 at full noise, 1 is on and off at about 1/3rd maximum!
The external antenna(mounted on the window sill) will hike that up to 8-9 sats at full bore!

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Reply By: Member - Sharyn M (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 11:21

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 11:21
Morning all,

Thankyou for your informative suggestions, it has given me a better idea of where I should start. (laptop is 8 months old by the way) Lucky for me member John R was kind enough to drop around this morning and give me a demonstration of his setup. After some discussion have decided to go with the "mouse" to begin with, being the cheaper option, then I can educate myself and upgrade later if need be.

Regards,
Sharyn.
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