In-car Navigation

Submitted: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 14:13
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I am using an old Toshiba Satellite laptop in my Hilux with an 8 inch touch screen on the dash. Have the system hooked up to my Garmin hand held and am running Ozi Explorer. Brilliant.

Have been looking into the idea of also installing Trav route Copilot on the lap top for use around town. (Trav route being an in-car street directory navigation system I could use in unfamiliar capital cities. Have a Melways but no Sydway, Brisway, Adledway or Perthway??)

Problem is, the old lap top runs Windows 98 and the latest trav route V8 will only run on Windows 2000 or better and needs 128Mb Ram minimum.

I can upgrade the 64M RAM but was wondering if the earlier version 7 or below is available anywhere. I know that V7 will work on Win 98

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 14:53

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 14:53
I've got the a href="http://www.exploroz.com/Shop/DisplayItems.asp?CategoryID=1&ClassID=6&ItemID=1003">UBD city streetsUBD which is very good, and has the major capital cities, but I doubt that it will run on your laptop - it needs 256 Mb RAM and 1.5Gb of HDD space.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 14:54

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 14:54
I'll try that link again
UBD city streets
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Follow Up By: Mal P - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 08:46

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 08:46
Thanks Phil, that sure beats the $400 for Travroute. Will look into getting extra ram for my computer. Looks like I should also upgrade to something above Windows 98.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 13:49

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 13:49
Mal,
Just looked it up, and you'll also need Windows XP, to be able to run the latest Oziexplorer version to run UBD. So I guess that means a new computer. Also probably means you'll need a USB-serial converter because new computers don't often have serial ports.
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 15:11

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 15:11
Phil, so you are not using the laptop in an open state, you are using a seperate monitor? I had given up on the laptop solution as I thought the thing would take to much space.
I would look around at some of the second hand computer places and you may be able to Upgrade your laptop easily. I had a hard drive die on mine & got one that was about 40 gig for $50 & 512 Kb memory for $30 I think, all second hand but it does me..New parts require a lotto win to buy, they are expensive.
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Reply By: Gu_Patrol - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 18:47

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 18:47
If you have time up your sleeve you can scan the UBD pages and calibrate them to your PC or PocketCE. www.gpsoz.com.au has all the sofeware you need
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Reply By: Gu_Patrol - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 18:48

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 18:48
If you have time up your sleeve you can scan the UBD pages and calibrate them to your PC or PocketCE. www.gpsoz.com.au has all the software you need
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Reply By: Eric M - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 22:26

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 22:26
Hi Mal P, What make and model touch screen are you using. I am currently using laptop perched in a cradle and an etrex 100 inconjunction with oziexplorer, but have been considering putting laptop under seat, and was wondering what system to attach to the laptop and kave the touch screen attached to the dash.
Appreciate your comments.
EricM WA
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Follow Up By: Mal P - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 09:06

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 09:06
Eric,
I have an 8 inch Seform touch screen that I purchased from Bit Distribution in Bayswater Victoria. Cost $470 and works a treat. Brilliant graphics.
Have made a prototype bracket from aluminium angle popped rivited together that I have bolted to the bottom of the ash tray. Bracket then forms a U on its side and the screen is attached to the top of the bracket at dash level. Have added a few strips of Velcro to reduce vibration. Bracket and screen are clear of air bags, radio and heater controls on my 2001 Hilux. Bottom of the screen sits just above the slide out tray. Am running with the prototype bracket for a while and then will make it a bit more substantial and neater.

I have a Garmin hand held that I mount on top of dash behind the screen. Once again with a small strip of Velcro.

Computer is mounted in the back pocket of the front passenger seat. Looked at mounting it under the seat but it was too difficult to access the power button on the side. Specifically chose this old computer because I don't have to open it up to start it. Just reach around the seat and press the button. Will probably put some sort of cover over it eventually to hide it.

All the leads are bundled together and run down the gap between the passenger seat and the centre console. Power for the computer, garmin and screen comes from a 4 way DC plug/socket arrangement velcroed to the side of the transmission hump, passenger side.

Hope this helps.
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Reply By: Eric M - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 11:32

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 11:32
Mal, thanks for your prompt reply. You have me interested, I'll check that screen out and also the cabling. Are you running oziexplorer mapping system in conjunction with the garmin.
Cheers, EricM WA
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Follow Up By: Mal P - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 11:58

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 11:58
Yes Eric. Also now looking at adding the UBD directory that also apparently runs with Oziexplorer
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Reply By: t0me (WA) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 00:09

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 00:09
Just fyi, another option is using MapMonkey with Destinator. Do a google for MapMonkey, it will probably lead you to MP3CAR.com
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