David ,HELP what software

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:05
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Im getting a bit lost in regards to what software I need to set up my GPS and laptop to use the raster 250k CD .
1. is it the Oziexplorer CD you have in the shop ?
2.Is it the down load at Oziexplorer (if so do I pay for it )?
3. or do I need both ?
4 .also can I buy cables for conecting my Garmin GPS12 to my laptop from Exploroz ?
HELP HELP HELP ?????????????
Born to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard

Peter York 4x4

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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:17

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:17
Peter buy it from the shop the download is only a trial version.
Which raster series do you have if the new Nat Map set you will have to download .map files from ozi for the raster maps to work in oziexplorer.
Check shop for cable if not there arb or tjm should have them, in sydney i found boating shops sell them cheaper gps cheaper by $150Wish i was still here / Gulf in July
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:22

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:22
Got mine from Bias Boating Barney st Nth Parramatta anybody interested
(no connection)Wish i was still here / Gulf in July
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 18:06

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 18:06
BJ thanks for the help , so just to conferm I will need to buy the OziCD from the shop.. AND.. down load something from there (Oziexplorer)web site , does this down load cost or is it free ? .Ihave the natmap raster 250k .While I have got your ear can you please tell me what is a Ebook ?is it a CD or something to do with E mails ? I am really lost in the computer world ,give me a hammer and saw anyday.Born to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard

Peter York 4x4

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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:28

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:28
I see you have had heaps of reply's, the download is free, An Ebook is a hand held computer like a palm pilot i think??

Good luckWish i was still here / Gulf in July
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Reply By: Member - Topcat - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 20:23

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 20:23
Hi Peter. when you buy the Raster series maps CD, you will need a registered CD of OziEplorer to convert the Raster Series maps to the map files in the OziExplorer program.
This can be done by installing both programmes on your computer & opening the OziExplorer program then converting the Raster Series across into the OziExplorer program. The help files in OziExplorer explain how to do this. It is not difficult.
Once you have achieved this then you can setup your routes & waypoints to download onto yopur GPS. Hope this helps.Have Wheels Will Travel
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 20:44

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 20:44
Peter,
I am also a novice at this but here is what I did.
Bought the latest Natmap Raster 250K double CD and installed it onto my hard drive.
Bought Oziexplorer software CD from Exploroz Shop and installed it on my hard drive. You do not need to download anything from Oziexplorer site.
My new notebook came without a serial port so I had to buy a serial to USB cable from Jaycar.
After you have installed the programs you look on Natmap to find the map that you want. Then Open Oziexplorer. Go to File. Click on Load Map from File then Load Map File. A dialogue box will appear with all the map numbers in it. Choose your map reference number and click Open. The required map should open.
The rest of the software will take me a life time to learn and I am on the wrong side of time. But the maps and software work for me and I am very happy with my set-up.
If all else fails............read the instructions!Cheers, Willem

Never a dull moment
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 22:43

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 22:43
Hi Willem,

Love your Rig. I am sure you will agree that it was an expensive exercise having to buy the USB converter cable to suit your laptop. It cost me $165 for one. Why is it that GPS units (especially new ones) can be sold with cables that only suit 9 pin inputs on computers, especially since all laptops sold these days only have USB ports.

Just Do It!


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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser1 - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 07:56

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 07:56
Can't remember exact price but USB to Serial converter only cost me about $60 from Dick Smith....
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 10:43

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 10:43
Cruiser 1,

That's a bargain! When I enquired at Dick Smiths in Melbourne CBD, they quoted me over $180.00!! Just Do It!


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Reply By: Truckster - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 21:29

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 21:29
Kazaa lite is your friend :D

those that use it love it :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 09:44

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 09:44
Truckster , please explain your mesage it means nothing to me????
is Kazaa lite a beer??????????????Born to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard

Peter York 4x4

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Follow Up By: Truckster - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 13:53

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 13:53
Kazza Lite is a P2P File sharing program along the lines of the imfamous NAPSTER where you can download music, software, pictures, movies (I downloaded Scarface, Evil Dead, Debbie Does Dallas 2000, Scooby Doo, and 12 other full length movies in 2 months! Burn to SVCD and watch in DVD player.), mapping programs and maps free.

www.kazaalite.com
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 10:20

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 10:20
Peter,
I think the software side has been answered. As far as the cable question goes the best and cheapest way to go for cables is www.ja_gps.com.au or gpsoz.com.au. Either of those places will ship to anywhre in Australia and can't bew beaten on price.We have so little time to enjoy our land
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 18:04

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 18:04
Peter, Outnabout is right. gpsoz.com.au is the way to go. They are the cheapest (by a long shot) that you will find and I got delivery next day. The serial cable will cost you about $25. A 12v (cigarette lighter plug) power lead will be about $59.

BTW, you can download OziExplorer from the site, register it (pay for it) and thence have a full version. For my money (at the same price) and time, I'll go with a CD (and just have, from here - ExplorOz).

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Reply By: Member - Cruiser1 - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:20

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:20
Just double-checked my receipt. I paid $69.94 at Dick Smith for a Dolphin Adaptor, USB to Serial, Part no XH6451.
It consists of a very strong, 6' cable with USB and RS-232 connector, together with a floppy for the software drivers.
Works perfectly.
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Reply By: Member - Peter (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 14:03

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 14:03
THANKS TO ALL for the info looks like Im going to have fun with my laptop ,and thanks for all the sites to visitBorn to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard

Peter York 4x4

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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Apr 11, 2003 at 15:26

Friday, Apr 11, 2003 at 15:26
Peter, let me know how you go - what solutions you come up with. I'm half-way through the same process. I've been using the trial version of OziExplorer with StateView and NATMAP maps to set up the waypoints and routes for an Easter trip and download them to my GPS. It took a few hours to get the hang of it, and the trial versions are quite limited, requiring capturing and re-keying the waypoints, but it really is great software so I've just purchased the CD from ExplorOz. I'm looking forward to playing with the moving map.

Now all I have to do is sort out the mounting locations and cable paths for the GPS, GPS power, PC, PC power, GPS/PC link and ... oh yeah the navigator (passenger).

Have fun.Be good, or be quick.
Rohan
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