hard working laptop and oziexplorer

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I'm running OE in my Troopy with a GPS mouse. When I start Moving Map, it takes only minutes before the fan in my laptop comes on and thereafter it runs constantly.

My initial thought was that it was storing the track in memory or to the hard disk. So I turned off bread crumbs, yet the laptop is still working hard.

The lappy is not really state of the art -- Fujitsu with Pentium 1.4 and 760 meg of RAM. But I find it hard to believe that OE is that resource hungry.

Has anyone else had this experience? I suppose it will be all right, provided I don't get overheating. The laptop is well vented but it is a bit of a worry with the prospect of higher temps up north.

Any thoughts on this one most appreciated.
Dirk
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 08:13

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 08:13
I've found the same over the years using laptops for moving map, they work hard as they are constantly redrawing the map.
turning off "keep pointer centred" or whatever it is tagged as will allow it to run to the edge of the screen and stop it redrawing the screen as much.
That was part of the reason I went to a PDA as it is all solid state, much easier to use due to touch screen and much easier to mount and hide when parked.
Never had any problem with the toshiba's oveheating even in the tropics and on midsummer 30+ days.
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Reply By: KennyBWilson - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 08:39

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 08:39
If you want to keep all your breadcrumbs buy a real GPS and transfer the track onto the Laptop everyday or at the end of the trip
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 08:51

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 08:51
Hi Dirk

I had the same problem over the years running the laptop first off the inverter and then off the DC charger. The laptop is power hungry, has power surges and heat up and my inverter couldn't handle it. Burnt out 2 capacitors. Initially I was given the wrong advice by a Jaycar Salesman as my inverter should have been double the power output. The Laptop died a month ago and I now have a PDA running OE and although it is a lot smaller to view it works well for my application.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 09:11

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 09:11
Don't think its a problem with grunt. My Tosh is 10 years old, and has 64Mb of RAM, running Ozi through Windows 98. I use the big Raster Mosaic maps without a problem. It too has a fan, which turns on intermittently, but the laptop is closed, and stored in a pocket.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 10:27

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 10:27
Just for interest sake...
How and where have you got your lappy mounted in your Troopy..??

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Reply By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 17:57

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 17:57
We have no problems with our laptop running OE and moving maps.

Try running a different zoom range.
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