Another OziExplorer ?

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 14:48
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A question for the guru's.
I plan to install a laptop in the Patrol with an 8"LCD Touch screen, as the laptop will be mounted behind the rear seats, I would like to have OziExplorer start up when the laptop is turned on.
Is there a way to achieve this ?

niss42
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 14:55

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 14:55
Hi
When you shut down your computer, all programmes that are running will be closed down, including OziExplorer. It is no big dramas to start it again. You must also remember that to have it running as a moving map, it will require some sort of GSP signal input. If you do not have a hand held GPS, I can thoroughly recommend the BU 353 GPS mouse.

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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 15:06

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 15:06
Thanks Stephen.
I do have a GPS hooked up, but will be getting a GPS Mouse in the near future.
My main question is can I boot the PC straight into Ozi on start up.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 15:22

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 15:22
Just drop a shortcut of Ozi into the startup folder. Mine is located at
C:\Users\Phil\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

There is also a way of getting moving maps to start on startup, but I don't know how.
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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 15:40

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 15:40
Phil, your a STAR.
My string was somewhat different to yours but I found it.
All is done.
Thank you, thank you.
Niss42
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:09

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:09
Yeah Niss you can right click the START button on the left hand corner and select PROPERTIES,The startup is in there..

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:13

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:13
Phil, my turn to help you!

To get moving map to start on start up, I've done it.
Go to where you have your shortcut in startup,right click on the shortcut icon, go down to "Properties" and left click to see Shortcut Properties.
The "Target Box" will be highlighted, the string shown will end with
"OziExp.exe", after the "exe" insert a space then /mmstart /mmcontrol,
then click apply & OK.
Reboot and all should be OK.
I also added /navcontrol /gpsfix to my string and seems great.

Hope this helps

Barry (niss42)
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:01

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:01
Good stuff! I'll have to get the old tosh out and do it!
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:09

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:09
Set the computer showing what you want and HIBERNATE it rather than CLOSE it.

It is an option during the closing sequence.

When powered back on, the computer boots and displays what was on the screen at time of hibernation.

Alan
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Reply By: Member - Barnray (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:15

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:15
You need to create a shortcut to ozie and drag it to the startup folder.You then need to edit the the shortcut properties/target. In the help menu of ozie is a list of commands that can be added to the target line to start moving map and other properties
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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:18

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 16:18
Thank's Gents,
All is now sorted, thank you all.
Regards
Barry (niss42)
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Reply By: Skippy In The GU - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 17:13

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 17:13
You can have the Laptop screen closed and still have the moving maps working.

You should always turn off moving maps before shutting down the Laptop

In the past i found using the 8" screen a pain (Too big and terrible backlight, couldn't see the screen in daytime and too bright at night)and i am now using a 7" chinese GPSr with Ozice and Garmin mobile XT . In my opinion I find this is the way to go , I found the laptop got too hot and it rejuices the life of harddrive.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 17:31

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 17:31
Skippy,

I think the screens vary a bit, and sometimes the picture is bad due to cables and converters - sounds like yours wasn't as good as it should have been. Mine is a $200 in-dash screen from Jaycar - I can read my screen fine in daylight - its pretty easy to set the brightness and contast etc The laptop has an RCAvideo output, which may help. And you can flick to the reversing camera.

The laptop is an old (1999 vintage) Tosh I've run for the last 6 years. It runs on Windows 98 with minimum drivers - I only use it for mapping, so theres nothing else going in the background - maybe that keeps it cool. The Tosh sits folded upright,in a padded pocket next to the seat, so the heat gets out - the fan doesn't switch on.

Its been the best setup for me. I just use a cordless mouse on my leg to change maps or whatever when we're driving. But theres plenty of good setups available now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 17:58

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 17:58
Hers a photo of my screen from a trip 2 weeks ago. I was using Nokia maps on the phone at the same time.
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