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Hi all has any one imported and using a carputer from in the US. Looking at this for nav systems in the cruiser
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 10:39

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 10:39
I do not have one. I have an indash local WindowsCE one.

I did go through the specs of a few briefly. I did not see anything about what software comes with it. Which Windows or whatever. You may keep an eye on that. CE or full version. It just says "Microsoft Operating Systems". No details that I could fine.

Also I could not get enough details or diagrams on how the screen is mounted. If it slides away then why were they talking about adaptor plates for a double din hole. I just wonder.

Food for thought mate

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:44

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:44
hi vk1dx
while reading some of the imfo it stated windows 7 was used
but thats all i picked up on no other detail regarding operating systems
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 13:08

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 13:08

At least that should be fine for Oziexplorer. And if he really wants to "not" get away he can put the internet stuff in it also. Although to me going 4WDing/camping and taking the internet with me, seems a bit of a conflict of interests.

But . . . . .

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:40

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:40
hi stewy
dont have one but the site is interesting but like said some of the detail that i would like to know doesn't seem to be on there
prices seem reasonble and they do international shipping
just the same it's a site a wasn't aware
thanks for posting it
cheers barry
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:58

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:58
Haven't bought through the company you mentioned but did buy stuff through Minibox in the US. They ship to Aus and so far everything has been good.

I have a Mini ITX based computer in my 200 series and use the OE Toyota Nav screen and steering wheel controls to control it.

After a a lot of screwing around I would advise

1)Get a Power Supply with controller that boots and shuts down the computer when you turn the ignition on or off, the both the supplier you mentioned and the one I got it from have these.

2)DEFINITELY use SSD for the disk. Prior to doing that I went through about 1 HDD a year through bumps etc.

3)If you have steering wheel controls for your radio get a RC joycon USB to steering wheel keyboard controller. ( I use the channel, and volume up down buttons to zoom in or out of maps and change scale).

4)If you have a Sahara with a screen you can interface to it ( let me know - lots of detail)

5)Use XP not windows 7 as both Oziexplorer and memory map work better, and it needs less disk which is important if you get SSD.

6)Consider an IPAD or Android tablet as an alternative. Ozi is in beta testing for Android, and Mempry map is available for IPAD with Android just around the corner.

7)A notebook is a possible alternative but automatic booting and shutting down requires you to open the case and hack the power button.

good luck

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Reply By: Stewy - Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 16:17

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 16:17
Thanks all for comments

Have run Ozi for about 9 years ( garmin II+ gps) using a laptop with repeater screen, then an Acer tablet and now Ozi Ce with a chinese 7" gps. Issues I have had are usb ports on laptop wearing out, tablet - power hungery and not well sited for the driver to check route or terrain while moving or losing the link to gps. Main issues with chinese 7" gps, have it mounted on windshield ( hate that)and the limit to how many maps it can store on the card, not as easy to set up route on the fly.

I am looking to declutter the cab of the ute hence looking at the carputer option, but think I will settle for an indash gps unit that Brashs Imports do. Still have the issues of maps on cards and seting up on the fly but at least it will get the gps off the dash and combine radio gps into one unit

As an old soldier I will always want to have topo maps, just not practical to carry paper any more ( SWMBO hates it when I go map shoping)


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