Maps and notebooks?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 13:20
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Does anyone have any recommendations regarding a 10" notebook or net book that I can use with Oziexplorer etc. and any of the common maps.
Thanks in advance.
Ian
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Reply By: SelmerVI - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 13:26

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 13:26
Hi Ian, have set up an Acer netbook ($246 from Officeworks) for Oziexplorer. Runs great. Needs a mouse type gps - plugs into USB port. I convert maps to OZFX3 format.
The Acer processes tracks and find maps quickly - no performance issues to speak of. Also excellent battery life - I have only used an inverter for power thus far - running it from 12v is easier but for that need an appropriate power supply (Targus is one brand).
Screen also easy for navigator to read.
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Reply By: Member - hopbush - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 13:45

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 13:45
Ditto Ian...I have a HP netbook with oziexplorer, hema maps, geoscience maps,
and mouse GPS, mounted on an adjustable column on the passenger side of my car (when I travel solo) and I love it. Works perfectly for me and I would not leave home without it. I run it through an inverter off my second battery. Oziexplorer is not particularly user friendly for an old fella like me who struggles with the technology, but I am used to it now and highly reccomend it. I suppose it is pretty much the same as the Hema navigator but on a larger scale.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 14:20

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 14:20
Same for me Ian. I use a 11" ASUS with a BU-353 GPS Mouse reciever (get them from EO Shop) and I use whatever maps I can get hold of (including making my own). Mostly I use the NATMAP Raster maps and some Hema maps.

I use a generic 12volt converter from Jaycar to run it, and I turn off off all the screensaver and power saver functions. Easy to set up. Oziexplorer is a powerful bit of software and you can do heaps with it.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 14:40

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 14:40
Same as above Ian. I use a 10" Asus with a BU-353 GPS Mouse. The only thing I changed was the HDD to solid state as I had read that the Mechanical drive would suffer on Horrigations. Had no problems so far. 10 hour battery life before charging through my inverter.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 14:44

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 14:44
Currently sending this reply via Samsung N150 Plus 10 inch that I am setting up for a project.

Its ok but when it came to my own one I wanted it optimized for car use and got an EEC PC 1000HA

These had some advantages
1/ can run direct off 12v
2/ Brighter screen
3/ Matt screen finish
4/ Came with windows XP

There are many sub $300 models out there now , so you need to hunt around a bit these days to find the above or equivalent.
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexic - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 15:12

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 15:12
I use the EEE PC and it works very well. I use a plug in GPS and have had no issues so far.
Robin, do you have a base for yours to sit on or is it mounted on the passengers lap? LOL If you have a stand/base, I'f be interested to see what you are using and how it is mounted in the vehicle.

Thanks

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:06

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:06
Hi Des

The Patrol has a second glove box where passenger airbag goes in some models.

It folds down and makes a lovely little table which holds the EEEPC nicely out of the way.
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexic - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:16

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:16
G'day Robin,

Thanks for the info. It looks like some Patrols have advantages after all LOL

Cheers

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Reply By: time waster - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 15:56

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 15:56
We use to use a 15" laptop but found it too large, then Harvey Norman had out 10" emachines for $198 and have found this great.

Also run it off a Jaycar 12v supply

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Follow Up By: Member - hopbush - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:38

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:38
Image Could Not Be FoundI often travel alone and have my netbook with ozi.... set up on a bipod mounted on a bracket secured to the front right seat mounting bolt on the passenger side. The seat is then moved forward and this minimises any movement of the bipod. I recently completed a pretty major outback trip over some terrible tracks and roads and whilst the bipod swivels and joints had to be tightened occasionally, it was excellent. It was made in China and I bought it off Ebay...can't remember the exact cost but a bit over $100.00. Solid and well made.
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Follow Up By: Mark C - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 19:36

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 19:36
Wow, I am amazed at the amount of electrical gadgetry that you can fit into one vehicle, can you actually read it all whilst driving?


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Follow Up By: Crackles - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 00:02

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 00:02
Took the words out of my mouth Mark. 7 years ago we had a setup similar to that for a remote desert trip with about $8k of electrical gear bolted to the dash & wires running everywhere. Last trip we replaced all that solely with a HTC phone. Ran Oziexplorer & IGO road navigator simultaniously while using it for MP3 music. When in town downloaded mail, used Google maps for planning & surfed the web. Even used it to navigate cross country trackless routes. I can't believe how quickly technology has progressed, probably to a point where we no longer need to obscure our view of the road & vehicle controls nor bolt things in front of airbags ;-)
As a side note I just took possession of a new "Motion Tablet PC" which is arguably one of the better units currently available for mobile mapping. Shock proof, splash proof, inbuilt GPS, 3G, camera etc. Pretty expensive but the resolution, viewable angle & anti glare screen are 2nd to none. Just getting a few mapping programs loaded now but looking very promising for an all in one mobile solution.
Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 23:27

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 23:27
Any PC will run oziexplorer fine.
My preference is to use the old Toshibas - the 15V Tosh will run fine off 12V without the need for an inverter/converter. The one I have at present is 12 years old, and runs the current version of Ozi with W98SE, and 64Mb of RAM and a 6Gig HDD. I use a BU353 mouse GPS. No problem loading the 500Mb Mosaic maps.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 23:30

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 23:30
Just to add that I hate clutter, so the laptop stays folded in the centre console and outputs to a 7" remote screen.
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Reply By: Member - Ian F (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 09:59

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 09:59
Thanks to everyone for your help. There is is certainly some interesting combinations.
Ian
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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 13:04

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 13:04
One of the new android tablets may suit as well. I have a Acer A500 which runs the Android version of Oz I well.

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