Laptop performance

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 20:50
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I'm planning on hooking up a gps to a laptop with oziexplorer, however i don't have a laptop as yet. I was wondering how fast and how much ram is needed to run this sort of setup?
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Reply By: Russell [Pajero] - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 20:55

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 20:55
According to Oziexplorer

Platform Requirements: OziExplorer and OziExplorer3D runs on Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP.

Thats all Folks.

Russell

I'm running 256meg ram P3 Mobile with 30gig HD
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Reply By: Phil G - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 20:59

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 20:59
I run a 4 year old Tosh, with 266 MHzprocessor and 64 Mb ram and it runs fine. Nice to have a t least a 4gig Hard Drive, so you can store your maps on the HDD.
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Follow Up By: SneakyButcher - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 21:02

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 21:02
Does it tkae long to load the maps or change from map to map?
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 22:14

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 22:14
Not very long. One of the maps I run is the seamless Flinders Ranges 1:50k map which is over 500Mb and it runs fine.

The computers of that era had about 6 Mb HDDs, which I find adequate. I use the Auslig and Hema maps plus some scanned maps of other places. - The Auslig 250k maps (2 CDs) take up about 1.3 Gb, the Hema Great Desert maps take up very little. But I suppose if you get into it in a big way, and wanted to load all the 50k maps that are coming available, you'll fill the HDD. Alternatively, you just keep the little used maps on CD.
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Reply By: Russell [Pajero] - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 21:32

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 21:32
Map load speed dependant on speed of Laptop, helps if maps stored on hard disk.

RTA

Russell

Neva get enuff power or speed ;-)

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Reply By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 21:39

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 21:39
It ran like an old lame dog on my old 486 with 4 megs of ram. Presently running a 1.4 gig Celeron with 512megs of ram. Program loading and map changing is RAPID.
Map scrolling is warp speed. It runs very quick on the desktop as well, PIII 450 128 ramI may be mad but I'm not crazy
Hooroo
Ray
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 20:39

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 20:39
Well, I'm still struggling with an old IBM 486dx4-80 with 20MB RAM and Win95. Why? coz it was CHEAP. But it runs better than I expected, but takes about a minute and a half to load a full size 250k ecw map of about 4megs. After loading the map, the software keeps up ok. But I have to use the least resources-hungry method of scrolling the map (scroll when cursor is near the edge). But it's done fine work for the last 4 years, and the map load-time is the only issue I really have.
I'm expecting a lotto win next week, so I'll probably be upgrading.
Gerry
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 22:32

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 22:32
Ive said it before, I'll say it again..

YOU CANT BEAT PAPER MAPS!
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 23:10

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 23:10
Paper maps are cheap so no reason not to have them as backup. Can also be used if the bog roll runs out and if rubbing two sticks wont start the fire :)

I may be mad but I'm not crazy
Hooroo
Ray
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 23:25

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 23:25
I'll wait for you at the campground with my bogroll and campfire

;)~~~~~~
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 00:20

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 00:20
Then you can "beat" me over the head with paper maps.
It's a dateI may be mad but I'm not crazy
Hooroo
Ray
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Follow Up By: Greg Harewood - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 00:36

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 00:36
Ive said it before and I'll say it a again...You CAN beat paper maps...for certain applications ...and actually I sometimes wonder why they keep cutting down trees to make them:) ...I find digital maps extremely useful. My paper map collection is...mmm..I think in the shed ...must check.
Cheers
Greg
PS One thing paper maps are good for is scanning into digital format!!!
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 22:09

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 22:09
Greg...
paper maps dont need power, Hard drive, Mobo, or Monitor which can all bleep themselves - and do...

Paper wont.. And when laminated, become so much more useful, throw them on the wet bonnet etc doesnt matter... They only charge $5 at Melb Map Cente rwhen I got mine laminated.
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Follow Up By: Greg Harewood - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 10:13

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 10:13
Truckster - look I understand what you're saying - I just find statements like "You can’t beat Paper Maps" ludicrous. I use Digital (and paper) maps and airphotos on a daily basis. Both have their uses and limitations. I find the digital variety extremely useful and would for no reason start using paper maps/airphotos instead to fulfil my requirements. For the work I do it would be one GIANT step backwards (maybe even two steps backwards...off a cliff:)). If you prefer paper maps and have no need/use for the digital variety….great. Just keep in mind the uses/requirements/interests other people have before passing comment.
Regards
Greg
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 10:29

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 10:29
Greg said (I just find statements like "You can’t beat Paper Maps" ludicrous. )

Simple.. Paper maps dont break down (I work in IT have done for 7 yrs, please dont say Laptops are reliable).

Also trying to save people LOTS of $$ on digital maps that arent any newer than paper in "MOST" cases...
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Follow Up By: Greg Harewood - Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 22:48

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 22:48
Truckster - are we talking about the reliability of Laptops (dont actually have one… use an Ipaq and a PC and a printer. ..yes you can print out digital maps and make some old fashion paper ones) or the usefulness of Digital maps??

Again.. just keep in mind the uses/requirements/interests other people have before passing comment... And again I understand your comments on the need to have reliable tools in serious conditions. Besides using them on a professional level, a lot of people use digital maps for FUN....in far from "serious" conditions.

Cheers
Greg

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Reply By: Russell [Pajero] - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 07:17

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 07:17
LUDDITE
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Reply By: Member - Peter (WA) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 10:27

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 10:27
new WA 1.50000 CD cost on this site $99 for 283 maps , cost at Dola for paper maps of the same $2264.00 , Bog rolls $1.50 approx I know which way I will go LOLBorn to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard
Peter York 4x4
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 15:59

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 15:59
Then what happens when ya mates laptop dies in middle of nowhere, like happened to us out Walhalla, Down along the Deep Creek track along the creek bed, theo's lappy fell off the seat and went Poo!

I had papers of the area anyway, that are always in my Aussie Post Tube..

Going with only the one option is sorta dangerous!
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter (WA) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 17:16

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 17:16
I dont have to take the laptop out as I can print off the area I am traveling in before I go this only costs a few cents I also down load enough waypoints into the GPS to get me home again .So if the laptop and maps and GPS all fall down a very deep well I also have HF radio .Born to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard
Peter York 4x4
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Follow Up By: Brett - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 19:57

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 19:57
If you can get in and you can't remember how to get out you have a real memory problem. Use GPS as a tool and don't rely on it 100%. Keep your personal navigation and observation skills well practiced so that when the GPS does give up you will have some Idea where to go.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 20:44

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 20:44
ACtually brett, the way we went in, you have 0 chance of getting out after the 15-20 mins of rain we had...

Wouldnt matter how good your car was... As per usual, same with Electonic maps they are out of date, adn instead of 3rd on the right as it was 5+ yrs ago, its now the 20th on the left...

YMMV
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