View Full Version : Laptop GPS & 'turn-by turn' indication?!

23rd January 2006, 09:27 AM
Am [so far] convinced that a laptop with Oziexplorer will suit my needs, set up in a 4WD towing an Avan......but....'turn-by-turn' indication probably means an additional GPS unit....am I right in thinking there's no way of having 'turn-by-turn' indication on a PC screen?

What advantage does Destinator software have as an addition/alternative to Oziexplorer?

Seems to me an external GPS antenna [or a re-radiating antenna] must have some advantage. How the heck does a GPS antenna on the dash always pick up sufficient satellite signals? Seems that sometimes a dash mounted antenna would lose sufficient signals, where a roof unit would be O.K.?!

Any advice much appreciated

Rob Dobson
23rd January 2006, 04:35 PM
I have a laptop with Oziexplorer and a HP Pocket PC. Both of these will connect to my Garmin 10 bluetooth GPS unit. I plan my routes on the PC and then download them into the Pocket PC. Provided I select my waypoint carefully this will give me audio 'turn left 200 meters' etc turn by turn directions. I place the Gamin bluetooth unit on the dash as far forward as possible; most of my drop-outs are caused by dense vegitation overhead.

23rd January 2006, 04:47 PM
Either Copilot live Laptop 7 or Garmins City Navigator Australia v6 (with a Garmin GPS10 or GPS18) will give you turn by turn voice instructions on a laptop

24th January 2006, 11:23 AM
you can also take a look at map monkey - its a rework of destinator that allows it to work on pc.

i didnt like it myself, but then, im a tomtom fanatic :D

24th January 2006, 11:51 AM
Do your self a favour and don't touch MapMonkey.. I had nothing but problems with it for weeks. I'm now using 'FreeDrive' never had a single problem with it.

24th January 2006, 01:46 PM
If I were to purchase destinator and download freedrive, I would be able to use the destinator software on my laptop, which otherwise wouldn't work on a laptop. Is this correct?

Are there any posts anywhere on freedrive-Destinator, is it easy to set up? Are there any cheaper alternatives for autorouting on a laptop? I have city nav 4 that marks out a rout for you, but does not direct you as you are going, it is more for pre planning.

Does anyone know how to export the auto-routed track.gdb,.mps or .gpx from city nav as a rout into ozi?

Thanks :confused:

24th January 2006, 02:08 PM
When you say you have city nav 4 I'm assuming thats the one for the Garmin units.
I have city nav 6 which uses Mapsource but I also downloaded nRoute from the Garmin website which allows turn by turn voice directions on the laptop.

Heres the link;

Hope that helps.

26th January 2006, 12:59 PM

Now have nroute, and looks fantastic, but it does not pick up nmea from gps.

I know I am able to get sat info as I use the same bluetooth gps connected to my laptop with ozi, and it works fine. Is the fact that the gps is not a garmin gps my problem or is it just a matter of some setting.

Any help would be much appreciated. :confused:

26th January 2006, 06:34 PM
Sorry mate can't help you on that one as I have a Garmin GPSMap76CS, which works well.
But its probably a fair bet why its not working!!

26th January 2006, 08:29 PM
I can't specifically help any Garmin product......but a hint/tip from my DAST install.

In the DAST install directory there is a file called "mapsend.ini".
As the name implies, it sets the parameters for the mapsend family of products to work!

The line I was searching for, looks something like this.....


As you can clearly see, it sets the port number, and baud rate!

I'm not suggesting that Garmin the same system.....it's worth looking around in there!

Have a look, back up anything that looks remotely "fun" to modify :D , and have a go!!

As long as you back it up it can't hurt.....(a little bit of smoke may be expelled from your optical drive.......... :p )

1st April 2006, 05:32 PM
What is "FreeDrive", is it an emulator that will allow the use of destinator or TomTom maps on a pc? Is it free like mapmonkey and if so where can you get it from to test.

2nd April 2006, 11:51 PM
FreeDrive is free GPS software made for Carputers based on Destinator 3.