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24th November 2010, 08:00 PM
This post is the beginning thread on those interested in setting up there laptop for gps purpose.

Recently...i came to the view i was not using my laptop enough..
and from its lack of action the battery either being real full or low and long time idle was not cost effective...

I had the same view in relation to the old handheld i had...the garmin 12...

Fearing issues would be there ...due to data link being com port
i went and bought a usb v2 gps unit..

I also got a bluethooth and cf gsp i never tried and unit simular to the usb gps mouse also...

Now many of us will want the lappie to do different gps function
log and track

Some of us wont have ex old unit
some of us will not have a ex old unit with usb
some of us wont have bluethooth either

So i will go back and get com gps working
and bluethooth working
with the same software...

My start point is this...yours could be better...but this thread is ment to serve those with the same interests.

Toshiba te2000
Os xp pro sp3 dotnetfix 2.0
software navNgo IGO
gps usb v20 dongle with plug in loaded gain ant

test wares...
gps port tester
gps tester

I got to say the blue dongle usb v2.0 loads brillaint, finds the hardware brillaint...purchased off net from an ebay seller

NavNgo for pc's said to be a demo version and not legal licese copy is being offered on sites and is being sold via online..
mine was sourced off line...off an ebay seller.
it was simple fact of coping the cd files to location on the pc..
althorugh it works equal from a memcard on the pc...i recommend direct hard drive access

NO issues with the set up at all....works the same as car unit !


1) try the garmin 12 connected and connected at com port
2) try the garmin 12 connected via a com to usb adapter and via usb port
3) try a garmin 12 (xl) with bluethooth connection

Report any differences to the post...
Nowanyone else who set up and tested a pc with gps...post what you have and how you have it set up..and whats its use...
so help for others can be a read away


24th November 2010, 08:43 PM
=GPSmap 60
connected via USB to
=Asus Eee PC
with program
and maps
=OSM World Routable

Works swell for onroad (and offroad, onshore, and some offshore as supplement to onboard nav.) auto-route nav. with voice prompt.

Have a look here http://www.gpsaustralia.net/forums/search.php?searchid=664238 for previous posts about this. Cheers. :)

25th November 2010, 06:51 AM
hi and thanks mihermano...

firstly that link did not work for.....
so you might want to type in the full thread name so i can try a search

just like cp does not work for me directly i have to check messages and access cp from there...some other members have to do the same...

i also shouls make sure people state the pc ,,with a little more info
1.4gig cpu and 512 ram
You for got to mention the OS and Sp pack used too :)

i am not knowing ...nroute....so you might want to fill me in on it
and thus others..who will read this post...

i like to know where and how sources and maps its uses and version..

i was interested...that you mention its ability to proform in different area's

thank you muchly for the input....

the problem with some old posts ..is that old...and where as a program like seaclear II might be mentioned ..now people would be talking oziexplorer...or something
but i do like the link to them when giving and answer as you did ...that helpful..
but please put the full link thread in ..in case click links is not working :)
ty m8

25th November 2010, 09:20 AM
OK. Try here for previous projects http://www.gpsaustralia.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32

Most of my gear (below) is 'standard issue' type gear.

=GPSmap60 was bought second hand, in perfect condition with extras.
=Standard USB cable and plugs.
=Eee PC 1001HA
Windows XP sp3
processor Intel 1.6Mhz
memory- 512MB (?).
=nRoute (a discontinued Garmin program)
=OpenStreetMap World Routable maps from the OSM open source community mapping project website.
=Setup via meathodology, previous knowledge, research, educated guesses, trial and error.

Pros: Much larger screen, voice prompts, cheaper (than a new dedicated GPSr).
Cons: Much less portable and adaptable, more complexity.

Hope that covers it.
Or search using the Search function above (between "Members" and "New Posts") the GPS Aus. forums with keyword/s like
Ozi Explorer
Mobile PC
etc. etc. Cheers :)

25th November 2010, 10:11 AM
:beta :hatoff

yes size counts.....:)

but i think screen size counts too !
and grunt....and ram....

i think 8 inch and 10 inch mini pc's are now brilliant for this...

3-5-7inch dedicated gps have their purpose
reverse camera
and possible mp3 play..ebook

i mean movies and tv and others are gimics to a driver underway...be that bike/car/boat/plane

and for easy to remove for weather locations reasons and security...great...

BUT.....micro...mini and full size pc use...
is a real winner...i think...

i have apart from the toshiba te2000....i have acer mini 10.2 clone....from china...not bought off the ebay...but the same as the ones off ebay...purchased in china off the factory floor same place that makes name brands...
atom intel chipset..1.6gig wifi bluethooth 1gig ram ...160gig sata drive...xp pro sp3
the size of 1/2 a keyboard
and i have a empty drive to clone that and place my sat ware on once i sorted it out on toshiba

i am surprised to hear you say you use a defunked garmin software...there must be good reason...and i like to hear why you like to use it?

i also see you using...open streeet maps




25th November 2010, 10:21 AM
what versions of those too please....:)


Wahroonga Farm
25th November 2010, 12:20 PM
Have a read here (http://www.gpsaustralia.net/forums/showthread.php?p=51066#post51066) under 'Moving maps on your lappie', for the best various moving map apps and maps n stuff.

A careful read of the whole thread will fill you in a good deal.


Please note:

NavnGo (http://www.navngo.com/pages/global/eng/devices) do NOT make PC moving map software.

A pirated PC version of IGO8 software with pirated maps has been doing the rounds for years.

Read the forum rules.


PS Moved to 'Show off your project'