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13th September 2005, 08:19 PM
Hi, I am new to the forum and have been told this is a great resource for all things GPS.

I am looking looking for advice on a GPS setup, I am a keen off roader and the GPS would largely be used to navigation on trips etc.

I am looking towards a PDA or laptop setup:

1) I have a Palm Tungsten E, I have previously been told this unit is not capable of operating Nav software, I have however located a GPS receiver on eBay designed for the Tungsten E. Could anyone please advise me as to the suitability on the Tungsten E and what setup would be appropriate?

2) I have a Toshiba lap-top the I no longer use, it is not as practical as a PDA however it would probably be the easier option. As above could someone please advise me on how to set it up for GPS navigation?


13th September 2005, 08:39 PM
Hi jumpin_jeep,
If you have a laptop that U don't use try doing a similar thing to Craigus' project...Here (http://www.gpsaustralia.net/forums/showthread.php?t=397)
The screen looks really cool, and you would only need to buy the screen and software.

I'm contemplating a similar system (using a laptop with a broken screen) as I find a laptop in the middle of the front seats a little cumbersome.

This way you have the lappy under the front seat (easy to access) screen where ever to feel is conveinient etc...

just one option!


13th September 2005, 08:47 PM
Hi mate,

Firstly welcome to the forums.

I can't help you with your palm questions sorry.. Though I should be right for the lappy setup!

There are a few options availble for the lappy, for all your off-road needs you really cannot go past OziExplorer (http://www.oziexplorer.com/) I have been using it for some time now and find it fantastic!

For on-road/voice navigation I use FreeDrive..

You can simply connect your hand held to the lappy and these apps use the NMEA data provided by your GPS.

I hope this helps a little.

14th September 2005, 01:04 PM
Thanks for the heads up guys...

One question...what do you mean by connecting the handheld to the lappy? and how is this done?

14th September 2005, 07:08 PM
Any GPS you buy should be able to connect to a computer.
That is, look for any device that is PC connectable!
Magellan explorist 100-300 models are not connectable to a computer (without voiding the warranty ;) )
I have been reading about certain Garmin Etrex models that have a USB connection mode, but cannot output NMEA!! Avoid this model (unsure which ones??) Reason is that it uses a proprietry method of communicating to a PC, and will only communicate with a limited set of software ( Garmin! :mad: )

If you were to get a BT or USB mouse type GPS, then it is connectable to a computer. Then you can run your Navigator software or whatever you decide is best for your wants/needs.

hope this helps!