Cheap Netbook, looking for GPS programming

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  1. zjrog

    zjrog Member

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    I picked up a really inexpensive netbook with the single goal of using it for my USB GPS receiver. And the price, $90. http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SIL-OE-A732-R&cat=NBB This runs Windows CE 5.0, has a couple USB ports and a SD card slot that will support up to 16Gb SDHC cards. But doesn't allow any programs to be installed in its 2GB flash memory.

    So I am looking for a freeware GPS program, that works with Windows CE. My USB GPS bug is a Delorme LT-20. And, can be run completely from a USB stick, or from a SD card.

    Any ideas? I did look at the idea of converting it to Linux, but the risk of "bricking" it may keep me from that. Great thread for that over at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1349626...


    Its cheap enough to be used strictly for email and internet connections while traveling. It was delivered today and its kinda neat. It feels like a cheapish plastic. But it runs for almost three hours and charges in less than 3. If it will work for GPS, then great it will be easier to make it fit in the ZJ than my fullsize laptop...
     
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    Might try one of these:

    http://www.maps-gps-info.com/fgpfw.html#WindowsCE
     
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    I've been looking through these, but am not "geek" enough to catch it all... But so far I have yet to get anything to actually talk with my Delorme LT20. I'll keep at it!
     
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    mingo The Computer Guy!

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    Try this one http://roadmap.sourceforge.net/. I have a lil acer one netbook I think I spent $298 on, runs windows 7. I went and picked up a 9 cell battery lasts me 9-10 hours between charges and I use streets and maps for my gpsing, that along with my jailbroke Iphone running mywi, (makes the phone a wireless access point) So I can upload pics, check email and do some light surfing for weather and whatnot.
     
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    I don't think it would work in your case but I use Garmin's nRoute program. It's essentially a full blown navigation system. I set my laptoop in my center console and use it in place of those little Nuvi-types of gadgets. I can actually read the screen. :)
     
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    So the more I mess with this the more I realize it isn't going to work for what I want it to do. But, it is still good for email and such on the go. As long as I can access a wifi point at a bookstore or McDonalds, I can still find it useful.

    Although, I might swap it for a full blown regular netbook for all that I want and need, and still do email and such on the fly. Cheap experiment...
     
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    How about Microsoft Streets and Trips GPS, you can buy it separately?

    Lynn
     

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