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Gps Unit Compatible With Ms Streets And Trips


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Hi-

 

I'm an active letterboxer (www.letterboxing.org) and am getting interested in geocaching as well. I love maps and have Microsoft Streets and Trips software on my PC. If I get a GPS unit, I'll want one with mapping capability. Does anyone know of a GPS unit with mapping that could have maps uploaded to it from Streets and Trips? Is that even possible? How does one normally upload maps to a GPS device?

 

Thanks,

 

carl

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No it won't be possible to upload maps from S&T to your GPS. Almost all brands of GPS require that you use maps made by them (Garmin Mapsource for Garmin units, etc.)

 

You could hook up your GPS to a laptop running S&T and have your position displayed in real time but this would be awkward anywhere except for a vehicle.

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Does anyone know of a GPS unit with mapping that could have maps uploaded to it from Streets and Trips? Is that even possible?

 

No, but I believe that you can hook a GPS up to a laptop running S&T.

 

 

How does one normally upload maps to a GPS device?

 

Each GPS mfr. makes their proprietary maps to upload to their units. Garmin has Mapsource maps, Lowrance has Mapcrate and Magellan has Mapsend.

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You can load a map from streets and trips in a pocket PC, and you can hook a GPS to the pocket PC it it will display our location on the Pocket PC map. While it works you would be better off with a GPS with map software made by the GPS company.

 

You can get a garmin legend for about $150.00 of so, I am not sure what the price is for the Garmin software. Another choice would be a Magellan sport trak Map, I think they are sell for about $170.00 and Magellans topo software would be about $80.00

 

Lowrance has some new products out but this I am not up to speed on. I am sure 4wheeler can fill you on those.

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Ok to start off I'm using my Magellan gold, streets and trips and my gateway laptop which doesn't have serial ports. I'm using a serial to usb adapter cord and have been for over 2 years. with no problems.

Now for the Ca. cachers out there, here is some information about using your laptop in the vehicle

 

27602. (a) A person may not drive a motor vehicle if a television

receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any

other, similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or

video signal that produces entertainment or business applications,

is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at any point forward

of the back of the driver's seat, or is operating and visible to the

driver while driving the motor vehicle.

(:huh: Subdivision (a) does not apply to the following equipment when

installed in a vehicle:

(1) A vehicle information display.

(2) A global positioning display.

(3) A mapping display.

(4) A visual display used to enhance or supplement the driver's

view forward, behind, or to the sides of a motor vehicle for the

purpose of maneuvering the vehicle.

(5) A television receiver, video monitor, television or video

screen, or any other, similar means of visually displaying a

television broadcast or video signal, if that equipment has an

interlock device that, when the motor vehicle is driven, disables the

equipment for all uses except as a visual display as described in

paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive.

(6) A mobile digital terminal installed in a vehicle owned or

operated by an electrical corporation, as defined in Section 218 of

the Public Utilities Code, a local publicly owned electric utility,

as defined in Section 9604 of that code, a gas corporation, as

defined in Section 222 of that code, or a telephone corporation, as

defined in Section 234 of that code, if the mobile digital terminal

is fitted with an opaque covering that does not allow the driver to

view any part of the display while driving, even though the terminal

may be operating.

© Subdivision (a) does not apply to a mobile digital terminal

installed in an authorized emergency vehicle or to a motor vehicle

providing emergency road service or roadside assistance.

(d) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a mobile digital terminal

installed in a vehicle owned or operated by an electrical

corporation, as defined in Section 218 of the Public Utilities Code,

a local publicly owned electric utility, as defined in Section 9604

of that code, a gas corporation, as defined in Section 222 of that

code, or a telephone corporation, as defined in Section 234 of that

code, when the vehicle is deployed in an emergency to respond to an

interruption or impending interruption of electrical, natural gas, or

telephone service.

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But be careful. AFAIK, Streets and Trips will only recognize a GPS hooked up to a serial connection. If you get a new GPS with USB only, it won't talk to S&T.

 

 

The eXplorist 400,500,600 have only a USB cable. In my XP system, the eXplorist creates a virtual serial port which the S&T program uses. It works great.

 

To test and set up your GPSr to a computer, use the freeware program VisualGPS. It shows the NMEA data stream. It averages your position, etc.

 

As mentioned above, you can have your computer in your car in Calif if you are using a map display while driving.

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