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GPS for Marocco advice needed please

Hi, I am going to Marocco in March to compete in the Tuareg Rallye in a 4x4 and am not sure of the ideal GPS setup to use. A chartplotter with a big screen would be ideal but would need to take a map such as Olafs Maroc Topo however I cant get a Garmin chartplotter that will take the map (they seem to be write protected). Another thought is a laptop such as a toughbook..... how do I get it to have na GPS areil etc etc help please if you can.... Ben
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a free solution / suggestion if in a vehicle

you could use a notebook with NRoute software loaded (free on Garmin site)
Load Olaf's Maroc map
Connect any gps to your notebook
and you will have moving map display
you will need to seriously anchor the notebook if you are going to be bouncing around!
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Ram Mount is a good system for securing the notebook PC. The US website has the best pictures, but order from the UK.
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Hi all,
nRoute has been removed from Garmins site, but is available here

Nroute

I might have to give it a try, more for the novalty that anything else.
Do you know how you would get Olaf's Topo map into it? I'm already running it in Mapsource and on my 60cx, but does it just appear in nroute when gps is connected or does it need installing again specifically for nroute?

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Update....

Firstly, appologies for my lazyness, asking a question before i'd really tried to find the answer!

When you install nRoute, all the maps you had already loaded into Mapsource appear automatically.
Note, in my case they were all free (not locked at any point) maps - Olaf etc etc.

It looks good actually. The screen on my eeePc 901 looks way too small to be usefull at first, but i believe you can remove the info tabs at the bottom which would free up some space to view the map. If you can still use the gps screen on the compass and/or trip computer page and the notebook screen just for the map, it could be a good little solution if you're into that sort of thing - not sure if i am or not!
I'll have a play with it in Morocco and report back.

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nRoute will not work with a non Garmin GPS unless you fool it with something like GPSGate.

I use an old Laptop on a RAM mount with a Garmin Bluetooth GPS running Olaf and nRoute which is not only one the cheapest ways to get a Garmin it also means no wires, it also came with City Navigator Europe which was great to practice with in the UK.
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Sounds like I can download nRoute then onto my eeepc then and run olafs map through it? Any ideas please on how to get a GPS signal into my eeepc? Cheers Ben
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Sounds like I can download nRoute then onto my eeepc then and run olafs map through it? Any ideas please on how to get a GPS signal into my eeepc? Cheers Ben

Guess your EEE has bluetooth so this would work Garmin Bluetooth GPS 10x Receiver but not give you the backup of "proper" GPS if anything broke.
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With my Garmin 60cx, i just plugged it in to my eeePc with any old USB lead.
For Nroute, you must first have mapsource installed on the pc, which will have Olaf's map loaded into it. Then, when you install Nroute, the map will be there automatically.
Nroute will not work if you do not have Mapsource already.
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Great, Ill give it a try on Monday night. Thanks for your help!
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Well we've tried it tonight and it does work! Does anyone know how sturdy an eeepc is? I suspect i will try to mount it with a rubber / foam support bracket but are they sturdy ish?
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Mine was pretty sturdy, but I never had it running on the move. Hopefully you've got one with flash memory (instead of HDD)?
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I haven't really given mine a tough time yet, but i haven't heard any horror stories from others either.
Mount it well, and it should be fine.
The SSD (rather than normal hard drive) is important if it'll be powered up on the move.
I'll report back in March when i've given mine a bit more of a workout!
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The screens are a little fragile on those EEE's as I found out to my expense

I used an old HP laptop with a normal Hard Drive without any proplems and it took a real bashing on the Pistes.
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Hi again Matthew,
Was it powered up at the time?

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