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Old 26 Jan 2010
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Originally Posted by Niva Say Never View Post
Hi again Matthew,
Was it powered up at the time?

Hello Sam

Yes it was, I know of various others who have used similar old Laptops without any problems, their Hard Drives don't seem to die easy.
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Thanks, that's good to know
I guess i worry too much!!
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Originally Posted by Ben 7326 View Post
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
Hi Ben - I'm not sure how much use mapping software will be to you on the Tuareg Rally, or if it is even allowed in the regulations?

Basically you will be using a roadbook/IMO/Terratrip combination for navigation, the only GPS 'requirements' are the ability to show a list of waypoints/check points that you have to pass by as part of the route.

As long as you have a GPS unit with a USB connector, and that recognises their software/data uploads - you should be fine... there is nothing worse than having to manually enter dozens of lat/long coordinates, then manually put them into a route list each day...

Ideally, you want a GPS that has a compass screen too, as alot of the Tuareg is held out in the dunes where there are no trails/pistes to follow, let along mapped 'roads'...

Most people use something like a Garmin 60 series, or even the Etrex (which are fine, if a little fiddly to use as the buttons are on the side) - I'd say you really want a dedicated 'outdoor' type GPS unit like that, one that is shock and water proof, runs on Batteries as well as the vehicle's 12v power, and basically is a Garmin, as the software uploads work with that software system...

Have fun out there!

Jenny xx

ps. As Tim suggests, a Ram mount is good and cost-effective way to mount the unit on the dash - and do use a 12v power lead from the vehicle's battery, as AA batteries can/will bounce/vibrate and end up carboning over the battery terminals, which you'll have to keep cleaning - not want you want on a rally... use the AAs for back-up, or when away from the vehicle...

edit. ah, just noticed you're in a 4x4, but the info still applies - do check with the Orga if you are allowed to use mapping software on the event...
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