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  • hacking an earthmate for power?

    I tried searching on here and google, and haven't really had much luck... I couldn't power it w/a standard usb->serial converter.

    Anyone have any insight on this?

    Thanks
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  • #2
    Try this. as for a homemade hack... that might be a bit difficult. Being not too smart with electronics (at least not smart enought to hack with confidence) I couldnt tell ya.

    same cable but priced. $50...ouch!
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    • #3
      yeah... i saw those, and was trying to find a diy way to do it.

      anyways... after having the earthmate for 2 days, i believe it's already broken, so I might just return it for a refund, and get the copilot bundle
      Car: 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S
      Mods: Yep
      Carputer: VIA M9000 | Opus 150 | 512MB PC2100 | 60GB Notebook HD | Slim/Slot DVD/CDRW | Audigy2NX | Xenarc 700TSV | (2) DSCustoms DS700HRS (in trunk) | SMC USB 802.11b | CoPilot | DLink FM tuner | Cliffnet

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      • #4
        Have a look-see at this: http://wes.johnston.net/aprs/tripmate.htm

        might help.

        I hacked mined ... but for the power I just installed a nice little led-switch for when I want to use it.
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        • #5
          I rigged up mine .. I just wired right to the battery connectors and used an adapter.. you could probably use the power off of your mobo no problem.

          there's shots of it on my site
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          • #6
            thanks for the replies guys... but i said screw it and am returning it since it street atlas can't even see the damn unit anymore.... haven't dropped it... i don't know why it suddenly died... even tried 2 different sets of fresh batteries...

            so.. yeah... i splurged, and got the travroute usb one...

            damn this is getting to be an expensive project!
            Car: 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S
            Mods: Yep
            Carputer: VIA M9000 | Opus 150 | 512MB PC2100 | 60GB Notebook HD | Slim/Slot DVD/CDRW | Audigy2NX | Xenarc 700TSV | (2) DSCustoms DS700HRS (in trunk) | SMC USB 802.11b | CoPilot | DLink FM tuner | Cliffnet

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            • #7
              I had a problem with street atlas deluxe like that .. sometimes it would take 2 hours to initialize!!!!!

              with street atlas 9 it initializes damn near instantly and aquires very quickly
              aka Kumaneko
              "Don't make me moderate your ***!"
              Maxima of Doom - project thread - photo gallery
              mp3car system is currently FUBAR and finances do not allow for a correction of that situation
              Real computer hackers use a rotary cutting tool on their motherboard.

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              • #8
                well.. i found out that something on my notebook got tweaked (probably when i pulled out the 802.11 card when it was going into suspend), and the settings for the port got stuck on like 4800 baud.
                once i got home, tried it on my other computer, and it worked, checked the notebook, and found the discrepancy in the port setting, so now i have this gps, and the travroute on order...
                crap... what do i do? break it so i can return it? sell it on here? or eat the $100?
                Car: 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S
                Mods: Yep
                Carputer: VIA M9000 | Opus 150 | 512MB PC2100 | 60GB Notebook HD | Slim/Slot DVD/CDRW | Audigy2NX | Xenarc 700TSV | (2) DSCustoms DS700HRS (in trunk) | SMC USB 802.11b | CoPilot | DLink FM tuner | Cliffnet

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