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    Turn By Turn Nav

    Hi guys,

    Just an update to let you know that my Xenarc screen has cleared customs so I should have it next week!

    In the meantime, I have received Odyssey Navigator from http://www.twig.com.au up and running in RoadRunner happilly coexisting with OziExplorer. Pretty good value for $150, but I paid $200 with a GPS receiver. Mal Twig has been very helpful getting it up and running. Good value I thought for the price, the only catch is that it is licensed to the PC so I won't register the software until I get my system in the car as changing the HDD will probably break the license. Here is a screen shot with the default RR skin (complete with an unregistered mesage which will stay for a while) :



    Odyssey is touch screen friendly, so there is no additional skinning once you get the app embedded. You just need to download an Odyssey .ini file from the Twig web site to set it up so RR can embed it nicely. I was impressed with the local POI's etc.... In demo mode, the app closes after 10 minutes...

    Rod

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    Hey Rod
    What about map updates n stuff like that... does the reg give you access to lifetime updates?
    '89 GQ Patrol
    TD42 (go the Diesel!) NEW: Now with DTS Turbo - woot!!!
    "It's times like these you go BUGGER!!!"

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    No not so lucky, R4 has just been released so I'll be right for a while. Upgrade pricing is on the twigg web site.

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    Of froad enclosure

    Hi Guys, Finally finished my off road enclosure. Based on some of the comments on this thread, I got a bit worried about connectors and USB plugs falling off especially as I am mounting everything behind the back seat which apparently is a right Bugger to get out.

    Here is the finished product:



    There are 6 USB ports with screw in sockets, a Silab radio (you can see the antenna connection) a switch to (I hope) select between normal operation or put 5 volt standby power to the bottom right USB with the rest of the hub powered down, power connectors (standby on the left and normal 5 volt power on the right). The leads are two USB inputs, one to the 7 port hub driving the Silab and the six visible USB ports, the other to drive a HDD. All internal power and USB connectors soldered to the boards, but did not solder the Silab in, I don't think it will move. The Silab is great, picks up Brissy radio stations just from the socket inside the house without plugging in an antenna. In the end, I did not use the firewire controller, looked like it would be too hard to solder onto the Laptop motherboard and they left me some nice extra solder lugs to solder my wires in to the USB input to the HDD. I had hoped to remove the USB sockets, but I could not melt the solder, so soldered into the sockets themselves.

    Here is an inside shot:



    I was worried about static on the radio after some comments on this thread so encased the Silab in a bit of 25mm aluminium. Held in with a screw at the end and has some rubber stuck to it to hold it snug. Taped the Radio to the USB socket.

    Before installing the hub:



    The modified Jaycar 7 port hub before soldering on the power and USB input leads:



    So who can tell me how to put standby power to a single USB outlet? I have put the 5 volt to the downstream side of the Red +5v in the socket and the negative to the normal -ve power input. Figured the ground line (black wire) is needed to close the USB circuits and it seemed that the -ve rail flowed right through from front to back.

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    Voice attenuation for GPS

    Hi guys, I found this thread which is pretty exciting for me because it attenuates the music player when Odyssey makes a navigation announcement.

    Release: Navigon Voice Guidance Attenuation

    It works a treat!

    There was a missing bit to the puzzle I coujld not find the download for but I compiled it and uploaded it in Post #38 which is currently the last post on the thread.

    So the only thing I have to sort out now (other than saving Ozie track and waypoint files for Bugger, and getting Win XP to boot off a CF card) is how to do the same thing to a Parrot Bluetooth phone kit when there is a signal either on the Line in or when Parrot enables the mute line.

    Cheers

    Rod

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    Hi guys.

    I've taken on the recommendations to stear clear of the Via systems and launched head on into a Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L with 2GHz dual core CPU and 1Gb ram. I've hooked up a 160Gb SATA HDD for now but still intend to head down the CF card route.

    For desktop testing i'm using some cheap arse ATX power supply but will use either an Opus or M4-ATX probably...

    Now i've just got to start playing around with cut down XP (TinyXP, nLite, etc, etc, etc). Try to work out what option I want to sit with.
    '89 GQ Patrol
    TD42 (go the Diesel!) NEW: Now with DTS Turbo - woot!!!
    "It's times like these you go BUGGER!!!"

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    Bugger, Just watch TinyXP, my virus software found a virus in it which it removed

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    G'day guys. I caught up with this action through Rod and the newhilux website. I am a Triton owner since replacing a 60 series Landy. This is my first foray into car pc's and I'm still being amazed for what you can get at a comparatively low price compared to off the shelf units. My system is fairly basic (1gb chip, 1 gb ram, mini-itx board, 120gb hdd, m2-atx power supply) but so far does everything I've chucked at it. I use it for music, video, gps and reverse camera at the moment but plan to add OziExplorer (and get away a lot more often), OBD2 software and possibly slave screens for the childerbeasts (no idea on this yet). I am following intently your progress on ozi and wait with baited breath. Unfortunately, my skills in this area need to be increased before I can offer any assistance. I am on a massive learning curve at the moment. Good to see some aussie 4b drivers on the forum.
    Cheers
    Greg

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    Talking Power UP!

    I've just ordered my M4-ATX... I didn't bother with the smaller supplies as I intend to power extra stuff like the LCD, reverse camera etc with this regulated supply as well as the PC itself. Also, with an over rated (compared to use) supply, it will run a lot cooler

    Did a nLite ISO last night so I'm keen to see what happens when I try to load it up tonight/this weekend...

    I make one of my USB flash disks bootable and stuck that in the new motherboard. Didn't have a stopwatch, but the LCD only just came on by the time the dos promp was up so the board seems to be posting very quickly... Looks promising for fast boot up times

    To Do:
    Make case for PC
    Install lots of cables (reversing camera, power to PC, fix up previous owners dodgy hacks and power head unit from second battery etc etc etc)
    Put LCD pod on dash (I'm not quite ready to cut up the dash...)
    Sort out on road nav software (Still looking at Australian options)
    Customise brushed metal skin to my liking
    Go 4 wheel driving more

    Cheers guys.
    '89 GQ Patrol
    TD42 (go the Diesel!) NEW: Now with DTS Turbo - woot!!!
    "It's times like these you go BUGGER!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodweb View Post
    Bugger, Just watch TinyXP, my virus software found a virus in it which it removed
    I found the same - is it really a virus? Recently there seems to be a lot of legitimate downloads (like OziExplorer) that report viruses. I am using Avast which I am happy with, although it seems a little overzealous!

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