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    Low maintenance GPS map

    Hello all, haven't posted here for many years but am looking to revamp my system a little bit. The available hardware I have is an old 466 MHz AMD laptop, Garmin GPS 35PC (with serial connector) and some old Co-Pilot software. Installed in my car already is a Sony head unit with TV tuner, limo antenna and aux input to a 7 inch TV in the front.

    What I'd like to do is put the laptop in my glove box (in a nice install) with the GPS antenna mounted somewhere stealth in the dash. This all seems pretty straight forward. From there I want the laptop to auto boot into a GPS program with no user input. I don't want any directions or guidance systems, I just want a map on the screen with a compus and maybe a speed reading. The biggest problem I have is when I'm driving I want to know what side street is next to me and maybe the next exit on a freeway, nothing more, nothing less.

    What kind of software do I need to do this? Because it's a laptop I figured I could find a way to have it autoshut down when the car goes off (running on battery power then) so I wouldn't have any problems there.

    It seems like all the new software is so guidance oriented and too frilly. It would be great if I could use the Co-Pilot software I currently have, but I must say, it's over 4 years old and I bet some of the maps are pretty outdated. If anybody has some ideas or has done a no-frills install like this I'd appreciate the advice to help out an old time member.

    BEN

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    Delorme Street Atlass 2004 works pretty good. I tested on a trip this past weekend. The reason why i am switching to the iguidance2.0/routis way is because I want good directions. StreetAtlass in only 40. The only input you may need is zoom in, zoom out and those buttons were kind too small.

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    I guess that would work good for me, could I use a remote to control the zoom buttons (or maybe hardwire something to the other serial port?)

    BEN

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    I don't know. I didn't get to play with the program to much. I do believe there are hot-keys, so a remote would probably work. Please get further feedback as well.

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    Or you can look at mine.

    I do everything off the remote...unless I need to type, then I drag out the keyboard (in the center console).

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