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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronle06 View Post
    im waiting for someone to shine some light on this subject already. i saw Route 66 USA 2004 at Fry's electronics today for forty bucks. not much choices when you go mac.
    i 40 bucks down the drain when you have a intel based mac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronle06 View Post
    i 40 bucks down the drain when you have a Intel based mac.
    actually it works with my new dual-core Intel, but its not working with the BU-353. I wonder if there is a driver update for it. That should fix the problem.

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    Well i have the Kenwood-Garmin Satnav for the touch screen head unit, so i am not all that bothered by GPS.

    But as a mac person, i feel it is an aboslute must that i try something, just to see for myself...

    So i am going to opt for the Route Buddy setup, if only because they seem to be very active in the UPDATING of there software, and there very helpful attitude towards there users and helpfullness when you have a problem.

    They are also looking at the update for turn-by-turn and have already got address look up, so it seems that as they work closely with garmin already, they are going to be the better of what is available before too long and they have all the usual extras available to them through garmin.

    As a result of my thinking, i am going to try it, so am now thinking about which GPS to buy so as to go ahead with this...

    Would i be right in thinkng, as i haven't actually read it anywhere, with a GPS in the car, is it possible and how easy to set up, is the trackingof the vehicle if you are not using it....???

    IE if you have a mobile connected to the system...???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Parallels + Windows GPS software of your choice.
    I agree.

    Parallels is your friend with iGuidance on XP or any of the other Windows GPS apps. The GlobalSat BU-353 is an excellent waterproof GPS receiver with OSX drivers that work very well. I'm running it with 10.4.9 with no worries.

    OSX native GPS software? The best of the lot is RouteBuddy. I bought RouteBuddy plus North America maps only to find that it does not do address mapping - only routes. RB was recently upgraded to version 1.2 which is supposed to have address mapping. As a RB customer, I downloaded the 7Gb update I just haven't installed it yet. Hopefully it will work as advertised and I can dump Parallels.

    <edit> Installed RB 1.2 with "new GeoCoding"... it still sucks bad. Don't bother buying it. It's slow, slow, slow (on a 2.33GHz Merom Intel to boot) and completely useless as a in-car GPS system. My old Pioneer AVIC N3 was head and shoulders above it.

    Advice? Stick to PC based GPS software with Parallels, Q, VMWare beta for OSX or Virtual PC.

    Good luck
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    EnglandGreen,

    I am going the parallels route... I have tried using streets & trips 2007 with the BU-353 but for some reason it tells me that the receiver isn't 2.0 compatible or isn't sending the messages to the satalite in that format. I don't know whats going on with that.

    I will try iGuidance this time around... have you had success with using the BU-353 in parallels? Please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twiggs462 View Post
    How is co pilot?
    i really like some of copilots features, especially its driver turn by turn directions, turn markers, and POI database. however, its annoying to not be able to change songs without taking GPS off screen
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    Quote Originally Posted by twiggs462 View Post
    EnglandGreen,

    I am going the parallels route... I have tried using streets & trips 2007 with the BU-353 but for some reason it tells me that the receiver isn't 2.0 compatible or isn't sending the messages to the satalite in that format. I don't know whats going on with that.

    I will try iGuidance this time around... have you had success with using the BU-353 in parallels? Please let me know.
    BU-353 works perfectly in Parallels. You need to install the 1.1.0 OSX drivers (just a USB to serial driver) , then install the BU-353 Windows XP driver and autoconnect USB devices in Parallels. It adds a "COM3" port to XP - select that COM3 port set to 4800 baud and you are good to go.

    However, on every reboot of Parallels, you will have to select the USB-Serial device again. It instantly connects, it just will not remember to reconnect on reboot. I use Suspend in Parallels to get around this minor annoyance.

    Also, set your XP Start Bar on the left of the screen and use "Convergence". Now iGuidance is fully integrated with OSX and looks seemless.

    I'll post some pictures later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essarty View Post
    ....its annoying to not be able to change songs without taking GPS off screen
    Use iTunes' mini player set to "always on top" or Gimme Some Tunes mini player.
    EG

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    Thanks for the reply... one quick question is the BU-353 USB 1.1 compatible... Reason I ask is that I installed a 2-port mini usb hub in one of my dummy button on my car... so I can just plug and unplug the device and place it on my dash.

    Thanks again!

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    ^ Yes it is
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    Thanks for the tip! Glad it will work out with the 1.1!

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