Well, i just won an auction for an AYAY Sir GPS antenna, so i should be able to check out the rest of the Roadnavs abilities shortly. Also, ive discovered that you can go in an eliminate those bodies of waters i was complaining about earlier. It also improves the refresh rate of the maps greatly.
What do you think of the AYAY GPS? I'm going to get one if people say it is good.
well, im still waiting for it, but not by any fault of the manufacturer. i abruptly moved after ordering it, and now i have to wait for the us postal service to catch up. as soon as i get it thought i plan on putting it through its paces. where i live now is wide open, so i can test its ttff in the way they recomend. then,. i have to drive through wooded areas, so ill see how well it holds onto its locks. check back in about a week, and i should have stuff posted by then.
Well, after much fuss with the post office, i finally got my gps receiver. I immediately installed the drivers on my notebook, and then connected the receiver via the usb port. After about a minute, i had my location on MS streets and trips 2005. After a quick test drive I feel pretty good about my purchase. It held sat. lock well, even while placed in the center of the car, on top of my armrest, and had my shoulder over it the whole drive. It was also through pretty heavi;y wooded areas and i never lost lock. I guess its on par from what ive read of the bu-353 recievers. Im going to be taking a trip to Atlanta in a couple of weeks, and im toying with buying iguidance before i go to test it out. Ms s&t is definately not good for the car environment. I also dont like how it prompts you for a turn 3/10s of a mile ahead. In a crowded city, there might be 4-5 streets in that distance.
Well, I took my trip last night and went out to the ATL to see Carlos Mencia at the Tabernacle. Great show. I went ahead and picked up a copy of Iguidance 3.0 and installed it right before i left home. I decided to put some faith in the program and not print out directions before i left, i had an area atlas if need be so i wasnt too worried about it. Iguidance mapped me out a very predictable route without alot of fuss. It also recalculated when i lost my way (something that is apparently beyond the guys at microsoft). Once i got into the city with the tall buildings and the constant overpasses, i never lost signal, until i went under the overpass for the runways at hartsfield international airport, but it immediately regained lock on the other side and never missed a beat. After the show and getting ready to head home, i now have to find the highway. In the downtown atl area with its plethora of one way streets and lanes that abruptly end and force you to turn, i expect to spend no less than 20 minutes trying to find and get onto the highway from any given point in downtown. Iguidance and my AyAysir reciever got me from my parking lot, to the highway in no more than 5. I am extremely happy with the software and the recievers functionality.
Very glad to hear it. THANK YOU for spending the time to give us an update. Very few people do that. Most come here to ask questions, and don't post their experiences.
That said, I just purchased an AYAY as well, and I'm working on getting a test setup on my laptop. After I get that dialled in, I'll start working on a CarPC. Only issue I'm having right now is that the GPS sometimes is not found after resuming from hibernate. I think there are posts out here that can help me with that. Other than that, I'd say the AYAY is a pretty solid unit!
No problem. I know that more often than not while im searching, i find similar questions, but few answers. Thats why i try to answer each question i post if i find it so eventually it will help someone else.
here are some random pictures while my project progresses. im working on my screen fabrication, and over all layout in the car. Ive yet to get handsfree phone working yet, but ill let rr moblie continue to mature a little while. ive yet to decide on a skin yet. i really like liquid_smokes fantastic and original skins, but they are hard to navigate to me. nothing else seems at home in my car. i like snootchs bmv2 skin, but it just seems kinda outdated. i guess ill make that decision once i have an up and running system. the pictures of the screen are of it literally just set in place. I am going to have to lengthen the wires for the screen to the controller board, because of the way the cable for the vga and touch screen control, not to mention power wire comes out of it. once i lengthen the wires, i can lay it flat to allow the wires to plug straight into the board, the way that most stock radios plug in, straight into the back. the screen is an eonon off ebay. pretty cheap, and good quality. shipped from hong kong in record time. even though its not listed, it has an auto on feature. resolution is good, and brightness is fair, although i havent had a chance to check it in real sunlight yet.
heres some pics of making my bezel. first i filled the gaps on the sides between the factory radio bezel and the touchscreen case. heres a tip for anyone using flexible bumper repair epoxy to work on their own bezels. go slow and put it on in layers allowing each layer to dry fully before putting more on. also, heating it wil not make it cure faster (trust me) but it will make it crack and take alot of hard work to fix, if ytou can without starting all over again.
glazing putty and sand
backside of bezel
some primer to help find imperfections (works great) and more putty
ill let you guess
more primer and putty
4th layer of primer
matte black, no clear
matte black, no clear
look for some pics of textured clear to follow...
certainly not flawless, but on my budget of limited time, money and skills, it will certainly do for now.