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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2011, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question Maps on Mini Laptop -- ???

First, I am not the brightest bulb in the box on computers...
But, I was wondering about (for on road with no internet connection) getting a mini laptop or DVD player or even a Kindle or something to carry on the cycle my for maps... I see Delorme has Street Maps as well as Topo maps on DVD but am not sure they can be loaded on the hard drive of a computer, if not one would have to have a seperate DVD player with mini laptop as they don't have one built in (not good)... Then there is the DVD player that I know nothing about, and that I wonder about the ability to zoom in and out on the maps, don't have a clue about a Kindle either... Oh, BTW-Can they (any) be charged via a 12V cigarette lighter socket...??? Could someone clue me in on what to do or get, or to not get, or do I need to forget it and stick with the paper maps and my little GPS (Nuvi 500, good for close but not for area)...??? Keep in mind I want be able to zoom out and look at areas I might want to go, as well as zoom in for detail... I do sometimes use Google maps and print some areas and carry with me, but that is agrivating as well as sometimes I want to check out other areas... I don't mind pulling off to the side and lookin things over to see which way I want to go... Can these DVDs be downloaded to a mini laptop hard drive...???
I know, a bunch of questions, but I told you up front, I am not the brightest bulb in the box...lol...
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i dont know much about most of your questions but as far as charging off of a cigarette lighter goes there are alot of "universal" charger kits for laptops that have a cigarette lighter adapter. I bought mine for 30 bucks but they can range between 20 and 120 bucks... sorry i couldnt help more.

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Not sure why your bothering with a DVD player or lap top or kendal... get yourself a GPS unit.. you can plot out routes on your home computer thru google, Bing whatever and then push it to your GPS... a GPS unit will plug into a cig lighter for charging.. small enough units are out there that will fit in your pocket when your not rideing and there are several makers of RAM attaching units for GPS's to bikes.
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clock152, I do have GPS and use it, but its no good for what I am asking to do, its ok for where you are, but if I want to look over maps after ridin a good mountain road and locate another, I don't want to plan ahead at home just maybe wander from place to place via different routes... Even if the GPS would do what I want to what good is a 5" screen when you zoom out to cover a good portion of a county... A 10" screen is not much, but a lot better than a 4-5"...
BlackOctober750, that is a help, it would mean that I would not have to spend for the higher Cap. batteries...
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Oh ok.. I am following you now.. hmmmm...you sould be able to use a program like WinAVI to rip a DVD to about any file type that you would want...or do a search for the type of software you are looking for and see if they have it in a downloadable form (they should have) and then mount it to the device you are useing... as far as being able to charge what ever you have you can get a plug in that will either use the cig/utility plug or you can pick up a cheap addapeter that has the cig plug on one end and a 3 prong AC plug on the other.
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If you are thinking laptop...why not just download the ever popular Rand McNally Road Atlas?

http://www.amazon.com/TOPICS-Enterta.../dp/B00006IQ98



"Product Description
From the Manufacturer

Rand McNally brings America's top-selling print Road Atlas to your desktop on a CD-ROM. With more than 130 years of experience, Rand McNally knows what travelers need and want in mapping and travel products. The company published its first Rand McNally Road Atlas in 1924. Now a PC edition is available for quick mapping, point-to-point directions, and attraction lookup. Join the millions of people who use Rand McNally road atlases for their travel needs.

The PC edition is easy to use and quick to install--just load the CD into your PC, follow the installation procedure, then put the CD away! You don't need the CD to run the Road Atlas. There's no Internet access required; it's always available."


I am not familar with it in PC form, but imagine you can zoom in or out on any area.

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Think I have the answer, to run the topo maps, you have to run the disc...
That is what I was afraid of because the mini laptops use an external DVD drive...
Thanks, and have a good one...Old Dog...

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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
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there is a way to do it wit the CD.. use Damon tools...but its a bugger if your not a geek .. some of the newer GPS systems you can look things up and plot courses on your computer and then load on your GPS... my Iphone works pretty well for this.. setting waypoints.. but as far as doing on the fly stuff.. not so much .. when it comes down to it good old road atlas tucked in a saddle bag then ploting it on your GPS unit is how I do it most of the time... or I stop and ask someone hows a great way to get to X with whatever I want to see....covered bridges or great trees in the fall. or some obsucre guy selling crazy stuff.
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OK-I just ordered this one to play with----
http://www.amazon.com/Topo-USA-8-0-E...4503891&sr=8-6
It is not windows 7 compatable but I have XP on my big laptop and can get more of an idea of what I want & can do with out spending the high dollars for the $70 one---
http://www.amazon.com/Delorme-AO-008...4504242&sr=8-1
If it will, it will, and if it won't, it won't...
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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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I guess my question is why do you need topo maps? Stopping to hunt?


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