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05-21-2005, 10:40 PM   #1

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4700 GPS, WiFi and Memory questions

Hi, I was using Mapopolis software on my 3835. I liked it and even the new 4.0 version had voice prompts. Although 2 dementional, it was easy to use, allowed on unit point to point directions and it was easy to read. Unfortunately, I have to purchase a yearly subscriiption which allowed unlimited downloads of county/parish maps, their POI’s and their maps may not be up-to-date and I am not sure if they have a national major highway route map to use for vacation planning. Now that I have a 4700 VGA, the 4.0 doesn’t work and their beta is a pain to download and install. Based on the pro’s and con’s above, does anyone have a suggestion on GPS software that runs well on the 4700 with a single purchase price that you can get updates, is easy to use and read. Also a good bluetooth GPS receiver that will work with the 4700. Also, I have been in two airports that I get a WiFi signal, but I can’t connect. Is there an actual signal or is it they just won’t let me connect? Oh, one more thing. my 3835 would allow me to close (stop)programs. It released the memory without a soft reset. The 4700 allows me to stop programs, but doesn’t seem to release the memory without a soft reset. Has anyone else noticed this? Thanks in advance!!

Bob

 
05-22-2005, 03:30 AM   #2

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I tried Tom Tom on my 4705 and had problems getting to work. Of all things customer support told me the problem was a conflict with my BT Keyboard drivers. They suggested a hard reset and avoiding the BT Keyboard. Instead, I tried the HP iPAQ BT Navigation Receiver and Software. Works fine for me and guaranteed to work on a 4700. At the airport, you may have picked up WiFi signals for a closed (private) network or some type of subscription service which would require you to pay a monthly fee for access. Unless you see a sign posted (and there are very few of these)that says FREE WiFi service, it’s probably not free. I fly Continental regularly and am a member of their President’s Club. They provide free WiFi to members and anyone who can get close enough to the walls outside the club.

By not releasing memory, do you mean the programs are not closing (the “X” in the upper right corner only typically minimizes programs) or after they close they don’t seem to release all the memory. If the former, you need a third party Task Manager to close programs easily. You can find simple apps for free or more robust versions for a few dollars. If you mean the later, memory does seem to be returned when I close apps, but sometimes not as much as I would expect. Don’t know the exact reason, but eventually a soft reset becomes the necessary thing to do.

 
05-22-2005, 03:30 PM   #3

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Thanks for the info. I was going to try a different BT GPS receiver, but at the moment it is on my favorites on my other computer. It is supposed to be more sensitive. I was mainly concerned with the software. I have a Garmin Color Street Pilot that I am going to sell. So I am familiar with two 2 dementional mobil map programs. I want one that has ocasional updates, a good list of POI’s, voice prompts, can give LAT-LONG/ALT/TIME/DAY-NIGHT mode and most importanly will reroute automatically if you are off track (not just turn you around and go back the way you came to get back on track. Most of these are on most software, but ease of use is important. I don’t want to fiddle with it much. I have a version of DeLorme Street Atlas 2004, but usually used Mapopolis. Maybe it is time to try the Delorme. I hope it is VGA compatable. Thanks for the info on the WIFI spots. I found a list of free spots…both airports aren’t on the list.

I would have thought HP would have done a little better at releasing programs using precious memory. I knew about “stopping” the program. My 3835 did a better job at releasing the memory, I think. Battery Plus did well, but I think it has power usagage issues (seems to use too much sometimes).

 
05-28-2005, 03:11 PM   #4

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Originally Posted by BRagl2

Hi, I was using Mapopolis software on my 3835. I liked it and even the new 4.0 version had voice prompts. Although 2 dementional, it was easy to use, allowed on unit point to point directions and it was easy to read. Unfortunately, I have to purchase a yearly subscriiption which allowed unlimited downloads of county/parish maps, their POI’s and their maps may not be up-to-date and I am not sure if they have a national major highway route map to use for vacation planning. Now that I have a 4700 VGA, the 4.0 doesn’t work and their beta is a pain to download and install. Based on the pro’s and con’s above, does anyone have a suggestion on GPS software that runs well on the 4700 with a single purchase price that you can get updates, is easy to use and read. Also a good bluetooth GPS receiver that will work with the 4700. Also, I have been in two airports that I get a WiFi signal, but I can’t connect. Is there an actual signal or is it they just won’t let me connect? Oh, one more thing. my 3835 would allow me to close (stop)programs. It released the memory without a soft reset. The 4700 allows me to stop programs, but doesn’t seem to release the memory without a soft reset. Has anyone else noticed this? Thanks in advance!!

Bob

I also have a 4705 with a CoPilot (Emtac) bluetooth receiver and CoPilot Live 5 software. The system works well for me and I really like it. It was pricy (~$370) for the package and CoPilot does not have the best Customer Service, however, their program runs well right out of the box and “plays well with others.” Once properly set up, the 4705 communicates flawlessly with the Emtac receiver usually getting 7-8 satelites within a minute or two. The receiver is also WAAS capable for improved accuracy, but you have to download additional software (free from Emtac) to accomplish this.

 
05-28-2005, 09:16 PM   #5

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GPS-I use delorme handheld for maps along with the earthmate BT gps receiver. Works outstanding for my mobile needs as a Service Engineer traveling the upper midwest.
Memory-there are third party apps, Wisbar, Spb pocket plus, etc. that “close” programs to free up memory, or you can use itask to show running programs, tap and hold for close.

 
05-28-2005, 09:57 PM   #6

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I really like Mapopolis, but I noticed that when I select landscape on the 4700, the maps don’t go out to the edge. Does anyone know if any of these mapping/GPS software are VGA compliant and if they fill the whole screen in landscrap? I will check with Mapopolis. Maybe I am doing something wrong. Their customer service is really great. I have never had the help with software they they have given me with theirs.

 
05-28-2005, 11:42 PM   #7

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I think DeLorme’s Bluelogger is a terrific unit. I have been very satisfied with its performance .

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