Hardware and software USB GPS
I have a laptop. I want to have USB GPS for my laptop. I don't know where I start, so I came up with some questions.

- How much it cost for software and hardware?
- Any USB GPS will work for any software?
- What model is the good price and good to use?

Thanks for your help
Marvin Hlavac

Welcome to Laptop GPS World.

If you have a laptop, you can set it up for GPS navigation very inexpensively. You can buy a top of the line USB GPS receiver for about $50 and your choice of GPS navigation software from $40 to $200. You can buy software & hardware bundles for $100 or even less.

I'd look for a USB GPS receiver based on the SiRFstarIII chipset. BU-353 has been very popular. Vast majority of USB GPS receivers will work with most software programs. Garmin products still seem to be an exception (but there are workarounds to that, too).

Recommended software would depend on your geographical location, as the map data included usually covers only some countries. More info: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/37-list-laptop-gps-navigation-software-programs-reviews
GlobalSat BU-353 USB GPS Receiver $36.99 + $ 5 shipping price is not bad. I read about the SiRFstarIII chipset. They did not tell BU-353 work for what Windows. I use Windows Vista and XP. Will it work?

Thanks for your help
Marvin Hlavac
Wow, the prices keep going down all the time!

It works on XP and Vista (details here) and very likely on other operating systems, too, but I only used it on XP and Vista.
Marvin, thanks for big help. I just get one for me it call >> Microsoft Streets & Trips 2008 with GPS Locator for the price $60.05 including shipping <<

I hope I get everything I need.
Marvin Hlavac
Good price! And yes, it includes everything you need (software + hardware). And I'm glad you didn't get scared by reading the 8 page long thread with over 100 replies: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/166-streets-2008-stopping-after-5-6-weeks. It is a known issue, but most users don't experience it.
I got my Microsoft Streets & Trips 2008 with GPS Locator two days ago. I just install inverter under drivers seat of Toyota Sienna. One red cable connected to the fuse box, the black connected to the bolt of the seat. I tested it, it worked, but my concern is about the battery of the car >> after use the laptop with power of inverter if I forgot to turn off the inverter will the battery dead?

An other thing, what is the best laptop stand for 2008 Toyota Sienna?

Yes, you will drain the battery if you forget to turn off the inverter (speaking from experience).

Marvin Hlavac
I think some inverters have a feature which shuts them off when the battery voltage drops bellow certain level (to prevent discharging of battery).

Laptop mount for 2005 (or newer) Toyota Sienna: http://www.ram-mount.com/laptop_mount/ramvb153sw1_laptop_desk.htm (alternatively, you may go to http://www.ram-mount.com/ and at the home page select the year, make, and model of your vehicle to get appropriate laptop mount)
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