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tcassidy
The lifetime map update has to be purchased separately. What Ken was saying is you can not purchase the lifetime update for the software-only version on Mobile PC. If you think you might be interested in the lifetime update, you must purchase the version of Mobile PC that includes a GPS. It comes with either a USB GPS20x or a Bluetooth GPS10x and is sometimes called the Deluxe version.

Terry
corlando52
Got it! Thanks!
I haven't been able to find a KITT voice for the Mobile PC, yet. I'll have to play with the phrases I already have, or record them from the Mio Knight Rider GPS.

Chris
Ken in Regina
Hi Chris,

That's right. If you can't find a KITT voice file already done, you need to clip the specific words/phrases from some other source and use a voice editor like Garmin's Voice Studio (free) to make your own.

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corlando52
Cool beans, Ken. Thanks, buddy!

Chris
corlando52
Could you please tell me the difference between the 10x and 20x? I assumed it was how powerful the receiver is, but I'd like to be sure. I'm thinking of getting this one on ebay, and it says it comes with both, the 10x has a battery and the 20x doesn't.
Thanks!

Chris
Marvin Hlavac
Chris, the Garmin GPS20x is USB, and the Garmin GPS10x is Bluetooth.
tcassidy
USB GPS devices (eg 20x) connect directly to the computer and draw their power from the USB port. Bluetooth GPS devices (eg 10x) communicate with the computer via radio waves. The computer must have an internal Bluetooth receiver or need a Bluetooth USB dongle. Bluetooth GPS devices have an internal rechargable battery which must be charged periodically.

The hardware version of Mobile PC comes with one or the other of those devices, not both. The Bluetooth version is usually a lot more expensive.

Terry
corlando52
Thanks again guys! You guys are great! I have an old Dell laptop I want to run this on, and it doesn't have Bluetooth. I might get it down the road so I can answer my phone in the car, but then again they have stand alone devices for that. This is all in the planning stages right now.

Oh, one other question. How long is the USB wire? Can it be extended without a performance issue?

Chris
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by corlando52
Oh, one other question. How long is the USB wire?
The USB cable varies from device to device and is usually from 4ft to 6ft long.

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Can it be extended without a performance issue?
Yes and no. A short extension cable, say two feet or so, will likely be okay. For longer extensions you might need an "active" extension cable. It acts sort of like a "booster" so the signal doesn't get degraded by the extra length.

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t1d
A BlueTooth dongle is dirt cheap... I just got one off of Amazon for $2.20 including shipping... It works just fine with my cell phone... Some of the other guys said that some of the software is better than others... But, I don't recall which...
Ken in Regina
If you plug in the Bluetooth dongle the first time and just let Windows install its own Bluetooth stack it will most likely work perfectly with any Bluetooth GPS receiver.

However, it will be missing features that might be of interest to you for use with your phone or for listening to music on the PC with Bluetooth headphones.

With the full Broadcom Bluetooth stack installed, I am able to easily transfer pictures from the phone to the PC and sync the phone book and calendar on the phone with Outlook on the PC.

With the ASUS proprietary Bluetooth stack installed, I can sync the phonebook in the phone with Outlook Express.

I don't care about using that data on the PC but it's sure nice knowing that I have a backup so I'll never have to manually re-enter all my contacts into the phone.

By the way, this is not a smartphone (LG Rumour 2). I think most phones with Bluetooth functions will do similar things if the Bluetooth stack on the PC supports the necessary functions.

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corlando52
Hmmm....might be worth looking into getting the Bluetooth dongle, anyway. So you recommend the ASUS Bluetooth dongle?

Chris
Ken in Regina
No, I don't really recommend the ASUS dongle, at least not the one I've got. Unless you specifically want the ability to sync your phones contacts with Outlook Express (and the phone knows how to do that). It seems to prefer its own proprietary Bluetooth stack. I prefer to use the Broadcom stack or the Microsoft stack and the ASUS doesn't seem to want to work with it.

I confess I have not spent much time with it because I have another cheap dongle that works great with pretty much any stack. I bought the ASUS because I wanted one of those really tiny ones to plug into my netbook and just leave it there. Since I plan to use it with my Bluetooth GPS receivers and they work fine with it, I'll live with the ASUS stack. The clincher is that I already have it and it's working. But if I was looking to start fresh, I would find something else.

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tcassidy
I have couple of ASUS dongles that work fine with the basic Microsoft stack. I haven't tried the included Widcomm/Broadcom ones with them as I am not using other features. Maybe there is more than one model.

Terry
Ken in Regina
This one does not install the Widcomm. It installs a proprietary ASUS Bluetooth Application which includes a stack.

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