Microsoft Streets & Trips 2005 + GPS keeps freezing up
Streets and Trips 2005 + GPS keeps freezing up:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Streets.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 40f34107
Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.1.7600.16695
Fault Module Timestamp: 4cc7ab86
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 0003371b
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 4105

Additional information about the problem:
LCID: 1033

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Marvin Hlavac
Hi Colthepol,

Welcome to Laptop GPS World.

I read, in a reply you just posted in another thread, that the problem might have gone away. Keep us posted. Hopefully it won't return.
I think it must be me being a bit to aggressive. I was just using the distance from point to point over an extended route and it froze and shut down with the above diagnosis message APPCRASH.
Since then I have pussy footed and things seem OK.

New ? will applying a stronger magnet to the base of the 353 with PL affect the pickup of signals?? It may seem a dumb ? to you but not to me,I work on the assumption that anything that can happen usually does.

Is it Illegal to have a GPS on the windshield,I seem to think I heard this on the tele(CTV)
Marvin Hlavac
I wouldn't expect the strength of the magnet to have any effect on the RF reception of the antenna inside your BU-353 USB GPS receiver. However, placing the BU-353, with its magnetic base, on top of even a small metal plate, may help a bit (ground-plane effect).

However, the biggest gain is usually achieved by not hiding the antenna from the best possible view of the sky in many directions.
Ken in Regina
A big enough magnet will definitely affect the reception in a very negative way. Big enough and it will even affect the ability of the processor in the receiver to function at all.

But I have no idea why anyone would want a stronger magnet anyway. I've had my BU-353 on the roof at 125kph into a headwind that was blowing 40kph gusting to 60kph and it never moved.

A magnet that's strong enough to increase the hold to the roof but not mess up the reception or totally screw the receiver will simply make the device stick up higher into the wind, create more drag and add one more point for seperation of the device from the skin of the vehicle.

As Marvin said, getting a good ground plain under the receiver helps the reception. That's the second biggest improvement you can make. The best, as Marvin said, is to make sure it has as open and unobstructed a view of the sky as possible. Putting it on the roof, using the standard magnetic base, does both. Win-Win.

Just back from a 3 week trip (holiday) to Fl. Laptop on the backseat with a few route points. Traveled mostly on minor roads. US road signs were excellent as opposed to Ca!

Started off with map rotating to to direction traveled, but found that a little awkward, so kept map centered with map as usual + GPS trail.

No real probs, except for in a few towns, but were soon sorted out by look on the magnified map.This was with Streets & Trips 2005 + GPS. I declined use of my sons Garmin 1350, took my 6 year old E'trex and never used it.

I have been lead to believe Microsoft are the big bogey man, but I think they deserve a bit of credit for S&T's.

From my beginner reading of the posts, it seems as if some people want the laptop to drive the vehicle.

As for the freezing up, the hard drive has packed up on a 5 month old Toshiba 675, now replaced I'm glad to say.
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