Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: laptop choice
"It was the cables."
Funny how some things never change. I've taken to carrying spares on any multi-day trip after two "newish" USB cables died as well. Don't recall that a serial cable ever just up and quit the same way though.
Once you work around the quirky drivers in SPP mode, Bluetooth does have the benefit of eliminating the issue of cable wear. I set up my nav system to transmit Bluetooth because I wanted my tablet free to roam anywhere on the boat, but this issue of cables going bad is one more reason it was worth the cost and effort using Bluetooth.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)