Originally Posted by Surfesq
Here is how I used my laptop offshore:
I route my GPS/Chartplotter to the laptop so that I can update the chart from the laptop. I use Maxsea so I download the weather repot from the SSB and upload it into Maxsea. I then use the weather routing program within Maxsea to plot the optimum course. The waypoints are fed into the Chartplotter by the laptop which in turns speaks to the autopilot.
MaxSea also will plot your chart and can give you ETA information based on the weather report.
By the way, I purchased a 12 volt plug for IBM laptop. I assume you can pick one up for any laptop. This worked perfectly for my needs.
That is awesome. I plan on getting an auto pilot installed immediately after I purchase the boat. I will also need to purchase a GPS/chartplotter, SSB and a Maxsea. About how much is that going to run me?
Originally Posted by camaraderie
Surf...Ditto on the cockpit use!
Jug...Actually I think a well bagged and standard laptop makes a lot more sense...
I would encourage you to think more about power usage and bettery life...focusing on units which can be charged from a 12V system and use relatively few amps unless you are gonna have a generator on board. If you are gonna have a generator...get the biggest screen and hard drive you can and make sure the unit has a mobile processor and make sure the unit can be upgraded to Windows Vista once that OS becomes operable and stable...
I just got a great BIG honkin HP for about $700 bucks that would have cost me $2k a couple of years ago. I recommend Toshiba for standard size and HP for large size displays. I would avoid other brands today no matter what their reputation in the past. I am speaking here of major brands...you may find the need to get a specialized model from a small company and my remarks are not intended to cover those.
Hope this helps!
What is OS?
I am looking at HP's and am looking to make a purchase real soon, but I don't have a clue as to what I am looking for as far as upgrades go to run all the different components on a boat.
This notebook has
The Pavilion dv2000z features state-of-the art AMD dual core processors. AMD's Turion 64 x2 technology delivers first-rate system performance while running multiple demanding applications. And AMD's PowerNow! supplies longer battery life to keep you mobile.
This is what I am looking @ as far as upgrades go...
I am not sure which Operating System to use? XP home, media center or prefessional. Any suggestions?
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery or should I get the 6 cell?
AMD Turion(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-56(1.8GHz/1MB
2048MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
HP recommended for an enhanced Windows Vista experience.
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network w/Bluetooth
120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Store up to 44,000 photos, 25,000 songs, or 66 hours of video.
I am guessing this will be easier on the batteries than a CD player and flat screen tv.
HP Imprint Finish + Microphone + Webcam
LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer
HP's exclusive LightScribe laser technology - a better way to burn custom, precise, silkscreen-quality labels on CDs and DVDs
Sonic MyDVD Deluxe - Create & Share Digital Media
Create movie or slideshow DVDs with your favorite videos, photos and music! Requires an optical drive with CD or DVD burning capability
2-year HP Accidental Damage Protection with Express Repair extended service plan~!!
What other upgrades in the link would anyone recommend? Would it be unwise to upgrade to a 17 inch screen instead of a 14?