CF-18 GPS Options

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  1. kevin1162

    kevin1162 Notebook Guru

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    So i was going to buy one of those GPS kits from custom toughbooks on ebay and then got to reading the various opinions floating around the forums and am having second thoughts.

    Ultimately I'd prefer an internal solution but if those custom-toughbook kits aren't very accurate or reliable than I'd do something like a bu-353 and be done with it.

    What kind of custom gps builds have others done here?
     
  2. ares93

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    I'm using a slightly modded Globalsat BT-359. While internal solutions are preferable, an gps external works well too. If its a decent unit of course. My last one was crap.

    Its nothing fancy really, i picked it up used for roughly 3€. Made it as water resistant as I could. It works well enough to not warrant a 200$ internal solution. At least for now.

    BTW, I'm using a CF-29 MK4.

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    Right on, I'd like to use a wireless receiver if i had to go external but alas i have no bluetooth on my CF-18 MK4.

    I see that one of the more recommended internal units is the EM408 receiver. Is this the unit here?
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    It appears to have a patch antenna already but provisions for an external antenna... Is there a good antenna that will fit the bump-out of my cf-18?
     
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    ^ Yup, im pretty sure that's it.

    FYI: Just get one of those mini bluetooth dongles from ebay for 2-3 quid. Thats what I did since the twonk who designed it decided not to make the bloody hole big enough to fit any usb drives. Tried over twenty different models. None worked. I had to remove the case and just use the PCB.
     
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    Does the CF-18 have an internal USB port?
     
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    Not an actual port. But the pin-outs are there. You'll need the schematics and some damn steady hands. Motherboard soldering isn't exactly the easiest mod.
     
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    Heh, I've been doing things like this for a while.... Wrecked my fair share of things in the learning process.

    I just finished lifting and re-balling a GPU from a HP laptop with a dead display :)
     
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    Well then, it shouldn't be an issue for you. Good luck.
     
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    Yeah I'm just trying to figure out if i care enough ro do it or not :rolleyes:
     
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    ^ Toughbooks MUST be modded. Remember the commandments. "Thee shall not leave thy Toughbook unmodded."

    I've had mine for barely five days and I've already modded the optical drive, added an external gps, installed a mic, and i'm currently working on the SATA mod.
     
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