Turning Xbox Into A Gps
Posted 29 October 2004 - 10:52 AM
I have a version 1.0 xbox with a 2.2 xecuter chip, evox dashboard and an automotive install. I would like to try and get "DeLorme Earthmate USB GPS Street Atlas USA 2003" (only $100) working on my box .
I think that it would work if i installed linuk and ran it using wine but was wondering if anyone had done this before.
Program requires 64megs to run and the xbox has it but should i upgrade?
The program will most likley require a keyboard. Seeing as 1 usb will be for the gps reciever can i run a usb keboard at the same time? Does anyone forsee any problems with the usb gps reciever working on the xboxs usb adaptors?
I havent started any of this but am intrested in figuring as much as i can out.
Any help wouldbe greatly oppritiated
Posted 02 November 2004 - 10:32 AM
I can't be sure it's working fully until my GPS arrives, and I'm a fairly complete linux noob, so I'm certainly happy with the fact that it's already giving me a map of the area near my house and giving me turn-by-turn directions to my girl's house in another state.
The only problem I ran into was the installer, Installshield and WINE don't play well together. Given that iGuidance was built for a PPC and ported to Windows from there, it's very light on resources and seems pretty self-contained, so getting it running was pretty simple. It's got turn-by-turn with voice guidance, speed warnings, and it lets you avoid tolls and highways if you prefer.
I wish you the same luck with Earthmate, but if I can get GPS installed and running, I'd definitely recommend iGuidance if you run into any snags with your software. Of course, they're both pretty pricey, so if you're on a budget, do your damndest to get that one working, first. If you're not on a budget, I'd recommend setting up a windows-based PC in it's stead... it's still cheaper than a dedicated GPS package.
Edited by Jerry-kun, 02 November 2004 - 10:33 AM.
Posted 07 November 2004 - 10:11 AM
The iguidance does seem to be a better software option. The software I was looking at runs at a minimum 64 but it is suggested that there be more.
I am currently doing a little research on linux before I dive into purchasing the project but I would be interested to know if you get the system working.
Thanks for the input.
Posted 07 November 2004 - 10:14 AM
Posted 07 November 2004 - 07:42 PM
use native linux drivers and software for it
Wine as many ppl dont know is acutall still in its infant ages
Posted 08 November 2004 - 01:50 PM
|why use wine?|
use native linux drivers and software for it
Well, to tell the truth, that was the original plan, but GPS navigation packages for Linux are few and far between, from what I've noticed. So far I've only come across topo maps and basic street maps... if that's all I wanted I could just print out directions from Mapquest before I go anywhere.
As for the GPS mouse, I haven't gotten the chance to test it yet... I switched over to GentooX Pro for speed's sake, I wanted to compile something lightweight that'd only do what I need it to... after a few days compiling, I ended up breaking the hell out of my install... like I said, I'm a linux noob.
The installshield issue I attempted to tackle by normal means, but could never get it to do a direct install on my box... so I ended up installing it on my PC, putting the maps and the installed software into a single directory on the box, and attempted to bring it up. Luckily, it's a simple enough program that it worked that way, nicely.
Now I've just got to get Gentoo back up and running again.
Posted 11 November 2004 - 06:08 PM
Posted 13 November 2004 - 05:32 AM
Off topic, but regarding Xbox in car -- since the Xbox is a 12V unit, is there any where to bypass the Xbox PSU and hardwire the Xbox to the car battery? I've heard of this done with PS2, and was wondering if anyone had done it with Xbox yet...
Posted 15 November 2004 - 04:08 AM
You need to get a power inverter, whcih changes the volatage to fit the car.
Posted 30 November 2004 - 12:50 PM
The system is complete save for one element... WINE does not like USB devices. It'd all come together smoothly if not for that. iGuidance/Routis is running flawlessly, but the WINE API just can't see the connected GPS mouse, and when it does, it simply crashes linux, forcing me to do a hard reboot.
The only other options I'm seeing are VMware (don't have that kind of money plus the xbox has limited RAM) or waiting around for WINE to implement that kind of support, or some kind soul to either get windows up and running, or port ReactOS.
GPSdrive lacks the turn-by-turn directions unless you've planned everything in advance, and if there's road construction, you're SOL. It'd work nicely as a temp solution, but it'd be lacking in the long run.
As of right now it's unfortunately stopped dead, as I've run out of options. I still have some hope, though.
Edited by Jerry-kun, 30 November 2004 - 12:52 PM.
Posted 04 December 2004 - 01:59 PM
So, to combat the installshield issues, I scrapped WINE and switched to Crossover Office, which installed the program quickly and easily. I reset COM1 to ttyUSB0, and now I've got a GPS signal coming in.
I still haven't gotten a satellite lock, but from inside the house with the GPS mouse sitting on a window, I shouldn't expect to.
Tomorrow I'm going to pick up a cheap power inverter for testing, and try a live road test to see what happens. I'll let you know.
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