[clug] uppdate software for navig8r M35 GPS navigation system

David Cottrill cottrill.david at gmail.com
Wed Apr 29 09:53:59 GMT 2009

Ipaqs can run Linux (2.4 kernel) and work reasonably well. At least mine
does.The hitch is the bootloader. There are a few ways to get around it but
the best idea (to me) is to:
a) take a previous suggestion and give up
b) visit http://familiar.handhelds.org/ and
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-ipaq.html to get all the
information you'll ever need. Includes at least token GPS drivers and

Note that you are pretty much screwed if it doesn't all go exactly to plan.
My plaything was bought for $40 as an all in one car computer. The concept
is still good, but I never did get around to actually making the damn thing
work the way I dreamed.

2009/4/29 David Tulloh <david at tulloh.id.au>

> Stephen Gibson wrote:
>> ...
>> Since, this is a Linux list, I would like to note that the navig8r M35
>> has an ARM processor (which is used to run windows CE).
>> Anyone know if it would be possible to install ARM Ubuntu on this mobile
>> device?
>> It only has a USB interface to the outside world and it is not obvious
>> to me how to interrupt the windoze boot process ...
> I'm sure it's possible.  You can probably boot it off the SD card, maybe
> with a magic boot from me file.
> The more important question is why would you want to?
> A low cost device like this almost certainly has a GPS radio chip in it and
> does the actual processing in the ARM chip.  I'm not aware of any open
> source GPS processors at that level, though there may be one built into the
> Android system.
> Even if you could drop in a GPS implementation the value in the device
> comes from the map software.  The best open source mapping software I've
> seen just plots points on a map file.  You might find something in the
> Android project again but I suspect that any phone based system would be
> inferior to what you have right now.
> If you want to have a generic linux system in your car it's probably far
> easier to adapt an existing Linux system to the car.  Chopping the case off
> something like a Chumby would be fairly simple.
> David
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