I use a little Nettop pc. AMD E350 processor with 4GB RAM and I changed out the supplied HDD for SSD.
It's been running a couple of years now. Runs MaxSea
Timezero, OCPN, OziExplorer, DrDepth, WxtoImg, airmail and GPSGate routinely and concurrently. I also run VNC to view the charts
in the cockpit
occasionally but find that staring at a chart in the cockpit
is rarely needed.
OS is currently windows 10, was Windows 7
It has six USB interfaces, WiFi
but no built in Bluetooth.
used as follows:
Bluetooth Dongle (Pactor modem
Logitech unifying dongle for keyboard, trackball
Actisense NGT (N2K to TimeZero)
Actisense NGW (NMEA 0183)
GPSGATE distributes the NMEA
data via virtual serial ports
and UDP and logs
everything in hourly logs
(also provides replay when I want it)
MY screen is currently an old Proview 13" (ish)
The screen is the main issue as it is rubbish at night (too much light leak around the edges) and it pulls too much juice.
The PC with all interfaces active pulls a little over an Amp
The screen about 1.2 - 1.4A I have the power saver settings adjusted to switch it off after 5 mins of inactivity. With these settings its ok in normal navigation
as it's off most of the time but if I'm working on route
planning or processing satellite images
or whatever at the PC obviously it is on and using a lot of juice. Oh and we watch movies on it.
So where to source these cheap
12V screens that everybody keeps talking about? I want a usable screen for more than nav, doesn't have to be waterproof but some sort of industrial hardening would be nice. Low power
draw and good night performance high on the list. full sunlight viewable is not a requirement.
If I can find a suitable screen that is economically viable for me I'll worry about how to ship to somewhere I can get my hands on it.
Tweed's World | A high latitude sailor preparing for tropical cruising