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Can I add GPS to my Toughbook 30 down the road

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I recently purchased a toughbook 30 and the GPS/touchscreen options put the price tag a little out of my reach. I was wondering if there is a way to add the GPS feature after the fact. Maybe a cheaper way of doing it then sending it to toughbook for the upgrade.

Thanks for any help,
Chris
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fastrthnu earned 1000 total points
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You can always add an external GPS later.  I have an external Garmin Vista that I use on my notebook.  It is a serial model, and I use a USB to Serial converter cable to talk to it.  The cable allows me to add a RS-232 serial port to my computer even though it only had USB originally.  You can also just buy a USB GPS too.  Mine works great with Microsoft Streets and Trips 2006.
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Thank you for the info. I never thought of an external unit. I didn't even know they had them for laptops. Thanks again for the help!
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The Garmin Vista (or any of the eTrex line) I was referring to is also a great hand held unit for hiking.  the Vista just has more room for maps that you can download from the PC.
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