You should be able to get a USB to Serial converter at any local store (best buy, circuit city, compusa, microcenter, etc) for only $20 or $25. Should work just fine. That's how my brother hooks his GPS unit to his Mac Powerbook Ti (it has no serial, so he has to use the adaptor).
Doesnt the webplayer have an internal serial port? Im not sure whether it is true rs232 or 5V rs232, but you may be able to install a GPS board inside the webplayer. MOst GPS units ouptut NMEA, which is a standrad comms protocol. May places like Garmin sell an OEM GPS (without a cse) for such an application, which will interface to either 5V rs232 or true rs232.
I am also looking to put my WP into my Jeep to replace my aging P133 laptop that I currently use. I am also looking into a USB-serial converter.
Here's the best solution I have found so far, I am getting ready to purchase it soon.
I have a Garmin GPS with serial cables running Delorme's 3d Topoquads, and that combination works pretty well. Now, with the extra cPU power the WP has, I might even be able to play MP3s!
Well, before I read the pinout above, I broke down and opened my WP again to take a closer look at this connection. It appears there are two too many pin placements for a standard serial cable. Does anyone know more about the pinout described above. Is there a special cable that can be purchased or does this imply one would have to build their own cable. Maybe it will just be a whole lot easier going with the usb to serial connection.
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