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General Discussion / Re: Newbie question
« on: December 31, 2009, 05:51:45 AM »
Thanks for the quick reply.  BTW thanks for the information on this site  I've learned a lot in just the little bit of time I've been on it.

The specs for my GPS says it has MapSource and Basemap.  I'm interested to know if the Southeast Topo map on this site is what I'm looking for?  Is it the same as what Garmin sells on their website or that you can buy on ebay?  There is a version with an installer and without.  Whats the difference?  Can I download this directly to my PC then transfer to an SD and utilize it on my GPS?

I understand the whole DVD vs. SD card, but from what I understand I have to have SD card anyway to utilize any other maps (ie Topo, Street navigator), on my GPS unit?  The way I understand it from what I've read, the GPS cannot just download other maps directly, it has to run other maps through the San Disk.  Please tell me if I'm wrong.

Again thanks for the help.

General Discussion / Newbie question
« on: December 31, 2009, 03:11:37 AM »
I am brand new to the GPS community.......just purchased a Garmin Vista HCX.  I will use the unit to hike in SC and NC.  As I research, I realize that I need to purchase an SD card with Mapsource Topo for the Southeast.  It seems to me as if within this website is a download of Southeast Topo.  My questions are....is this the same download as if I were to buy it from Garmin?  Can I download that to my PC then just transfer it to a micro sd?  What is the process to do that and be able to use it on my Garmin?  I am somewhat computer literate, but certainly not an expert. 

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