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Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: I need some help
September 14, 2018, 08:34:10 AM
Also,it seems like some folks don't realize that you have to double click on the downloaded file to get it to install itself. It won't install until you install it
General Discussion / Re: MapInstall?
July 18, 2017, 08:33:06 AM
If that's the case, why does the same map selection work fine when I use Mapsource for the maps transfer?
General Discussion / MapInstall?
July 16, 2017, 03:51:35 PM
Has anyone else had issues with using MapInstall? I'm not sure if I used it or Mapsource for my original Garmin 530hcx map installs, but I picked up a new garmin and tried to load maps on it with no luck using MapInstall. It doesn't want to do the math right, as I tried to load 2.76mb of data on a 2gb and it told me I couldn't as there wasn't enough room for the maps. I tried a 4gb card and it looked like it worked, but in checking I found out it didn't.

Used Mapsource, and had no problems.
GPSr Units / Re: Large Screen GPS for 4x4 Topo Display
November 03, 2016, 03:00:54 PM
For a larger display, I use a Hisense Sero 7 Pro. The GPS is very accurate and the topo maps are free! You can even use photo maps free in some apps.

The Sero 7 Pro can be had for under $100 used on Ebay.

Food for thought. You might look at a used Hisense Sero 7 Pro tablet. They go for cheap, and have built in WiFi and GPS. There's lots of APPs out there with all sorts of maps that are downloadable to the tablet for use without WiFi.
GPS sensitivity is excellent, as the GPS works in my house, as well as the car.
The tablets usually go for around $40 to $75 max on Ebay. You've just gotta shop around a bit. 
General Discussion / Re: android Options
June 16, 2015, 08:49:25 AM
You might try the US Topo Maps App on the Google Playstore. It has many map types it will display, as well as let you download large sections of them to an SD card for offline use. I was astonished at all the maps that are available as well as photo maps too. It supports tracks, waypoints and routing. I paid the small fee and got the Pro version. It even has Doppler Radar overlays as an option!
Try it, you might like it!
Might try looking in the custom maps area under Arizona?  :)
It's been working for me too! If it wasn't working, how did the OP make a post?

Just curious............   ;)
It's for that same reason that I keep my different maps on different cards. I simply change the card in the device to the card that has the map I need on it.

Quick and easy too! ;)
Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: Reducing tile size?
November 20, 2013, 08:56:17 AM
If you can find the older version (red case cover) of Garmin Topo 100k maps, the segment tiles are small enough and nice enough to get quite a few on the 120. The sets come up used on Ebay, and are not locked to any device or user as they are the older version. The set I have is the first set I bought years ago. It's version 3.00 and covers the whole USA. Doesn't have quite the detail as the newer maps, but it's not bad for the money. I see a set currently on Ebay for around $20.
General Discussion / Re: Suggestions for GPS
November 13, 2013, 03:19:56 PM
I've bought a couple used with no issues. In fact since they're no longer made, there's some pretty good deals on them too!
I'm not positive about how long a fresh charged battery lasts, as I've never ran one clear down. They can be recharged easily from AC or a 12v cigarette lighter outlet. They also have a battery pack available that can use AA alkalines, but at reduced transmit power. I carry one as an emergency spare but haven't ever needed it yet. I see new rechargeable packs sell for under $30 for Chinese knockoff packs to $44.95 for Garmin packs and some higher at $59.95. I've never had to buy one as a replacement, but have one as a spare in case I need it.
You can but 4gb of data on the micro SD cards that go in it. Plus you can buy the premade maps on the cards, if you desire. I have the whole US topo downloaded onto mine with trails and POI added!
The 530hcx has so many features, you could almost write an article just about what it can do. :)
General Discussion / Re: Suggestions for GPS
November 11, 2013, 12:34:11 PM
I started out with the Rino 120, and moved up to the Rino 530hcx. There's a world of difference! So much so that you'll never want to touch the 120 again!
The 530hcx will pick up a satellite signal just about anywhere. In a car, or even in a house!
You won't be sorry with it.
If you don't care about the radio, there are other options. But the weather band is sure nice on it too!
When renaming the transparent/overlay map, is there any special naming convention that must be used so that it will be recognized by the Garmin unit?
School me again on using transparent maps. I'm trying to see if they will work on my Garmin 530Hcx, and how do you use them in Basecamp? I haven't quite gotten the knack of getting both normal and transparent to display at the same time yet.
Yep, I have two Quest units. There's just nothing out there that's newer to update to current POIs or newer roads. The main drawback to the free routable maps is that they take more memory for storage than the Quest has. Garmin does not offer anything new for them either. So it's a case of live with it, or upgrade to a newer system/unit from what I've discovered.   :-\