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More likely than not, maps on this site will have used TIGER road data. I assume you are the same person who asked about this at GPSFileDepot and you are looking for Oregon maps. Since the maps here are free, why not just download one for your area and have a look yourself?

I believe the OpenStreetMap project has also used TIGER data (please correct me if I'm off base here!). You can browse their maps here: http://www.openstreetmap.org/

GPSr Units / Re: Can I pop the hood on my Nuvi 500?
« on: June 01, 2009, 12:27:35 PM »
Assuming the 500 is like other Nuvi's, here's how to save a favorite to include the coordinates. Press Menu > Where To > Coordinates. You will get a screen which shows your current coordinates. There should be a Save button at the bottom of the screen. Tap that and you will save your current position as a waypoint with coordinates.

This is just from memory and I don't have a Nuvi here at the moment. So it might be slightly different but this is the basic concept.

GPSr Units / Re: Garmin 855
« on: May 21, 2009, 12:23:59 PM »
Some of the maps on the site have Macintosh installers. If not, then you would have to install on a PC and run Garmin's mapconvert program.

GPSr Units / Re: Screen size
« on: May 21, 2009, 12:22:34 PM »
The widescreen Nuvi's are really pretty awkward for handheld use. They are just too wide to carry and view comfortably. All of the widescreen Nuvi's have 480x272 pixel screens. The regular ones are 320x240. The Oregon screen is in between at 400x240.

On the larger side, the Nuvi 5000 has a 5" screen at 800x480. But not suitable for handheld use because no battery!

GPSr Units / Re: Removing map from Nuvi
« on: May 02, 2009, 08:09:43 AM »
If you don't know how to use mapsource, how did you install the map?

In almost all cases, maps which a user installs on the Nuvi will be named gmapsupp.img. Connect the Nuvi to your computer and open it up like a disk to view the files. Open the Garmin folder. You should see a file named gmapsupp.img. Just to play it safe, copy that file to a location on your computer in case you want it again later. Then delete the gmapsupp.img file from the Nuvi. DO NOT change any other files on the Nuvi!

If you really want some cheap insurance, before touching anything on the Nuvi, copy the entire contents to your computer. That way you will have a backup which can be restored later if needed. Most Nuvi's have USB 1.0, so it may take quite awhile to copy its contents to your computer (45 minutes?). It will also consume over 2GB of space on your disk, but it could save you a lot of trouble later on if there's a problem.

After you drag the map into view, you could tap a location and save it as a favorite. Then the next time you want to "visit" Florida you could just pull up the favorite or use the "recently found" function.

Really, the easiest way would be to just download the update again using the laptop. The link you used the first time should continue to work for awhile. AFAIK, there is no limit to how many computers you can install the maps on, but you can only install them on one GPS.

Otherwise, you could try copying the files directly but you might run into some issues. I believe the location of the files may vary with your version of Mapsource. On my computer they are located in \Garmin\CNNANT2009

« on: March 29, 2009, 02:17:25 PM »
But it's worth noting that MapWel has more features than that - it lets you create your own vector-based maps with custom types.

Indeed, I was going to point that out too. I have been using Mapwel advanced for awhile and am really impressed. I have never tried to use the raster conversion features myself. But the custom styles editor is worth the price of admission for me. There is just no practical way that I could have created maps like these using "ASCII art" with cgpsmapper!

The Mapwel compiler is also very impressive. I found it was 3 to 5 times faster than cgpsmapper in my project. It does have some quirks and limitations though. The custom styles are applied individually to each map segment and there doesn't seem to be a way to just drop one .typ file into a whole mapset. I have posted about this on the Mapwel list and the author said he would look into it. I know that one of Oz's issues is that it doesn't play nice with Mapsource. For me, that's not a big deal but I can see why it would be a problem for some people. I wrote about my Mapwel impressions here: http://forums.gpsfiledepot.com/index.php/topic,152.msg1045.html#msg1045

OziExplorer CE is one of those solutions for Windows Mobile and Windows CE. I have used this extensively as well, and it's really cool. Works great on my HP iPAQ 310.

« on: March 29, 2009, 12:43:41 PM »
The way things currently stand, what I really think you need is a different GPS. The Oregon can now support raster-based maps but nobody has yet figured out how to create our own maps in this new format. If you want aerials here and now, take a look at the DeLorme PN-40. I haven't used one myself, but it has a very loyal user base. For a relatively inexpensive yearly subscription you can download all the imagery you want.

The 60csx just isn't going to be a good platform if you want raster imagery. It only supports vector based maps and limited kinds of filled polygons. Couple that with a relatively slow processor, a low resolution screen with only 8 bit color depth, and you are going to be fighting the hardware even when using MOAGU.

Map Making Support / Re: Road Colours
« on: March 29, 2009, 10:12:27 AM »
See the section in this tutorial starting on page 33 for an explanation of custom types: http://www.cgpsmapper.com/download/GM8DocV2.pdf

If you get really involved with custom types (especially polygons), you may find that Mapwel offers a better workflow than GPSMapEdit/Cgpsmapper. It has a very nice editor for custom types built-in (they call them "user defined styles") and it can compile the map and upload it to your gps without leaving the program. See: http://www.mapwel.biz/

« on: March 29, 2009, 10:07:43 AM »
There's a program called Moagu (http://moagu.com) that can convert raster imagery into 60CSx-compatible format, but it's a bit of a hack (and as the guy who wrote it, I should know :).

Wow - very cool to have the author of MOAGU here in the forums. Welcome!  :)

The maps on this site definitely won't work on Navigon. AFAIK, there are no topo maps available on Navigon at all. However, I believe Navigon is based on Windows CE. You should be able to find instructions on "unlocking" it, which would give you access to the underlying Windows operating system. Once you have done this, you might consider installing OziExplorer CE. It's a cool little program that lets you make your own maps from satellite photos, USGS topos, or anything you like.

The downside is that this gets pretty technical and involved. If interested, see GPSPassion's AIO forum for unlocking info here: http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=71

Then you can visit their off-road forum here for info on OziExplorer: http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=63

Aside from this, there really isn't going to be any simple way to get topo maps on your unit. If you really need them, take a look at some of the less expensive garmin units, which will be compatible with all the maps here. The Nuvi 205 is pretty cheap and can work both in the car and on a hike.

Map Making Support / Re: A few questions
« on: March 21, 2009, 05:54:01 AM »
1. Are you loading the maps into the unit's internal memory, or on a micro SD card? Plug the unit into the computer and you will see a USB drive representing the Vista and another for the card (if inserted). The maps you are loading will be in the folder named Garmin in one of these places. They will be named gmapsupp.img and you can just delete that file. But be sure you understand what you are doing, because there will be no other clue as to WHAT that map is (other than the timestamp). You can have one file of that name in each place (card and internal).

You could also use a program like sendmap20 which you will find here: http://cgpsmapper.com/buy.htm I think it has an option to erase the maps in your GPS.

2. In mapsource you select the segments you want from any mapsets installed on your computer, then send them all together to the GPS. You will be able to select the different maps on the GPS after installing.

3. I never thought highway view was useful, so I don't know.

4. Don't know of any specific lake maps, but they might exist. I've made my own maps of New Jersey with lake details that are much better than Garmin's, so it's certainly possible to do. Sounds like a good mapmaking project for you!  ;)

« on: March 20, 2009, 04:21:56 PM »
Generally speaking, for the map to be available on the GPS you need to create a folder named Garmin in the root directory of the SD. The map file must be placed in that folder and be named gmapsupp.img.

But it also depends on what is in the zip file is that you have. For starters, create a garmin folder on the card, rename the file gmapsupp.img if it is named something else, move it to the folder, then see what happens.

Or if you prefer (and have enough free space) just name the file gmapsupp.img and drop it into the existing garmin folder on the Oregon's internal drive. BE CAREFUL not to remove an existing file of that name however or you will delete any supplemental map that is already in there!

General Discussion / Re: using img files
« on: March 15, 2009, 10:42:07 AM »
Sorry, forgot about that old model. Even easier, just snap the antenna closed. That will turn off the GPS receiver. Tap the screen and the Set Loc button should appear at the bottom.

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