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General Discussion / Re: GPSFileDepot for dummies
May 06, 2010, 07:00:57 PM
Ok.  They are loaded!  I have them! I can continue on!  Thanks again all
General Discussion / Re: GPSFileDepot for dummies
May 06, 2010, 06:45:10 PM
Ok, well it just isn't happening. It must be a problem with my computer.  I will get some help on this end.  Thanks to all that replied.  I may give basecamp a shot but the mapsource should be loading as well.
General Discussion / Re: GPSFileDepot for dummies
May 06, 2010, 02:10:04 PM
Well I downloaded the NW Topo and installed it.  It does not show up in Mapsource.  I went through the whole wizzard install bit.  At this point I am at a loss of what to do. 
General Discussion / Re: GPSFileDepot for dummies
May 03, 2010, 09:07:55 PM
Well it was a crazy Monday for me (work not here).  Rod thanks for the info I will check the link. I have already loaded the latest version of Mapsource and it looks pretty much like the one that came on the disk.  I live on the Oregon / Washington border so I was already leaning towards loading the NW Topo.  I wanted to start with the Washington so I could work with a smaller map at first.  I hike and bike on trails in both Oregon and Washington.  As time permits later this week I will attempt to load the NW topo.

I am listening to everyone.  I appreciate the Guru's stepping in and clearing things up and also Rod who understands what I am going through.  BTW believe it or not I am not new to GPS's.  I have had an explorist 210 for about 3 years now.  I just have always worked off of the base map.  My wife bought me a National Geographic GPS NW trails map to use with the GPS but I was unable to load it.  So I would print out maps that was in lat & long grid form and use the maps and the GPS to find my way.  I also have been geocaching for the same time period but I always print the caches out and just use the coords shown on the explorist to find the caches.  Everyone told me that if I had a Garmin I could load caches and get the free maps here.  I went to Garmin's site and tried to load the Caches via their instructions and ran into nothing but errors.  I tried to load the Wa topo and I couldn't get it into mapsource.  But everyone is helpful here so I am not going to give up yet.  I will try again as time allows.  Thanks for the info!

General Discussion / Re: GPSFileDepot for dummies
May 02, 2010, 08:26:19 PM
Thanks for all the feedback.  Yes the trip and waypoint thing is a mapsource product and does have a very crude base map.  I will follow the tutorial and load up the mapsource from the link.  Then perhaps the Map will load correctly into the mapsource that is designed to load maps on the GPS.  This info is much appreciated!
General Discussion / Re: GPSFileDepot for dummies
May 02, 2010, 03:14:36 PM
Quote from: maps4gps on May 02, 2010, 09:14:20 AM
Have you followed the instructions in:

Yes, I was trying to follow this tutorial but to follow this tutorial the map has to get into mapset.  I thought when I downloaded it I could get it into mapset but was unable to get it there.  It only wants to go to file folders already in my computer.  As you can tell I'm not super computer savvy.
General Discussion / Re: GPSFileDepot for dummies
May 02, 2010, 03:11:55 PM
Quote from: seldom_sn on May 02, 2010, 09:01:29 AM
Could you be a little more specific about the map you downloaded?  Some maps come with installers.  Others require you to install the map using MapSetToolKit.

Thanks for the reply, I downloaded A topo of Washington I believe.  Since I'm not remembering seeing a MapSetToolKit I'm assuming that is the case with this map.
General Discussion / GPSFileDepot for dummies
May 02, 2010, 07:44:42 AM
Yeah I need that type of help.  I bought a GPSmap60cx from amazon and have been told to get some maps here.  I have read the tutorials and even downloaded a map but I can't get the map into mapsource.  The GPS came with a mapsource product called trip and waypoint manager 5.0.  It has a basemap and a pull down for additional maps so it looks like the mapsource in the tutorial.  I can't see directions for getting the maps into mapsource.  This site looks like a great resource.  I fear that I am just to computer ignorant to use it.  The map saved into a desktop file and I have tried to send it to mapsource but can't find a way.  Help is appreciated.