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General Discussion / Re: Small Question about Legality
« Last post by CacherInTheRye2022 on January 19, 2022, 07:19:22 AM »
I actually just got confirmation from a Garmin tech support employee myself, so I think we're doubly okay. I'll attach the screenshot below. If someone can confirm that I asked the right questions, I think I can rest easy for real.
General Discussion / Re: Small Question about Legality
« Last post by CacherInTheRye2022 on January 19, 2022, 07:02:44 AM »
I've been told that I just can't legally copy or reproduce garmin-branded maps, but third party maps should be fine. Garmin supports the use of custom maps on their devices, right? The .img and .gmapi format doesn't seem wholly unique, either, though I cannot confirm that. I can't seem to find anything online that contradicts this, either. Nothing pops up that tells me it's illegal to do. But I get worried about this stuff, so any further comments are welcome. Thank you again.
General Discussion / Re: Small Question about Legality
« Last post by CacherInTheRye2022 on January 18, 2022, 08:21:40 AM »
Alright, I see. I suppose it's mostly a question of ethics, then. I looked at the maps from Garmin, and they are... well, a tad overpriced, to say the least. I know most the maps on this website were created using legal means, through programs like OSM. I think that's what my main concern was. This probably shouldn't bother me. I don't know -- if anyone has any good insight on this, please let me know. I appreciate your response, kind person.
General Discussion / Re: Small Question about Legality
« Last post by Boyd on January 18, 2022, 07:56:08 AM »
Site policy addresses this here


There is little or no policing of the site however, so I don't think there's a definitive answer to your question. If you really want to get into the weeds, Garmin's software license specifically states that your are not permitted to create maps in their own format and not permitted to reverse-engineer their software.

By this narrow definition, none of the maps here are "legal". However, Garmin realizes that free maps like this are one reason that people buy their GPS'es, so they tend to "look the other way".
General Discussion / Small Question about Legality
« Last post by CacherInTheRye2022 on January 18, 2022, 06:56:18 AM »
Hello everyone,

Are all of the maps here legal to download and use? I know the answer should be pretty straightforward, but I tend to get anxious about this kind of stuff. I appreciate any and all insight.
General Discussion / Re: Adding Maps to Etrex Legend HC
« Last post by Boyd on January 18, 2022, 05:12:21 AM »
Choose your map here and download it


Follow this tutorial to install it on your computer in Basecamp


Use this tutorial to send the map to your GPS


It makes no difference whether you install on the device itself or on a card, however you will have more room for installation on a card.

It is not possible to add "all US topo maps" to your GPS because of the limitations of your eTrex. Older devices like yours are, in fact, very limited and it makes no difference how large a memory card you use. Maps are divided into small "segments" which are sometimes called "tiles". IIRC, an old device like your can only accept about 2000 of these tiles. This will limit you to one or two states.

If you really need full US coverage, you could purchase Garmin's US Topo 100k. It was made in a special way that allows you to load the whole US.
General Discussion / Adding Maps to Etrex Legend HC
« Last post by adamsw3 on January 18, 2022, 04:46:45 AM »
I have a etrex legend hc and I want to add free maps to it. I am not sure what is the best way. Either using the Hiking Guy tutorial and loading maps directly to the unit or adding them to the SD card. I suspect the SD card is the way to go since I want to add all US topo maps.

Can someone tell me where to get free US topos for my etrex and how to load onto the SD card.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
Site Support / Re: Update Error when modifying Content Description?
« Last post by Boyd on January 15, 2022, 07:16:34 AM »
Not exactly sure what you're talking about. If I go to my Account/Files and click the Edit button on one of my maps, the "Content" section says

"To link to your download just put [DOWNLOAD] and the system will add the link for you."

So I don't think that section can be directly changed?

Or are you talking about the "Description" box? I have no problems making changes there, and updated quite a few of them recently.
Site Support / Update Error when modifying Content Description?
« Last post by mhinch on January 14, 2022, 05:55:12 PM »
When I attempt to modify the "Content" section of a map I've previously updated and am maintaining, I'm receiving an error:
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator at [email protected] to inform them of the time this error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Is anyone else seeing this or do you have any thoughts on it all?
I had the resolution in Base Camp set to "low".

When I try to load the maps on my eTrex there is a file list with names likegpsmapperversion0100d, etc.

There are many files like this.


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