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GPSr Units / Re: Can I install the Garmin 100k TOPO to Etrex30 memory ??
« Last post by Boyd on May 14, 2020, 02:41:30 AM »
Nope, that is the problem with purchasing Garmin maps on memory cards. They use hardware copy protection such that they will only work on the original card. You will get an error message such as "can't unlock maps" if you move them to another card.

Also, be aware there's another limitation to Garmin maps that may interfere with your plans to load a lot of maps on one big memory card. Maps contain many small tiles called "segments". Your eTrex can only access 3000 segments.

This is completely unrelated to the size of the map files. There is no standard size for a segment, they could cover a whole state or only one county, it is up to the mapmaker. But it is likely you will reach the limit long before you fill a 32gb card.

GPSr Units / Can I install the Garmin 100k TOPO to Etrex30 memory ??
« Last post by AfjalKhan on May 14, 2020, 02:24:07 AM »
I purchased an Etrex 30x bundle that came with the Garmin TOPO US 100K on a micro SD card.

I also bought a 32g micro SD card to store these files from GPSFileDepot.

I would like to use the Etrex 30x internal memory to store the TOPO 100k map,
and have the GPSFileDepot maps on the 32g SD card, so I don't have to switch
SD cards. Is that possible ?

Also, this is my first GPS  and would appreciate any tips or links that you would suggest.
Mainly planning to use this GPS for hiking, running, and geocaching. Any other free maps
besides GPSFileDepot
General Discussion / Problem loading Bob T's WV Trails 2018 on GPSmap276cx?
« Last post by Kimon on May 14, 2020, 02:22:38 AM »
I just bought a Garmin GPS map276cx and can not install Bob T's West Virginia Trails 2018 Public maps on the unit nor any of his others. I have installed Garmin Express and Basecamp yet no luck. do I need to install a Micro card? Can anyone help? I have gone as far as removing the programs from the computer and reinstalling them. I have a 62s and had no problems loading them on to it. Anyone near Galax,Va I would be glad to meet for help.
GPSr Units / Re: What GPS unit would you guys recommend?
« Last post by Boyd on May 13, 2020, 07:51:52 AM »
There really is no choice anymore. Dedicated GPS is a dying product category, and Garmin is the only company that still makes them. Have a look at sites such as gpscity.com and thegpsstore.com, they usually have refurbished Garmin handhelds which are the best value. Garmin refurbs have the same warranty as new.

The best deal I have seen recently is a refurb eTrex 30x for $100 at gpscity.com. The etrex is popular for its small size and long battery runtime, however the screen is quite small, with low resolution, and the processor is less powerful than more expensive models.

I have had a Montana for many years, but the power button broke a couple years ago. Just can't bring myself to replace it because the new models have very few improvements and are quite expensive. About the cheapest I can find is $400.

The GPSMap 64 can be found for about $200, it has a pushbutton interface with a screen that is larger than the eTrex. But it is also rather old technology. Personally, I am not impressed with anything that Garmin has to offer. That's about what I would expect when there is only one company that makes a whole product category. :(
Your assumptions are all wrong here. Your phone has a gps chip inside, just like your dedicated GPS. It is perfectly capable of working without using any data at all. The reason that data is used is because of the app. There are other GPS apps that don't use data.

If you use something like Google Maps or Apple Maps, they receive all the mapping data over the cellular network and this is why data is being used. What you want is an app that contains all its own data.

You haven't said WHAT you are using the GPS for. Is it for navigation in the car (like Google Maps)? If so, you could have a look at the TomTom GoMobile app. It allows you to download maps of the whole world (if you want) or just of your local region. You would do this at home, over wifi. Once the maps are installed on your phone, no data will be used. Of course, you would need enough storage space on the phone to hold the maps.


When you use the app, if you want features such as realtime traffic, then that will use some data, but very little. You could also just turn that off. HERE (the same company that provides Garmin's maps) also has an app that (I think) can load everything on your phone.


For outdoor use, there are a number of other apps that allow the data to be permanently installed on the phone. Locus Map, Orux Maps, Guru Maps, TwoNav, BackCountry Navigator and others have this capability.

In general, when choosing an app, the feature you should look for is usually called "offline maps"
GPSr Units / What GPS unit would you guys recommend?
« Last post by barkbomes9 on May 13, 2020, 06:33:09 AM »
I understand I can use my cell phone. I would prefer to have a separate navigation system. I occasionally find myself on some backwoods roads so I'm looking for something that has good coverage but I also need something very reliable. So far I've heard Garmin is the way to go, but what do you guys think?
If I use my iPhone as a GPS, it consumes data... If I use my GPS unit, it's data free, yet they both do the same thing.

I'm looking at a cheaper plan that would use less data so I'm going thru each app and was just wondering why Google maps uses data and a GPS unit doesn't.

When I say GPS, it's a 8~10 year old device that I haven't used in a long time, but still works fine and requires no data plan.

I'm guessing it has to do with the directions being on device vs on Google's server.
General Discussion / Re: Utilising tracking history
« Last post by Boyd on May 11, 2020, 08:47:23 AM »
You should realize that the forums here are primarily for discussing the free maps offered on this site. And these maps are only compatible with Garmin dedicated GPS devices, they don't work on phones or computers.

So, unfortunately, I doubt that you are in the right place to get much help with this type of thing.
General Discussion / Utilising tracking history
« Last post by tarancepil7 on May 11, 2020, 08:03:04 AM »
Hi guys,

How would you best describe the advantage of History Mode for a GPS tracking application.
With the focus on people not assets.
Also it would only be applicable in a family environment.

Same thing applies for the Geo-Fence - how would you describe to best way to take advantage of this feature in an application.

Much appreciated in advance.
Hope I was clear enough, if not let me know :)
General Discussion / Re: Portable GPS and car infotainment system
« Last post by Harri on May 07, 2020, 01:47:17 AM »
I have gps in my car but if it sometimes work not properly, I use cheap tablet on which I have uploaded an app called maps.me and when I travelled to my property in Spain I used thus map without internet connection.
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