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jds912

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installation questions
« on: October 06, 2009, 05:14:16 PM »
i purchased a garmin vista hcx about 4 months ago. i have not even took it out of the box. i will be using it mostly for hunting purposes. our season does start until mid oct. i have had a ton of other stuff going on since i purchased it, so no time to fool with it. i have owned other handheld gps models for offshore fishing since the early '90s. i feel that i am not a gps neewbie, but green to downloading maps to handheld.

i am contemplating on buying a garmin topo 2008 dvd. is this the best topo map for this hendheld? i went to the garmin site and previewed my area and it did'nt seem too detailed. i see that there is a feller that created a s.e. topo map that is free to download from this site. can i just load this instead of buying the garmin topo map? has anyone used the s.e. download from this site? any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 05:23:20 PM »
The SE TOPO map from this site should be about 4 times the detail of the 100K Garmin TOPO 2008 DVD. You will need to purchase a blank microSD datacard to install either to that unit.

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2009, 05:28:33 PM »
excellent! so, i just download s.e. map to my computer and then to the sd card?

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2009, 07:48:32 PM »
download it to your computer and run the installer after doing the following:
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-to-install-mapsource-if-it-didnt-come-with-your-gps/

Then to install the maps to your gps, do the following:
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-to-load-maps-on-my-garmin-gps-unit/

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2009, 06:04:59 PM »
I just put maps on my vista. You might want to get it out and start practicing with it if you are unfamiler with GPSr's. I know some folks that don't do any more than look at the map page.

I have been saving certain tracks and using gps visualizer to make "maps". They've been pretty helpful.

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2009, 01:20:08 PM »
i have about 15 years using a handheld. i used them for offshore fishing. pretty basic. enter lat/lon. and run to waypoint. this model is a little more complex. i will be using this unit for navigating in the woods.

i have put batteries in the machine and installed a 4 gb sd card. the unit came with a trip and waypoint manager disk. Do i need ti install this to load topo maps from this site? does anyone know if the vista hcx has mapsource already installed? thanks. 8)

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2009, 01:40:31 PM »
MapScource goes on your PC. From there you install maps, waypoints, GBX files (routes).

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2009, 12:54:35 PM »
okay, here i go. i have downloaded the georgia topo to my computer. there is an icon on my desktop. when i click on the icon, it prompts me to install into a folder. i am a little confused. where should i install it? i think i need to install it to mapsource, right? thanks.

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2009, 01:52:55 PM »
just install it into the default folder it decides on.

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2009, 02:28:26 PM »
now my computer is saying it there is a problem with waypoint manager. it says to re install. tried reinstalling four times. no luck. any opinions? >:(

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2009, 03:26:46 PM »
have you ever updated it? If not install the update from here:
http://www.gawisp.com/perry/msource/MapSource_6156.exe

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2009, 04:22:04 PM »
it seems the program is loading onto my computer. when i go to add remove programs, it there. i just cant open it. i removed the bundle and reinstalled with the trips waypoint manager disk that came with my unit. once loaded, it asks if i wanted to launch mapsource. i clicked yes. window appeared unable to open. please reinstall. i then downloaded update. update went through process and it looked like mapsource was going to open, but it didnt. said error ocurred and to re install. i guess ill have to call garmin in the morning. oh wait, they are probably closed tommorrow. then tuesday, unless someone else has any ideas.

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Re: installation questions
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2009, 03:18:34 PM »
contacted garmin today. two hours later, no mapsource. it is downloading onto my computer, but i am unable to launch it. tried giving remote access to garmin tech. couldnt achieve that either. i am going to load mapsource to another computer and try. thanks for all the help i received here 8).