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Old 12-13-2013, 04:24 AM   #1
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Finding Map Files on Nav V (presumably also Zumo 660/665)

Tried to find a thread to add this as a reply to, and failed.

Anyway, I have a Nav V hooked up to a Win 7 machine and am poking around in all the folders trying to locate the map files to take a look at their names and properties, etc. My original motivation had been to see if there was a separate file for 3D. I had expected to find items with names like gmapsupp.img or similar but I find nothing with any kind of img extension.

Can anyone fill me in on how/where to view the map files on a unit like this? I have it set to show hidden files.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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You must of had a hard night if you couldn't find the Nav-V thread...
How is the Nav-V connected? MTP or USB Mass Storage mode?
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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You must of had a hard night if you couldn't find the Nav-V thread...
How is the Nav-V connected? MTP or USB Mass Storage mode?




Um... how do I tell the mode? I hook it up with its USB cable and then I use Windows Explorer to see the device after I hear the PC recognize that something has been attached. Screen caps from the PC below.



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Old 12-13-2013, 12:48 PM   #4
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The Nav-V mounted as a Removable Storage Device (USB Mass Storage) on your Windows computer - you can tell by the ICON used to represent it. As for the Internal Storage file structure, that's a new one on me.

Did you add the BaseCamp folder? If not, what's in it?
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The Nav-V mounted as a Removable Storage Device (USB Mass Storage) on your Windows computer - you can tell by the ICON used to represent it. As for the Internal Storage file structure, that's a new one on me.

Did you add the BaseCamp folder? If not, what's in it?
I did not add any folders.

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First, since my Nav-V hasn't shown up yet, I'm just speculating on all of this.

Interesting that Garmin included a "backup" install of BaseCamp...but I sure wouldn't install that version on my computer. The current version is v4.2.4. You could replace that one with the latest. Makes for a handy backup if you get caught without a computer somewhere and need (are allowed) to install BaseCamp on someone else's.

So, we still haven't found the maps. I'm getting the feeling that Garmin has put them behind the "firewall". Maybe one of the nuvi-tech literate folks can shed some light.

Never the less, I bet if you use Garmin MapInstall add a map to the "internal" storage it will show up as an installed map in the Settings > Map & Vehicle > myMaps. Then it would be interesting to see if that shows up in the Internal file structure.
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I could try adding another map of some sort. Maybe this weekend.

Here is a piece of a file called GarminDevice.xml. Note the handful of .img references. There is also a tag before them called "path".

0380POID0743030C.gpi006-F0057-0151.Systemgmapbmap.img006-D2338-152014.Systemgmapprom.img006-D1074-00130.Systemgmaptz.img006-D2364-152014.Systemgmap3d.img006-D2248-002011.Systemgmapdem.img006-D3191-1120.System/JCVD3191110A.JCV006-B0970-
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The GarminDevices.xml file is XML code that tells my.garmin.com and Garmin Express or any other Garmin application that reads it what the device configuration is.

In this case the location of your Maps is in the ".System" directory.
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The GarminDevices.xml file is XML code that tells my.garmin.com and Garmin Express or any other Garmin application that reads it what the device configuration is.

In this case the location of your Maps is in the ".System" directory.
Which I'll be damned if I can see anywhere.
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It is an operating system directory. Do you have "Show Hidden AND System Files" selected?
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Yeah, and I still don't see it.
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Yeah, and I still don't see it.
Garmin may have hid it from being viewed.
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Garmin may have hid it from being viewed.
Maybe, but there has to be a way to un-hide it, if its contents can be updated (and clearly they can).
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Maybe, but there has to be a way to un-hide it, if its contents can be updated (and clearly they can).
Not necessarily. The programs that can do the updates could communicate with the unit using a different protocol giving them "system" privileges.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:46 PM   #15
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Show Hidden System Files

Dan is correct about the name of the folder that includes the map. It is in the Garmin folder on the Navigator 5 device storage. I have a Mac and had to use an application called InVisible to be able to view it. I found it quite by accident while removing some .trashes folders. If you can view the hidden system files in Wndows you should be able to see the .system folder and the map.

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