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Old 08-17-2012, 08:54 AM   #16
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Acquiring a GPS thrust you into the 20th century but you gotta start somewhere.
And, just maybe, the 21st Century.

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Old 08-17-2012, 10:03 AM   #17
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And, just maybe, the 21st Century.

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I was thinking about Buck Rogers when I wrote that title, cut me some slack.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:11 AM   #18
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I was thinking about Buck Rogers when I wrote that title, cut me some slack.
Wait till you try to update your maps. You'll develop PTSD. I just completed a three hour process, including an hour and 16 minutes on the phone, registering a new unit, downloading map and software updaters, and downloading and installing maps.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:41 AM   #19
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Wait till you try to update your maps. You'll develop PTSD. I just completed a three hour process, including an hour and 16 minutes on the phone, registering a new unit, downloading map and software updaters, and downloading and installing maps.
Stop trying to cheer me up.

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:27 AM   #20
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So School me. I buy a brand new Gamin 76 Csx. What else do I need to buy to make it actually usable?
Off road and street driving for the motorcycles.
Do I need the topo map, the city Dvd? What and how much?
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:22 AM   #21
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Don't make me ignore the sticky and start yet another "What GPS should I buy " thread!
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:42 AM   #22
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SO, I plugged the Etrex Legend into my computer last night, with what looked like a proper USB cable, and it detected it. Do I have to have Mapsource or Basecamp, or can I import tracks just with what I have now? I have started reading the tutorials, but have not seen anything yet that answers that.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:51 AM   #23
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Basecamp is the current garmin software, and can be downloaded for free from their website. I find it works very well.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:55 AM   #24
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Basecamp is the current garmin software, and can be downloaded for free from their website. I find it works very well.
Thanks Stuart. I read some complaints about it, so I wasn't going to spend the time downloading it. Perhaps I should evaluate it myself.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:10 AM   #25
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There are certain "nuances" to it, but after spending a little time with it I found it much more useful than the previous Mapsource.

It makes it easy to work with a GPS on multiple computers, for example (an important factor for me), and massively improved the updating process. One drawback is that you have to plug your GPS into the computer in order for the computer to access whatever maps you have, when creating tracks and routes etc, but it's a minor drawback.
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One drawback is that you have to plug your GPS into the computer in order for the computer to access whatever maps you have, when creating tracks and routes etc, but it's a minor drawback.
It is not a BaseCamp requirement for map access - it's a feature. If you want maps installed on your computer, install them.

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ANd thus, we come to my next point. I was screwing around with Basecamp last night, and it has no maps other than what was on the Etrex, which seems to be mostly tracks. I couldn't tell where anything was. Do I need the NA map DVD and possibly the topographic map and will they even fit on that older Etrex? I seem to be missing a piece of the puzzle.
Klay had some tracks on there from Cannonshot, but it does not seem to have all the roads in that area.
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It is not a BaseCamp requirement for map access - it's a feature. If you want maps installed on your computer, install them.

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OK cool. Although I am fairly happy with how it works as is, now that I have run it a bit.
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ANd thus, we come to my next point. I was screwing around with Basecamp last night, and it has no maps other than what was on the Etrex, which seems to be mostly tracks. I couldn't tell where anything was. Do I need the NA map DVD and possibly the topographic map and will they even fit on that older Etrex? I seem to be missing a piece of the puzzle.
Klay had some tracks on there from Cannonshot, but it does not seem to have all the roads in that area.
Damn, this r hard.
It sounds like you can download the maps as part of a lifetime update, or maybe a onetime? That's actually how I did it, so basecamp reads the map from the GPS.
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I went to the Garmin site last night, and now I am even more confused. I put in my unit type, and it told me what I could download, but it kept referring to Mapsource. It appears I am also limited by the amount of memory on the Etrex. I could not find where to download /buy Mapsource, so I got nowhere.
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