276C Maps

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by chain, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. chain

    chain Long timer

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    I sent my GPS 276C into Garmin last year for repair. I just recently pulled it out to route some trips. It seems that all my maps are missing?? So,I guess I need to load Mapsource again?? Which leads me to my next problem. All of my computers are Mac now.

    So, just the facts.
    Garmin 276C without detailed maps.
    Apple Computers
    Desire to map and ride the worst roads in North America

    Please Help.
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  2. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    First question - Whic maps?

    And for City Navigator or any other locked map data - do you have your original map discs and the unlock codes? You will need to unlock any locked map data to the new unit. Garmin's customer service folks can assist with that.

    For any unlocked map data - like Topo or Roads & Rec, you just need the disc(s).

    Basecamp (instead of Mapsource) is Garmin's current easiest solution for Macs. A bit of a different program, but it does the same things and the learning curve is not that steep.
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  3. chain

    chain Long timer

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    Thanks Dave

    I'll call Garmin, already bought Basemap, but couldn't get it to load.
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  4. Steve W

    Steve W Old Grouch

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    Unless you have a current disc for CN or the current Topo series, last 3 versions IIRC for CN, your disks will not have the Mac format map files on them. Roads & Rec and the earlier Topo series have to be converted to Mac format on a PC or Windows running on a BootCamp partition or in an emulator like Fusion. The converter is available from Garmin's website. One hint if you go this route. When prompted for the option to produce a compressed file, decline it. The converter ran much more reliably for me without this option engaged.
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  5. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Maps have to be loaded on a data card for the 276C, do you still have the card??

    If you do, load it and call Garmin, they will give you a new unlock code for the unit. As far as the Mac issue, I can't help there.
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