Connecting used 60csx to Win 8 ?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Dustodust, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Dustodust

    Dustodust Long timer

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    (total GPS NOOB , computerly challenged mouse clicker)
    please help if you can. Sorry if this seems binary but I spent 3 hours reading previous posts on the 60csx and still confused a lot of info went advanced real quick and all the abbreviations got me tangled up

    Got a steal on CL($125) on a like new barely ever used 60csx that has trip & waypoint manager CD and City navigator CD in the box with it , the thing is not even dusty, not a scratch looks like brand new :D
    the previous owner never even recorded a track and said he only used it once on a hiking trip but he did load the City Navigator North America CD Version 8.0 (2005) onto a new micro SD and it has the original SD with it

    I would like to get more detailed backroads and trails for offroading and adventure riding and hope to use it for Dual Sport events in addition to the roll chart
    from what I gather, the best way to use these GPS gadgets for offroad exploring is to also carry maps and use it to verify your location and also to record tracks for future reference ( ? )

    Should I load the "Trip and Waypoint Manager " in my late model laptop with Win 8 to get started ?
    I tried to load the City Navigator CD and stopped when it asked for the unlock codes (PO lost them)
    Can I get the codes from the GPS Unit by connecting the USB ?
    ( there was a prompt suggesting that ) and then we are all good ?

    Can you suggest the best map source for more backroads detail ?
    I know the backroads and trails in my area and when I scroll the map the detail is there on major dirt roads with no forest or BLM numbers and no trails at all
    My range will be mainly Central and Southern California deserts and mountains
    Can I overlay more detail from other maps ?
    Should I do a hard restart and start over with all new map CD's ?

    What is the best hardwire to get ? I am using new Duracell rechargeables right now

    any help would be greatly appreciated
    this seems really complicated what have I gotten into !
    been getting by fine through life so far with maps and dead reckoning but figure this might be fun
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    PS: I have an unused old 2002 California national Geographic seamless USGS Topo maps 10 CD set that was for Win 95-98, ME but it is probably outdated but if anybody can use it PM)
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  2. Dustodust

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    guess Ill give it a try tomorrow

    looking at the map detail and the map option samples I am already thinking that maybe GPS is not for me
    it seems kinda retarded ?
    the topo maps seem to have nothing useful
    the city maps have no backroads details

    so whats the point ?

    why not just carry a paper map ?

    am I missing something ?

    maybe I can sell it
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    if nothing else you will always know where you are and exactly you have been
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  4. Jailor8

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    To the OP

    Im GPS stupid too. I just down load tracks and follow them with mine, not really tried creating my own. I also print out the papermaps of the track and tape then together Just incase there are issues that arise.

    And if you decide to sell yours I would take it off your hands for what you have in it. Because Im setting up son to ride also and we just as well have the same system.

    Thats a serious offer.

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  5. BigDogAdventures

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    I'll try to give you a bit of help----------but your disappointment is totally from your admittedly lack of knowing how to use the unit and the software that you have. I remember when I got my first gps I read the owners manual about 3 times and didn't understand anything----so I feel your pain----as I've been there and done that. When set up properly with the proper maps loaded into your unit it will have as much detail as any paper map. This may require loading multiple mapsets.

    If you are extremely computer illiterate-----this may frustrate you to getting rid of it and like you said "may not be for you"---------after learning this stuff it will open up a whole new world to you that no paper map can give you. I just use them for the big picture sometimes. I've traveled offroad all the way from the southern tip of Baja Mexico to the northern most road in Alaska at the arctic ocean and very seldom use a paper map. There's a very long list of things a paper map won't do for you that a gps will--------the biggest being that the paper map will "never" know where your at. The more your riding gets you off the grid an out in the what may seem the middle of nowhere the more that becomes important.

    To use your city navigator software and to load some detailed map into the unit is probably going to require you purchasing an unlock code from garmin-------I'm not going to try to tell you step my step how to do that---I'd be typing for a really long time and we'd be asking questions back and forth for a month---do some searching.

    And after you get it loaded you have to set your gps to show the maximum detail. With city navigator its hard to get somewhere on a street legal road that maybe is just a dirt road that's not on your gps screen. For back roading it's all you need----although loading topos maps also can help out with detail.

    You have a lot of work, reading and googling to do to get it all working. Read you owners manual a few times before asking more questions---------it will move your learning progress much faster.

    No gps mapping program will show you all the single track (1 ft. wide) trails in the country if that is what you are after. But i'm guessing you are just wanting to ride backroads------something any jeep could get down----the city navigator will show most of that detail with rare exception.

    Your gps you bought if you want to sell it is a very desirable unit that extreme offroad motorcycle adventure and offroad riders have been using for years--------it is the preferred unit in a gps that has a small screen---------so you'll have no problem selling it. A lot of people have went to units with a bigger screen (me)-----but yours is a very desirable unit. If you put it for sale on AdvRider in the flea market section it will be gone the first day.

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  6. Dustodust

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    Hey thanks Mark
    and others
    If I load other peoples snail tracks then that isn't really adventuring. Same if riding with bossy bosses, you just have to follow and that's not adventuring. It is nice having other people to bail you out if you have trouble though. But even if I use it like a big compass on steroids it has value for knowing where I am .
    So say I want to follow a road and wonder where it goes City maps will tell me that it will go through in the direction I want instead of dead ending or looping back ?
    So here I am still fiddlefarting with it instead of out wandering

    like for instance here is a corner of desert seldom traveled , if I continue straight it runs into a bombing range fence line, north ends too, found out later if I head south into one of the two canyons that dont dead end I could have had more challenging roads and turned east but would have hit fence line as it dog legs south ,
    If I ordered a paper map from BLM it would have told me that too

    if I break down here its a one to two day walk to a paved road

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    If I had taken the road to the left it would have gone thru , but I didnt know for sure so I took the high plains with all the jeep tracks. A GPS may have told me it went thru , but so would a paper map, but it still wouldnt tell me how rough it is for a big bike, but then again I dont want to know

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    this map at a BLM kiosk is just a little corner of that day and wouldnt have helped much

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    I wish Mark there was a way to throw all you GPS knowledge on a thumb Drive and plug it in my Pea sized brain!!!

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  9. Countdown

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    You are not very clear on what you want from a GPS. Real "adventure" is not legal any longer, you must follow the designated roads with the brown posts. One problem in this area is that the electronic maps have not been updated to what is now legal. I think the BLM has finished marking trails but it is not continuous in the checkerboard ownership areas.

    However I have found that the BLM designated as Open all the roads that show on the old 1:100,000 maps which are what you get with Garmin Roads & Rec map set.

    As to following other peoples tracks, there is no rule. Mark and I do it totally different. He Plans a trip and go rides it, and posts tracks. He Does some fantastic very long trips. I go out and scout every possible way then filter my tracks at home to get the "best" ride and then post that. I have thousands of miles of tracks posted on GPSXchange.com.
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  10. Dustodust

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    tried it out on a 320 mile adv ride today and I think shes a keeper

    once I got in range the details of forest road marking and historic road names in BLM territory come in to detail
    if I just scroll out on the map there is no detail untilo I get there

    so I still needed a paper map for the "big picture", but the GPS helped me sort out any doubt when it came to unmarked forks in the road If I was tempted to follow a road to see where it goes , the gps would show me if it goes thru, dead ends or loops back around , I found it very useful with just the City Navigator
    helped me find some awesome new territories
    The Duracell rechargables lasted 11 hours of riding and then some
    left Crestline around 10am rode east across the mountain and down 2W02 into Pioneertown then east to Joshua Tree , and south on Gold Crown and got back on the mountain at 9pm by way of I-10
    GPS says 318 miles, 32mph moving average, 22mph overall
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    I dont like going on roads like this on the big bike if I just have to turn around and come back, the GPS lets me know if it goes through :
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    I think that Topo would be most useful for singletrack in places like Moab or Sargents Colorado
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  11. Dustodust

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    thanx Jerry I need to find a Roads and Recs, sounds like what I want
    I need to check your tracks on GPSX
    I'll start with baby steps until I can work into saving tracks and whatnot

    does roads and recs cover central colorado ?
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    you may( i dont know for sure) already have a track of what you did the other day
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  13. Countdown

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    Yes whole US, you down load it by county.

    If I didn't mention it, go to DualSportWest.com and clidk GPS and do setup of your 60 plus a few other lessons

    Buy a hard wire kit from CycoActive.com

    No, TOPO has too many lines, very few people use it in GPS, only on PC.

    R & R shows almost trails all trails
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  14. Dustodust

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    good info thanks a lot for that setup you got on your site Jerry
    I already used it and got a lot out of it already
    settings helped out
    the 20mile range tip and details helped a lot

    will the roads and rec CD work on windows 8 ?
    the latest built urban roads wont be on there but thats acceptable



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