Garmin gpsmap 478

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Joetool, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. mpatch

    mpatch Long timer

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    You dont need a 512mb one, any card that will fit the Garmin will work with the upgrade
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  2. Joetool

    Joetool Been here awhile

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    True, But no one that I can find has anything other than 512's at 15.00! But, I just realized a simple work around. I'll have to confirm this when I get mine; I'm going to order a 2gb card without case. Then I need to find someone near denver with a case. I have a 2 part silicone mold material that I can make a non destructive mold from. then I think I can put the new chip in the mold and fill it with a two part epoxy to encapsulate the chip in a coating of case shaped epoxy. Obviously pics are easier than trying to describe it, so I'll do a build thread as soon as I have all the parts in hand in a few weeks...
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  3. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    I'm hoping you fellas can shed some light... I bought a 478 from a fellow ADV'r who had the Lifetime maps update on it internally.. it has no data card. The Lifetime map updates are not transferrable and for one device only(from what Garmin said). Here's my question....

    I can't use my computer to transfer routes until both my computer and 478 have the same maps. So... can I delete his Lifetime maps on the internal storage and then upload my Mapsource maps to it that I previously used for my 60Csx??

    Or at least delete his maps, and purchase City Nav 2013 to load up on it.. as that's cheaper than these crazy $$ data cards...What should I do ?? I wanna start using this thing!! :clap

    Thanks for the help..... :norton
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  4. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    OK, don't delete anything, I m pretty sure you can't buy a CD and load them on the internal memory, you could load them on a data card, but NOT to the internal memory. I am pretty sure the only internal updates have to be done over the internet straight from Garmin.

    The lifetime is for one unit only, As is all Garmin Software. All Garmin street maps once registered to a unit, can only be used with that unit.

    I am not sure if you re-register the unit, if the map update licenses transfer. The solution for this is to ask the previous owner if you can use his sign in name and password. All you would have to do at that point is plug the unit into a USB Port, and make sure you plug it in to the wall charger as well. If it is not plugged in to the wall charger in the unit goes dead part way through the update. it can screw things up good.


    Next make sure you have either base camp or map source loaded in your computer, and the Garmin communicator software, and usb drivers. I think it will prompt you to upload these things when you start the process. Or do a Google search and download and install them before hand.

    Go to the Garmin's " my dashboard" and sign in using a previous owners info. Garmin should find and recognize the unit, go to the "my maps" tab. There you can find prompts to reload the maps. A couple of steps in to the process, it will ask if you want too load the maps on the unit, unit and computer, or just the computer.

    Depending on your Internet speed it can take over an hour to upload everything.

    Once that is done and you have current maps I would have the original owner un-register the unit, and try to re-register in your name. Then see if you still have access to the lifetime updates. I would be curious if the license stays with the unit.
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  5. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Thanks! I'm not to sure I can get the previous owner's login info.. so if that is the case.. looks like my only option is to buy a data card, and try to upload the City Nav maps I currently have to it and see if it works. Now.. on this unit, what about the tracks/routes/waypoints are they saved on internal memory?? If I get my maps on the unit, should I then delete the PO's maps to free up internal storage... or don't worry about it??

    I have 2010 City Nav and the POs maps are 2013... kinda nice but not if I can't use them.. hehe! :huh
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  6. mpatch

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    I just put all of city nav 2013.3 on my 378 it is doable but not the traditional way. There is a thread that says how to do it. Once you figure it out its actually easy. I can now load anything up to about 1.9gb onto my units internal memory.
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  7. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Before you do that, just register it in your name and buy the lifetime up dates in your name I think $89 which is less than a data card. And NO your maps will not load as they are already registered to your current unit. Garmin maps will only work on one unit, without a hack.


    I should ask if you have registered the unit yet?? As I am thinking about it, I am sure that when I have bought 276C's in the past and registered them, they show the current licensed maps associated with that unit, I would think the lifetime updates would be the same, and licensed to that unit.

    Plug it in and go to the Garmin site.
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  8. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    No.. I have not registered it yet.. I'm wondering if its still registered to the PO. Can I unregister my 60Csx, register my 478 and then load my maps up on it? I'm just cringing at buying a prehistoric data card.. lol
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  9. Albie

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    If you use Basecamp instead of Mapsource, you don't need to load the maps on your computer. Basecamp will access the maps on your GPS directly.
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  10. Steve W

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    Not a 478. Only units that have the ability to mimic a drive, aka "mass storage mode". The OP's best and most cost effective way to get the same maps on both his computer and the 478 is to purchase the lifetime update.
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  11. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    If it is still registered to another, you have to call them, if it is not reported stolen, they will clear the registration after 7 days for you.

    un-registering the old unit will NOT let you use your old maps, as stated the maps are married to one unit only! The ONLY way to get the maps transferred to another unit is if Garmin replaced the unit as part of a repair, Period end of discussion!!!

    The more I think about it the more I am sure once you register the unit it will let you continue the lifetime updates and access 5the maps for your computer. It is a 20 minute process at most to find out.
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  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    It will depend who you talk to there. I got them to unlock one mapset to both my 276 and 478. A no-no, but I convinced
    If your Lifetime maps are unlocked already to another unit, I doubt they will transfer them to another untit you just bought. Technicly, they are lifetime updates to the unit it is originaly married to.
    As stated above, the only time they will transfer the unlock is from a Garmin repair/exchange. In fact I just did this 3 weeks ago. 2013.3 on my "newly refurbed" Garmin sent back.

    Now registering the unit you just bought. My buddie bought one somewhere that was already registered. Garmin would not register it. He had to contact the registered owner. They have to release the registration. Garmin would not.
    Another case of "who you talk to at Garmin"
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  13. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Well.. I know it doesn't help others out there.. but I was able to get the PO to let me get into his account and update my local maps.. I'll probably just buy the garmin account from him so its fair and the lifetime maps stay with the unit.

    When I sell my 60Csx I'll probably offer up the same thing with it... makes it easier on all of us! Thx for the help...
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  14. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Well now you have access to his account, just change his username and password, and your good to go :D
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