Garmin software on Apple Mac?????

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by TerryM, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. RocketJohn

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  2. Guaglione

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    For me, the real question is "why would you want to soil your Mac with filth like Windows?"
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  3. knary

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    And I thought people that used PC's got all whiney and pompous whenever someone says they use a Mac. :rofl
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  4. Gizmo

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    Great question, and I feel guilty everytime I use my Mac and it sticks it tong out at me and makes all sorts of disapproving noises at me.
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  5. Bayou Boy

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    Same here. VirtualPC crashed about 4 times on my trip and sometimes I would have to click the little USB icon at the bottom to tell it that the USB converter was connected but, I like my Mac waaay to much to switch.

    And the sleek titanium case gets all kind of looks when you pull it out in the bar at the Gage hotel in Marathon, TX after a half dirt 400 mile day. :grinner
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  6. sashapave

    sashapave riders on the strom

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    just to clarify: i've been using my powerbook g4 with VPC and a garmin 276c via USB very happily for over a year.

    Virtual PC 6.x, both Panther and Tiger.

    BUT i believe it's because i have USB 1.1 on my powerbook. and i'm running windows 98 on the mac.

    so, it CAN be done, but perhaps not if you have USB 2.x ports.

    -Sasha
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  7. dlew

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    For four days I tried to make it work with Panther with both USB (2.0) and two different serial port adapters. I nearly bought a PC.

    Mapsource would find my 276C but would not load it with the maps. I tried numerous settings, speeds, configurations, and even USB but never loaded anything.

    Finally I went back to my old Ti G4 Powerbook and started up in 9.2.2 (NOT running classis in background but booting from the old OS) and in one try the program found the GPS and loaded 219MB of maps. It took about 1.5 hours.

    Could be the USB 1.0 vs USB 2.0 but many have had more success with OS 9.x.

    I'm running Virtual PC 6.1 and Windows 2000.

    Hope this helps.
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  8. sashapave

    sashapave riders on the strom

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    It sounds more and more like a USB 2.0 thing.

    Last night I installed VPC 7 on my new G4 laptop (with USB 2.0). I installed Win98 SE and no dice. The device is recognized as an 'unknown' USB device, and re-installing hardware/drivers etc. could not get it to work.

    But, it works great on my old G4 laptop with USB 1.1.

    So, I fear USB 2.0 mac users are out of luck.

    There's one more thing I want to try: I have a USB 1.1 PCMCIA card which will fit into the 15 and 17" powerbooks. I'm going to install it and see if it might work.

    -Sasha
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  9. dlew

    dlew Daypass Adventurer

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    Trying a PCMCIA card is a great idea. Let us know if it works and whether you're using VPC 6.0 or 7.0 and which Windows OS.

    I had only tried VPC 6.x as the reports I had read said that 7.0 would not work.

    Thanks!
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  10. DollarBill

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