How do I load mulitpple mapsets into a Garmin Oregon?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by mbabc, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    Bumping an older thread;

    This info might be above but I'm a little slow on the uptake. I have an Oregon 400c. This is the model that comes preloaded with BlueCharts for marine use. I use this as a backup unit on my boat.

    I'm in early stage planning of a TET ride form NJ to FL on my 450 EXC. I don't really want to buy another GPS. Can I load the topo maps (I think this is what I need to navigate the TET?) into my 400C without permanently losing my BlueChart maps? I'm assuming only one mapset can be loaded at a time?

    TIA.

    Tipsy
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  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Your Oregon C will have no problem with multiple mapsets but be careful how you load the Topos or any others you want.

    Here's what you should do:

    1. Connect your gps to your computer in mass storage mode.
    2. Run Web Updater to make sure your unit software is up to date.
    3. Update the gps, then reconnect it to the computer.
    4. Back up the gps to a directory on your computer using Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder just in case you make a mistake later.
    5. Go back to the gps and look for any *.img files. They are where maps are stored. If you see one called gmapsupp.img, change its name to something like original.img. Doesn't really matter what it's called as long as you know which file it is.
    6. Make sure your mapping software is up to date as well. You'll be using MapInstall (Windows), or (MAC) not MapSource.
    7. Run MapInstall to add your other maps (Help is here)

    I think that's all there is to it.
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  3. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    Excellent! Many thanks!

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  4. hscrugby

    hscrugby "That guy"

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    Exactly what he said, and if you get the ram mount for your GPS it will stay on the bike no matter what you do. So far my gps has stayed on through every trail, wreck, and crash I've tried.
    :evil

    The one thing I don't like, is that when you have it plugged in, it's not really waterproof anymore.


    And to add, for a simpler method you don't need to use software. just plug the gps in, copy the files with different names, MAKE SURE DIFFERENT NAMES, to not overwrite the original files. Then from the device you can choose which maps to load.
    The first time you load the map from the device, it will take a bit to load it. Then it's quick.
    I keep a very detailed regional topo on the device, but not loaded usually.
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  5. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    And for even quicker map transfer, take the SD card out of the GPS and stick it in a card reader.
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