how to load Topo maps on a garmin map62

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  1. stormsearcher

    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    I bought a map62 cheap without realizing the memory can't be expanded with a SD card.
    I Want to load topo maps. when I tried it says does not have enough memory.1.71 g is available. any ideas from GPS gurus? This is my first Off road GPS.thanks
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  2. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Try sending a smaller selection of map segments (tile).
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  3. wbbnm

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    Yes you will only be able to load 1.7 GB of maps at any one time.

    This is actually quite a lot.

    In Mapsource when you are selecting maps to send to the unit, the program lists the maps under the map area in the left hand pane. It also tells how much memory you have used. So stop a little before 1.7g.

    There is also probably a limitation on how many segments you can have. Try to keep it under 1000.

    Once you are ready to send the maps hit the send to unit icon.

    Then go find something else to do for several hours, especially if you used the whole 1.7 g.

    But I would recommend starting small with just a few map segments to get the process down.
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  4. stormsearcher

    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    got a garmin topo maps SD card from the net.
    or can i load my friends maps that have been created.(this is actually what i need)
    dont need a map for established roads.
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    Very few motorcycle rider hand held owners use Topo maps. There are just way too many lines on the small screen. OK for hiking or to consult when stopped on bike but for riding, R & R or City Nav are much more popular.
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  6. stormsearcher

    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    Well here in oz my friends use the topo to ride off piste.follow the pink line is what they say.still learning the GPS ropes.
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    Pink line sounds like a Route. Off highway more people use Tracks which you can set to any color and again topo lines make it very difficult to know a road intersection from crossing an elevation line. Give em all a try.
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    Australia has topo (lines)?? :D
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    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    my friend loaded shonky australia topo on the GPSMAP62. It does notb seem to show up on the unit but it is there when i open the map files on the unit using the computer.
    is there any trick to it being displayed? any suggestions please?
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    Locked maps? But I'd expect that you would get a "notice" from the unit re locked.
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    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    its not locked. i cant seem to find it on the unit.
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    Look back at Post #3 and wbbnm's notes
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    No one from east of Colorado ever complains!
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  14. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    What's the name of the shonky file on the GPS?

    How did your friend "load" it to the GPS. (Via Basecamp, Mapsource, etc)

    I reckon the shonky maps are a good intro to a GPS. Not auto-routing, but not as messy as the Garmin Topo maps.


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  15. stormsearcher

    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    When I connect the GPS to a computer I can open the files and see the shonky.but when I disconnect the GPS and switch it on I go to main menu - maps select I can see all the Original maps but can't see the shonky.I even disabled the others.but still no go.
    My fend used an Mac which uses base camp. But base camp/ map source is for creating tracks from what I understand.
    We look up a track on Google earth.mark it and load it onto the gps unit using base camp.
    If I follow the arrow on the GPS it will get Me to the marked designation.the track might be redundant/ washed out but if the arrow is followed it will get us there.that's what we do in Australia.
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