Map of N Italy and Switzerland for 550

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Europe, Africa, & Middle East' started by artbone, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. artbone

    artbone Adventurer

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    Does anyone know of a N. Italy and Switzerland map that I can download to my MapSource and then download to my Garmin Zumo 550? Specifically I need the Milan, Lake Como areas and the passes in Switzerland within about 150 miles of Lake Como.
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  2. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    well there's this: MAPS
    or you could try bit torrents...
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  3. artbone

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    My problem is that I have a chip that I downloaded Europe CitySelect onto several years ago. After the download I found that I can't transfer the map to my MapSource to use for planning purposes. Now I'm in Mexico and I left my 550 in the US and I'm going to Europe in 2 weeks. I borrowed a friend's 550 and put my chip in it and the unit won't let me unlock the map. I've tried connecting the chip with a USB port and using BaseCamp and that works, sort of. I can make waypoints but BaseCamp doesn't autoroute. You have to draw in the route and transfer it. :puke1

    I guess I could just spend the $70 and buy my friend the map which he will never have a use for and I can't download to my MapSource or use in my 550 but I was hoping for a more elegant solution.
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  4. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    ah...
    so you need Euro Maps for MapSource?
    a trickier solution for sure.
    best bet then is MAP unfortunately.
    you sort of left it to the last minute, or if you were closer, I could hook you up with MapSource for your PC with Euro Maps. have fun in Europe, I am 27 days to departure myself!
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  5. artbone

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    Yes, I've about decided I will just download the map to my friends device and be done with it. It just pisses me off that Garmin is such a PITA to deal with. I hate to buy something twice, especially since I still won't have it on MapSource.
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  6. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    well if you just want Euro maps on an SD card to stick in the GPS then you could surf for an unlocked version on bit torrents. yeah yeah... its "illegal", so you will need to clear your conscience first.
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  7. xymotic

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    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

    decent maps, work very well with garmin, they lack some amenity info, but in many cases I find the maps much better than the garmin ones.

    oh, and free too:D
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  8. artbone

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    As far as Garmin is concerned, my conscience is clear. :clap
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    9Dave Bazinga!

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    And as far as ADV is concerned - we clearly support the rights of intellectual property owners, whether it's Garmin or others. :deal


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  10. artbone

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    Yeah, well, I've bought this map one time and have the chip in hand but I can't use it on my borrowed GPS. Reminds me of the music industry. I've bought "Highway 61 Revisited" on 331/3, 8 track, cassette, CD, and ITunes. And, it cost more every time I bought it. :rofl It seems to me they should give me a break on the price at least.
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  11. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    If I have understood this thread and your other correctly - it seems you have downloaded maps to a chip, registered it to your GPS, and now you want to use it in a different GPS than the one that you purchased it for. That is not supported by their licensing.

    But given that - have you tried calling them, explaining your situation, and seeing if they would help you? Sometimes they can be, though I've not seen reports of them allowing something like this.

    If you purchased the mapset on a chip, you could use it in any compatible unit, and via Basecamp. And as noted in the other thread, a DVD purchase is always the most flexible for planning purposes.
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  12. GeeK_InsiDe

    GeeK_InsiDe Moore Gas!!!

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    Hi,

    I have a .gpx file with a hundred of swiss passes, maybe it'll interest you?
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  13. steinVT

    steinVT Just a rider

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    It would interest me!:clap
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    Cameleer Worldcrzer

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    And me!
    (BTW the OP is 3 yrs old )
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  15. Squire

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    Going digital is great, but good old paper maps do the job as Swiss mountains and Northern Italy landscapes don't change much... Hard to miss Furka Pass, Julier Pass, Abula Pass and so many others with signs on the road and multiple bikers waiving and hanging out for coffee. Don't miss Engadine!

    Alternatively if you're not sure of the right path to fun, here's michelin.fr Alps Guide which is a great source of info, and yes with downloadable GPX files for the part of the world that is of interest to you without fooling around with licensing. Have a great trip!

    Here: Google Translate will help if needed.
    http://www.viamichelin.fr/tpl/fr/magazine/statique/art201302/htm/guide-moto-alpes.htm
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