New GPSmap 60csx - old City Navigator

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by wheelnut46, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. wheelnut46

    wheelnut46 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2005
    Oddometer:
    639
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    My birthday was yesterday and my Wonderfull wife bought me a new Garmin GPSmap 60csx to replace the one that was stolen from my truck last November. The problem I'm having is that I'm trying to load my previous Mapsource City Navigator from my computer onto the unit (2gb micro SD) but it won't unlock the maps (but it did transfer my saved waypoints). The City Nav CDs are misplaced at the moment so I'm just trying to "transfer maps" but Garmin tech support is only open M-F during normal business hours and I'm working then.
    I have City Navigator (6.15.6) loaded on my work computer too so I could try again tomorrow but I'm just wondering if I missed something in the setup.
    #1
  2. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2002
    Oddometer:
    8,788
    Location:
    Nebraska
    Your maps are still unlocked to the serial number of your old unit. You will have to call Garmin and explain the situation.

    BTW, 6.15.6 is the Mapsource version number, not the City Nav maps version.
    #2
  3. pckopp

    pckopp Aged Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,312
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    He meant "locked", of course. :thumb

    If the City Nav is old enough, he might have a second unlock. It usually works out okay.
    #3
  4. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    13,526
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    Actually, he meant unlocked. As in the maps have been unlocked and are tied to the original GPS.

    So unless you can convince Garmin to provide a new unlock code for the new unit, you will not be able to use the old software - and you will have to have the original disc, or another one with the same version, to be able to create a file that you can then download to the new unit.

    Good luck.
    #4
  5. wheelnut46

    wheelnut46 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2005
    Oddometer:
    639
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    After contacting Garmin I was told that they could help me. All I needed to do was provide them with the police report number from when my original unit was stolen and the SN of the new unit. After a quick call to the local police station I was in business. I called Garmin back, explained the situation to the rep and he took all my info and emailed me a new unlock code and directions to unlock my maps and load them all onto my new GPS.
    2-1/2 hours later I have all of the US and southern Canada loaded (just in case I ever find myself out of RI.
    The phone reps at Garmin were really helpful.
    #5
  6. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,620
    Location:
    Cary, North Carolina
    Does not Garmin 60Cx have MapSource and Maps included when you buy it new from store? I still trying figure out the whole deal with MSource, Maps, SD cards, GPs etc... I have a Nuvi 350 which just turn n and go, what's up with those all multi$$$ GPS?????
    #6
  7. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,958
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    The short answer is "no".

    There is a "basemap" in the 60CSX with a very limited amount of information. For example, for routing on roads, only interstates, state highways and some county highways are in the basemap. You couldn't search for an address on a city street. This info would get you from New York to Los Angeles, but not to a specific address or point of interest. I understand it's the same deal with the basemap vs the Mapsource topographical map. The 60 series would still work OK (just OK) without a mapping program, but it's way better with one.

    Frankly, I think your Nuvi 350 is just fine for 99% of car drivers. But if you like to play with routes, tracks and do outdoor stuff, the cheaper Nuvis can' touch a 60
    #7
  8. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,620
    Location:
    Cary, North Carolina
    Thanks, Mr. B
    So, I did not find that info, but can it be wired to bikes' 12 DC? I only found that it works of the batteries.
    #8
  9. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,958
    Location:
    Minneapolis

    Sure, I sometimes power my 60CX from the bike's battery. You can get the power cord from Garmin--it plugs into a cigarette lighter. Lately, I tend to just use AA battteries so I'm not dealing with the hassle of another cord (along with the Gerbings and Autocom power cords). When I'm traveling, I can get two days from a set of batteries. I buy them by the bucket-load at Costco.
    #9