Using Garmin MapSource under Linux: Yes!

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Joerg, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Joerg

    Joerg Long timer

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    Hi,

    For those interested: Using MapSource under Linux is very well possible ... including the fully operational data transfer via the USB port! :clap

    Since I wanted to try out virtualization for quite a while, a recent thread in the German NaviBoard forum triggered my curiosity. In a nutshell: It took me about one evening (this includes installing MS Windows XP and MapSource in the virtual machine), then I could use MapSource and connect to the GPSr.

    I have put a relatively detailed description on my homepage. Please note that this covers Fedora 8 only - installation notes for Ubuntu can be found in the thread above, and the necessary steps for other distros can probably be derived from the description there :D (... anyway, the key difference is the activation of the access to the USB filesystem).
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  2. thingbuilder

    thingbuilder Allergic to Velcro

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    Joerg,
    Thanks for posting this. I was JUST thinking about this. Garmin is windows only (Mac too?) but I hate booting into windows just to use it. I will check out your links and give it a go.
    In case you need Tux on your panniers: http://tuxstickers.ptaff.ca/step1/?lang=en_CA

    Sent from my HP Pavillion Laptop running Ubuntu Edgy.
    No Windows virus here!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. holdoc

    holdoc DOC of holiday

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    Hi,
    is it possible to run MAPSOURCE under Xandros LINUX on a EEE_PC ?
    Did anyone make this possible and can give further details here ?

    HeiMer
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  4. Tarmo

    Tarmo Teiki Tiisi

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    Yes. Somebody please help with EEE_PC!
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  5. holdoc

    holdoc DOC of holiday

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    ASUS EEE PC
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  6. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Wine is supposed to be able to do it, but haven't had any luck making that happen as of yet. :dunno
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  7. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    I tried to get mapcreate6 to work with Wine this eve and failed, installed perfectly. But when it came time to run. it died with ActiveX error '429' and died. :cry
    I'm installing Virtualbox now. XP is installing on it. Till I can get it figured out with wine. Seems to be a mystery error, might be related to VB6 but not sure.
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  8. Tarmo

    Tarmo Teiki Tiisi

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    When I asked to help with EEE_PC I ment help with running MapSource on EEE_PC. But thank you anyway. :-)

    I allready have that small Asus and only thing what I miss is MapSource and iTunes. (and I do not want to switch from Linux to Windows)
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    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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  10. Booga

    Booga Been here awhile

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    Anybody has MapSource version 6.13.4 for download? Looks like the newer version is junk under Wine )\(damn Vista support) :evil
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  11. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Hey Joern - What's happening?:ear We were just talking about you and how we haven't heard much out of you since your trip.

    Everything OK?

    There is this this archive site http://www.gpsinformation.org/perry/agree.html

    I do have 6.13.4 I can send you if need be. 6.13.7 works well, too. The latest version is a resource hog.

    Dave
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  12. Booga

    Booga Been here awhile

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    Good to hear I'm not forgotten :clap

    Yes, just work, work, work. Aint get better before it gets worse. I hope I'll be able to spend more time riding with you guys in late September.

    Cool, no need to send it, I could pick it up the next time we see. BTW, I couldn't find it in the download section.
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  13. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Just let me know. It's about 40 meg. I can always burn it and mail it.
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  14. Booga

    Booga Been here awhile

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    Oh DOH. The Garmin support site is so ....... well, lets not mention this.

    Anyway, I looked at the latest download link, and figured why not, they might not quite know what they are doing. Typed in the right version, and tada, got it :wink:.

    Direct link for download: http://www8.garmin.com/software/MapSource_6134.exe
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  15. cub

    cub Adv-wannabe

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    But using a virtual machine still requires that you install and have a Windows OS somewhere. Kind of misses the point imho. This is one of the reasons I still use paper maps. :D Why can't Garmin (and others) just do a version that works on linux right away..?
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  16. usgser

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    Thanks Joerg for posting this and your link. Sounds interesting for sure.
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  17. EmmEff

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    To each his own... I'd rather have a solution than no solution at all (paper maps). Windows 7 RC is a free download, as is VMware Server. This is a no cost solution for now.
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  18. Rabbit_Fighter

    Rabbit_Fighter Been here awhile

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    Resurecting this thread:

    I have had no trouble getting Mapsource running in VM, but I can't connect my 60CS. The first time I plugged it in, the XP machine recognized the device and installed a driver. Now I can't get it to show up. When I plug it in, I hear the Windows tone for a new device, but that's it.

    Any tips or suggestions?
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  19. Rabbit_Fighter

    Rabbit_Fighter Been here awhile

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    NEVERMIND - Found a work around.

    Go to Device Manager (right click on My Computer and then click on "Manage" then select eh Device Manager under System Tools). Disable the Garmin Driver, then re-enable it. That fixed it.
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  20. Joerg

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    It's already described on my page, too - look under "USB Reset". Essentially the same as you do, but faster (command-line).
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