Which memory card for the Garmin GPSmap 60CSX

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  1. gmanski

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    Hi mates,

    which memory card for the Garmin GPSmap 60CSX would you recommend?

    On the garmin webpage is mentioned that the garmin GPSmap60CSX just runs with max. 2GB microSD cards, and that the SanDisk Ultra II cards do not work with the device..

    On the other hand the Garmin-support told me the GPSmap 60CSX works also with 4GB cards...that leads to a new question: There are only "SDHC-cards" with 4GB...

    Has anyone made some experience with 4GB cards in combination with the Garmin GPSmap 60CSX?

    Thanks a lot.
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  2. fratermus

    fratermus Been here awhile

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    I'd stick with a vanilla 2gb card for max compatibility with everything. Speed is not particularly important (Class 2, Class 6, etc).

    All conforming SD cards above 2gb are SDHC, per the group that maintains the specs. Before the >2gb spec was finalized there were some SD manufacturers that made cards in the 4gb range. Using those cards (or using them in a device that does not know about SDHC) can result in unpredictable results. Might not work at all, might only see 2gb, might block chunks all over your data.
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  3. CHIA

    CHIA Ya, right

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    I have a standard Kingston 8gb SDHC card in mine, and it works perfectly.

    [​IMG]
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  4. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    $11 for a 4GB card at King Soopers/Kroger... works for me.

    Do need to have firmware > v4.x to use the 4GB cards. 3.x takes up to 2GB. Use the "WebUpdater" utility to bring the firmware up to date.
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  5. gmanski

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    Thanks mates, these are the answers I´d expect from the Garmin service...

    The firmware = 4.2 I´ll go for the 4G card then.:norton
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  6. NEVERLOST

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    :ear I am thinking of getting a new computer. Will I have issues installing my Garmin NT maps on a new computer?
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  7. SnowMule

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    Shouldn't.

    Maps are locked to the receiver, not the computer.
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  8. gmanski

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    You will just have trouble when your computer doesnt have the "minimum system requirements" for the software.
    But I am pretty sure your new computer will be strong enough ;-)
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  9. gmanski

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    I bought a 4G Sony SDHC-card and it works well with the 60CSX.
    Did a lot of testing and there wasn´t a single issue with the device.
    Thanks for your help mates.:norton
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  10. eakins

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    get the fastest(highest class) card also.
    it's the number with the circle around it. higher is better.
    maps draw faster.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#Speed_Class_Rating


    reality is much over 4gb is mostly useless for most (unless you have an unreal amount of logged .gpx files saved to the card?) you run into the 2025 tile limit way before the card fills and so all that is left to fill on the card is .gpx files.
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  11. eakins

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    you can go above 4gb though.
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  13. gmanski

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    The more space the better it is, no doubt about it, its the same to cylinder capacity :D
    But i am not sure about the 8G card, "CHIA" said 8G work fine.
    For my use I think 4GB is way enough, the *.gpx-files are tiny and the Topo Australia V2 just uses 2,3GB of the cars space.
    There will be plenty of space left for tracks, routes and POI´s.
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  14. omeier

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    I'm using V4.0 I believe and and can't get the unit to read my 8gb card.
    am I missing something? Its reads the 2 gb just fine, but when I move the same files onto the 8 gb card it doesn't read it? Any tips?

    (I'm using the 8GB as its a spare one I'm not using...)
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    - Make sure you're using the latest firmware on teh receiver

    - Might try partitioning the card into a 4GB drive...
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  16. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I've been following some of the discussion for sd card size in various forums. The trend of thought is that cards up to 8GB will work. However, since the unit can only handle a single "gpsmapsupp.img" file and that file is limited to 4GB there little incentive to waste the money purchasing anything bigger than a 4GB card.
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    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Ah, well that gives me a heck of an idea....thanks!
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  19. omeier

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    I flashed the firmware and double checked i'm using the latest firware, so I'm good there.

    (The nice thing is that solved my functionality issue of putting the unit into USB Mass storage mode.)

    didn't change a thing.

    I'll try the partioning.

    I suspect it may be a formatting issue. The 2 GB card I'm using was originally one I bought from garmin with maps preloaded. Its formatted to FAT.
    The 8BG card is formatted to FAT32 i believe. Windows won't let me reformat it to just FAT...

    Anyone else notice this. Does this matter?
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  20. 250senuf

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    Yes, formatting does matter. Do you know anyone with an older computer you could use in conjunction with a card reader to try to reformat? But 8GB may not be compatible with FAT.
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