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Ken in Regina

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  1. The good news is that I can use the Garmin GPS receivers quite nicely with Mobile PC software-only version if I run GPSGate Express and let Mobile PC use one of the virtual COM ports that GPSGate creates. Works like a champ that way. It seems that by using GPSGate Express I'm stopping Mobile PC from detecting that it's a Garmin GPS unit. As long as it thinks it's working with a generic NMEA unit it seems happy.


    So, my best guess is that if someone wanted to use a Colorado or 60Csx they would have to use GPSGate. The Express version has a 14-day free trial and costs $12.95 to buy.




    The Colorado/Oregon can be changed to report as Garmin protocol or generic NMEA Serial, so I suspect this can be fixed by changing a setting on the Colorado/Oregon.

    Nope, this won't change anything. The Legend HCx and GPS10x Bluetooth receiver both send NMEA by default. Mobile PC still queries the receiver to see if it's a Garmin receiver. A Garmin receiver will switch into Garmin protocol and respond with things like it's make and model, Unit ID, software revision number and whether there are features on it that are software controllable, like "Power Down On Disconnect", etc.


    Mobile PC behaves this way no matter whether you have a srial connection, a pure USB connection or a Bluetooth connection (all of which Mobile PC handles beautifully and automatically). The only way you can stop it is with something that's creating a one-way virtual COM port sending NMEA protocol to Mobile PC and not allowing any Garmin protocol queries to go from Mobile PC to the receiver.



  2. I expect some of these things will work differently for different people. For instance, mosquitoes aren't normally too interested in me. I don't mean that they ignore me completely but they don't seem to be as interested in me as they are in many other people. I golf all summer long and I usually take along a banana or two for snacking part way through the round. I've never noticed any difference in mosquitoes interest in me before or after eating the banana.



  3. Can the Garmin Mobile PC work with a GPS plugged in... like a Colorado or 60CSx?

    That would be "Yes and No".


    I have the software-only version. Here are my observations so far:


    i.Trek M7 dual-mode Bluetooth and USB receiver -- works great

    Globalsat BU353 USB receiver -- works great

    Pharos 500 USB (Microsoft Streets&Trips bundled receiver) -- works great

    Navation 168 USB (Microsoft Streets&Trips bundled receiver) -- works great


    Garmin GPS10x Bluetooth -- Nope

    Garmin eTrex Legend HCx USB -- Also Nope


    It seems incredibly strange to me that Mobile PC works really well with non-Garmin receivers but not Garmin's own receivers. It works exceptionally well at automatically finding and using Bluetooth and USB receivers. But it refuses to use Garmin receivers, even though it's clear that it can see them just fine.


    The versions that are bundled with the GPS10x Bluetooth or GPS20x USB will only work with the receivers that are bundled in the package.


    That's the bad news.


    The good news is that I can use the Garmin GPS receivers quite nicely with Mobile PC software-only version if I run GPSGate Express and let Mobile PC use one of the virtual COM ports that GPSGate creates. Works like a champ that way. It seems that by using GPSGate Express I'm stopping Mobile PC from detecting that it's a Garmin GPS unit. As long as it thinks it's working with a generic NMEA unit it seems happy.


    So, my best guess is that if someone wanted to use a Colorado or 60Csx they would have to use GPSGate. The Express version has a 14-day free trial and costs $12.95 to buy.



  4. I know it's not exactly a GPS receiver but Staples has the Acer Aspire One netbook on for $329 for a few more days (8.9" screen, 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive).


    I bought one a couple of days ago and I've got it loaded with Garmin's nRoute and Mobile PC as well as iNav's iGuidance (same Navteq maps as City Navigator). I'm using them with a Garmin GPS10x Bluetooth receiver and Globalsat BU353 USB receiver. I've got City Navigator, Metroguide Canada, Topo Canada and Ibycus topos loaded in Mapsource.


    If I can't find my way home with this, I deserve to be lost... :huh:



  5. I am not found of the Auto ones as you can't load waypoints in them. I have all of the sites that I go to marked out as waypoints for easy finding.

    I'm not trying to persuade you to buy an "automotive" GPS but just to set the record straight you can load waypoints into most of them. If you are already familiar with loading waypoints from Mapsource into your 60CS, you can do pretty much the same thing with Garmin's Nuvi models. Once they are on the Nuvi they are called "Favorites", but they still do the same thing.



  6. Hi NordicMan,


    It was my understanding from the original official Palm announcement that when the Pre is released it will not support Palm OS apps. It is my understanding that Palm has no intention to provide support for legacy apps. I have seen no announcement of any Palm development to change that.


    Has that changed and I missed it?



  7. The programs I would load would be...


    - GSAK

    - Mapsource

    - Palm Desktop

    I'm not sure of the purpose for GSAK and Palm Desktop (in this particular situation)? Can't you download pocket queries as GPX files? MapsSource will happily open GPX files directly? What are the other two programs for in this situation?


    ... and could it run Garmin NRoute with a GPS device connected to route you to cache from inside the car?

    Yes. Just keep in mind that if the maps are one of Garmin's locked products, like City Navigator, they must be unlocked.



  8. I'm using v3.0.9, I just hold the Apple Key and press T for a new tab.

    Okay, you guys had me going there for awhile. :laughing: There is no equivalent in Firefox to the method of creating a new tab in IE. No way, no how.


    I upgraded from 3.0.7 to 3.0.9 and still nothing. So I spent some time poking around and discovered that the way to do it is to customize the toolbar by adding another icon to create a new tab. (Rhetorical question: Why isn't it on the basic toolbar by default????) Now it's a one-click deal but nothing at all like IE. Still gotta remember there's an icon up there ... not so simple at my age. :laughing:


    I'm on a PC so the Apple-T thing doesn't get it done. But I poked some of the usual suspects and CTRL-T does it for me.


    Thanks for the help guys. That will be one less annoyance once I get one of those methods burned into my brain.



  9. Why would anyone use IE?

    A legitimate question.


    I use both about equally. There are some things that I like about Firefox but it's not complete. There are small things that annoy me.


    Just as one example, IE has the edge of a blank tab peeking out so if you want to open a new tab it's a single click on that little tab and you're in business. With Firefox, the first page has no tabs so to open another page you need to click the File menu and click New Tab. Once you have tabs going you still have to right-click the tab bar and click New Tab to get another blank tab open. Most annoying if you're used to IE.


    Conversely, I don't know why those clowns in Redmond didn't allow Ctrl-click to open items on the Links bar in a new tab. It works everywhere else, why not the Links items??? In IE you also can't open an entire folder into tabs if it's on the Links bar. Firefox got those right.


    Sometimes the download helper in Firefox is helpful. Other times it's a pain in the butt.


    And so it goes. Generally I'm more comfortable in IE. It's sort of like the difference between a performance car and a luxury minivan. The performance folks will always prefer Firefox. Those of us who are liking our convenience and flexibility will prefer IE.


    It's too bad someone can't make one browser that has all the good stuff in it.


    I use Firefox often enough to keep my cookies and passwords current because I'm using the portable version. Whenever I go on the road I just copy the whole works onto a thumb drive and I've got my entire browsing environment with me without having to mess up someone else's machine.


    I'm at a stage now where I probably can't give up either one. So I just use one until it's faults annoy me enough and switch to the other until it's faults annoy me enough and switch to the other until......... :laughing:


    .... You asked. :laughing:



  10. nRoute is compatible with the latest versions of MapSource.


    But that's misleading. nRoute doesn't really care what version of MapSource you are using. It looks in the Windows registry for the same map information that the older versions (6.13.7 and older) of MapSource look for.


    What Red90 said is true. Newer versions of Garmin maps install in a different way now. The "new" MapSource (6.14.x and newer) knows how to use them. The "old" MapSource does not.


    So, "old" MapSource and nRoute will still use City Navigator North America NT 2009 but they will not use City Navigator Europe NT 2009, the first product with the new format. They also will not use the NuLife (lifetime) updates for City Navigator North America because they are in the new format.


    I assume Garmin removed nRoute from their download page because all new map products are apparently going to be distributed to install on the PC in the new way.



  11. It still has a big lag when panning compared to 6.13.7. I have a 22" widescreen monitor. With 6.15.6 I can drag the little hand the full width of the screen before the map starts to move. With 6.13.7 the map starts to move almost as soon as I start to drag.


    Once the map starts to move, it moves at about the same speed as the older versions.



  12. Looking to dump my old iQue for a nuvi 500. I enjoy using cachmate and cachnav, so would I get similar compass/list information with a 500?



    How much do you use the iQue's PDA functions (address book, datebook, memopad)? You won't get the PDA functions on the Nuvi (any model). No datebook or memopad and the "Favorites" on a Nuvi are not a replacement for the addressbook. If you like cachemate and especially if you use any of the PDA applications you may end up continuing to use the iQue anyway.


    That's not to try to persuade you from getting the Nuvi. It's just to be sure you have your expectations set appropriately if you were seriously planning to dump the iQue entirely. The Nuvi will only replace the navigation features ... and if you get the right model you'll be able to play mp3s, too.


    I've been using an iQue 3600 since 2003. I've been trying hard to find a true replacement for it for at least the last two years since Garmin officially stopped supporting it. I've pretty much given up. I've played with a couple of Nuvis but I can't take them seriously because after six years I'm so totally hooked on having the rich features of the addressbook tightly integrated with the navigation functions and having the nav and PDA functions all in one single pocket-sized device.


    I'm also totally hooked on the screen resolution of the iQue. The Nuvi models I played with had less than half the resolution so you get less information on the screen at any zoom level.


    The closest I've been able to come is a Palm T|X with Garmin's Mobile XT on it. Mobile XT looks and functions nearly identical to a Nuvi but the Palm T|X has the same screen resolution as the iQue and the integrated PDA functions. The only hangup is that the Palm doesn't have an internal GPS so you have to use an external Bluetooth GPS.



  13. When it comes to the accuracy of the location information in existing caches, keep in mind that many, perhaps the majority, of caches on here were set with older technology receivers. It's also a good bet that many - regardless of the technology of the receiver - were set without letting the receiver settle long enough.


    My brother-in-law doesn't even have a GPS receiver and he taught me what I believe is the most important lesson I will ever learn about geocaching. On my very first hunt, while I was trying to nail ground zero with my GPS deep in an old-growth forest of huge firs, he found the cache. When we got close he ignored the GPS and pulled out the description he had printed before we started out. I had walked within 5 feet of the site at least twice but because I was trying to nail the coordinates I would never have found the cache. He found it in under 5 minutes and it wasn't easy.


    Here's a good place to start. The Waymarking forum is accessable from the main index page here on Geocaching.com. Waymarking can be as much fun as caching.




    Have a read through this page. The first few links take you to databases in the Canadian Spatial Reference System. To access those databases you need to register in order to log in. It doesn't cost anything so it's no big thing. Once you're logged in you can find stuff close to you by clicking on a map, similar to one method of finding caches on here.



  14. If you did not get the Mounting Clip for the back of the Vista that coggins was refering to, here's the part number. There should be a threaded hole on the back cover of your Vista that this just screws into.They are less than 5 bucks. Get two. They're easy to lose if you don't leave them on the back of the unit.


    Garmin eTrex Cx Series Mounting Clip (Model: 145-00709-00)


    I have the Garmin Bike Mount (the rail mount 10496 you linked to) on my mountain bike and it works great.


    Don't buy that item with the Summit back cover. I'm pretty sure it won't work with your Vista because it won't accomodate the little jog around the microSD card slot.



  15. One final test just to get closer to the 2025 segments that Garmin says is the limit. I created a map with 2028 tiles from Topo Canada and it's still no go. The Legend HCx won't display the map details.


    So it looks like the size of the memory card is pretty much irrelevant as long as it's big enough to hold the compiled mapset. In the case of the two tests with the topos, either of the files would fit nicely on a 1GB card.


    City Navigator North America (road maps) is larger than 1GB so it needs a 2GB card to hold the whole thing.



  16. Okay, I compiled a map with 2312 tiles from Topo Canada. It took 800MB on the card. My eTrex Legend HCx stops loading it at 91% and switches to the map screen. It does not display the detail maps. So it clearly is not happy with that many tiles. Looks like that Garmin knowledge base article is correct for the Legend HCx.


    I also tried the same mapset with my iQue 3600 and Mobile PC on my laptop. Neither one of them likes it either. Mobile PC is the only one that gives an intelligent warning. It says "Too many maps on card".


    In all three cases everything still functions correctly. Nothing locks up or any other bizarre behaviour. The basemap displays just fine. They all just won't display any detail information from the topo map.



  17. Go into your router settings and set it for "B and G" instead of "G only". Then you can use the router to connect your Palm to the internet.


    It's also really handy for Hotsyncing without having to physically connect to the PC. I have some USB driver issues connecting my T|X to the PC that has the Palm Desktop on it. So I just sync it over the network. It's just as fast as with the USB cable and handier because I can do it from anywhere in the house.



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