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Installing .img file maps via Basecamp

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My objective: I have a map that is a folder of .img files (that maybe I should have never downloaded in the first place) that I'd like to use on my Garmin 62s.

 

First, I will apologize for not being able to find a similar topic to help me through this. I've spent the last hour trying to figure out how to get the "ORTOPO11" map I downloaded from gpsfiledepot.com onto my 62s. I've seen all the outdated tutorials on that website, and then was led to MapsetToolkit that doesn't seem to interact with Basecamp, only Mapsource (which I read has been replaced by Basecamp). I feel like I am missing a big piece of the puzzle here. Maybe it's not as hard as it seems and I am just expecting it to be.

 

Any guidance is greatly appreciated!

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If you have the .img file you should be able to copy it directly to the garmin folder of your unit or sd card.

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IMG files are the final format that your GPS reads. Just put it directly into the Garmin directory on your GPS or SD card. Files with the extension .gmap or .gmapi are installed to basecamp / map manager. Map Install will then create the IMG file when you install to your GPS.

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Thank you geodarts and mineral2. This is the file/map I am talking about: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/424/ It has 154 .img files. I can't imagine the uploader envisioned people having to choose between 154 maps on their GPS......right? So now I am back to thinking I have to merge/consolidate/fiddle-with this file to make it work.

 

MapInstall, which is a part of BaseCamp, creates the merged file, up to 4000 .img files. It names the file gmapsupp.img. You can then rename those gmapsupp.img files to AnyName.img and have a dozen or more on the SD card.

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Thank you geodarts and mineral2. This is the file/map I am talking about: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/424/ It has 154 .img files. I can't imagine the uploader envisioned people having to choose between 154 maps on their GPS......right? So now I am back to thinking I have to merge/consolidate/fiddle-with this file to make it work.

 

MapInstall, which is a part of BaseCamp, creates the merged file, up to 4000 .img files. It names the file gmapsupp.img. You can then rename those gmapsupp.img files to AnyName.img and have a dozen or more on the SD card.

 

I'm stuck at the MapInstall window. All I see there is "No unlocked maps were found for this device." I haven't felt this inept in a long time, lol.

 

I've got the "ortopo11" folder in the ....Garmin/Mapinstall/Maps folder, and also tried it in the Garmin/Basecamp/Maps directory....but neither one had Basecamp recognizing it in the "library" on the left of the Basecamp screen.

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Have you read the notes etc on the page you linked to?

 

First are you trying to install it on a Win7 64bit PC? If so you need to load a mapset first that uses a 32 bit installer, the website suggests a suitable one.

 

Next, having downloaded the file you need to run the .exe file ... that installs it so Basecamp can see it. THEN you use MapInstall to send it to your GPS.

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Have you read the notes etc on the page you linked to?

 

First are you trying to install it on a Win7 64bit PC? If so you need to load a mapset first that uses a 32 bit installer, the website suggests a suitable one.

 

Next, having downloaded the file you need to run the .exe file ... that installs it so Basecamp can see it. THEN you use MapInstall to send it to your GPS.

 

Yes, I read EVERYTHING. What I didn't do was pretend it was 2011 and Windows 8 didn't yet exist. I made the mistake of taking the dated instructions literally, AND not recognizing the real issue was "64bit", not the OS version. Thank you for bringing me back to this.

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heh... this is all so much simpler on a mac. I don't understand why Garmin couldn't just use the same workflow across all systems. There'd be no need to download separate mac and windows map files.

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Good grief, why didn't you post on their forum?

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Good grief, why didn't you post on their forum?

 

Honestly? Because I didn't want to make yet another login at another website. Plus, It seemed I'd be more likely to find people that have been through this newb stuff here, rather over there, where I get the feeling things are more technical.

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I have the same map, if you want I can post it on the internet from where you can copy this 1 file straight into the Garmin folder of your Gps.

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I have the same map, if you want I can post it on the internet from where you can copy this 1 file straight into the Garmin folder of your Gps.

 

Thank you so much for the offer splashy, but I was able to make it work after using the silly 32-bit work-around. I really appreciate it!

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Good grief, why didn't you post on their forum?

 

Honestly? Because I didn't want to make yet another login at another website. Plus, It seemed I'd be more likely to find people that have been through this newb stuff here, rather over there, where I get the feeling things are more technical.

Sometimes, I think you get better information on this forum than on Garmin's. But you log into the garmin forums using your Garmin account, and unless you haven't registered your device(s), you have a garmin account.

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Good grief, why didn't you post on their forum?

 

Honestly? Because I didn't want to make yet another login at another website. Plus, It seemed I'd be more likely to find people that have been through this newb stuff here, rather over there, where I get the feeling things are more technical.

Sometimes, I think you get better information on this forum than on Garmin's. But you log into the garmin forums using your Garmin account, and unless you haven't registered your device(s), you have a garmin account.

This is admittedly off-topic, but I get lost every time I try visiting the Garmin forums. Where exactly in the Garmin forums do they discuss handheld GPS units like Oregons?

 

--Larry

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Good grief, why didn't you post on their forum?

 

Honestly? Because I didn't want to make yet another login at another website. Plus, It seemed I'd be more likely to find people that have been through this newb stuff here, rather over there, where I get the feeling things are more technical.

Sometimes, I think you get better information on this forum than on Garmin's. But you log into the garmin forums using your Garmin account, and unless you haven't registered your device(s), you have a garmin account.

This is admittedly off-topic, but I get lost every time I try visiting the Garmin forums. Where exactly in the Garmin forums do they discuss handheld GPS units like Oregons?

 

--Larry

 

Heh, let me know if you find out.....I have 62s specific questions I'll be hunting to get answers to soon.

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They don't, neither are auto GPS covered. I'm a mod there and we're trying to get forums introduced for handheld GPS. Forums for issues with Garmin Express have recently been added, so fingers crossed for some more shortly.

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This is admittedly off-topic, but I get lost every time I try visiting the Garmin forums. Where exactly in the Garmin forums do they discuss handheld GPS units like Oregons?

Nowhere. Between that and the lack of adequate documentation, the Garmin Wikis fill in some of the blanks.

 

Variously... http://garminoregon6xx.wikispaces.com/?responseToken=63443e3e35418a95e4dc12930cf77e61

Links there to most of the stuff that's available.

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This is admittedly off-topic, but I get lost every time I try visiting the Garmin forums. Where exactly in the Garmin forums do they discuss handheld GPS units like Oregons?

Nowhere. Between that and the lack of adequate documentation, the Garmin Wikis fill in some of the blanks.

 

Variously... http://garminoregon6...4dc12930cf77e61

Links there to most of the stuff that's available.

I've relied on that Garmin Wiki for years. I asked about the Garmin forums in part because I was once called out on these forums when I made a less-than-flattering comment about the Garmin forums, something to the effect that I found them unfriendly and unhelpful. They might (or might not) be friendlier than when I last visited, but I still can't find any useful information about handheld units, and I wouldn't have any idea where in those forums to ask a question about them.

 

--Larry

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I asked about the Garmin forums in part because I was once called out on these forums when I made a less-than-flattering comment about the Garmin forums, something to the effect that I found them unfriendly and unhelpful. They might (or might not) be friendlier than when I last visited, but I still can't find any useful information about handheld units, and I wouldn't have any idea where in those forums to ask a question about them.

 

--Larry

 

Well as I said you can't as there isn't a forum for handheld GPS. Should you have a problem with Garmin Express, or Updating and Installing Maps, or Basecamp/Mapsource there are forums for each of those topics. Otherwise at the moment you need to use forums like this or contact Garmin Product Support

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