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Does anyone know how to copy mapsource cds to a harddrive to avoid putting a disk in everytime I use it? The directions say to perform a full install, but that is not an option when installing, and when copying the entire disk to harddrive the program still won't recognize it. Any suggestions? ;)

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you ran "setup" from the hard drive after copying the disk there and not "setup" from the cd itself correct?

 

some software does require that you have the disk in the cdrom in order to work - which software product do you have that is causing this problem?

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When I installed Mapsource Metroguide(4.3) to my laptop, I elected to install all the areas (except Alaska and Hawaii), and everything got copied to the HD. It doesn't prompt me for the CD whether I want NY, CA, or anywhere in between.

 

Rich

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Sorry, I should have mentioned which program I had. I have the US topo with 3 cds, but the installion program is only on the first cd and it won't let me copy that on to my harddrive, but the other two still request the cd even after copying them. ;)

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I believe when installing, you select the regions you want installed, or you can select "All" to select all the regions to do a complete install. Then it should install the maps you selected. After that, you should not need the CD. If you really want to copy the CD onto your HD and run it from there, then you will need to make a "disk image", and install software that creates a virtual CDROM drive that can read the image. A great program for this is Alcohol 120%

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Sorry I did not see your post about having TOPO. For that the whole CD does not install. If you already have a Mapsource product installed, TOPO will not full install. It will integrate itself into the already installed mapsource. After that it you will need to put in the CD every time you want to use it. It works this way even on a full install. So if you don't want to have to keep putting in the CD you can use the Alcohol 120% solution.

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This should get you the behaviour you're looking for. I haven't done this with Topo, but I've done it with MetroGuide.

 

Copy each CD into it's own directory on your hard disk, i.e.:

C:\garmin\cd1

C:\garmin\cd2

C:\garmin\cd3

 

Install the product as normal. (skip this if you've already installed it)

 

Click Start, then Run. Type regedit and click OK.

 

Open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hive, then SOFTWARE, then Garmin, then MapSource. Under the Products key, you should find some keys with numbers for names. Look around in there. You should be looking for a value titled Loc, which will be the location of the data file for that product. MetroGuide uses D:\MGWest and D:\MGEast (D: represents your CD drive). Double click that value and change it to the appropriate directory on your hard drive, i.e. C:\garmin\cd1\MGWest in this example.

 

CitySelect points directly to the .img file - basically, you need to look at any value that's pointing to a specific file or directory on your CD drive and change it to reflect the new location.

 

You'll probably need to do that three times, once for each CD. If I had Topo, I could give you exact instructions but you should be able to figure it out.

 

That's it! Close the Registry Editor and start up MapSource! ;)

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If you email me, I can send you a registry key file which you can simply double-click and will make quick work of the process, or you can follow these instructions:

 

Close the MapSource program (if it's open)

 

Disk 1 contains a folder named "West"

Disk 2 contains a folder named "East"

Disk 3 contains a folder named "Alaska" and a folder named "Hawaii"

 

Copy those folders into your "C:\Garmin" folder

(If you don't have one, make a new folder and name it Garmin")

 

Click your Windows Start button and select "Run"

Where it says open, type in "REGEDIT"

Click the "OK" button

 

Double-Click the folder "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"

Click on the following plus signs in sequence"

+SOFTWARE

+Garmin

+MapSource

+Products

 

Click on the folder named "6", and then in the right window pane, double-click the "Loc" registry key.

 

"D:\East" is displayed

 

Change that to read as:

C:\Garmin\East

 

Click the "OK" button

 

Click on the folder named "7", and then in the right window pane, double-click the "Loc" registry key.

 

"D:\West" is displayed

 

Change that to read as:

C:\Garmin\West

 

Click the "OK" button

 

Click on the folder named "8", and then in the right window pane, double-click the "Loc" registry key.

 

"D:\Hawaii" is displayed

 

Change that to read as:

C:\Garmin\Hawaii

 

Click the "OK" button

 

Click on the folder named "9", and then in the right window pane, double-click the "Loc" registry key.

 

"D:\Alaska" is displayed

 

Change that to read as:

C:\Garmin\Alaska

 

Click the "OK" button

 

Close the Registry Editor window

 

Open MapSource

 

Your Topo maps should now open without the CDs!!!

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If you email me, I can send you a registry key file which you can simply double-click and will make quick work of the process, or you can follow these instructions:

 

Actually, here's a way to get the file without emailing it to me:

 

Copy the text below that is between the lines. DO NOT COPY THE LINES - JUST THE TEXT BETWEEN THEM.

Paste the text into a new text file using the Windows NOTEPAD program

Save it as any filename you want, but change the file extension to .REG

Example:

FILENAME.REG

Locate the file, and double-click on it

 

________________________________________________________

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garmin\MapSource\Products]

"InstallDir"="C:\\Garmin"

"Folder"="MapSource"

"SourceDir"="D:"

"Language"="ENGLISH"

 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garmin\MapSource\Products\6]

"Bmap"="C:\\Garmin\\Topo100USE.img"

"Tdb"="C:\\Garmin\\Topo100USE.tdb"

"Loc"="C:\\Garmin\\East"

 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garmin\MapSource\Products\7]

"Bmap"="C:\\Garmin\\Topo100USW.img"

"Tdb"="C:\\Garmin\\Topo100USW.tdb"

"Loc"="C:\\Garmin\\West"

 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garmin\MapSource\Products\8]

"Bmap"="C:\\Garmin\\Topo100Hawaii.img"

"Tdb"="C:\\Garmin\\Topo100Hawaii.tdb"

"Loc"="C:\\Garmin\\Hawaii"

 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garmin\MapSource\Products\9]

"Bmap"="C:\\Garmin\\Topo100Alaska.img"

"Tdb"="C:\\Garmin\\Topo100Alaska.tdb"

"Loc"="C:\\Garmin\\Alaska"

_________________________________________________________

Edited by Neo_Geo

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Sorry, I should have mentioned which program I had. I have the US topo with 3 cds, but the installion program is only on the first cd and it won't let me copy that on to my harddrive, but the other two still request the cd even after copying them. ;)

My Topo set let me copy the CD to the hard drive. I Made a folder and explored the CD and then copied to the folder the 3 cd Topo set. I then ran setup in the first cd I copied to folder.

 

Simple,no regristry keys to work. I have done this numours times on my Laptops and destops.

 

MetroGuide installed fine.

 

Maybe the newer Topo's won't let you copy to hard drive,but I doubt that. Garmin gives instructions on how to do it.

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I have the same problem and will try this registry change. Sure would be nice to not have to run it from CD.

Thanks all for the efforts.

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Not sure if this helps but if you have the 3D Topo or the Direct Route CD's there is away around having to insert the 3rd disc everytime you want to run the program. Go to this post and it will tell you what to do. Bascially you download a free Hex editor program and just change one string in the Mapsend.exe file. It took me maybe 5 minutes to do all of it and now when I want to run me 3D topo I just click on the program to start. When it asks for a disc just hit cancel and it starts right up.

 

http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=120846

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If you email me, I can send you a registry key file which you can simply double-click and will make quick work of the process, or you can follow these instructions:

 

Close the MapSource program (if it's open)

 

Disk 1 contains a folder named "West"

Disk 2 contains a folder named "East"

Disk 3 contains a folder named "Alaska" and a folder named "Hawaii"

 

Copy those folders into your "C:\Garmin" folder

(If you don't have one, make a new folder and name it Garmin")

 

Click your Windows Start button and select "Run"

Where it says open, type in "REGEDIT"

Click the "OK" button

 

Double-Click the folder "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"

Click on the following plus signs in sequence"

+SOFTWARE

+Garmin

+MapSource

+Products

 

Click on the folder named "6", and then in the right window pane, double-click the "Loc" registry key.

 

"D:\East" is displayed

 

Change that to read as:

C:\Garmin\East

 

Click the "OK" button

 

Click on the folder named "7", and then in the right window pane, double-click the "Loc" registry key.

 

"D:\West" is displayed

 

Change that to read as:

C:\Garmin\West

 

Click the "OK" button

 

Click on the folder named "8", and then in the right window pane, double-click the "Loc" registry key.

 

"D:\Hawaii" is displayed

 

Change that to read as:

C:\Garmin\Hawaii

 

Click the "OK" button

 

Click on the folder named "9", and then in the right window pane, double-click the "Loc" registry key.

 

"D:\Alaska" is displayed

 

Change that to read as:

C:\Garmin\Alaska

 

Click the "OK" button

 

Close the Registry Editor window

 

Open MapSource

 

Your Topo maps should now open without the CDs!!!

 

Thanks Neo_Geo!!! I used the method you described above and got my new Topo CD's incorporated into MapSource on the hard drive. :huh:

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As an FYI, you can just create a folder c:\Garmin\TopoUSA for example, then just copy the entire topo CD into that folder, and then simply run setup.exe from the hard-drive. That's it, you're done, no registry diddling needed.

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would anybody know if there is a way around for lowrance mapcreate 6.3, turn ny turn cds? i needed to always put a cd in before i can attempt to load a map onto the sd card!

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As an FYI, you can just create a folder c:\Garmin\TopoUSA for example, then just copy the entire topo CD into that folder, and then simply run setup.exe from the hard-drive. That's it, you're done, no registry diddling needed.

 

I've had trouble doing it that way. It would not recognize the East CD,etc.How do you put in the other two CD's? East,Al. and HI?

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Have you tried the Registry Tweak as described in this thread?

 

I copied the contents of the CDs to my hard drive, putting the West in a folder of that name, the East in a folder of that name, and the AK and HI in another folder.

Edited by Miragee

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As an FYI, you can just create a folder c:\Garmin\TopoUSA for example, then just copy the entire topo CD into that folder, and then simply run setup.exe from the hard-drive. That's it, you're done, no registry diddling needed.

 

Just did the above I also copied the folders from the other two Cd's into the Topo folder I created and it works great. :) no messing around at all, BTW I did not delete the original map source files just ran setup again from the new topo folder it integrated everything :lol:

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Have you tried the Registry Tweak as described in this thread?

 

I copied the contents of the CDs to my hard drive, putting the West in a folder of that name, the East in a folder of that name, and the AK and HI in another folder.

That's what happens when people actually use the search feature, M. The thread you linked to is the top of *this* (old) thread!

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Thanks for all the great info. followed NEO's directions and it work just great. :P Sure beats reaching for a disk every time I want to change areas

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