Originally Posted by jwalker
Are you sure about that, roycruse. I have never registered my bluechart software. It is the unlock code for a chart region that is registered and this is limited to be registered for use in two units.
err - I'm confused - its sounds like you are saying the same as me
perhaps my terminolgy was bad. ill be plainer...
as I understand it...
mapsourse is the software - it can be installed on a pc with no code of any kind.
the blue charts can also be installed on a pc but to make them visible on you pc you need a 25 digit unlock code. this unlock code is the same one that is needed for your gps device. however unlike your gps - your pc ca use any unlock code. so if you know a kind chap he can copy you a mapsource cd with charts - and if he's even kinder he will let you have his code which will enable you to use the charts on your pc.
the gps units howerever are a different story. you get a 25 digit unlock code by giving garmin a 7 or 8 digit product code that comes with your disc and your device id that you get fron your gps they then give you the 25 digit unlock code - this code will only allow th use of the maps on that one device. you are allowed to unlock one more device with the same 7 or 8 digit product code but then that it.
what I was warning of was that if someone is selling second hand software they may (probably will have) allready unlocked one device - or maybe even 2 and whilst you will be able to use the maps on your pc - you will not be able to download onto your plotter or at best only to one plotter. not much use if 3 weeks later your plotter packs up and you get a warrenty replacement...