Originally Posted by eupa
This is how it works-
you BUY a Garmin GPS or you BUY Mapsource
You install Mapsource ( v. 6.5)
You send off your serial number and they give you a customer code
They give you free unlock codes for two areas that you specify- but it is
all tied to YOU and your serial number.
Just to prevent you misleading folk....that is not how it is done.
There are a few alternative ways of getting Blue Charts.
1) Buy a pre-programmed chart cartridge from Garmin or a dealer.
2) Buy a Mapsource CD and buy a coupon code for a given maps coverage. This code becomes your customer code. Contact Garmin or their web site and register your code and gps serial number and they will supply an unlock code. Unlock the maps area on your PC by entering the unlock code and then download the unlocked map set to your gps/plotter.
3) Some Garmin products come with an unlock code and mapping in the box, after which, the procedure is the same.
There is an allowed extension to both 2 and 3. Garmin will supply a second unlock code, to be used with an alternative gps/plotter, but the code will be for the same area of map coverage as the original.
There is a non-allowed, but possible misuse of this system whereby 2 plotters belonging to 2 different folk can be registered to one owner and they can therefore share the mapping. Not that I would encourage this, you understand.
Now, if you invest in this system, be patient, do not obtain your unlock code immediately. Go to Garmin's web site and look to see whether your mapsource product has been updated. If it has, you are allowed to download it and use your unlock code to unlock from this rather than your original maps. Once you have committed to an unlock at a particular revision level, you are stuck with it. Otherwise, to unlock an update you will need to buy another coupon code and start over.