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Old 08 December 2005, 20:22   #11
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roy you are a star

that is exactly what i was wanting to do and was going to post a thread to see if anyone had a view, you have answered my questions in one go

i will call garmin tomorrow and discuss this with them to make sure i have it all sussed

cheers and take care
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i would say now after buying the pre programmed card - that it is better to buy the cd and a card reader - it may work out more expensive but i believe you can do all your route planning from your pc and then download to the card and take out to the boat.

with the pre programmed card - it is much cheaper - but you have to sit in your boat to do all the route planning - not much fun this time of year.
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Old 09 December 2005, 08:22   #12
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i can get the garmin 178c with external ariel and twin transducers for 450 inc vat in the uk, cool eh

no still got your list but i wanted to know what gadget you got from ebay

cheers matey
where did you get the 178c from please

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Old 09 December 2005, 10:04   #13
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i have it priced up with a few 000 other bits i am buying but if you are serious about wanting one then drop me a pm and i will check tomorrow if he is happy to sell others at that very keen price or if it needs to be just slightly more
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Old 09 December 2005, 13:05   #14
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Hi
Ive got one of these, allows you to power the GPS and transfer way points etc. from the PC serial port.

http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp...0%2D10276%2D01


Roy are you sure you have to pay for Map Source? I thought you only need to pay for Blue Chart.. although I cant really remember, have you tried installing that link I sent you, im sure its the complete program.

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Old 09 December 2005, 13:41   #15
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Ive got one of these, allows you to power the GPS and transfer way points etc. from the PC serial port.

http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp...0%2D10276%2D01


Roy are you sure you have to pay for Map Source? I thought you only need to pay for Blue Chart.. although I cant really remember, have you tried installing that link I sent you, im sure its the complete program.

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Yes Ive tried downloading from the link - it throws a fit saying i have no mapsource software when i try to install it.

Also your cable is not much use either - one if the disadvantages of flush mounting you instruments - well actually the only disadvantage.

You would still need map source any way - to talk to the gps unit.

Ah well ill just have to buy a copy soon - its just a real shame - the reason i went for map on a pre programed chip as they did the whole of cornwall on a single map (north and south coast) - to cover the same area with mapsource on CD i will need to unlock two areas costing hundreds of pounds
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I was poking around on the net while back and found this, didnt really spend that much time reading, might help to create and transfer the way points?

http://www.easygps.com/

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keep thge suggestions comming - but alas easy gps only talks directly to gps over serial
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Im in Ireland at the mo when I get back ill check my copy of mapsource, if you can install it without a key ill burn a copy for you.

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roy et al

roy knows this already but....


you can take your 178 home you can program it there in the warm, need powersupply

however if you want to program via the pc you need the following

blue chart map 130quid
16mb card 30quid
usb programmer for card that connects to pc 55quid
relevant driver
software which is trip and waypoint mgr...costs 20quid
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Yep, all you need is the little programme called mapsource. With this you can copy waypoints and routes to and from a usb card reader. You won't be able to see the maps themselves on screen unless you have the Bluechart CD rather than a pre-programmed data card. The Bluechart CD has to be loaded onto the PC before it can be downloaded onto the garmin data card. It needs an unlock code before it'll work on the PC and an unlock code that corresponds with the GPS unit before it'll work on the GPS. This doesn't affect the transfer of waypoints etc but does mean that you can't pirate the maps themselves.

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