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Old 08 December 2005, 15:06   #1
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reading waypoints and routes from a garmin data card.

I have a garmin 178C chartplotter - i have plotted a load of way points and a route and then copied these to a garmin data card.

I have a garmi9n data card programmer which i purchased from ebay which comes with a driver disc and some updates for mapsource.

Ive installed the drive3rs and everything is fine but the card does not get assigned a drive letter when its inserted (i assume this is correct as most garmin stuff is proprietary).

The question is where can i get some software that will allow me to read the saved way points from my card so that i can print them or save them etc...
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The card reader doesn't get assigned a drive letter. You have to use their MapSource software to download the waypoints etc.. There might be a third party piece of software to download from the card but Iíve never looked.

You could always request a MapSource update CD from Garmin. They are free and it would enable you to download the tracks/waypoints. You just wouldn't be able to unlock any charts.

email upgradeoffer.europe@garmin.com with your address and they will send you a CD
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Hi Roy
You can down load Mapsoruce from

http://www.garmin.com/support/downlo...ils.jsp?id=209


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i am going to order a 178c as well, what do you reckon to it and what did you purchase from ebay and from whom and is it good so i may order one as well
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Hi Roy
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You can down load Mapsoruce from

http://www.garmin.com/support/downlo...ils.jsp?id=209


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Unfortunately that download is only an upgrade
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WARNING: This software will not work unless you already own a MapSource product
I was hoping they did a little free tool for doing things like editing routes and way points etc...

looks like i'm going to have to buy a bloody map just to use my card programmer - bloody ridiculous.

unless any one else has any suggestions
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i am going to order a 178c as well, what do you reckon to it and what did you purchase from ebay and from whom and is it good so i may order one as well
I purchased mine with the rib - blimey Chris - have you lost that email i sent you already - you know the one showed you everything i got with my rib and how much it cost - i obviously paid over the odds for it to have it all fitted and plumbed in.

cheapest place unless you want to buy from the states is http://www.jgtech.co.uk/shop13.htm who have it inc VAT and next day delivery for £579

The unit is superb - in fact i cant imagine what more you could want and it doesn't take up a vast amount of console space - i personally prefer them flush mounted rather than on the gimball.
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hi roy


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

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If by gadget on ebay you are refering to these


They are a garmin data card and programmer. I bought them as i decided i was going to buy my next maps on cd rather than pre programmed data card like i did last time.

I was hopping though i could find a piece of software that would allow me to read and write waypoints and routes to / from the card. without having to buy over over £150 worth of maps.
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if given the choice would you say it is better to buy the map and card and thingy reader rather than a map already on the card?


any advantages or disadvantages either way?
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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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