Playing with SD card

 

Okay, just for grins, I followed the directions posted by Hornbyp and made copies of the 2008 NT map and key files from my 260 before upgrading to 2009 maps. Placed the files on a 2G SD card as gmapsupp.img (unlock key) and GMAPSUPP.UNL (map data). Found that the 260 would not recognize them unless they were in a folder on the SD card named garmin.

Now the system lists both the 2009 (new) and 2008 (old) maps when going Settings>Map>Map Info. This seems to follow the same logic as the POI Loader when it places the poi.gpi file in a garmin/poi folder on an SD card. I did all this in preparation for buying an SD map card with Mexico maps.

One question -- does anyone know of a way to test and verify that the 260 is actually reading from both the internal 2009 maps and the supplemental 2008 maps on the SD card?

You can deselect one map or the other...

FreddyP wrote:

Okay, just for grins, I followed the directions posted by Hornbyp and made copies of the 2008 NT map and key files from my 260 before upgrading to 2009 maps. Placed the files on a 2G SD card as gmapsupp.img (unlock key) and GMAPSUPP.UNL (map data). Found that the 260 would not recognize them unless they were in a folder on the SD card named garmin.

Now the system lists both the 2009 (new) and 2008 (old) maps when going Settings>Map>Map Info. This seems to follow the same logic as the POI Loader when it places the poi.gpi file in a garmin/poi folder on an SD card. I did all this in preparation for buying an SD map card with Mexico maps.

One question -- does anyone know of a way to test and verify that the 260 is actually reading from both the internal 2009 maps and the supplemental 2008 maps on the SD card?

If you want to add more than one map, you can do it with mapsource. Select the maps you want, i.e. Mexico, then select europe or any other map, and continue selecting maps.... then upload the maps to your sd card.
I have europe, mexico, and australia on one card....

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I also have found that

If you want to find an address on a map that is on a card, i.e. a supplemental map, you have to de-select the resident map in map info....

There may be other ways.... but I haven't found them yet....

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We have a winner!

Thanks aophiuchus! I overlooked the obvious. Saw the checked boxes beside each map and didn't even think about checking and unchecking, as appropriate.

Verifying Which Maps are Loaded

FreddyP wrote:

One question -- does anyone know of a way to test and verify that the 260 is actually reading from both the internal 2009 maps and the supplemental 2008 maps on the SD card?

You must choose between the 2008 or 2009 map (only one map can be displayed at a time). Use Wrench,Maps,Map Info to confirm that both are loaded, then select the checkbox next to the one you wish to display.

Here is an example of three maps loaded on a Nuvi:
http://i30.tinypic.com/vcuydu.jpg

In the screenshot, the Ibycus Topo map is on an SD card, and the CNNANT2008 and Canada Topo maps are in the Nuvi.

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multiple maps at once

WAASup wrote:
FreddyP wrote:

One question -- does anyone know of a way to test and verify that the 260 is actually reading from both the internal 2009 maps and the supplemental 2008 maps on the SD card?

You must choose between the 2008 or 2009 map (only one map can be displayed at a time). Use Wrench,Maps,Map Info to confirm that both are loaded, then select the checkbox next to the one you wish to display.

While its true that you can't display two maps covering the same area at once (eg. Lower 48 for '08 and '09) its IS possible to load more thatn one map at once. My 200W is loaded with the 2009 update of the Lower 48 internally and has Alaska, Canada and Mexico loaded onto SD. All of these display seamlessly, so that I can plot a route from Anchorage to Zaragosa.

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Just what we need!

freysman wrote:
WAASup wrote:
FreddyP wrote:

One question -- does anyone know of a way to test and verify that the 260 is actually reading from both the internal 2009 maps and the supplemental 2008 maps on the SD card?

You must choose between the 2008 or 2009 map (only one map can be displayed at a time). Use Wrench,Maps,Map Info to confirm that both are loaded, then select the checkbox next to the one you wish to display.

While its true that you can't display two maps covering the same area at once (eg. Lower 48 for '08 and '09) its IS possible to load more thatn one map at once. My 200W is loaded with the 2009 update of the Lower 48 internally and has Alaska, Canada and Mexico loaded onto SD. All of these display seamlessly, so that I can plot a route from Anchorage to Zaragosa.

Perfect! You just described (almost) what we want to do. We will be going from Alaska down stateside, staying a few months, then down to Mexico for a month or so. Knowing we can get them all to display seamlessly means all we need to do now is get Mexico on SD. Thanks!

FreddyP wrote: Found that

FreddyP wrote:

Found that the 260 would not recognize them unless they were in a folder on the SD card named garmin.

I was having problems with loading POI's onto my SD card. It would not work at all. I ended up just downloading them directly to the unit and it worked fine that way. After reading what you wrote, I created a folder named "Garmin" on the SD card and tried downloading the Poi files again and this time it worked! You would think the Garmin Poi loader would create this folder if that is what is needed to work properly

POI Loader creates garmin folder on SD for me

Mr.BiGG wrote:
FreddyP wrote:

Found that the 260 would not recognize them unless they were in a folder on the SD card named garmin.

I was having problems with loading POI's onto my SD card. It would not work at all. I ended up just downloading them directly to the unit and it worked fine that way. After reading what you wrote, I created a folder named "Garmin" on the SD card and tried downloading the Poi files again and this time it worked! You would think the Garmin Poi loader would create this folder if that is what is needed to work properly

Mr.BiGG - POI Loader did create the garmin folder on the SD card when I loaded custom POIs for my 260. In fact, it's only because it did create that folder that I tried making a garmin folder on a blank SD card and saving the 2008 maps there. The only thing I remember telling POI Loader was where the custom POIs were, nothing about creating a garmin folder on the SD card. Not sure why it didn't create the folder for you. But then again, it's been a while since I installed and configured POI Loader....the old gray matter doesn't work as well as it used to sad

Multiple Map Sets

Hmmmmmmmm......... I knew I could do this on my 76CSx but hadn't even thought about it on the nüvi. What a dork! Perhaps I'll load up TOPO and see if the larger screen on the 760 makes it more usable for me. I'm not much good with TOPO maps and the small screen on the 76CSx made it pretty useless for me. Of course the 76CSx is a far more rugged unit for areas where TOPO might be useful but there are always the 24k National Parks TOPO maps, the old discontinued Fishing Hot Spots maps, and such to play with. Who knows, I may win the lottery and want to load up the European maps!

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FreddyP-thats odd that it didnt create a folder on my unit. It works now and I cant stop adding pois to it lol