Loading non Garmin maps to Nuvi 760

Submitted: Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 08:09
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My apologies if this has been asked before, I have searched in the archives, plenty of info, in fact, too much for me to absorb. Do all non Garmin maps such as Shonky, load directly to the GPS unit and run? Or do you need another program to interface the non genuine maps to the GPS unit? Also will the unit accept any capacity SD card? I just bought a Garmin Nuvi 760, the price at the moment is just too good to pass up!!
Thanks Michael.





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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 09:18

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 09:18
Hello - you need a program such as Mapsource or Trip and Waypoint Manager to compile and load any garmin format map (shonky, Oztopo etc) to your Nuvi (or SD card).

If you read the system requirements section of the shonkymaps website you will find information sources explainingg a way to obtain a legitimate (?) working copy of mapsource.

There is also one or two freely available programs that compile and upload maps as well (though not as functional as Mapsource), this being one of them..

Garmin IMG to GPS Uploader

No idea about SD card sizes.

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Reply By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:27

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:27
Hi Michael
As stated you will need "Mapsource" to load maps and "POI Loader" (free down load) to load any extra POI's you want.
Have a look at thread no: 54311 that may help you.
I am currently running an 8 gig SanDisk SDHC Card in my Nuvi 660 full of maps, photo's and music - works fine ! , haven't tried larger cards, so don't know how large you can go !
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:48

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:48
Thanks guys, I'm trying to grt my head around it all, I obviously havent had any interest untill now.. Found the Nuvi 760 a piece of cake to get around.. MIchael !!


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Follow Up By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:03

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:03
Hi Michael
Yes they are very easy to use and user friendly.
I have a 660, my father has a 760, and our fire brigade has a 765.
Once you dive in and have a play with one, they are quite easy to load extra maps and load poi's from the net etc.
I have now even made my own poi list of fire hydrants in our area, so we can find the closest hydrant in a hurry when we need it.
I don't think you will regret getting one.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:18

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:18
Neil, just looked at that thread with Roachie, i will have a good read when i download the bits i need. What's the main difference between the free and the cheaper outback maps, do you need all of them or will one suffice? Michael

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Follow Up By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 13:27

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 13:27
Hi Michael
There is T4A, T4A PRO and Shonky. T4A PRO (about $50 I think)has more detail than the free T4A version. Shonky is another free set, similar.
I belive that in some areas T4A is better than Shonky, and in other area's it's the reverse - Shonky has more detail.
I haven't done a lot of comparison myself, just what I have read on other forums.
Through Mapsource you just load which area's of Aust you want, and which map sets you want ( you can load the whole lot, if you have enough memory)If you don't want to download all the maps of the web. I think there is a link on the thread I mentioned where there is a short video on how to load maps using Mapsource.
You can get Shonky and T4A together with Contours , on a DVD for $5 along with a heap f other goodies, if you dont want to download them yourself.
See :$5 DVD
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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 14:09

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 14:09
Heres something interesting for all the Garmin Nuvi users out there -

Vehicle Icons for Nuvi

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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:30

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:30
Thanks Greg, this is a much better way to view the cars on the Nuvi
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:36

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:36
Gidday mate...So what do you do once you download (I havent bothered). Can you use them in XT? Oregon?

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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 18:33

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 18:33
Yes on the XT No on Colorado , Oregon

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 18:39

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 18:39
Thanks

Herbie - you beauty!

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 19:33

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 19:33
Thank you everyone, i have some serious fiddling to do!! Michael.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 23:49

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 23:49
I have learnt something today, the Garmin sites are a total waste of space. they go around in circles !!! Michael

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Reply By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 07:53

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 07:53
Hi Michael
I didn't learn much from the Garmin site either !
If you haven't already, have a good look around "Doug and Dusty's" web site, it is full of great imformation on Garmin and GPS.
That's where I first staeted learning about Garmin, loading maps and POI's etc.
Doug and Dusty's Site

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 19:19

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 19:19
Hi Neil,
Yes i have started to look at his site now i have a vague idea of what its all about. I will settle in and spend some time there, Thanks for all your responses, all help is welcome.
regards Michael

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