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This is a follow-up to my post in this thread.
I didn't want to hijack that thread with slightly OT.

I thought I'd update with my latest method. I wasn't really happy with the time required for the other methods. This has (so far) worked flawlessly on my Nuvi 500. Not sure about other models.

What this does:
Takes a Google Maps route and gets it into your Garmin as a custom route.

Software Needed:
GmapToGPX
WinGDB3
Garmin MapSource (I believe you can get this free with the also free Garmin Training Center
The free version has very limited maps, but you can xfer the full maps from your GPS device onto your PC. I can't find the link with the instructions right now, but I think this method would work without the full maps.

  1. Install all the above according to the instructions on the sites.
  2. Create your route in Google Maps (Email it to yourself as a backup)
  3. Click the GmapToGPX "bookmarket"and select the "Full" button at the top.
  4. Copy all the code in the window and paste into a new text file.
  5. Save the file (My Route.txt)
  6. Rename the file with a ".gpx" extension (My Route.gpx).
  7. Open the WinGDB software that you installed and open the gpx file that you just created from the "Input File" section.
  8. In the "Output" section select "Map Source". You could also do it as a file I guess.
  9. Under "Processing options" select "#23 Convert tracks to routes with invisible via points". I haven't tried the other options, so I don't know what they might do.
  10. Hit the "Convert" button.
  11. If you've got Map Source installed, it should open automatically. In Map Source, right click on the route name and select "Show Selected Route On Map" and show your route.
  12. Select the route and go to "Route Properties" to rename it to something sensible. It's easier done here than on the Garmin screen.
  13. In Map Source, go to "Transfer" -> "Send to Device"
  14. So now it's on your Garmin, go "My Data" -> "Import Route From File". Select your route and it should show up under your "Custom Routes". This is for a Nuvi 500, not sure of the specific steps for other models.
All done and ready to roll...
 

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I tried this with my Zumo 450 and I can confirm that it works. However, for WinGDB Version 3.43, step 9 needs to be changed to:

9. Under "Processing options" select "#23 Convert tracks to routes with invisible via points".

In Map Source, right click on the route name and select "Show Selected Route On Map" to have Map Source display the route since
in step 11. Map Source will indeed open but it will not immediately display the route.
 

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I tried this with my Zumo 450 and I can confirm that it works. However, for WinGDB Version 3.43, step 9 needs to be changed to:

9. Under "Processing options" select "#23 Convert tracks to routes with invisible via points".

In Map Source, right click on the route name and select "Show Selected Route On Map" to have Map Source display the route since
in step 11. Map Source will indeed open but it will not immediately display the route.
Thanks for the corrections Arne! I must have been using an older version of WinGDB. I've updated the original post.
 

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It looks like you guys know more about GPS than I do, I wonder if you can tell me if there is another way to output a route to my Garmin 2610 other than MapSource.

My issue is, MapSource hangs when trying to connect to the 2610. Reloaded MapSource a dozen times, all versions, USB drivers, deleting registry info, directories etc. the problem is in XP somewhere. I just don't want to go through the hassle of a complete reload of the operating system just for a Mapsource issue.

So my thoughts were, there has to be another mapping program that can ouput a gpx file to the 2610. I do know that there is a difference in the file transfer protocol from the older 2610's and the newer Nuvi's, so that could be an issue as well.

Any help would be appreciated.


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It looks like you guys know more about GPS than I do, I wonder if you can tell me if there is another way to output a route to my Garmin 2610 other than MapSource.
I'm not positive about this, but I believe that you could use the WinGDB software and export to a "File" instead of directly to MapSource. That should give you a gpx file which you could directly transfer onto the GPS by navigating the folder structure of it. Plug it in and it should show up in Windows as a USB mass storage device. Find where your routes or data is stored and copy your gpx file in. I'm not sure about your particular GPS, so this is just a guess.
 

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It looks like you guys know more about GPS than I do, I wonder if you can tell me if there is another way to output a route to my Garmin 2610 other than MapSource.

My issue is, MapSource hangs when trying to connect to the 2610. Reloaded MapSource a dozen times, all versions, USB drivers, deleting registry info, directories etc. the problem is in XP somewhere. I just don't want to go through the hassle of a complete reload of the operating system just for a Mapsource issue.

So my thoughts were, there has to be another mapping program that can ouput a gpx file to the 2610. I do know that there is a difference in the file transfer protocol from the older 2610's and the newer Nuvi's, so that could be an issue as well.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Ron W,
I have a 2610 and had some problems installing Mapsource also. I also run XP.

I had to download some patches from the Garmin website with the guidance of Garmin customer service on the phone.

You have to be patient with them. Getting phone assistance can be slow.

It works fine now, but I haven't yet tried the procedure originally described in this tread. Be great if it works for the 2610.

P.S. Not sure if you need to have the Mapsource software up before turning the 2610 on or not. I may have to do a 'Find Device' though, which may pop up automatically when you hit the upload/download icons. Of course, make sure the 2610 is plugged in with the A/C cord and the USB cord.
 

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I spent quite awhile on the phone with Garmin support, you are right about being patient waiting to get through...but they are thorough and take their time. I tried everything they suggested to no avail including re-loading some patches.

Rythmscout suggested I use Wingdb and do a file transfer of the route data.

Will try it out tomorrow.

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Have you tried sending it directly to the card via a card reader instead of sending it to the device itself? That may work a little better as it takes the device out of the equation....

If it's the MapSource software conflicting with the OS, I can't help much there... sorry.
 

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I think I'm out of luck, there isn't anyway I can directly send a file to the compact flash card (alone) or the Garmin via a file transfer.

Explorer does not recognize the Garmin and it's CF card as a drive sooo I can't do a copy or file transfer to it. And, of course my laptop doesn't have a CF card reader.

Thanks for all your help (RhythmScout, gijoecam and XLonDL650)



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I think I'm out of luck, there isn't anyway I can directly send a file to the compact flash card (alone) or the Garmin via a file transfer.
If the main problem is getting the gpx file to the CF card, you should be able to find a CF card reader (USB) for less than $15.
Check here.
 

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It looks like you guys know more about GPS than I do, I wonder if you can tell me if there is another way to output a route to my Garmin 2610 other than MapSource.

This is easy... EasyGPS in fact. It's a freeware program that helps people manage their gps files. It will work with just about any gps unit ever made.

http://www.easygps.com

It won't actually make the routes, but it will load them up if you already have them made in a file somewhere. I use this software and it works and really is easy as the name implies.
 

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I've tried it and it seems to work better if you extract the generated waypoints, then create a rout in Mapsource through them.
 

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I've tried it and it seems to work better if you extract the generated waypoints, then create a rout in Mapsource through them.
My Garmin won't take routes, just waypoints and even then it will only allow you to "map" two at once. Is there a list of models that this technique will and won't work with?
 

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My Garmin won't take routes, just waypoints and even then it will only allow you to "map" two at once. Is there a list of models that this technique will and won't work with?
The only ones that are confirmed so far (based on this thread) are the Nuvi 500 and Zumo 450.
 

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Nuvi 500 seems like an economical option, then.
I've been very happy so far with my Nuvi 500. $250 from Amazon and waterproof too. Not all the bells and whistles that the new ones have, but gets me from A to B and has been reliable.
 
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