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Where to download Garmin nRoute
Muffinman
Hi guys, first-time poster.

I have a Garmin GPS-18, and I have used it for the past several years. However, my hard drive on my laptop crashed, and after putting in a new one, I started to reinstall all my programs (what a pain!). Problem is all I can find is the Trip & Waypoint Manager disk. Is nRoute on this with the GPS drivers? If not, is there a way to download nRoute?

I searched past threads and am confused on whether it is still possible. Is the GPS-18 compatible with Garmin Mobile PC, and is there a cheap way to get the program?
Thanks for help

John
Ken in Regina
Install your Trip & Waypoint Manager.

Download the latest nRoute from here .. down at the bottom is nroute_276.exe.

Index of /perry/nroute

That will isntall nRoute v2.76.

If you want the latest Mapsource, you can download it from Garmin's website.

Garmin: MapSource Updates & Downloads

You will need the Trip & Waypoint Manager installed before installing the other two because they are "updates" and will look for a previous installation of something Garmin. Trip & Waypoint Manager will satisfy that check. Once they are installed and working, you can uninstall Trip & Waypoint Manager.

If you have issues with the latest version of Mapsource from the download above, you can install an older version. I would recommend 6.13.7.

Let us know how it goes.

...ken...
Muffinman
Sorry for being a noob, but why do I need to take off Trip and Waypoint Manager? It looks like the download worked and I am updating mapsource.
Thanks, now I know this is a loaded question, in the near fulture is it worth upgrading to Mobile PC with my gps-18 deluxe?
John
tcassidy
The reason for removing the waypoint manager is you don't need it. Leave it if you want.

The GPS 18 should work with Mobile PC. However, if you want to add maps, you want the version of Mobile PC that comes with a GPS (BT 10x or USB 20x). The GPS 18 is getting a little long in the tooth so unless you need to mount it outside (maybe in a boat) go with the package including a 20x.

Terry
Muffinman
Thanks for all the help, I have been looking through the site and wish I found it long ago. Since I have not looked into maxing my performance, is there any downloads anyone would highly recomend? Different maps and such.

John
tcassidy
If nRoute and the GPS18 do the job you want, stick with it. Changing to anything else will mean more cost and learning a new interface. Mobile PC has some nice display features, uses the screen real estate more efficiently and features the latest Garmin maps. However, it is more difficult to find some information from the main display than nRoute.

What kind of performance are you wanting to improve?

Terry
Muffinman
Terry, just didn't know if there was anything besides Nroute that could be used that others have turned over the years. The set has worked for me I was just wondering. I saw the GPS-18 package today on sale for $120 at a Nat'l hunting and fishing store, they didn't know it was a totally discontinued item and didn't care, their words were, it didn't sell anyways.

John
tcassidy
In the past, others have reported that the GPS 18 Deluxe package included a download of the latest Garmin maps. However, since CNNA NT2008 was the last version that worked directly with nRoute (without modification), I would not count on that being the case anymore.

Garmin replaced the GPS 18 with the GPS 18x some time ago, upgrading the chipset to something more modern (probably SirfStar III as the newer MTK chips can't do 4800 bps on the USB connection). It is overpriced for what it can do though and probably serves a very limited market.

Mobile PC is the Garmin foray into the laptop navigation world. It is basically a Nuvi transplanted to a larger screen. An excellent product but even it is getting a little ancient. We would really like to see a new version. The version that comes with a GPS is eligible for yearly (or lifetime) map upgrades for a price.

What screen resolution and size are you using? I could give you an idea of how the display compares to nRoute visually

Terry
Ken in Cape Breton
Muffinman, I didn't notice you mention that you had any map Cd's or DVD's to reinstall? Do you have any maps to use since your hard drive crash?
Ken in Regina
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
In the past, others have reported that the GPS 18 Deluxe package included a download of the latest Garmin maps. However, since CNNA NT2008 was the last version that worked directly with nRoute (without modification), I would not count on that being the case anymore.
I think it's City Nav North America NT2009 that will work with nRoute.

I think the way it went was City Nav Europe 2009NT went to the new format, then City Nav NA 2010NT went. Something like that.

In any case, any current maps won't work with nRoute without conversion so it's mostly just a matter of historical accuracy, not anything practical.

...ken...
tcassidy
Thanks Ken, that makes more sense but I was too lazy to check.

Terry
Muffinman
Thanks guys, the only dvd I download was the Trip and way manager with the mapsource download I was provided early in this thread. I could not find anything else in my computer bag. If I need to get a map disk let me know. My laptop is a older Toshiba Satellite L-25, 15" screen, celeron M. It was bottom of the line when I got it but it does in a pinch.

John
tcassidy
With no map dvds or data from your old hard drive, MapSource and nRoute aren't going to be of much use. Buying a new map from Garminfor your old product is rather counter productive, not to say expensive. Maybe its time to start looking at a different or newer product that already contains maps.

As you have noted Garmin Mobile PC with a GPS is available but you might also want to look at Streets and Trips 2010. It won't work directly with your GPS 18 though so consider the version with a GPS. Either product will work fine with a Celeron M and 15" screen and be way ahead of where you were. Microsoft offers a 60 day free trial of their product you could try out. You could even download a trial of GPS Gate and use your GPS18 with Streets & Trips.

Terry
Muffinman
There is chance I might have the mapping program on my main computer. I also have a handheld unit for Scouting. Can I just copy files between to the two computers?

John
tcassidy
Yes, it is possible to copy the maps from your other computer. You will need to add keys to the registry though so MapSource and nRoute can find them. If you put the map folders in the same location as the other computer (e.g. c:\Garmin), you can export the appropriate registry entries and merge them onto the Toshiba.

Terry
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