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Garmin Mobile PC: RE-ACTIVATION WARNING
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by CruiserC5
Nope, see no reason for that. I'm not posting a link from there to here... you guys are up in front so no need to have it dumped in here with no solutions from other sites...is there?

It's precisely the opposite really ...
Ummmm... I thought that's what I said. It's certainly what I tried to say. Sorry if I confused the issue even more. I was just havin' a little fun.

By the way, you don't necessarily have to remove the maps that come with Mobile PC to use other maps. Mobile PC uses three map files:

gmapbmap.img - is the world basemap.
gmapprom.img - this is the pre-compiled detail maps that come with Mobile PC. In the case of the current product, this file is the City Navigator North America NT2009 detail maps.

Those are the two map files that come with either version of Mobile PC right now. You would never want to remove the basemap because it provides a lot of basic info that won't be included in most detail maps. The only reason you would remove gmapprom.img is if you are acquiring a similarly named map file from some other device that has somehow been unlocked.

The third file is gmapsupp.img. This file does not come with Mobile PC. It is the file format that MapSource creates when it is compiling and transferring detail maps to a Garmin device. This is also the file format that is produced by people who are creating third-party maps for sale or for free use. You can put this in place any time you want, as long as it contains map details from products that are not locked, and it won't affect the maps that came with Mobile PC. You just have to enable it in Mobile PC and disable any other detail maps that cover the same area.

If you are adding maps to give coverage in Great Britain and/or Europe there is no conflict in coverage with City Navigator North America so you don't have to do anything to add and use non-North American coverage, as long as it's not locked. And as long as it's not named gmapprom.img.

...ken...
Lazarus Long
I have had Garmin Mobile PC running beautifully on my XP Viliv S5 for a long time. One of the big criticisms of GMPC was that it could only be installed once, then the product key would be used up, so you could not delete it on a computer then install it on a different one, or even recover it on the same computer if it was deleted or lost in a hard drive crash. You had to call tech support for relief and it was not always immediately responsive.

I got a used Viliv N5 a few days ago, and loaded the demo of Streets and Trips. Worked fine, but what a piece of crap it is compared to GMPC. I shopped around but GMPC is discontinued and getting very hard to find; none listed on Ebay when I looked and only a couple retailers still had it in stock, and were charging well above what it listed at when I bought it the first time.

So just for fun, I tried installing the copy of GMPC that I already own, using the same product key. IT WORKED and installed correctly, and allowed me to update to the latest patch off the Garmin support page. My N5 is a clean install of Win 7 Enterprise, so I had to do quite a bit of twiddling with drivers and eventually set up GPSGate in service mode to get GMPC reliably receiving data from the GPS. But it works, so now I have two copies of GMPC running on two different units, using the same product key.

Will it work for anyone else? I don't know, and I do not recommend you uninstall a working copy to test my theory. But if you happen to have more than one Viliv with a GPS receiver, and only one copy of GMPC, you might want to give it a try. I would be interested to know if anyone else has success with this.
Boyd
Interesting.... Maybe they just don't care anymore?
tcassidy
You don't need a Viliv. Any Windows computer combined with a GPS of some variety - USB or BT - will work. I can't remember the original wording but it was something like 6 months that the on-line database would be reset and you could move your copy to a different device. Last time I tried it was about 3 months.

The license still only allows for one activated device but it isn't checked. So you must use your best judgement!

Terry
sledjunk
I just tried to move my copy to a new computer and now the software says "Could not connect to Garmin Server. Check your connection settings and try again" I think I may be stuck :-(. Sent a message to tech support but do not expect much help.
tcassidy
Yes, the Garmin tech has told me that I can no longer activate Garmin Mobile PC (software version) on a new computer.

Terry
sledjunk
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
Yes, the Garmin tech has told me that I can no longer activate Garmin Mobile PC (software version) on a new computer.

Terry
Wow! That really sucks. I use Garmin maps as well as commercially available snowmobile trail maps for Ontario and Quebec.

Do you have any ideas for a replacement?
Ken in Regina
If you want to continue using Garmin maps nRoute is your only option.

...ken...
Boyd
Maybe time for a dedicated device? Garmin has several models with big 7" screens and prices starting around $200 for the Nuvi 2757.
Air Raider
Boyd is obviously a Garmin employee, as he immediately jumped into a promotion and sales routine. " Maybe its time for e dedicated device? Garmin has several models starting around $200".

Designed Obsolesce is the Garmin Game. Garmin will be glad to sell, sell, sell new maps and devices. The Point is Boyd, I am other good people paid lots of money for a product, and I for one have been using this Mobile PC program for year, then Garmin pulls out of the "Key authorization". My mobile pc was running just fine, then one day while the PC connected to the internet via Wifi, Garmin Unauthorized my paid and authorized installation of Mobile PC. Basically, Garmin sabotaged my MObile PC program, my computer, and my ability to travel, cause now I have not road maps.
But, according to Garmin and Mr. Boyd, we can fork out $200 or more and buy more product, which will eventually have the plug pulled on new new devices as well. garmin can go straight to hell.
Boyd
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Originally Posted by Air Raider
Boyd is obviously a Garmin employee
That's the funniest thing I've read all week.

I purchased Mobile PC at full retail price just like everyone else. I have no affiliation with Garmin whatsoever. If you are unhappy with their policies, contact Garmin directly.

I am actually moving away from Garmin, doubt that I will ever buy another one of their products. There are so many good apps and smartphones and tablets offer better hardware at better price points than Garmin.

But "whatever". Have a nice weekend.
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