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What's the best laptop GPS software for me?
roadrelics
Thanks for the info, I have never heard of GPS Gate, but will take a look. Thanks DT
tcassidy
Lots of information on this site about GPS Gate. Don't hesitate to look around!

Terry
roadrelics
Are you saying that my old Mapsource that worked until my SPIII was stolen will not work with the refurbished new SPIII I just received? My new one did come with a new Mapsource & unlock code...
Ken in Regina
Your new SP should work just fine with the old Mapsource. You will just need the new unlock code. Otherwise it's all good.

EDIT: I need to be sure we are on the same page here.

Mapsource refers to the PC program that you can use to create routes, manage waypoints and load maps to the unit.

Mapsource also refers to the name on the CD or DVD which contains the maps.

Your old Mapsource program will work fine with the new SP.

Your old maps will not work with the new SP if they were locked. You will need a new unlock code to use the new SP with the old maps.

If the maps that came with your new SP are the identical maps as you had with the old ones, e.g. same product and same version, you will need to use the new unlock code that came with the new SP.

If you got newer maps with the new SP, it is possible they might not work with the old Mapsource program. They should but if the old Mapsource program is old enough there might have been a map format change in newer maps that it might choke on. If the maps install properly and the old program starts correctly, all you need to do is use the new unlock code to unlock the new maps for the new SP.

I hope that helps.

...ken...
roadrelics
Wow, I really appreciate your time & effort answering all these different questions. The Gpsgate works great... Thanks. DT
tcassidy
While I really enjoyed my SPIII during the years it worked (it eventually lost contact with its memory card), I wouldn't consider it as the equal to most dedicated GPS these days. It was great as a stand alone device but klutzy when supplying GPS data to a computer.

Now that you have GPS Gate working, you can consider any number of GPS devices such as the GlobalSat BU-353 that are far more sensitive. GPS Gate will work with most of them and put out a signal nRoute can use. And...they can connect directly to a USB port!

Terry
roadrelics
Yes, I am actually using my Garmin Mobile PC... wished I would have done a little research first instead of buying to replace my old stuff that was stolen...
tcassidy
You mean a Garmin GPS20x?

Terry
roadrelics
Yes, a Garmin GPS20x thru Mapsource...
tcassidy
One of the advantages of the hardware version of Mobile PC (the version that included a USB20x or BT10x GPS) is that you can purchase updated maps for it. The downloadable map can be installed on the computer to work with MapSource (the program) as well. You can check this out using your MyGarmin account.

Although the latest version (anything newer than CNNANT 2009) won't work directly with nRoute, another program is available to convert those maps to nRoute compatibility. It is called MapReverseConverter and is quite well covered on this site.

Also, since the unlock codes associated with the 20x can be applied to MapSource (the program), the 20x would work directly with nRoute without the need of GPS Gate.

Terry
tcassidy
I just tested this with my GPS 10x, CNNANT 2012.2 and MRC. After realizing I had converted the wrong map and sorting that out, it works quite well!

Terry
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Ken in Regina
Just to clarify what Terry's shorthand meant, he used MapReverseConverter ("MRC") to convert City Navigator North America NT 2012.2 ("CNNANT2012.2") backwards into a format that nRoute and older versions of Mapsource can use.

That makes the maps available in nRoute and, possibly, your older version of Mapsource that still has the navigation functions built in.

Then he connected the Garmin GPS10x Bluetooth receiver that he got with a hardware packaged version of Garmin Mobile PC and it works directly with nRoute and the reverse converted maps, as the screenshot he supplied shows.

...ken...
tcassidy
Now, that is one thing I have never tried Ken and you have my interest. I wonder if MapSource 6.5 will work on a Win 7 computer. I haven't used it since Win 98. I'll have to set that up!

Terry
tcassidy
No, I guess it won't work.

Terry
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tcassidy
After extensive testing this weekend, I find that MapSource 6.5 will run on a Win 7 computer with only some minor tweaks. It does not support NT format maps at all though and even seeing one will crash the program. Under normal circumstances, this is no big deal as it does not see the section of the registry where Garmin stores the location of such maps.

It has so few advantages over nRoute (supports NMEA is the only one I know) that this is of little interst to anyone though.

The screenshot is on Win7 64 using a BU-353 for GPS input.

Terry
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