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There's Garmin's legacy program, Mapsource, that was discontinued a number of years ago. It will use the same maps that are already installed in Basecamp. It's worth a look, but if you are looking for something "intuitive" then you may not be impressed. :) https://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=209
Also "Tyre to Travel" which was originally a shareware program that only worked with TomTom devices, but the new version also supports Garmin. www.tyretotravel.com
Just be aware that if you create a route on a different map to the one in your device you may not get the results you expect.
Furkot.com is an online trip/route creating site which creates gpx files that can be downloaded as Trips to your GPS.
Go to Amazon and search for "12 volt lighter adapter with switch" and you'll find some options that may work for you. At least it's a start.
Ha... just saw Montanas new update from Garmin released this month fixes the battery issue you had.. I never noticed it but it's fixed.
Well, I'll put my two cents in with the OP. It would be nice to have an "off" switch option that really means "Off, darn you, until I want to turn you on again!."
I sometimes want to charge my Nuvi 550 while I'm exploring on the motorcycle...lots of turning the motorcycle off and on at scenic overlooks 'n such...in case I decided to take it off the bike and put it in my backpack when I find a nice trail...which was one of it's intended uses. But it just keeps powering up every time I turn on the bike instead of charging itself like I want it too.
It really became exasperating when the power jack on the device came loose. Every single time the bike hit a bump the device would boot up again. Every...Single...Time. >:P
Both unusual situations I know...
Probably ain't never gonna happen, though.
Ah true, missed that bit ..Seems clear that is not the case here, since he states "Everytime I start the engine it turns on automatically". That implies the power is off until the engine starts. :)
If you are asking about using MapInstall (from the Basecamp menu) to install a map to your device, then yes, you will NOT get the JCV file or other special feature files that come with a map update. You should use Garmin Express to install the map to your device and computer. That way you will have the map in BaseCamp and all the feature files including JCV on your device.
3000 segments is the total of all the segments of all the maps installed everywhere. So you need to add the segments of the maps in internal memory plus any maps on the card. You also need to add any mapping that was originally included on the device, such as the basemap. It makes no difference if a map is disabled, it still counts towards the 3000 limit.
I don't understand how two maps could have zero segments. Perhaps they are the timezone map and something similar? All that will be significant are full map products that you have installed.
Actually it's not that easy. Don't know about the EU, but here in the US, Garmin no longer sells maps that you can install on your computer. Period. In the past, the only way to do this with a purchased Garmin map was to get the DVD version. Garmin discontinued these several years ago.
Now City Navigator is a separate case, if you have a device with a pre-installed City Navigator Map (mostly automotive devices), then you can use Express to install the map on your computer. AFAIK, this is not possible with any other Garmin maps.
But I just had a chance to fire up my PC and checked one other thing for you. It is very simple to see how many map segments you have on your GPS, just get Javawa's free Device Manager program
Connect your GPS and run this program. It will scan the device and report how many segments are installed on the main screen.
Also, Garmin used to have a very useful page that summarized the file specifications for all their devices, but the link no longer works and I couldn't find it elsewhere. Typical Garmin. :O)
But this site has an even better summary than Garmin's original:
they say the GPSMap64 allows approximately 3000 segments