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Did you use the current versions of Basecamp and MapInstall for WIndows? Basecamp 4.7/MapInstall 4.2 were introduced in May 2018, and they do not work correctly. MapInstall will not send a map to your GPS properly, the results are pretty much as you described.
Of course, something else could also be wrong, but if you used the current version of Garmin's software, then it just isn't going to work. Garmin doesn't really seem to care about this, because the problem is well-documented, yet they still have not fixed it. Garmin has announced they have ceased development of Basecamp.
So your only options are to install an older version of Basecamp/MapInstall or else use Garmin's older Mapsource software, which still works properly. See this thread at GPSFileDepot for more information.
I think your recollection is faulty. :) Maps that are sold on pre-loaded SD cards can be used in any device - that is their advantage. The copy protection ties the map to the hardware ID of the original SD card, so it cannot be duplicated.
Downloaded maps are tied to a specific device. The way this works, you must connect the desired GPS to your computer before you can purchase a downloadable map from Garmin. This is how they associate it with your specific device. After purchasing the map, it can then be used on any SD card or internal memory. But only on the original GPS that you used when the map was purchased.
I disagree. Garmin's automotive devices no longer use "routes". That terminology was abandoned many years ago when Garmin introduced the "trip planner". But this all gets very confusing, because handheld GPS units still use "routes". And handhelds also record "track logs" but automotive devices call these "trip logs".Minor technicallity, routes are the route you plan to travel, trips are a record of where you have been stored in gpx format in the "current" file on your GPS.
That compliment is well-deserved. However... Garmin had the StreetPilot app for iOS which was basically the same as the DriveSmart or Nuvi. So what did they do? They discontinued it a few months ago. My app still works on my phone, but if I decide to update to the new version of iOS, I'm sure it will be gone. I wasn't able to install it on the new iPad I got this summer either.
So... thanks for nothin' Garmin. X(
Good for you John! I still have my Nuvi 5000 but don't use it anymore. My Grandmother was 97 when she died back in 2000. She lived by herself in the same little house in a small town and drove her 1962 Rambler right up until three days before she died. Never used a GPS though. :)