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Loading GPS from Computer

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Loading your GPS is best done with Garmin's software. Their software is available for free download from their web site and/or may have come on CD with your GPS.

We do include SendMap which allows you to load your GPS. We consider this the "last resort" method as it can be very complicated compared to the other methods.

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Use Garmin's MapSource program.

The basic steps are: Select the map tiles in MapSource using the Map Tool, then use the Send to Device button to send the maps to the GPS.

Open the MapSource Program.

The VVMapping Maps will be listed in the Products menu, if not already selected, choose them from this menu. You can also pick from the "Switch to Product" menu under the "View" menu.

Make sure that the map detail is set to highest and that "Show GPS Map Detail" is enabled. Note that if the map detail is currently being "shown" (what you want) the menu will actually say "Hide GPS Map Detail".

Feel free to explore the map, zoom in and out and notice the features and information provided. Trails should be visible at most any zoom as well as major highways. The fine detail, such as public land, streams and minor roads, will not display unless you are zoomed in to 3 miles or lower.

To load the maps to your GPS, first choose the "Map Tool" from the tool bar (looks like a poorly drawn capital letter B). This tool will allow you to select each map segment by clicking once on them. You may also click and drag across several map segments to choose several at once. Each map segment represents one county. The easiest method is to zoom out to 150 miles so you can see the entire State, position the cursor above and to the left of the State, click and hold the mouse button down while dragging the cursor to the bottom right. This will select all of the map tiles at once.

As you select the map segments, they will be highlighted with a different color (pink, usually). Each segment will also appear in the "Maps" panel on the left side of the screen. At the bottom of the "Maps" panel, it will show how much memory the selected maps will occupy on your GPS. This is important to note since each model of GPS has a limit on how much map data it can hold. The computer will indicate if too much has been selected when you try to send it to the GPS.

Once you have selected the map segments you want to load into the GPS, connect your GPS to the computer and power the GPS unit on. Click the "Send to Device" button or choose "Send to Device" from the "Transfer" menu. The Send to Device window should appear. It should find your GPS and list it in the "Device" menu. Make sure that "Maps" is the only item checked and then click the "Send" button. Depending on the GPS and the number of maps you have chosen this may take anywhere from a couple minutes to an hour or longer.


If your computer has difficulty locating the GPS when you try to send the maps to it, the easiest solution is to simply disconnect and then reconnect the GPS to the computer; additionally turning the GPS off and then back on and as a final attempt try restarting the computer.


Mac Install:

Use Garmin's MapInstall program.

To load the maps to your GPS using Garmin's software, open the MapInstall application from your Applications folder. It will allow you to click on the individual map tiles to select them, then click the "Send" to GPS button to load the maps to your GPS. There is a bug with version 2.1.0 of Garmin's software that requires you to be zoomed in to 70 miles or closer when selecting and sending the maps.

In this example we are using a memory card connected to the computer. If your GPS is plugged into the computer, it should be listed in the device window where you see "VVMapping" below.

On the screen showing the maps, click on each map segment (county) or:

Put the mouse to the top and left of the map (above and to the left). Click and hold down the mouse button and drag to the bottom right. This will "draw a box" and select all of the counties as you are dragging - selecting all of the maps. Once selected, click the SendMaps button to send them to the GPS or memory card.

Once the maps are sent to the GPS, it's ready for use.

Multiple Maps

You can load mulitple maps using the same procedure, but before sending to the GPS, select the additional maps first.


To load multiple map "sets", such as both WI and MI, is easiest to use MapSource. Use the Map Tool to select the first State, switch to the other State, select those maps and then send the entire "set" to the GPS/memory card.

Click on Map Tool in the tool bar to select it. Zoom out far enough to see the entire State on the screen.

Place the cursor to the top and left of the State, click and hold down and drag to the bottom right. This will "draw a box" across the State and select each county as you drag (the bright yellow is highlighting each selected county).

Next switch to the other Map via the Installed Products menu in the tool bar (or via the View menu at top)

Repeat the process as above for selecting the maps:
Place the cursor to the top and left of the State, click and hold down and drag to the bottom right. This will "draw a box" across the State and select each county as you drag (the bright yellow is highlighting each selected county).

On the left side of the window, under the Maps tab will be a list of maps. It will indicate in parenthesis how many maps are selected. Note that the number is increasing when selecting additional maps.

Once all of the maps are selected, click the Send to Device button or choose Send to Device from the Transfer menu.

In the Send to Device window, make sure your card is listed in the Device menu or if not using a card, your GPS is listed. With "Maps" checks, click the "Send" button.

Note that anytime you send maps to the card/GPS it will remove any maps previously sent and replace them with this new set.