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Old 07-29-2004, 02:47 PM
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I will be installing the 182c in my boat when it arrives. Maybe this will be explained in the manual, but I would like to know now. Will I be able to save the data that I have on the unit to my personal computer? If so, how is this done? Thanks..
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Old 07-30-2004, 04:49 AM
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Chum,
I think you can create way points and such on your computer if you are using the Bluecharts from a CD.I believe this info will be uploaded to your data chip.If you are using Bluecharts with a preprogrammed data chip you can not save anything to your computer.I have never tried this because I purchased a preprogrammed chip but I'm looking into getting a a blank chip with Bluechart CD.Maybe someone that has the bluecharts from a CD can tell us.Good luck with your new boat.Your going to love the Garmin 182C!
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Old 07-30-2004, 05:50 AM
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The are a few ways to do it. First, if the GPS is not installed in the dash, you can do it with a PC interface cable that connects to a serial connector. This is probably the best because you can also do all the updates to the GPS software. One of the updates allows you to save waypoints and routes to your PC, which was not possible with certain versions of the software. Another way, is with a USB adapter and the serail interface and you can perform the same with a laptop on the boat. The third, is with a USB programming cable that allows you to transfer and program a data chip from your PC or Laptop.

Ac/pc adapter:

http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp...0%2D10275%2D00



http://www.marine-electronics-unlimi...rogrammer.html





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Old 07-30-2004, 06:41 AM
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Does the software come with the unit or not?
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Old 07-30-2004, 06:58 AM
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I have had the 182c for a year and a half now. I routinely save my waypoints to the pc's (got Two) using Easy GPS (free). You will have to get a pc interface cable. You can upload and down load waypoints, indivually or the entire file.

http://www.easygps.com/default.asp?rc=J95R4


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Old 07-30-2004, 10:19 AM
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chum - 7/30/2004 5:41 AM

Does the software come with the unit or not?
No. The BlueChart CD is purchased seperately, as is the cable.
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Old 07-31-2004, 07:53 AM
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When you buy the machine you get a basic map with no detail. You'll need a whip for the detail. Unfortunately, you don't get the software for installing on your PC unless you get a Blue Chart CD. For that purpose, get a blank chip and the cd. When you buy the cd, you get one ulock code. You can then load a chart on to the chip and have the software on you PC to use when planning a trip. You should do all the updates because the cd could have been produced before changes were made. One of the changes that helped me was that I couldn't save way point to the pc. Now with the update all that and more is possible. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-06-2004, 12:59 PM
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Chum, the simple answer to your question is "yes", provided ...

- A flush mounted unit will require easy access to the rear and connection to a PC.

- You must have an AC/PC Adaptor, Garmin #010-10275-00, sold seperately. Cannot upload/download without it.

- You must have a waypoint/chart management computer program. This can be something as simple as "EasyGPS", downloaded free from EasyGPS.com, or up to several hundred dollars for commercial software. Allows upload/download of waypoints, routes, etc up to physical limits of the unit internal memory. Cartography charts aren't required to use the unit as a basic plotter, but not getting any sorta defeats the purpose of the 182.

Garmin uses "Bluechart" cartography for coastal charts. With Bluecharts, you'll have coverage for a specific region, such as Winyah Bay to St Augustine, or as many regions as you wish to purchase. Garmin uses "data cards" for charts in the 182 (and others):

- Purchase a ROM data card (chip) for the region desired. Provides charts only, no management program, and plugs easily directly into the unit. Transportable to other units useing data cards.

- Purchase MapSource Bluechart CD. Allows the "unlock" of any single chart region, comes with an excellent management program. A blank data card (chip) must also be purchased, on which your desired charts will be downloaded (8mb is sufficient for Ga). This download can be accomplished with the unit and does not require a seperate data card programmer. These data cards will only be useable in the unit which accomplished the download, although they can be over-written by any unit. The CD allows for chart download to two different units, should you change units for whatever reason.

The CD and blank data card are about the same cost (or marginally more) than the preprogrammed data card, but well worth the download hassle when MapSource is thrown into the mix.

MapSource is an excellent program that allows full flexibility of use with the 182. You'll see the same charts on your monitor that are in the unit, and will be able to play with waypoints to your hearts' content, then download to the unit. Even if you later decide to purchase a regional data card, MapSource is still fully functional.

For inland lakes, Garmin "Hot Spots" provides the charts thru CD or preprogrammed data cards - all above remains valid except insert "Hot Spots" for "Bluechart".

Capt Ken Doss in Brunswick is an excellent for Garmin GPS info for coastal Georgia; he's in the book.
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Old 08-06-2004, 02:17 PM
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Curmudgeon, if you get Mapsource and a USB card programmer and card, you can transfer routes and waypoints back and forth between PC and GPS using the memory cards instead of fussing with AC adapters or cable access to the back of your GPS. You can use this system for upgrading the software in the GPS also.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:48 PM
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:43 PM
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The cable is very easy to make, < $10 at RadioShack and only three wires to worry about.

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