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Old 01-19-2003, 07:47 PM
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Love my new 188 and Bluechart chip of the Texas coast. A buddy e-mailed some .mps (I think) files from his Garmin 168 which include waypoints into back lakes, etc. I'd like to download those to my 188, and here's where I need some help.

I have the power/data/serial cable that I need to hook up to the computer. Do I need any software on the computer to do this or can I just use Windows Explorer to somehow transfer files into the Garmin? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-19-2003, 10:14 PM
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Garmin's MapSource software is specifically designed for your unit. It's around $100 but also includes specific navigational information for your region.

There are also 3rd party applications that you can download for free off the internet. Go to www.download.com and do a search for 'gps software'

Hope this helps,

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Old 01-21-2003, 02:57 PM
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Hi, I was hoping to get more info. on the 188C, I sold my 176C to get this unit. I haven't bought one yet, and I'm trying to find out the best place to get it... Best Price!

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Old 01-21-2003, 04:39 PM
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here's what i found so far (mind you- im looking at the grayscale version - not the color). The prices below are for the GPSMap188 with internal antenna and transducer

gpscity.com $769
gpsforfun.com $779
boatersworld.com $874
123-gps.com $779
gpssignal.com $789 (with free fedex)
onlinemarine.com $773
gpsdiscount.com $773
boatfix.com $789

I've also been watching ebay - There is a 188C currently at $771 with 21 hrs left in the auction
go to :Ebay 188C auction

Let me know if you find any other good deals

Thanks
Dave

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Old 01-21-2003, 05:08 PM
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www.gpsdiscount.com

where i got my 188c. nice folk, prices.
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Old 01-21-2003, 05:09 PM
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oh, yur nuts not to get color. nuts, i tell ya.
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Old 01-21-2003, 05:10 PM
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I know it is a lot more money, but the color is beautiful, especially with the bluecharts. I bought the GPSMap 188c with transom ducer, Bluechart software, PC interface, and a blank data card for right around $1500 from West Marine. But thats before a $50 rebate on the software and $70 in West's advantage program. I used the unit twice after installing it myself and it performed flawlessly. In the Spring I will be interfacing it with my new VHF radio with DSC.
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