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Old 12-27-2002, 07:03 PM
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I got a Garmin 76 for Christmas. It came with a power cord that hooks to my computer. What good does that do me? It did not come with any software. Does anyone know? I had to buy a different power cord to connect the GPS to my boat battery.
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Old 12-27-2002, 07:13 PM
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This is just a guess. The cord will allow you to download software updates from the Garmin website to the computer and ultimately to your gps. Also may allow you to type in all of your favorite coordinates on the puter and download them to your gps. I don't own the gps or the cord that you do (yet) but I think I am close. Others will know much more than I do for sure. You may also find out by visiting garmin's website.

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Now, you gotta get the MapSourse BlueChart from Garmin...put the disc in the computer; and with the new cord your all set to download your favorite charts for one area of your choice. That'll cost you another $130.00 or so. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] I have the Garmin 76S, it's a great unit...it'll do more than you ever thought. www.garmin.com What the heck, you may as well get the MapSourse MetroGuide USA too, it'll help you find those launch ramps. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img]

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Old 12-28-2002, 05:55 AM
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Both of the answers you have been given are correct. You should be very happy you got that cord and you may in fact have reason to use it right away. Take your GPS and turn it on and watch it as it cycles through its opening tests and such. It will come up with a screen that shows you which version of the opperating system is in the thing. Note what it is. Then go to the Garmin site and click on the button for Marine equipment. When it get to the marine page look to the left side of the page at the menu and click on the one that says software upgrades or something similar to that. Go down the list to GPSMap-76 and see what version of the system is current (as well as the date of the last update). If you have an older version in your machine downloade the new version. Plug in your GPS before your begin the download and just open the file. Make sure in your setup you have the data interface tab set to 'Garmin' and life will be good. For whatever its worth I can tell you that out of the half dozen or so Garmin GPS units I've owned not one of them had the current version of the opperating system in it on the day I bought it. In this case you may have it because they haven't done an update on the 76 in months as I recall, but I haven't checked back in a couple of weeks.

As to the power cord, get one. Consumer Marine Electronics carrys them, for exactly the same price as everyone else on earth who carrys them, so give them a call. Keep in mind that there are a number of different versions of the cord. Decide of you want the one with the bare wires on the end (for the boat) or the one with the cigarette lighter plug on the end for use in a vehicle, or both. The things run a bit over $25 each as I recall.

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Old 12-28-2002, 12:48 PM
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If you hurry, you can get the Bluechart CD and get a $50 rebate. Ends 12-31.02.
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Old 12-28-2002, 09:24 PM
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I got the GPS76 for Christmas too, and also got the data cable. However, as it is a non-mapping unit, I'm wondering how/why I'd want to download info into it (other than OS upgrades)... can you add "chart info" to the non-mapping 76 unit? (No, I have barely glanced at the manual [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] ).

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Old 12-28-2002, 10:08 PM
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I have this unit and used the cable to update from Garmin and also to back-up my waypoints. There is a free gps utility program which allows you to download and upload waypoints from your pc. Also, I bought the 12 volt power cable for $11.00 from GPSGEEK.COM. He sells all garmin supplies and non-garmin duplicates for less than half. He sells on Ebay and direct.
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You said "There is a free gps utility program which allows you to download and upload waypoints from your pc. "

Where can I get this free utility. I looked on the Garmin site and could not find it.

Is it small enough for you to e-mail it to me?

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Old 12-29-2002, 02:14 PM
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Nick,

Its called Easy GPS. Just do a search on Google and you'll be on it in a heartbeat. Also, if you do a search here on the username Squid Vicious take a look at his posts. Chris has posted a link to Easy-GPS more than once.

And no, you can't publish maps to a plain Garmin-76.

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Old 12-29-2002, 04:59 PM
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I second GPSGEEK. I think I paid around $15 with shipping.
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Old 12-29-2002, 05:16 PM
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Thanks Thom.

For everyone else, here's the link:

http://www.easygps.com

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Old 12-31-2002, 08:10 AM
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Nick, that cord is of -0- value to you. But if you slip it in an envelope and mail it to ME, I'll take care of getting rid of it fer ya!

And if anyone has a old laptop that they don't have any software for, I'll take that too. I'll even pay the shipping to dispose of it for ya.

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Old 01-01-2003, 10:59 AM
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The Blue Chart CD does not work with the GPS 76, It works with the GPSMAP 76 & GPSMAP 76S. You can use Easy GPS to manage your waypoints with all 3 units. If you purchase the Blue Chart CD & try to install it, the retailer probably will not allow you a refund.

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Old 01-01-2003, 01:18 PM
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GVIT is close but not 100% accurate. The Bluechart/Mapsource products will work with the GPS76, but the capabilities will be limited and will be pretty much a waste of money. With BlueChart, you can upload and download waypoints, you can look at a chart and create waypoints off the chart to send the waypoint to the unit - things like contours, channel entrances, wrecks, navaids, etc. You can create routes from the charts and send them to the unit and download your track plots to see where you had been. You can play desktop dreamer and read real charts from your 'puter while at work, etc. You CANNOT send charts and maps to the 76 and use them to navigate on the water.

While I was joking about the laptop above, you can certainly carry a laptop on board your boat and use the 76 to send live signal to the bluechart, essentially turning the laptop into your chartplotter. If you find a used laptop for $200 and use a low cost GPSR, it might be a better value than buying a $1000 plotter. Just a thought.

But in all practicality for simple purposes EasyGPS or GPSU (as mentioned in another recent post) are be best value for a persone with a handheld GPSR. But the Garmin product could still be a benefit

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