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Old 09-13-2020, 06:01 PM
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Just bought a used boat with a pair of Garmin 7212's. There are no chips in the slots. Two questions....

1. Do these units require a chip and if so, where is the best place to find one? I know next to nothing about them. Just downloaded the manual but have yet to break in. I live in Virginia Beach, so the southern tip of the bay and just offshore, VA and northern NC.

2. Do they update over wifi or some other method?


Sorry, I'm a bit overwhelmed at this point. Many thanks for any info. While I realize these things are dinosaurs, they are a thousand years ahead of the crap on my old boat.
Old 09-13-2020, 06:54 PM
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You can connect to Active Captain for updates but it needs a wifi adapter so you would probably be better off using an SD card, I think 32 GB is the max. I have 2 for mine, a backup and a map card. You don't need a card to operate them, just for updates and backup.
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Downloaded Active Captain and ordered a 32g SD card. SO, I plug the card into my Mac and download the update, then plug the SD into the Garmin install? There is wifi near my boat. Close enough that I can link my phone to Active Captain. Then there is some kind of handshake between the Garming and my Phone and wifi? Does that sound about right?
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Originally Posted by oldmako View Post
Just bought a used boat with a pair of Garmin 7212's. There are no chips in the slots. Two questions....

1. Do these units require a chip and if so, where is the best place to find one? I know next to nothing about them. Just downloaded the manual but have yet to break in. I live in Virginia Beach, so the southern tip of the bay and just offshore, VA and northern NC.




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The 7212 units are already preloaded wiht G2 Blue US coastal charts.
Have you used them as of yet?
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I looked up your 7212 on Garmin's site and to connect to Active Captain you would need a wifi adapter, don't know what it would cost. The newer units are able to connect directly. You can go to Garmin's site and look for updates and download them through Garmin express, transfer them to your SD card and then to the unit.
It is a little cumbersome though but that's how I used to do it.
The 1242 that I have now has a wifi network it doesn't connect to the phone by blue tooth, so you would definitely need the adapter.
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I have used the units. They are a ton more accurate and detailed than my old crap. But only sparingly. I got the boat last week. Since then I have bought a 32G SD card and downloaded the latest software to my MacBook. I have yet to figure out how to get the download from the Mac onto the SD card. Out searching for a Millenial!


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Try to download Garmin Express and do it through there, that's how I used to do it before active captain was available. You might see something called Homeport but don't bother with that I don't think that works anymore. You will have to install the card in the unit to format it first. I just remembered that part.
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Garmin express is the answer. Download the Mac version. Set up a Garmin Account and register your 7212. Format your SD card as FAT using the Disk Utility. Purchase the required chart via Garmin Express and it will be installed to the SD card. Insert the card into the 7212 and turn it on. It will recognize and use the new chart.

The built in chart will not have the features of a new card like auto navigation or hi def contours. It is also most likely well out of date.
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Thanks guys!
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