Sunday, March 18, 2012

About GPS firmware updates

Firmware is software that is embedded in hardware. You can update your firmware in most GPS receivers. Firmware updates are frequently issued by the manufacturer to fix bugs and add new capabilities to your unit. For example, here is the change history for the Garmin 60CSx.

I recommend that you always install the most recent non-beta firmware upgrade. Garmin has made the whole process a little easier recently with their WebUpdater feature.

Here are lists of current firmware versions for Garmin and Magellan GPS receivers.


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Comments

  1. Hey sorry if I’ve asked you this already, it’s been a long night of web searching….
    Do you know of any firmware that would let me use more than 6 characters to record a waypoint name on my Garmin Etrex?
    Thx
    alex

  2. Sorry, I don’t know of any hacks that would allow this. You might want to ask at http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showforum=11

  3. Patricia Pettit says:

    I have two Magellan Roadmate 700’s. The first one I purchased about 2 years ago and it came preloaded with V5.14 on it. The sound coming out of the speakers was becoming unaudible, so I purchased a second one (same model 700) with V.3 on it. Do you know if I can copy the hard drive of my old one onto my pc and then copy it to the new one so I have V 5.12 on it?
    Thanks
    Patricia

  4. Hmm, haven’t heard that question before. And I don’t have a RoadMate here to test. If I’m not mistaken, there is no way to get data in and out other than the compact flash card. So I doubt it. But I’m not sure what is stored on the CF card. You can certainly move that. You might want to ask at one of these forums:
    http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=77
    http://gpsinformation.biz/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=5

  5. Hmm, haven’t heard that question before. And I don’t have a RoadMate here to test. If I’m not mistaken, there is no way to get data in and out other than the compact flash card. So I doubt it. But I’m not sure what is stored on the CF card. You can certainly move that. You might want to ask at one of these forums:
    http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=77
    http://gpsinformation.biz/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=5

  6. hey vie recently purchested a magelan explorist 100 gps recever very cheaply and i was hoping i could put a base map on it or use it in conjunction with a topograghic map any idias?

  7. I don’t know about maps, but making a cable connection is a start…
    http://gpstracklog.com/2006/02/hacking_explois.html

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