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Tips and tricks

Sometimes it just doesn't work the way I want ...!
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Here we give you some tips about maps and Garmin navigation devices.

Installation of the maps on a Garmin navigation device
  • Only save hike-and-bike maps on 'microSD' memory cards, never in the internal permanent memory of the Garmin navigation device. The Garmin navigation device could damage itself and become unusable.
  • The 'microSD' card must be 'FAT-32' formatted. Usually the 'microSD' card is already formatted this way when you buy it.
  • When inserting the 'microSD' memory card, the Garmin navigation device should be switched off.
  • So that the Garmin navigation device recognizes the new maps after the installation, restart the Garmin navigation device.
Installation of the maps on a computer
  • Editing software such as 'BaseCamp' or 'MapSource' should not be running when installing maps.
  • So that 'BaseCamp' or 'MapSource' recognize the new maps after the installation, restart this software.
  • You have updated an existing map, but in 'BaseCamp' the old map is sometimes still displayed. Select the 'View' menu and the 'Basic Map Only' menu item. When the base map is displayed, switch back again. This will delete the internal memory and you will have the updated map available.
When planning with 'BaseCamp'
  • A large number of names, mountains and points of interest (POI) are displayed. The whole screen is full, I can't see anything anymore!
    Change the 'Detail Level' to 'Medium'. We have defined the maps in such a way that the streets, objects, names, points of interest (POI) are optimally displayed at the 'Medium' level.
  • Almost no names, paths, mountain huts, etc. are displayed. I don't see any details!
    We have defined the hike-and-bike maps in such a way that the details are displayed in the highest view level. For example, if you are looking for a mountain hut in a larger area, these mountain huts are not yet displayed. Change the 'Detail Level' to 'High', or to 'Higher' or to 'Highest'. At the 'Detail Level' 'Highest' you will now see the details even in a larger area with little detail.
  • I have installed two maps from different sources, but only one of the maps is displayed.
    'BaseCamp' e.g. checks the family ID (FID) of the maps. If there are two or more maps with the same FID, only one of these maps will be displayed.
  • I have about 20 maps installed, but not all of them are displayed.
    'BaseCamp' limits the number of maps to 17 including a 'Global Map'. If you have installed more maps, not all of them will be displayed.
  • Sometimes street names or the lettering are generally difficult to read.
    This is well known and is due to the way 'BaseCamp' displays fonts. What you can do to make the lettering easier to read is to change the map font as follows: Menu 'Edit', menu item 'Options...', option 'Display', item 'Map Font'. Change the 'Font', the 'Font Style' or the 'Font Size'. Possibly you have to try a little bit to see which setting is best for you.

 

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