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post #1 of 7 Old Feb 7th, 2010, 6:44 pm Thread Starter
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NAV I help

When I bought my '02 K1200LT back in 2008, it came with the BMW Navigator I (SP III) on it. It also had the 128 MB card instead of the 64. Tonight I'm trying to add some maps becuase when we go to FL some of the roads are not on the installed maps.

Is there any internal storage on the unit itself for maps or is the only map storage on the card? The manual is not too clear at all on that. It doesn't take that long to transfer 128 MB of maps to the card using the USB reader. But, the same map wants to take 3 hours to put it on the GPS hooking it up to the computer.

I guess I'm wondering do I have 128 MB of storage in the unit and then another 128 on the card? Or is it just the 128 MB on the card.

Yes I know I could get a newer unit. But that is no where near being in the budget right now.

Thanks for any help.

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post #2 of 7 Old Feb 7th, 2010, 11:18 pm
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Re: NAV I help

IIRC there are only the base free ways loaded onto the GPS. The only memory you can work with is the 128 on the card. I used to just hook it up to my pc and leave it for a few hours. I could never get the USB to work.

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Re: NAV I help

The maps only go on the card. I did manage to get a 256 MB card that holds about half of the country. Make sure you zoom in on the software because some areas of dense population make for very small map areas and are hard to see when zoomed out.

The only way to go is the USB card reader....it takes forever going through a com port.

Waypoints and routes do go onto the onboard memory...not sure how big that is but surely not 128 MB.

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Re: NAV I help

Hello,
Ted is right! The major roads are internal to the unit and need not be entered. The card is used for the details, such as minor roads and POI's. The more details saved to the card, the longer the processing time on route calculations and off route recalculations. Using the computer connection to the GPS is for route planning, including stops, and other things which will require that you read your manual to understand. If a new GPS is out of your budget for now, and the trip you are planning is too great for one card, then bring along a laptop and load the details at each evening stop for the next days ride. Or you can buy another card(s) and load the trip to as many cards as it takes, but this too could take you off budget.
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post #5 of 7 Old Feb 8th, 2010, 7:47 am Thread Starter
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Re: NAV I help

Thanks for the pointers.

After posting last night I did figure that the unit itself has the "base map". Luckily, the USB reader does work on my PC. Although I was concerned that the reader didn't show up as a drive like other readers do, but Mapsource found it and the data IS there now. The Garmin site doesn't show the SPIII as supporting the 256 meg card but it looks like it can be done. But for now, I got all of GA, SC, most of NC, most of TN, half of FL and part of AL on the 128 meg card using the "higher (or maybe even highest) setting.

The base map does have major surface street roads in the area though and not just highways.

Thanks for the pointers guys!

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I am not completely sure of this, but I think that the difference between a SP111 and the BMW navigator might have been the fact that the Navigator did accept bigger cards ( 256 MB).

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Re: NAV I help

That could explain why the SPIII is listed as supporting up to 128 meg and some here use a 256 meg.

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