Garmin discontinues the Oregon series and some others

Boyd

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No, don't know anything about it, just saw it mentioned on another forum. It's possible that they are going to announce a replacement, but seems odd they wouldn't wait until afterwards to discontinue. Perhaps a realignment their product lines. Handhelds are becoming less important, they make most of their money on fitness-oriented and wearable devices these days.

OTOH, I could be reading this wrong. On this page they show the Oregon and Montana 6xx as "previous models" but not "discontinued". So perhaps new models are actually coming?


On the other site, they posted a link to this page that clearly shows them as discontinued. That page is on their Phillipines site though, I don't see it on the US site.


But you also have to consider that Garmin is a monopoly in the handheld market. Magellan is long gone (Al is like the last man standing :D ) and Garmin bought DeLorme and discontinued their handhelds. So they can do whatever they like with their handhelds and sell the models with the biggest profit margins without having to compete with other brands.
 
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RednekF350

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I will never part with my Garmin 60CSX. I lost my first one years ago when it apparently took flight along an unknown highway from the lid of my truck box. I then permanently borrowed my son's.

In my opinion, The 60CSX is the most intuitive piece of navigation electronics ever made. Instructions can be promptly discarded upon purchase. I have the US topo chip for he woods and a BlueChart chip for off shore. Garmin told me the BlueChart wouldn't work in the 60 but the eBay seller I bought it from said it would and it did !
 
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Still have mine, it has been awhile since I used it though. The design was the best in its day and I still love the overall look and feel, but better screens and faster processors on newer devices are a big improvement. It is interesting to see that Garmin is still selling the GPSMap 64, 65 and 66 series that are the descendants of the 60csx. The pushbutton design is evidently still popular.

You can use my 2018 Map of NJ on your 60csx, I tested it on mine and even provided a special configuration file to make the map more readable on the small screen. It includes a full installation tutorial. Get it while you can, I am discontinuing all these older maps. :)

https://boydsmaps.com/boyds-map-of-new-jersey-2018/
 
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RednekF350

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I downloaded the Windows version and then updated Mapsource, thinking I would need that to view them. I can't seem to find any maps but then again I am challenged. Should I have downloaded the Map version ??
 

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Did you run the Windows installer? That should do everything you need, the map should be listed on the dropdown menu in Mapsource. Should work the same in Basecamp too. There's a README file included with the Windows version that covers the whole process and has screenshots.

The File version is optional. It's just the map file for the GPS itself, so that you don't have to use Mapsource to send the map to the GPS. You can just copy the file directly to your memory card. Again, there should be instructions included.
 
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Cool! :cool: If anyone else wants this map, this is the last call. It will be removed later today or tomorrow as part of the transition of the site away from Wordpress. And that will be the end of my maps for Garmin devices (at least for now).
 

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but then again I am challenged.

Scott, there's an important caveat I should have mentioned here before. Old devices like your 60csx can only access one map file and it must be named gmapsupp.img. The problem with this is, if you already have maps on your 60csx and then send my map to it, a new gmapsupp.img file will be created and it will replace the existing one on your memory card. So whatever maps you previously had installed on that card will be deleted and (IIRC) Mapsource doesn't even warn you about this.

Basecamp/MapInstall is more modern and *may* be able to just add my map to any existing ones but I'm not 100% sure on that. Anyway, the safest way to install my map would be to put it on a separate memory card. There are other ways to combine multiple maps into a single gmapsupp.img file, but that gets complicated. Newer Garmin devices can have multiple map files, which makes this a bit easier.

This is a good example of why I no longer want to support maps for Garmin GPS'es. :D
 
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My first GPS will always be my favorite: the Garmin GPSMap V. I wish I still had a backup of all of the locations I marked on the maps back then.
I seem to remember one GPS you had that yelled at us when you made a wrong turn. Am I remembering correctly?
 

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Pretty sure all it could do was beep. :D Here's a review from 2002


Some fun GPS nostalgia in this thread from 2004, I had just gotten my StreetPilot 2620 and that remains my favorite in many ways, mainly because it was such a powerful and innovative device for its day.

 
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Hi Boyd - do you still have map files that work for the Oregon series? I have a 450t and it'd be real neat to load it up with your topo map and keep it in the camera bag, in case of need for truly offline mapping. I think currently it has generic Garmin topo maps from 2009 on it. Something more recent and specific to this area would be way better.

Or, if not, is there a way to load map data on your current site onto Garmin devices? (Short of taking screenshots and loading the images into BaseCamp or something).

If this is not something you're interested in dealing with anymore (I see that you said "last call") then no worries. Just thought I would ask. Thanks.
 

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Sorry, I discontinued all my Garmin-compatible maps. There are a few very old ones available at GPSFileDepot however. I asked Dan to remove all the maps that I discontinued, but that site is not really maintained properly anymore. So most of the links here will just direct you to my current site.


But there are a few old maps still hosted at GPSFileDepot. Here are a few, there are some others.


There is no way to download any of my maps now and no plans to do that, but that could change someday. Clearly, I will concentrate on the smartphone app for the foreseeable future. That is a much better platform for my maps and offers a lot more than Garmin with no purchase necessary.
 

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I appreciate the links, thanks!

Maybe an offline mode could be a feature of a future version of your app? Similar to how Google Maps allows you to download a subset of map data for use without a network connection. I understand it's a web app at the moment but just a thought. Not a must have - I have had service basically everywhere I've explored - but would be cool to have the option. Modern smartphones do provide a way better experience than these old Garmin devices, that's for sure.

Either way - the app is fantastic and I love it. Oftentimes I have an entire monitor dedicated to the desktop version. Appreciate all of the work you've put into this!
 
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Yes, I am planning to look at ways to download maps for offline use although it could be awhile before I get around to it. And you're right, web apps are very limited in their data storage capabilities. They cannot directly access the filesystem on your device - which is a necessary security feature for obvious reasons.
 
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