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Garmin will no longer making updated maps that are non-NT versions after this year. That means if we want an update, say in 2015, then I guess we'll have to get the CF card for $200.00.
 

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Are you implying that in 2015, we can actually get the latest non-NT, but only on the 200.00 CF card ?? (Probably be $400.00 by then :X ) My impression was - - - there will be no more non-nt map updates, period. That just sucks. But, then, I have the latest maps, and they lack a-plenty. Not impressed. Sometimes, I think these mapping outfits are run by the gub-mint !! And, I'm thinking, more and more, that Tom-Tom maps are the best. At least in this area. I have an 05 version, on a HP iPAQ, and it's more accurate than my 09 Garmin ver (NavTec) on the Nav.

BTW. I have been wondering if the 09-10 unit in the trunk will replace the 06-08 unit without any mods? Wish I knew.
 

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Garmin will no longer making updated maps that are non-NT versions after this year. That means if we want an update, say in 2015, then I guess we'll have to get the CF card for $200.00.
I bought a used '06, maps have never been updated. Can you explain what non-NT maps means and the difference between the possible updating methods - I amcompletely dark on this subject?



Thanks, In Advance.
 

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All the older Garmin products had a certain compression scheme for the software. They eventually called it Non NT. The later units are all going with a better compression scheme called NT. (New Technology?) So, the non version is not going to get any further updates. Sucks, I tell ya :? :X So, We're stuck with the older maps. You can still get the latest upgrade. 09. Your's is probably about 05. I upgraqded the firmware, and maps to 09, but, can't tell a lot of difference. The "unverified road" nag went away, tho. But, 09 is the last map that will be provided. Nice, eh!!??



http://208.43.95.107/forums/showthread.php?t=171213
Much info here. 21 pages. Too much, actually. Can be rather daunting to follow for a lot of folks, unless they're geeks. Get to post #566, page 19, by GA_Rainman. That pretty much tells how to do it in a nutshell.

One should be pretty savy with Windows, and need a Compact Flash card reader slot, before tackling this. Or, find a "kid" ! LOL
 

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Mother Honda should do a better job of supporting, and ensuring their products are supported, but it appears once sold, they really don't care. I'm surprised at Garmin though, I thought they would do better.

What's the bit about buying a new CF card, does that give you the NT maps - which can then be updated?
 

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TW, for 200.00 (now, I see they just lowered the price) 150.00 you can buy the card with the latest maps (09), but they're still non-NT. So, not upgradable.
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=10750

To do your own upgrade, will cost about half of that. I got my 09 maps on CD, from Ebay, for $82.00, I think it was. But, it wasn't worth it to me, when it was all said and did :(.

Now, starting with the 09 Wing, they went to NT maps, and also, no Compact Flash card. The 09/10 Wings use a SD card. Much better unit, it appears.
 

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BTW, a couple of my friends have portables that are non-NT, and no more upgrades for them either. They not happy campers. :shock: :baffled:
 

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I know this seems obvious but this is one great reason one should not have a factory GPS.

It is not like a radio.
It is something that becomes obsolete easily and the external units are both cost effective, have better features and are easily replaced when something better comes along or the inevitable obsolescence occurs.

Looks nice though.
 

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About all I use it for, is to see the road ahead of me in the twisties. Kinda cool to know that the road is actually; say; off to my right, hidden in the forest. (switchback)

But, I really like the fact that the display itself is so large. Nice for the radio, temp, and all the other things it's used for, besides the gps. Good for fading eyeballs [sub][sup]:cool:[/sup][/sub]
 

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I'm lucky I suppose...I drive and try to keepthe bride and Ialive whileshenavigates using the Nav unit (it sucks that they aren't going to keep up the support)and one of those plastic covered, old fashioned things called a map. She loves it cause she gets to tell me where to go (as if she needed an excuse) :Don the intercom. If it's just me on the 'Wing, I just follow the nose and get there eventually...
 

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I'm feeling the urge to write Honda and Garminsome very nice letters. If a product is still working (in large numbers) and even still underwarranty to boot, it should be fully supported. Yes, I feel the need to waste my time writing letters that will probably never be considered. Why do I feel the need to waste my time so?
 

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I have the HP iPAQ RX5915 with Tom Tom. No joy with HP, either. Last update was early 07. That's all, folks. GRRR
 

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I like my portable GPS on my bike because I can make changes on the fly and it displays speed which most built ins don't. Not to mention every three or so years I can throw it away or sell it and get a newer model with more features. I can do that at least three times before I'd have spent the price of a built in on.
 

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Yes Exavid and you can move it to another Wing, car, or truck with all the familiarity without having to mess about with another one.
 

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I'm pretty happy with the NAVI on my '99 SE: Trip-Tik maps from AAA. Can't believe how relaxing they are to look at as you're stretching your legs by the side of the road...:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 
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