How to install maps (starting with a sealed TomTom Navigator 5 box):
Install a map using the TomTom Setup program in the navupd512 disk
Set up your preferences and play with the software on your Palm
Step by step instructions for installing maps
First, take your SD card out of your Palm and put it in a card reader. This will mount it on your desktop as if it were a disk.
Here’s my TomTom folder on my hard drive. I mounted the navupd512 disk image, then dragged the installer program to my disk. Launch the installer to get started.
|You need to have one of the TomTom CDs in your drive. If you don’t it will ask you for one.|
Pick your language, check the I Agree checkbox, click Continue.
Enjoy the odd drum thing.
|Select Palm Powered-Handheld, click Continue.|
|Select Add maps, click Continue.|
|Select a region, click Continue.|
|If you don’t happen to have the needed CD in the drive it will ask you for it. You’ll then be taken back to the Add Maps screen, where you’ll have to pick the map again.|
|Click Choose when it asks you where to install the software. If you don’t see this dialog box it probably means you’re using the wrong setup program, which is what happened to me the first time I installed the software. If you use the one from the conduit installer or the CD, you probably won’t get this dialog and so won’t be able to install to the card in your computer or in your Palm.|
|Find your SD card in the dialog that comes up, then click Choose.|
|You’ll see the progress bar and your maps will then start to install, which will take around 7 to 10 minutes for a single regional map set. Once the maps are installed on the card, simply put it in your Palm and you’ll be able to use them right away.|
|You can also install maps via HotSync. I would only do this for small local maps rather than for large regional maps as a region can take as much as an hour to install via HotSync. To install local maps, first click Other in the Add Maps screen.|
|Choose the map or maps you want to install, then click Continue. I’m not sure if you can select and install more than one at a time as I’ve only installed one map this way.|
|Once the maps are installed you’ll get the HotSync Now dialog. Click OK.|
|You’ll then get the Please Register dialog. I have never been able to successfully register after clicking the OK button, so I recommend you simply click Quit.|
|To get your maps onto your Palm you’ll have to HotSync, but don’t do it yet as you’ll have to check the map folder on your Mac to see if the maps are in there correctly. The maps can be found in the TomTom Navigator folder in your Palm folder.|
|If you see a folder with the name of the map or region you’re interested in it’s not going to work. You’ll be able to HotSync but you won’t end up with any maps on your Palm.|
|What you’ll have to do is drag the files in the map folder out of there and directly into the TomTom Navigator folder.|
|Drag the map name folder into the trash. You’ll now be able to HotSync and your maps will transfer. One thing I’ve noticed about this is is the progress bar stays empty and the percentage stays at 0%. The maps will still transfer successfully if this happens but it is a little disconcerting.|
Some notes on the map CDs
Here’s what’s on the first two map CDs:
As noted somewhere above, if you don’t have the correct CD in the drive the installer will eject the CD that’s there and make you put in the correct one. However, since you can’t run the installer without a CD in the drive the odds are good you’ll pick the wrong one to start with and end up swapping CDs a fair number of times. That’s why I’ve included the map list above. It only covers the major regions of the country but I figure that’s what most people will need.
TomTom Navigator 5 comes with eight CDs, so I guess the other CDs besides the first two include the various maps in all their combinations. I recommend installing the regional maps, however. I was afraid that larger maps would mean longer searches, but I found that not to be the case. I have a 2 GB SD card in my Palm, which can easily hold the entire US and Canada. If you install all the major regions you’ll end up with basically two CD’s worth of stuff (approximately 1.3 GB of map data).
One note about the Major Roads maps is that you need only one. In fact, you can install only one of them. If you try to install the other one it will take the place of the one you have. The smaller one, Major Roads of the USA, is basically an insterstate highway “base map.” The larger map, Cities of the USA, is exactly the same except that it includes detailed maps of many major US cities as well. If you happen to live in one of the included cities it may be possible to install only this map and never use any of the other maps at all.
Well, that’s it. If you’ve followed these instructions you should have been able to successfully install the conduit and transfer maps over to your Palm. Any corrections will be appreciated.
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©2005 Seth Elgart