Do NOT Update to Basecamp 4.7.0!

Garmin released a new version of Basecamp - 4.7.0 - in order to remove many features that were not in accordance with the GDPR regulation. Actually it's not that 4.6.2 is wrong here - it's that there were a few web services - that Garmin switched off - and those were interlinked into 4.6.2 - so that actually in 4.6.2 some functionality is not working anymore - I could on a quick check however not discover any actual difference otherwise in relation to the GDPR regulations - so 4.6.2 is no different in this regard to 4.7.0 - well and new privacy page/EULA of course).

The big problem is that Basecamp 4.7.0 also ships an updated version of Garmin MapInstall - and that version is broken in so far that it does not reliably/correctly send any maps in .img format anymore! This also applies to original older garmin maps.

On Windows instead of the actual map - only the overview map is sent - so you will have a nearly "empty" map. On OSx the problem with MapInstall 4.2.0 is that it will often crash while sending maps. 

 

Switch to the relevant tab for information on how to downgrade to Basecamp 4.6.2/4.6.3 on Windows respectively Mac OSx

 

Basecamp 4.6.2 - WindowsBasecamp 4.6.3 - Mac OSx

 

If you are a Windows user and upgraded to 4.7.0 you have 4 choices:

  • a) Only downgrade MapInstall to 4.0.4: In order to Downgrade - simply go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Garmin\MapInstall\ folder - then delete all the content of the folder but not of subfolders. Especially leave the "Maps" subfolder. Then Install MapInstall 4.0.4 - Download from here: http://www8.garmin.com/software/MapInstall_404.exe

 

  • b) Downgrade to Basecamp v 4.6.2: it can be found here: http://www.gawisp.com/perry/mapsource/BaseCamp_462.exe
  • ATTENTION - you need to first uninstall Garmin Basecamp, Garmin Express, and any other Garmin Software via Windows "Add or Remove Software" except Garmin Mapsource (if you have Mapsource installed, do not delete it because you might lose data saved in Mapsource). As the user data of Garmin Basecamp, Garmin Express or Garmin Homeport is saved in a separate database - you will not lose it.Then Install Basecamp 4.6.2.
  • If you simply install 4.6.2 without uninstalling Garmin Basecamp and Garmin Express, Mapinstall will not be downgraded. Alternatively if you are afraid about losing data - you could first delete the content from C:\Program Files (x86)\Garmin\MapInstall\ folder (but not of subfolders) - then ONLY uninstall Garmin Basecamp via Windows system "Add or remove programs" - then Install Basecamp 4.6.2.

 

  • c) Use the plain old Garmin Mapsource for sending maps. Yes it still works if you know what to do - just note that it does not check any maps installed - so do not send maps twice. Also it cannot like MapInstall overcome the 4GB limit by splitting up maps that you are sending. Else of course it cannot correctly show the contourlines - but sending maps will work. Mapsource 6.16.3 can be downloaded here: http://www.gawisp.com/perry/mapsource/MapSource_6163.exe

 

 

  • e) Use the create_gmapsupp_img_with_mkgmap.bat Script - this will only work for Maps <4GB however. And you can only install full maps. It is found in the map Installation folder. It requires Java JDK installation and java added to Windows path.
  • Alternatively you can use the create_gmapsupp_img.bat Script - however mind that address search is not possible then.

 

 

Actually right now only a part of the overview map is sent - it would be nice if Garmin could send the overview maps in general too - as right now they are only used on Desktop. Would actually speed up the GPS devices a bit - especially if you have no activated Basemap on your device.

You can Either Downgrade MapInstall only, Or Downgrade Mapinstall and Basecamp

While windows users have good alternatives to Garmin MapInstall - on OSx the only real alternative is to use mkgmap.jar to create gmapsupp.img files. That is not so easy to do and requires Java JDK properly configured.

  • a) I Therefore strongly recommend to Downgrade to Basecamp 4.6.3 - To do so first Uninstall Garmin Basecamp 4.7.0 Then make sure that also Garmin MapInstall installation folder is removed/empty - If not uninstall all other Garmin software too. Then install Basecamp 4.6.3.

 

  • b) You could try to simply Install Garmin MapInstall 4.1.1. - I'm not sure if this works by just executing the installer. I think not. That means you first have to uninstall Mapinstall 4.2.0 - then Install only MapInstall 4.1.1 / MapManager 4.1.1. That way you could keep Basecamp 4.7.0 but I don't know why you would like to do so as Basecamp 4.7.0 is only a regression.

 

Basecamp 4.6.3 for OSx can be downloaded here:

http://www.gawisp.com/perry/macintosh/BaseCampforMac_463.dmg

http://www.gawisp.com/perry/macintosh/ (here you find all Garmin Tools for  Mac OSx for download - if you miss something else)

 

MapInstall 4.1.1 and MapManager 4.1.1. for Mac can be downloaded here:

http://www.gawisp.com/perry/macintosh/MapInstallandMapManagerfortheMac_411.dmg

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