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Old V new tech - advice please
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:25:22 pm »
Ok, so I've now had to go to Windows 7, as the old laptop died, but I can't get the new one to interface with my beloved old Mio 550.  For what its worth I have a full UK set of Memory Maps that are probably 5 yrs old but still plenty good enough for caching.

Firstly, does anyone know how to make W7 talk to W mobile 6 (I think it is)?

Secondly, if I can't do 1 do I go and buy something like an Oregon 600?  (Have held one and its about the same size as the MIo in its AeroCase - big screens the main attraction)

Thirdly, can I use my old MM's with that Oregon?

Fourthly, any other options?

We're currently using CacheSense on my phone (Motorola XT890 - Intel) and it works fine but I don't know if I can load my MM's onto that, forums are a bit to techie for me, if I could I think I could manage with that.

Any been there done that advice would be appreciated.

Thanks, Henry.

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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013, 10:01:06 pm »
There are issues with certain older windows mobile systems that will not talk to Windows 7 or 8. I've got an HTC HD2 with windows mobile that worked perfectly on XP but will not talk to Windows 8. It appears Microsoft aren't bother with something that they have broken. Saying this, you need to check your specific set-up to see if anyone has found a work round. I did a lot of Google searching on my issue and have had to use a virtual machine on my Windows 8 computer with XP installed on it :o

I love my Oregon, I think they are good GPS's but you can't use MM on them but there are alternatives.


Your Motorola XT890 - Intel, is it an Andriod system or Windows? MM can be installed on either, Andriod has an app but I haven't seen a way to use the nice icons I use for geocaching on the Andriod version.

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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013, 10:34:21 pm »
Hi,
I've just dug my old WinMo 6.5 HTC TyTN II out of a drawer and brushed the cobwebs off. :D
You need to go here to download Windows Mobile Device Center, which replaced ActiveSync back when Vista came out.
Ignore the stuff on the page about Vista. It just worked fine on my Windows 8 PC, so Windows 7 should be no problem at all.
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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2013, 10:58:41 pm »
Hi,
I've just dug my old WinMo 6.5 HTC TyTN II out of a drawer and brushed the cobwebs off. :D
You need to go here to download Windows Mobile Device Center, which replaced ActiveSync back when Vista came out.
Ignore the stuff on the page about Vista. It just worked fine on my Windows 8 PC, so Windows 7 should be no problem at all.

It is Windows Mobile Device Center that would just not work for me but as I said, you do need to check your particular set-up.
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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2013, 11:01:23 pm »
Thanks for the prompt reply both...

Walktall - phones an android (version 4.1.2) I can live with the little green box icons but would like MM mapping - I'll have a look see for the app! Not sure I understand your reply about the 600, there are lots of packages with them advertised with MM, but I'm unsure if I need the new version.

SidAndBob - Thanks for the link, I'll go and have a look when I'm fresh, its been a long day!  My first choice is to go on using the Mio for now, there seems to be much development going on in the world of hand held GPS and other may be giving Garmin a run for their money.

I'll let you know how I get on....

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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2013, 11:12:54 pm »
Walktall - phones an android (version 4.1.2) I can live with the little green box icons but would like MM mapping - I'll have a look see for the app! Not sure I understand your reply about the 600, there are lots of packages with them advertised with MM, but I'm unsure if I need the new version.

You can buy OS maps for Oregon's but you can't use MM that you already have. I have MM and an Oregon 300 but still had to buy OS maps on a mem card for the Oregon.
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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2013, 11:41:23 pm »
OS style maps, it's worth looking at TalkyToasters maps for Garmin GPS.

http://talkytoaster.co.uk/ukmaps.htm
http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=216453 for write up.
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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2013, 11:59:34 pm »
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My first choice is to go on using the Mio for now, there seems to be much development going on in the world of hand held GPS and other may be giving Garmin a run for their money.
I think you're absolutely right. With Garmin going down the Android route we could be in for big changes and new competition. You also have the best maps available (apart from the new MM HD maps), so why not use them if you are happy with the device. :) Your SiRFStar III Mio is most likely more accurate than the current breed of Garmins too.
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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2013, 04:51:50 pm »
Bear and Ragged - "OS style maps, it's worth looking at TalkyToasters maps for Garmin GPS"  (can't get the forum Quote thing to work!)

Thanks for the suggestion, I've looked at these locally and they aren't up to much!  According to the TT maps there is a footpath running behind our house, and I know for a fact there isn't!  And when we go to Scotland, or even the remoter parts of Wales I'm not confident I can rely on them.

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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2013, 07:45:36 pm »
Sid and Bob, thank you so much for that link to the Windows Mobile Device Centre, IT WORKED  ;D  Just for the record the MIO has WM5, not 6 but it still works.

Its so much faster than Activesync and it seems to be much more reliable.  Mio now works great, except I've somehow lost my stylus  >:( but that's no problem really.

Thanks again, I owe you one!  Henry.

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Re: Old V new tech - advice please
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2013, 04:09:32 pm »
That's great news. ;D Glad to be of help.

My experience of TT's OSM maps is that there is just no off-road detail on them in the areas that I walk in.
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