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#1 2009-03-16 16:50:17

andygates
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Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

Simple question: the base colours on most Garmins are yellow and black, with yellow background and black labels in the day, and black background and yellow labels in the night.

Can anyone suggest how these can be changed?

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#2 2009-03-17 09:48:19

ligfietser
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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

It could be done with a typ-file, but not for the basic map as far as i know it. Here you can find a typ file editor: http://ati.land.cz/gps/typdecomp/

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#3 2009-03-26 01:36:14

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

And a very nice editor it is - I've wasted many evenings polishing icons to upload as POI.   smile   I've not seen anything there that would let me change either the "empty" areas of a map (equivalent to unprinted paper) or the label colour.  It's a low-priority thing though -- some overnight cyclists wondered if they could have a "night vision" style in all red!

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#4 2010-11-02 01:47:57

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

I have found this helpful link for reflashing the basemap (in german)
http://www.gps-forum.net/basiskarte-dur … -t661.html
but it uses some warez garmin map of Europe. Is it possible to create a small (<8MB)
OSM-based routable european basemap ?

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#5 2010-11-02 07:09:51

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

Control of the base map colour is dependent on GPS model.  In some of the more recent ones, you can change the "Garmin yellow" by simply changing the colour of polygon 0x4b using a TYP file.  For older models (including the GPSMap76csx that I have) you have to overlay the yellow with a land polygon of a colour of your choosing:
- You need to generate your own map with mkgmap
- You need to create your own style that defines land and sea polygons
- You need to create your own TYP file that contains polygons for land and sea
- You need to use the mkgmap --generate-sea:polygons option

You can see the results of this method here: http://www.cferrero.net/maps/screenshots_index.html.  These are from Mapsource but the effect is identical on the GPS unit.

There are two drawbacks:
a) The garmin yellow base still underlies everything, so when you pan around you briefly see it before the unit draws the land or sea polygon on top
b) Redraws are a little slower due to the unit having to draw a land polygon everywhere.

Last edited by csdf (2010-11-02 07:11:37)

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#6 2010-11-06 19:52:36

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

I agree about using 0x4b and set it to say white.

You can download an OS look alike style from http://www.pinns.co.uk/osm/styles.html
which uses 0x4b to create a white background.
There is more information on the same page regarding changing background colours on an Oregon as well.

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#7 2020-12-20 11:51:45

ThingsOnTwoWheels
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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

I hope I'm not stepping on someones toes for posting to such an old thread. I had the same question as you, and after countless hours of searching and trying things out I managed to change the colors on my eTrex. I wrote a tutorial for absolute beginners like myself, hopefully it will help someone out! Good luck to everyone! https://thingson2wheels.wordpress.com/etrex-colors

Last edited by ThingsOnTwoWheels (2021-03-14 07:25:38)

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#8 2021-01-09 00:17:30

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

ThingsOnTwoWheels wrote:

I hope I'm not stepping on someones toes for posting to such an old thread. I had the same question as you, and after countless hours of searching and trying things out I managed to change the colors on my eTrex. I wrote a tutorial for absolute beginners like myself, hopefully it will help someone out! Good luck to everyone! https://thingsontwowheels.wixsite.com/home/mapcolor


Hi , thanks to recent reply , i have 2 brand new Garmin Rino 700 ( this model just come with a basic  map and not able to add custom maps so )  , i need replace basemap to a detailed map as openstreet show for Argentina , please you can help me about ??

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#9 2021-01-09 00:23:41

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

Hi , thanks to recent reply , i have 2 brand new Garmin Rino 700 ( this model just come with a basic  map and not able to add custom maps so )  , i need replace basemap to a detailed map as openstreet show for Argentina , please you can help me about ??

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#10 2021-01-09 11:20:08

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

If I look at the specs at https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/576031#specs it seems not possible (only internal memory)

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#11 2021-01-09 14:47:27

Sandal man
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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

How much storage is on your Garmin Rino 700?


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#12 2021-01-10 21:00:40

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

See https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=Y … VcSOYUxK48

Even though the Rino 700 does have a worldwide basemap loaded, it cannot be loaded with any additional mapping. The Rino 700 does not have any internal memory for adding mapping, and there is not a microSD card slot for expanded memory . The Rino 700 is considered to be a non-mapping GPS unit, designed for simplicity. The Rino 700 was primarily made to save your waypoints and your tracks so that you can find places and locations that are important to you and to keep you from getting lost.

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#13 2021-01-10 21:12:32

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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

The same Garmin writhes about there Etrex 10 but you can upload maps on the GPS


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#14 2021-01-11 09:25:58

ligfietser
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Re: Is it possible to change the Garmin's base map and font colours?

Sandal man wrote:

The same Garmin writhes about there Etrex 10 but you can upload maps on the GPS

Then maybe he can change it the same way as the Etrex 10?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex7fGF2sXqk

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