On Monday I mentioned SatNavs.
The thought occurred to me afterwards that I hadn't checked my yoke to see if there were any updates available.
Now I have had experiences in the past with Garmin and their fucking update system so I was damned cautious this time. For a start, Garmin have never apparently heard of Linux so that meant using that abomination called Windows. Also I know their updates take a little while so I was canny enough not to use my laptop.
I have an old PC that barely works. Its sound is fucked and it has a horrible screen that I couldn't be bothered replacing, but it ticks along and is very handy for downloading stuff. It's stuck under a pile of junk in the junk-room that I euphemistically call "my study". I fired it up into Windows and plugged Roger into the back of it.
Sure enough, the Garmin web site gleefully announced that there were updates but before I could do anything else, apparently I had to update my "Garmin Downloader" first. I told 'em to go ahead and install the new software and left them to it.
An hour later I went in to check progress.
Now they didn't say why it had failed – just that it had, which was fucking irritating. And there was no "re-try" button so I had to go through the rigmarole of finding the update page again. Anyway, I found it, set it off and left it to it.
An hour later, I checked again.
I went through the hoops all over again and waited another hour.
This time it worked and was happily displaying a list of updates that were available. They said my maps were out of date and also some other shit. I told 'em to go ahead and install the lot and left them to it.
An hour later I went in and the screen happily announced that the other shit had been updated and could I please re-power Roger before updating my maps.
I did, and then left them to it.
An hour later I checked. The map stuff was indeed being updated and was about 5% done. Estimated time to completion – "> 3 hours".
I left them to it.
At this stage it was late. Time for bed in fact. I went in to check progress. 20% done. Estimated time to completion – "> 3 hours".
I went to bed.
I don't know how long it took, but it was finished by the next morning.
I don't know what the update did. The maps look the same and Roger still has that extremely irritating habit of mispronouncing "road" [a fairly common word for a SatNav?] where he pronounces it as "row-add" with a sort of glottal-stop in the middle.
I'm beginning to think it would be easier to buy an atlas….