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Old 04-15-2010, 12:34 PM   #1
japa-fi
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Backing up and restoring Tomtom


hi.

I'm a happy Fedora user, my dad is frustrated Vista user. Instead of shelling out 100 or more for win 7 I think linux would be good option for him. Except for one application: Tomtom.
Currently he uses tomtom software to backup his tomtom one and restore another map version (the thing can't hold all maps at once).
Not having the navigator myself and not wanting to test with Dad's unit...
Anyone have experience on using dd to make image of tomtom "hard drive" contents and successfuly restoring the image back to device?

My initial plan would be:
- Create backup image from his tomtom.
- use his vista and the tomtom tools to change different map to the device
- Create another backup image of tomtom.
- get rid of vista, install linux
- With linux, use dd to install desired map (image) to the tomtom.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 12:00 AM   #2
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hi.

I'm a happy Fedora user, my dad is frustrated Vista user. Instead of shelling out 100 or more for win 7 I think linux would be good option for him. Except for one application: Tomtom.
Currently he uses tomtom software to backup his tomtom one and restore another map version (the thing can't hold all maps at once).
Not having the navigator myself and not wanting to test with Dad's unit...
Anyone have experience on using dd to make image of tomtom "hard drive" contents and successfuly restoring the image back to device?

My initial plan would be:
- Create backup image from his tomtom.
- use his vista and the tomtom tools to change different map to the device
- Create another backup image of tomtom.
- get rid of vista, install linux
- With linux, use dd to install desired map (image) to the tomtom.
Is long as I remember, TomTom is Linux based and even allows ssh access,
so copying files to/from should not be a problem (Please note, no personal experience here).
As other option you can try to run this windows backup program under wine
 
Old 04-16-2010, 12:02 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

I assume tomtom is a gps navigation device ?
Do you use USB to connect tomtom device to the PC?

Have to looked at the tomtom device manufacture website for linux software?
Have you googled for linux equivalents for tomtom software ?

If all above fails try this.
There is a linux program called 'wine' which enable you to run windows programs in linux.

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:42 AM   #4
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Yes, tomtom is GPS navigation device which is connected by USB and appears as mass storage device to the PC.
Totally irrelevant to tomtom: I have earlier tried dd in writing to SDHC card and for some unknown reason I was not able to write to the card as many bytes as one would expect based on the capacity. Not talking about the difference between marketing megabytes and computer megabytes (MiB/MB). That's why I'd like to hear if anyone has successfully used the approach I wrote in the initial message.
Though tomtom devices are based on linux, the company does not offer any linux software
 
Old 04-16-2010, 10:45 AM   #5
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First hit on google for 'tomtom software linux' got me this: http://www.opentom.org/Main_Page
 
Old 04-18-2010, 03:36 AM   #6
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I should have mentined that I did quite lot of googling before deciding to post on linuxquestions.org
Search results were basically in one of the following categories:
- Microsoft sued tomtom over fat & linux
- No linux software available for tomtom
- tomtom is built on top of linux, here is how to hack it

the opentom.org is about hacking your tomtom, including hardware modifications. Even on opentom.org they state:
Quote:
1. Make a full backup of the TomToms content
Do it with TomTom HOME, but also copy really everything from the TomTom internal memory to your harddisk.
So not really a solution there.

I have found pyTOMTOM which can be used to update GPS quickfix data or to backup and restore the GPS unit. I need to experiment with that one. Perhaps it will be the solution for my needs.
 
  


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