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Garmin Express

Rolling release. Always indicate which Express version you tested your Wine version against.

Application Details:

Version: Rolling/Current
License: Free to use
URL: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/s...
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.0-rc5-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

I was able to update maps and GPS software for a Garmin Nüvi 255

What does not

Installation of dotnet framework as part of the installation wizard fails.

There is a UI glitch at startup.

Workarounds

Preinstall the dotnet452 using winetricks in a 32 bit prefix.

Set compatibility mode to win7

Mount manually the GPS as a mass media storage before the software is able to detect it

What was not tested

Other features

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowFedora 35 x86_64Jan 17 20227.0-rc5-stagingYes Yes YesGarbagebirger 
ShowArch LinuxAug 19 20216.15-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAlex S. 
ShowLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Mar 01 20216.0Yes Yes YesGoldDaniel Dodson 
ShowLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Feb 23 20215.22Yes Yes YesGoldDaniel Dodson 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 03 20215.22No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldNick Burrett 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
52807 Garmin Express crashes NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation instructions

The installation is quite basic. Download the installer with the links provided, e.g. to /tmp. Then proceed to create a new prefix somewhere your user has write permissions to, e.g. in /opt/garmin/:

mkdir -p /opt/garmin/ && cd /opt/garmin/
export WINEPREFIX=/opt/garmin/
wineboot -i

Install the .NET Framework 4.7.2 in there. --force is needed to prevent winetricks from not completing installation because some of the dotnet verbs may be broken:

winetricks --force dotnet472

Now execute GarminExpress.exe in there.

wine /tmp/GarminExpress.exe

That's about it, really. I additionally went into the settings and disabled launch on "boot" to remove possible complications this may cause, if any.

To simplify launching you can create a .desktop file and place it into /usr/share/applications/ to be able to launch it with your DE. Otherwise, export the wineprefix and launch:

wine "/opt/garmin/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Garmin/Express/express.exe"
Remember to mount the device!

All tested Garmin devices present themselves as mass storage media to Linux, so their file system is browsable. If the issue arises that your device is not detected, check if it's mounted read-write. Not all distributions are configured to auto-mount such media.

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