Rolling release. Always indicate which Express version you tested your Wine version against.
Application starts with black screen as noted by others.
What does not
When I iconize the window as a workaround for the black screen the application crashes. Even moving the window is enough to crash.
tried to work around the black screen by iconizing and reopening window as documented by others. Application just crashes.
I used winetricks to install dotnet472
What was not tested
Could not test any functionality
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Fedora 35 x86_64||Jan 17 2022||7.0-rc5-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Garbage||birger|
|Show||Arch Linux||Aug 19 2021||6.15-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Alex S.|
|Show||Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"||Mar 01 2021||6.0||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Daniel Dodson|
|Show||Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"||Feb 23 2021||5.22||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Daniel Dodson|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jan 03 2021||5.22||No, but has workaround||Yes||Yes||Gold||Nick Burrett|
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.
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"
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.