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Windows 7: getting TomTom HOME and my x7500 and to work together

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/09

When I downloaded TomTom HOME 2 from their site, this was the actual link that got downloaded:

This should be version 2.7.3.1894, and when installed, it calls itself “TomTom HOME 2” (while on the site it is advertised as “TomTom HOME”).

After installation, TomTom HOME 2 did not recognize my HTC x7500 PDA.
The reason was that this PDA still had TomTom Navigator 6 on it in ste x7500.
The TomTom download site has TomTom HOME in large print, which in fact is version 2.
In small print, the site tells you that in order to connect to TomTom Navigator 6 on your device, you need  TomTom Home 1.6, which then downloads this file:

http://download.tomtom.com/sweet/application/latest/TomTomHOMEwinlatest.exe

This in fact is version 1.5.106.0 (not 1.6!), which on Windows XP used to recognized my HTC x7500 fine.
Well, version 1.5.106.0 installes fine on Windows 7 x64 (which I did not expect it to, since version 1.5.106.0 is from 2007).
Bad thing: at first on Windows 7, it does not recognize my HTC x7500 as a valid TomTom 6 device.
Goog thing: fiddling with the settings on my HTC x7500 (disable the USB-to-PC “advanced network functionality” now causes the x7500 to be recognized in the Windows device manager as “HTC USB Sync” in stead of “Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter”).
TomTom HOME version 1.5.106.0 understands “HTC USB Sync” and recognizes the x7500 as “HTC-ATHENA” (which is an alias for the x7500), so I’m back in business.

It gets even more odd: this 1.5.106.0 version also started to ask me if I wanted to install the newest version, then suggested to upgrade to the above mentioned version 2.7.3.1894.

This is odd, as version 2.7.3.1894 was already is installed, and is of no use because it does not support the HTC x7500 either.
Even worse: when you run the setup of 2.7.3.1894 again, it suggests to remove the 1.5.106.0.

Go figure…

Then I thought: if this fiddling works for TomTom HOME version 1.5.106.0, lets try version 2.7.3.1894 again.
Surprise:  with the disabled the USB-to-PC “advanced networkfunctionality” on the x7500, TomTom HOME version 2.7.3.1894 works too!

It gets even stranger:

TomTom HOME version 1.5.106.0 recognizes free map updates that I should downloads.
TomTom HOME version 2.7.3.1894 suggests I buy new maps.

Somehow this whole TomTom HOME thing feels odd…

–jeroen

PS: When I downloaded TomTom HOME 2 from the first download URL above, upon installation, I actually got 2.6.3.1609, which – immediately after installing – asked me if I wanted to upgrade to  2.7.3.1894 (currently the actual latest), which in fact can be downloaded here:

http://download.tomtom.com/sweet/application/releases/v2_7_3_1894_win.exe

So, if that happens to you as well, now you know the direct download path to the currently latest version.

Strange :-)

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