Many thanks for all the help you folks have provided in these forums. I just purchased Topo 8 and a Vista HCX. Both installed and updated without a hitch. Mapsource is 6.14, Topo is ver 4, and the Garmin is ver. 2.60. Computer is Vista. All work fine. My problem is a lack of understanding, not the software or the unit.
When everything was ready, I got in my car and drove a bit, and created 3 waypoints. I went back home, and saved the track, then uploaded the waypoints and track to the Topo 8. Everything worked fine. Then I saved the track and waypoints in Topo, and then printed the map as "My First Track". No problems so far.
Later that day, I decided to create a route in Topo 8, and intended to download it to the HCX, and run the route the next morning. This is where the problem started.
When I clicked on "File, New" in Topo 8 to create the route, there were no waypoints. The 3 waypoints I created were in the "My First Track" file, but not PERMANENTLY in Topo 8. The only choices I could find were to either "copy" and "paste" the waypoints from the track file to the new route file, or upload the waypoints from the Garmin all over again. So, how do you get the waypoints to STAY in Topo 8 when you save the track and route files for later viewing, and then create a new file for whatever thing you want to do next? As always, many thanks in advance for your help. Bob Landry