This week, we're taking a look at the process of updating the map data on Garmin's Nuvi line of portable navigation devices.In the weeks that follow, we'll be covering how to update devices from Tom Tom and Magellan, among others.Although the specific steps are not detailed in this FAQ, the cloning method can be adapted to the newer Garmin model series devices.Your Garmin GPS device provides you with much more than just turn-by-turn directions.Web Updater then searches the Garmin website for compatible updates. You can then choose the updates that you want to install.
A GPS device is only as good as its maps, so you want to make sure that you have the newest, most accurate map data available before you hit the road.If you don't do this, the SD card will continue to show up in Garmin programs as a device and it will be difficult to distinguish the SD card from the real Garmin. System folder: This section applies only to the newer Garmin models that store maps and other files in a hidden \.system folder rather than the \Garmin folder like the older models.These include the following models: Important note: If you have a nuvi in the 3xxx series that supports the 3-D terrain view, make sure you have a backup of the \.system\file before you install the map update.Free GArmin map update, garmin.com/uk/…aps I bought my garmin nuvi205 years ago and today plug into the computer the first time and installed the update and it automatically update to the latest map for FREE!gps.about.com/od/…htmgps.about.com/od/…htmmissed previous garminredemption.com/I got a free firmware update for my Nuvi 300.
Some versions of Garmin Map Updater incorrectly delete this file or download it with an incorrect name.