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Exlorist 500 needs a charger

My husband lost the charger for his Magellan Explorist 500 and I cannot find a similar one on the internet. The unit is a couple of years old (gray and black) and it has a weird charger connection, not just a little plug in. It clips on in the back. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and can you help me find one??? Thanks!

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Cant not get watereays on explorist 500 in canada


You can try to update your GPS firmware.
Before you update your Magellan eXplorist 500 firmware or install a custom basemap, Magellan recommends that you backup all of your GPS data.
Click here to download the firmware update (Version 2.57)
Connect your Magellan GPS unit via the USB drive.
Double-click on the update file to begin the installation process.
Follow the on-screen instructions .

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The necessary map software is not installed - did you buy the unit with software?

Mar 19, 2008 | Magellan eXplorist 500 GPS Receiver

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Hi Guys: On turning on my explorist 400 a message appears. UNIT CURRENTLEY CONTAINS NO MAPS! INITIATING MAP UPLOAD This message wont go away, and all buttons refuse to work. The only way I can turn it off...


Jeff, I had the same problem with my explorist 500. Your unit lost the "BASEMAP.MGI " file. You will need to get a copy of that file. Then install it.
Try this site http://imhz.com/2006/05/my-explorist-is-screwed.html
(I would recomend all explorist GPS owners copy and save that file and store it in a safe place. I have mine on a thumb drive).

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No drivers avalible for magellan Explorist 500 for Vista 64 bit


Windows 7 has a windows xp mode that seems to work. I have been using a VMWare image with windows xp for cranky hardware like my explorist xl.

Apr 05, 2009 | Magellan eXplorist 500 GPS Receiver

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Error Message on Explorist 500


With you 500 turned off press nav + power; then change the numbers 00 in 95 by using the joystick and and then press the joystick itself; accept what proposed.
after turning the gps on again and pressing enter the NAND will be configured and your gps will become in order again. if necessary, in usb file transfer mode, reload the basemap in the directory background maps

Jun 10, 2008 | Magellan eXplorist 500 GPS Receiver

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Replacement keypad membrane


If you look on magellan website it states they no longer have or support replacement parts for older gps models.
You can find an explorist for parts on ebay.
I own a explorist 100, 400, 500. I believe the key pads are all the same. If you can not find one, I will sell you the pad from the explorist 100 for 30 dollars plus shipping.

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Magellan Explorist 500 LE Power


eXplorist units have also some hidden and service functions. Like, if unit is off, you can to press:

- IN + PWR - to full selftest of unit (screen test, keypad test, NMEA test)
- OUT + PWR - to serial port test
- ESC + PWR - to burn-in process
- LIGHT + ENTER + RWR - tp uploading of new firmware
- NAV + PWR - to call Service Function window (see below)
- NAV + MENU + PWR - to force power off, equal remove batteries.
- GOTO + OUT + POWER - clear memory and set all settings as default.


IN + PWR helped to power up my unit.

Feb 24, 2008 | Magellan eXplorist 500 GPS Receiver

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I can't get the map on the screen of my eXplorist 500


no solution exists.
.ecw files contain raster maps not compatible with GPSRs.
only .imi files compatible with eXplorists can be loaded

Nov 05, 2007 | Magellan eXplorist 500 GPS Receiver

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Explorist 500


i had the same problem you have to contact magellan and they will tell you it needs to be sent in for repairs and they will send you an email or give you a phone # for the closest repair center to you

check this link for the magellan technical support closest to you https://www.magellangps.com/about/contacts.asp

Oct 19, 2007 | Magellan eXplorist 500 GPS Receiver

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