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How to access maps on sd card


Same map name on internal memory and sd card can be problem.You can also try to upgrade your software with garmin web updater,but be sure that your battery is fully charged before doing an update.

Jul 27, 2014 | Garmin nuvi 1490T GPS Receiver

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How to update your Garmin Satnav maps


To update your garmin satnav map you must have your satnav registered. If it's already registered skip to paragraph 2 below.

1. To Register your Garmin Satnav
  • Connecty our satnav to your computer and go to www.garmin.com
  • Select your country
  • Click on Register your garmin product
  • Follow the prompts
Note you will be asked to create a username and password. Write them down and keep them safe as you'll need them again anytime you want to update your maps

2. To update your maps

  • Connect your satnav to your computer and go to www.garmin.com
  • Click on myGarmin and log in
  • Click on myMaps.
  • If there's an update available it will be shown beside the name of your map.
  • Click on Get Update and follow the prompts.
Note map files are large so you'll need a broadband connection to download them. If you don't have broadband you'll have an option to buy the update on DVD.

  1. If The Map Is Too Large To Install To Your Satnav
    When you go to download the map by default it tries to download it to the satnav i.e. not the SD/Mini SD card. You need to change this. When the website recognises the satnav follow the prompts. It will give you 3 options for the download destination.
    • Download to satnav,
    • Download to Computer and Satnav or
    • Download to computer.
    As the website is updated, from time to time, the method of selecting the download destination changes. Sometimes it shows up as a drop box with a drop-down arrow showing your satnav name. Click the drop-down arrow and select the option to download the map to your computer. Sometimes it shows the 3 options as text headings with tick boxes beside them and you get to tick the option you want. Whichever way it shows up select the option to download the map to your computer. This will install it on your computer's hard drive.

  2. After it's downloaded the map should begin to install automatically. (If not double click on it and it will). It should be allowed to install to your satnav first as Garmin will not allow it to install to your SD/Mini SD card unless it's first partly installed to the satnav. This is so they can ensure that it's installed to the correct satnav.

  3. To Install The Full Map To Your SD/Mini SD Card
    To install the map to your SD/Mini SD card, insert the card into the card slot of your satnav and connect it to the computer. Click the windows start button on your computer. Then click the GARMIN progam and then MAPINSTALL. This runs the map installation program. When the install program finds your satnav and you get the option to install the map there again by default. Click on the drop-down arrow, where it shows your satnav as the destination, and select the drive letter of the SD/Mini SD card. This will be different to the drive letter for your satnav. The map will then be installed to your SD/Mini SD card.


  4. Problems With Older Nuvi Satnavs Reading Maps On 4 Gb Or Higher SD Cards
    When you install a map to an SD card older nuvi satnavs can have difficulty getting the satnav to read it. It will install to it without problem but when you try to operate the satnav then it cannot load the map and will close down the satnav unless you remove the SD card. The reason for this is that 4 Gb and higher cards are SDHC which operate differently from SD. To solve this problem you should use a class 2 SDHC card, which is the slowest type available. You can identify the class by the small figure on the card. It will be either 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10. Before you install the map format the card as described below. Also use webinstaller to check that you have the latest version of operating software on your satnav.

  5. Format the SD card with "Panasonic SD Formatter" available from http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/sd/download/sd_formatter20.html rather than the standard windows format function. Select the fast format option and be sure you have selected the drive letter of your SDHC card as it will format your hard drive or indeed your satnav just as easily if you select one of them by mistake.

  6. To update your software or check that you have the latest version, you can download webupdater from http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=999-99999-27
    Connect your satnav to the computer and run the program. It will search for any updates to your software.
Class 2 SDHC cards are harder to find in shops today as they are being replaced by the faster classes. They are however still easily available on ebay if you can't find one in the shops.

on Aug 17, 2010 | GPS

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We downloaded a European map onto the SD card, however, when we look at maps available, the Garmin 260 is not looking at the map on the SD card. How do we tell the device to use the card to search for the...


You need to download the map to your compute rather than the SD card. When downloading the default destination is the satnav but you can change it to your computer. When it's installed to your computer you then click the windows START button and in the list of programs you'll find a GARMIN folder with a program called MAPINSTALL. Connect the satnav to your computer with the SD card in. Run MAPINSTALL and select the SD card as the destination.

You can get more details of how to do it at http://www.fixya.com/support/r5628920-update_garmin_satnav_maps
Note maps installed to SD cards do not always work with Garmin Nuvis. To give it every chance of success please follow the instructions at the above link about formatting the SD card.

Jun 14, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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My nuvi 3760T does not have enough space to load europe map. Can I remove preloaded north america map and reload at a later date without losing it?


If you have the map downloaded from the garmin website to your computer you could remove it and replace it later. However a better option might be to download the map of Europe to your computer and install it to a micro SD card. A 4 Gb card would hold the map of Europe and you don't risk losing your North America map. You can get details of how to set up the map on your micro SD card at http://www.fixya.com/support/r5628920-update_garmin_satnav_maps
While this link is mainly about how to update your maps it has a section on setting up maps on an SD/Micro SD card also.

Mar 26, 2011 | Garmin GPS

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I would like to get the latest australian map updates for a Trax 353 if thats possible. Can I download the latest maps off the internet onto an SD card and install it into my trax 353.


hi Joe Peckham you need to download the latest from uniden on to you computer. You can copy the download on to the SD card as a file. in order to do the download on the SD card back on to the Trax 353 see if you can upload files from the SD card. Because it has been my experience that you may need to transfer the file download and copy it into a different file type on the SD card. If you still have the getting started tips and tricks man. See what it says about reading files from SD card. My suggestion use a a 4GB SD card. with nothing on it this way you can erase the SD card and Start fresh. Hope this helps. Also btw read the SD card on your computer first to see if the file downloaded.

Mar 21, 2011 | Uniden TRAX-353 GPS Receiver

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I am trying to download the Mexico 2011 map and the download stops because it states I do not have enough space. They advised a 4 GB SD chip which I purchased and installed. The download still stops and it...


When you go to download the map by default it tries to download it to the satnav i.e. not the SD card. When the website recognises the satnav it shows it in a drop box with a drop-down arrow. Click the drop-down arrow and it should give you the option to download the map to your computer. Download it to the hard drive.

After it's downloaded it may begin the install automatically. If not click the START button on your computer and go to GARMIN. In the garmin menu click MAPINSTALL to begin the installation.

When the install program finds your satnav and you get the option to install the map there again click on the drop-down arrow and select the drive letter of the SD card. This will be different to the drive letter for your satnav. The map will then be installed to your SD card.

Before you begin to install to the SD card you should know that it can be very hard to get get the 200W, and other satnavs of the same age, to run the map from SD cards. It will install to it without problem but when you try to operate the satnav then it cannot load the map and will close down again unless you remove the SD card. I recently had this problem with a garmin nuvi 760 and contacted garmin about it. They told me the problem is that 4 Gb SD cards are SDHC which operate differently from SD. They said to get a class 2 SDHC card. (You can identify the class by the small figure on the card. It will be either 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10). Before you install the map format the card. Also use webinstaller to check that you have the latest version of operating software on your satnav.

Format the SD card with "Panasonic SD Formatter" available from http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/sd/download/sd_formatter20.html
rather than the standard windows format function. Select the fast format option and be sure you have selected the drive letter of your SDHC card as it will format your hard drive just as easily if you select it by accident or your satnav.

To update your software you can download webupdater from http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=999-99999-27
Connect your satnav to the computer and run the program. It will search for any updates to your software.
Class 2 SDHC cards are available on ebay if you can't find one in the shops.
After failing to get mine to work on a class 4 SDHC 4Gb card I followed their instructions and it worked for me. Hope it works for you too.

Oct 27, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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How do I download maps from the Garmin web site to the SD card in my Nuvi 5000?


To install the map on an SD card you first need to download it to your computer. When you're setting up the download the website normally selects your satnav as the destination. There's a drop down arrow and when you click it you find an option to "update map on the satnav and the computer". Select this option. If the satnav can't take the full map you'll need to select the part to download to the satnav. The full map should download to your computer.
After the download is finished click START on your computer and then ALL PROGRAMS. Click on GARMIN and then on MAPINSTALL. The mapinstall program will also select your satnav as the location for installing the map. When it does click on the drop down arrow and select the drive letter of the SD card. This will install it to the SD card. Note it can take 3 to 4 hours to install depending on the map size. Don't interrupt it while it's installing or you could destroy your satnav.

Sep 24, 2010 | GPS

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My GPS is missing most maps & I cannot seem to transfer from cd


the maps are on the 1gb sd card in the side of your c220 unit.
If it's missing, get a 1gb sd card and find a computer that will accept sd cards and your cd that came with your gps, then download the maps from the cd to the sd card.
Your c220 only has 4 states on the unit itself.

The c230 has all the maps on the unit but only 1 million POIs versus 3 1/2 million on the c220

Mar 12, 2009 | Mitac DigiWalker C230 GPS Receiver

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I have a garmin nuvi 750 and I have a map source map downloaded on my computer, I then put that map on a sd card with a card reader and when I put that sd card in my gps it does not show up anywhere. What...


I have never tried this way. I always use the Transfer function (send to device) from my map source. Either the SD card is too small or that procedure is not proper. Just use the Transfer function.

Oct 19, 2008 | Garmin GPS

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Enzer jor-001 gps


1. Go to http://www.enzersa.co.za/GPSDownload.html
2. Download the SA Maps Version 6 upgrade.
3. Follow the instructions:
How to use
1: Download South African Maps.zip to your computer
2: Open the zip folder and copy the content by right clicking and copy
3: Insert the SD Card from the GPS unit into the computer.
4: Now open the card through my computer
5: Replace the DestinatorApps folder with the new one

4. Replace the SD card in the Enzer and there you have it!

Best of luck!

Jul 21, 2008 | GPS

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