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My laptop won't show my Nuvi 680 as a mass storage device

I have tried plugging my Nuvi 680 into my laptop. The Nuvi shows the icon for Mass Storage Device, but it doesn't show in My Computer or in the storage device list when I try to access it through Administrative tools. I can't download anything to it because there is no way to direct files to the device. Any ideas?

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I have a couple of ideas based on the information you gave:
1. That Nuvi has an SD card slot.  If your PC has a memory card reader, you could insert an SD card into the machine, copy whatever you want onto that, and then pop the card into the Nuvi.  
2.  While the Nuvi is hooked up to the PC goto the hardware device manager (In XP right click -> My Computer -> Properties -> Hardware tab -> Device manager) and see if anything has an ! or a ? next to it.  If so, that's probably related to your Nuvi and resolving that usually involves reinstalling the driver or updating to the latest driver.
More detailed info on what you're trying to do and the result of the above could get a more specific fix.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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