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I HAVE A Garmin Nuvi 255W

I want to register my lproduct and buy the accessorie case, the home charger and the usb plug in so I can update maps. How do I do that.

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    I have Nuvi 255w but also own Forrunner 405 (the garming software is installed for that) and the Forrunner has been registered online already.

    In order to download POI program for my 255w, I bought USB cable but a) my pc does not recognize the cable plugged in b) On Garmin website, after creating a new account for Nuvi 255W and enter its serieal number, the web sites tells me that Nuvi 255W serial number do not match to my Forrunner GPS number.

    I need help. Thanks.



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First, what version of maps do you have? 2009? If so, there's no reason to update at this time.

To register, just go to and create an account. You'll need to create a user name and password and then enter in your units serial number which is located on the decal on the bottom rear of your unit.

Once you have an account established, you can then shop the Garmin store and buy whatever you want.

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Where can i download the philippines map for my garmin nuvi 255W, including street map?

You need to have your satnav registered with garmin. Log into myGarmin and click on the myMaps tab at the top of the screen. If you don't already have a map of the Philippines click on "buy more maps" and follow the prompts. If you already have a map that you just want to update you can get details of how to update it at
You can also get details there of how to register your satnav with garmin if you haven't already done so.

Please note that if this is not an update it's unlikely that your nuvi 255W will have enough space to hold a second map. If you're not updating or replacing a map I would advise against buying it as a second map. It is possible to install a second map to a memory card but there is a risk that it may not work. Memory cards in garmin satnavs appear to be very hit and miss. Some work and others don't for no aparent reason.

May 18, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I need to get updates for ym Garmin nuvi 255w. it did not come with any connection to my computer. I am wondering if I need to purchase at Best buy? How to get updates. I didn't get a manual or anything....

To update your maps you need to connect your satnav to a computer using a mini USB cable. The mini USB end connects into your satnav in the same socket that the car charger plugs into. You might already have one for something else that connects to your computer as many products use the same type of cable e.g. external hard drives, some digital cameras and camcorders, some phones etc. You can get details of how to update your satnav at

Apr 10, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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How do I update my GPS? it never came with anything besides the charger. Garmin NUvi 255W 1TV869173 Thanks, Mary

First, you will need a USB cord. You can buy one from Garmin for 15 dollars at:
To install the new maps, you'll want to run WebUpdater. You can find the link for webupdater here:
Good luck!

Feb 28, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I need help to register my nuvi 255w

  1. Connect your satnav to your computer using the mini USB cable.
  2. Go to
  3. Select your country from th drop-down arrow
  4. Click on th myGarmin tab at the top of the page
  5. Click on "Register your garmin device" and follow the prompts
You'll be asked to create a username and password. Keep them safe as you'll need them if you want to update maps

Dec 07, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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How do i update maps for garmin nuvi 255w gps

with unit in off

plug in your gps using the USB cord to computer, it will detect new hardware

now go to

If you haven't Register you must here, all garmins are.

The Garmin site will detect your model and get you the lastest updates and firmware

Nov 03, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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All I want to do is register the Garmin and get the free map update

With unit Off ..... plug in gps unit using the USB connector in computer

once connected go to

it will then detect your gps

you can now Register your gps to get the map and firmware updates.

Oct 25, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I an trying to register my nuvi 255w that i bought at canadian tier and get my update for it and i can not find out how to register address is 88 woodstock drive,sherwood park,alberta canada,t8a4e2.

With the off, plug in your Nuvi to your computer using the supplied USB cable (you can also use a usb camera cord ).

The Unit will show a screen that your pluged in.

Now go to and register your unit. It then will give you the lastest updates.

I use the North American 2009 or Updated North American 2010 maps for when I go back and forth to Canada from the States.. both maps are good

Oct 23, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Garmin nuvi 255w trying to register and update maps. Got the Firefox addon-loaded successfully, restarted firefox; plugged in usb cable to pc and GPS; can not find my device. Tried XP sp3 desktop and vista...

The problem was following the Garmin instructions too closely. What I found via a GPS forum was that some USB cables can be finicky and trying different USB cables may solve the problem. In my case I found I had to turn the nuvi 255W on normally during registration; then connect the USB cable to device and PC. Then the registration and download worked.
The documentation is not clear on this.

Found I had the latest map; but did upgrade my firmware from 5.90 to 6.10.

Dec 29, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Go to and first, register your gps. Then you can plug it into your computer with a usb cable and download programming and map updates. Depending on what you want, there may be a fee for this. Wal-Mart also sells one-time, and lifetime update cards for all Garmin gps units.

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