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System software missing

After updated software 4.4 to 4.6 and voice update. Garmin nuvi 260W reboot , Now I have problem: System software missing.
I try to reload software again, but there is a broblem communicating with the Germin website then: The update file is corupted.
(My son just gave to me yesterday this GPS as a give)

PLEASE HELP ME.
Thank you very much

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  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2008

    i bought a nuvi 260w, and i have the same problem, anybody can help me?

  • jgood_5150 Dec 19, 2008

    Unit just shut off while driving (it was plugged in) and displayed "software missing" error. Now won't reset or respond to power switch.

  • richardrkeny Dec 20, 2008

    bought the nuvi 260w updated the maps and system software missing

  • SuzPharr Dec 25, 2008

    I too just received the nuvi 260 as a gift and was trying to register it online to mygarmin. It now will only show system software missing and I tried to go online and download it again through the garmin site and it said the file was corrupt.

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    I updated mine with Webupdater. I emailed tech support about some problems I was already having with it. They told me about WebUpdater and that would fix my problem. I did exactly what they asked and now it wont even turn on. Its stops at the Garmin screen and says "System Software Missing". I travel for a living and rely on GPS so I dont have to use print off's or maps. I have had nothing but problems with my Garmin and should have bought a TomTom. So much for research.

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    Piece of sh!$

  • ne1scott Mar 22, 2009

    Same problem, but probably my fault. Everything was working great. Updated to v5.0 and updated all english voices and xml file. Then exited software and unplugged unit from computer. Unit beeped and started it's boot sequence & I held the power button to turn it off since I wasn't sure if all the new software would take without power cycling. When I turned it back on I got the :SYSTEM SOFTWARE MISSING" message. Tried the webupdater again but now it says the update file is corrupt. It must mean the file on the Nuvi260W is corrupt but I don't know how to delte it and fix it.

  • anand Sep 16, 2012

    mine is a nuvi 780. web updater doesn't work as the PC doesn't recognize it - it's just dead or comes up with 'system software missing' screen. any ideas on how to proceed?

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Current version of software is 5.0
Download that as that may be your problem.
You must download the newest version of WebUpdater from Garmin for free to your computer.
Then:
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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 REMEMBER: It takes hours to do a complete a map update.
Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps.

Does this help? Let us know. Thanks.

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Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps.


Does this help? Let us know. Thanks.

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System software missing


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If not:
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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 REMEMBER: It takes hours to do a complete a map update.
Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps.


Does this help? Let us know. Thanks.

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