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Go to WWW.GARMIN.COM to download the latest software. You will need a USB cable and a suitable connector for your Garmin. That should resolve your problem. Also check to see if you are eligible for a FREE download of the maps.
To update the garmin nuvi 205 for free, you'll first need to have your GPS, an USB cable and a computer. There are web sites that will allow you to down load an update to your GPS for free. Make sure the version you pick is compatible to your computer to download it. You'll want to plug the USB cable into both the GPS and the computer, to download the upgrade to your GPS.
... but local NJ directions are working? You may only have a New Jersey map installed. If that's the problem, you can solve it by going to Garmin's web site, http://www.garmin.com/ and buying a map of North America. You'll need to connect your Garmin to your computer with a USB cable. These map files are very, very large, so expect it to take several hours to download and install the new maps even over a fast internet connection.
First, check to make sure the map file is there. The file name is gmapprom.img. It's located in the Garmin directory. It should be 1GB in size. To do this you need to connect the Nuvi to a PC with a USB cable.
Next, please tell me what year of map you have on your unit, 2009, 2010, etc.
Them, email me your units internal serial number. Its a 10 digit number (not the number on the outside). The number starts with a "3" and can be found by pressing the tools button, then system and then "about".
I had to switch to device to pc cable from the garmin original cable to a pc cable that works with my motorola razor. The funny thing is I originally tried the motorola cable and it wouldn't work, brought the garmin cable and now it doesn't work but the motorola cable does.
Now my pc finds the device and I can go on to the garmin site and update.