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Cannot communicate with pc/ laptop. device is not recognised

When i connect my magellan explorist 600 to my pc/ laptop, it is not recognised. i get a message " usb device not recognised - one of your usb device seems to be malfunctioning etc...." i have installed the software provide in the cd.

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  • bsegal Nov 13, 2007

    Hi, Yes I have the same problem with the Explorist 500. Got any reply on that ?

  • finiusj Jan 18, 2008

    I am having the same problem. Has anyone come up with a solution? I am running Windows XP.

  • jrbuc Apr 03, 2008

    plugged my 600 explorist unit in the pc device is not recognized.

    pc says that driver update is the best one suited, but this does not solve the problem. According to the pc, it is still showing unknown device at the usb driver scree. the explorist screen shows that it is communicating with the host machine. Is the usb cable bad?

  • BRUNO63 May 13, 2008

    Same problem for me too.

  • Anonymous Jun 03, 2008

    same problem

  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2008

    Amazing what connecting the serial port properly will do...

    try turning the screw in connection the other way and you should be much happier with the results.



  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    my explorist gc does not downlad caches it says magellan communicator not found

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You probably have the USB adapter connected upside-down on the unit.

Posted on Jan 19, 2008

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Me too

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Me too! It's annoying

Posted on Mar 07, 2008

Me too! Can anyone save me from this nightmare???

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I had the same problem and sure enough the cord with the screw in it was upside down.

Amazing what connecting the unit properly will do...

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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