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Need a USB cable to connect GPS to computer.

I need a cable to connect from the GPS to USB on computer to download maps. I don't need the car charger, have that already.

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Without knowing the make and model of your GPS system I can't give you a definitive answer, but if you take the GPS system (or the car charger) to an electronics or office-supply store, they should have a cable that fits. Or you can get one of those USB cables that come with a variety of tips to fit the standard USB ports.

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