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Garmin etrex 20 shows system software missing after updating firmware

I just got this yesterday and can not figure this thing out. I have followed all the steps that Garmin has told me to. First off, the point in me getting this one is because I need to upload TOPO maps...it will not let me. Second, I followed the Garmin prompt to update firmware, now when I turn it on all it does is "system software missing"! I have tried what other people have said to do but it doesn't seem to be working. I am very frustrated, any help would be appreciated!

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    becca_reinke Apr 20, 2013

    Now when I plug the USB port into my computer nothing happins. Like there is no device connected

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SOURCE: update problem with Garmin Nuvi 255w

I had same problem. I called Garmin customer service who connected me to a computer rep. Garmin hooks with your computer that you have your Garmin plugged into.They can upload the proper software in no time at all.
The rep told me that after I updated my Garmin I might have turned off the unit before it completed updating the new software. You need to wait until the screen with "Where to?" appears.
It works great now. Prepare to wait on hold for a while. I waited just over an hour on Monday, their busiest day.

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