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Screen says memory full and it won't map a route! GRRRRRRR

Please help!! I use my Garmin C550 for work and can't live without it! It tells me the memory is full, and it can't map a route. How can I fix it?

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  • nursemeems Oct 06, 2007

    I didn't do the hard reset, but I did do the web updater, the problem seems to be fixed. Thanks!

  • kenarah Nov 20, 2007

    i hit the reset button and it still says waypoint memory full am i supposed to leave it off for a specified amt of time after i hit the reset button?

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    memory full

  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    Same issue updating software seemed to work

  • dange548 Apr 01, 2009

    starting up my streetpilot c550 it says: memory full.
    after calculating a route it says "route waypoint memory full".
    and it doens't calculates routes anaymore


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Hi, Please do not shoot the messenger (me) but this is a known problem with Garmin GPS units. According to Garmin Tech Support, this only occurs on Garmin units with older firmware. (Personally, I am not convinced this is actually true. I no longer have my Garmin C550, which I personally liked the best out of all the GPS units I have owned or used. I will buy another Garmin, probably a Nuvi, when this silliness sorts itself out.) Anyway, you have two options, neither of them acceptable to most people, including me. 1)Perform a HARD RESET which will wipe out all data on your unit, including your favorite points, Bluetooth connections, and almanac data (satellite information). Your unit will then need at least 40 minutes, with a clear view of the sky, to update the almanac and reacquire its location. To HARD RESET, unplug your C550 from the charger and turn it off. With the C550 screen facing you, press the bottom right hand corner of your screen and hold in (relatively firmly) and then press and hold POWER. You need hold both constantly for at least 30 seconds. Follow the instructions on the screen. See if any of your personal information is still there. If there is none, then you might as well perform Step 2 below. 2)Download and Load New Firmware onto the C550. Upgrading firmware is relatively easy provided you have a computer. Visit Garmin's website (www.garmin.com). Go to "Support" .. "Updates and Downloads" and then click "Unit Software." Download the software called WebUpdater. Run that and follow its directions. The new Firmware (Software that is loaded into internal memory that does not need power to remember the information) hopefully will fix the MEMORY FULL problem. Good Luck and please post back if the fixes helped or not. I really want the new firmware to work so I can buy another Garmin.

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