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Garmin v missing basemap

I recently bought a used garmin v because I lost mine. When trying to bring it back to original specs I evidently erased the basemap. Is there a way for me to reinstall it? When I power up the unit this is the message displayed "software missing" any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks David

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Unfortunately deleted the maps suppled withe the device.Hve obtained the basemap and sum file on dics from garmin and have loaded it to the device however the maps are not showing up.Have downloaded...

The base map will just give you major highways. You are missing the gmapprom.img file which supplies all city streets. The sum file is not used and is only a checksum file to insure that the basemap was downloaded without errors. The map file, depending on year can be anywhere from 1 to 2GB in size and too large to be sent by email. In addition, you will need an unlock code file to activate the map on your unit. More info can be found here:

Oct 23, 2013 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver


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on Jan 15, 2015 | Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx GPS Receiver

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If I found a garmin nuvi gps it got a locked on it how can I reset it or something

Most GPS navigation devices from Garmin has a reset function which allows user to access a Maintenance Mode screen with system information, diagnostic details or perform the reset function to restore Garmin Nuvi or other series unit to its original default factory settings.

Depending on which model of Garmin GPS unit you're using, the following routine can reset the Garmin device to original factory loaded settings, or bring up the Maintenance Mode with access to System Information and View Diagnostics screen, where users can see various logs, and of course, clear all user data (reset to factory defaults) or clear Waypoints.

In order to reset Garmin device or enter into maintenance mode, perform one of the following procedures:

Power off Garmin unit. Press on continuously the upper top left corner of screen and then power on the unit by pressing once on the Power button. You should be prompted to clear all user data, or asked if do you really want to start up in maintenance mode. Press "Yes" to reset (warning: all data will be erased and lost, so backup before proceeding) or enter maintenance mode.

Hack above works on Garmin Nuvi 660, 680 series.

Turn off Garmin device. Press down on bottom right corner of the touchscreen, and then power on the GPS unit. You should be prompted whether do you really want to erase all user data, or asked if do you really want to start up in maintenance mode. Press "Yes" to reset (warning: all data will be erased and lost, so backup before proceeding) or enter maintenance mode.

Trick above works on Garmin nuvi 200, 250, 360 750, 760 series unit. In fact, there is a video demo by user of Garmin Nuvi 360 on how to perform the hidden reset function.

Hope helps. (remember to rate and comment this answer).

May 19, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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No basemap n garmin nuvi

I can help you reset and fix your Garmin Nuvi 265WT.

A message about not finding any maps is an indication that the firmware / system software inside your GPS has been corrupted.

There are three steps to take to get your Nuvi 265WT running like new:

  1. Back up your Favorites.
  2. Perform a Hard Reset.
  3. Download and then run Garmin WebUpdater to replace its firmware / system software.

I hope that helps.
Nuvi 265W Manuals here.

Mar 21, 2010 | Garmin Nuvi 265W GPS Receiver

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Wont say street name

Make sure the Voice you select (Tools -> Settings-> Language-> Voice) has (TTS) after its name (TTS = Text To Speech).

Feb 02, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I have a Garmin GPSmap76 and did the update from garmin and it took my basemape off so what can I do to get it back? It updated me from 2.0 to 4.0 can you help me?

That sounds strange. I wasn't aware that you could remove the basemap. Anyway, if you want to put the unit back to factory specs, as when you received it new, you may want to consider doing a Master Reset. Be aware that you will loose all user input - that means settings which you have entered, waypoints, routes, and tracks. Make sure you have noted your settings and backed up your data before doing the master reset. I don't know if it will restore a basemap or not, but it's for sure, it will restore everything else to "original". Again, I've never hear of loosing the basemap, are you sure it's gone? You might ought to call Garmin about that 1-800-800-1020.................good luck

Nov 30, 2008 | Garmin GPSMAP 76 GPS Receiver

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Lost all recent location that i had listed

Well normaly they get saved to an sd card or to space on the gps....and during first reboot the garmin will have asked if these items needed to be imported.....I guess someone tapped the are erased.

Jun 30, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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Route calculation error

I was having the same problem and contacted Garmin support.

What I had done was turned off the Basemap that came with the unit. I only had the mapsource map street map on which I had purchased separately.

The technician basically said the unit needed the basemap to "locate itself". Somehow the basemap supports any maps you purchase separately. That seemed odd but once I turned the Basemap back on it calculated the routes and the error message went away.

If you have the Basemap off, try turning it on from the Map Setup - Information window.

Hope this helped.

Oct 01, 2007 | Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx GPS Receiver

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Garmin nuvi 250 mapsource

Verify that you have the correct basemap for the country that you are in. There are two maps inside a new Garmin. The basemap which shows all the major highways and mapsource which shows all the street. If you don't have the correct basemap try changing 'Navigation' Advoidance to avoid highways and Toll Roads.

Sep 25, 2007 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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