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Upgrade Nuvi 300 with 1.5 map-

Would like to upgrade Nuvi 300 with 1.5 map bought today

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Re: Upgrade Nuvi 300 with 1.5 map-

1.5 map?
Usually the come in versions. current would be 2008 or 1,.5..

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When trying to put in an address the Garmin asks me for a country and then does not accept it after typing in the first letter. The other functions appear to be ok.


you need to update your map

Purchase your map updates (if necessary). You can purchase map updates for your Garmin Nuvi from the Garmin website. There are two basic options: a lifetime purchase or a one-time upgrade. The lifetime purchase gives you access to any new updates for the life of your device, while the one-time upgrade will provide you with the latest current maps, but you'll need to purchase again if you want to upgrade again later.

Make sure to log in with your myGarmin account before purchasing the map upgrade.

Connect your Garmin Nuvi to your computer via USB cable.

Open the "myGarmin" website and sign in with your Garmin account. Make sure to sign in with the account that you've purchased the map updates on.

Click the "myMaps" tab on the myGamrin dashboard. This will load a list of all of your purchased map upgrades.

Click the drop-down menu in the "Recent Map Purchases" section. Select your Garmin Nuvi from the list of devices.

Install the Garmin Communicator Plugin when prompted. This is required in order for the Garmin website to transfer the map files to your Gamrin software on your computer.

Download and install Garmin Express. This is the program that allows your computer to interact with your Garmin Nuvi.

Register your device in Garmin Express. If you haven't already registered your device, you'll be prompted to when you start Garmin Express. You'll need to register in order to update the maps.

Click the "Updates" tab in Garmin Express. This will show all of the available updates for your Nuvi, including the new map update you just purchased.

Click the "Show Details" option next to your Map Update. Click the "Install" button that appears. You will need to accept the agreement before the update installs.

Wait for the maps to download and install. Once you agree to the terms, the map update will begin downloading to Garmin Express, and will then be transferred to your Nuvi. This will likely take several minutes to complete.

unplug the Nuvi when the update is complete. The Nuvi will reboot and begin installing the updated software on the device. This may take another couple of minutes.

You can download garmin express here

Apr 19, 2015 | Garmin Nuvi 610 GPS Receiver

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Can I update the map.

Garmin's policy for most of its nuvi GPS units is to allow you one free map upgrade. For example, I bought a Nuvi 755T in December and their policy said:
The n?Maps Guarantee entitles you to 1 or more free map updates within 60 days of Dec 06, 2010.
Some Nuvi models come with lifetime free map upgrades, these models have "LM" or "LMT" at the end of their model number.

Feb 06, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I just want a free garmin nuvi 250 map upgrade

Garmin never provided free map updates. Either buy the current version or buy the lifetime subscription. Go to
I bought the lifetime one. Saved me hundreds of dollars so far.
I've updated 6 times already!!

Jun 11, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 250 GPS Receiver

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I want to upgrade my NUVI 255 for North America

U have to go to, there u can buy the maps u want, you can also purchase the maps from Best Buy the Largest retailer of Garmin poducts

Apr 09, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Looking for Map upgrades for Garmin Nuvi GPS

I've looked for free map upgrades for my Garmin and could not find anything. I did find a lifetime map upgrade deal for around $75. It allows you unlimited upgrades for as long as you own the GPS. Go to the garmin site and search NUMaps.

Jan 18, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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I have the garmin nuvi 260, and downloaded the update to my computer in June, then to my gps from there. Now I have a huge file on my computer. Do I need to keep it there? I bought the lifetime upgrade.

I have the lifetime upgrade too. NO you do not need to keep the maps on your computer. Get rid of it. By the way there was a new map available December 21st.
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I'd suggest you download directly to the 260. Remember it takes about 4 hours to do.
Smart decision on the map lifetime upgrade. I've paid for mine many time over.

Nov 27, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Our state agency purchased 300 Nuvis for our police cars. I am the training officer and am being asked what benefit otaining the $70 upgrade would be. Is this urgent? Is is needed? Could we get a free...

It depends on how long you have had them.

I have heard that a buyer is entitled to a free upgrade if the unit is new and the upgrade is requested within a certain amount of time.

Apparently there the firmware in the unit records when the unit first obtains a satellite lock and that date is is used to determine how long the unit has been in operation. I'd check into it right away.

The problem is you have so many units and it takes about an hour to upgrade each one. So, its not going to be a quick process.

You need to see what map is already on the unit by selecting the tool icon, then system, then maps and then "map info".

The 2010 maps are already out. Newer maps means you unit is more up-to-date with current roads that have been added.

No it is not urgent but if you can get it for free, then you may wish to consider it.

- Jim

Aug 11, 2009 | Garmin nuvi® 200 Car GPS Receiver

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The nuvi 205W dosen"t show new roads.

You need to upgrade your mapping system. Go to to find the appropriate upgrade for your particular GPS. Try google-ing "free map upgrade for garmin nuvi 205w" and check to see if any free upgrades are available for it.

May 20, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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I have got a garmin nuvi 300 and want update the maps can anyone help please

Go to and download the map install application. Follow all the onscreen instructions and connect the GPS to your computer when told to do so. You will now be able to purchase the new maps. If you have never updated your maps before Garmin usually lets you have a free map upgrade for the first time. You will also need to register your GPS with Garmin to get the free upgrade.

Thanks for using Fixya. Hope this works. Let me know if you have any problems.

Apr 02, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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Need a manual for Garmin nuvi 200. Lost manual and need to upgrade maps. Do I send the gps back to manufacturer for upgrade?

Here is the link for the full Nuvi 200 manual. No, you do not need to send the unit back. You can purchase a map online and download the map to your Nuvi using a USB to mini-USB cable.

- Jim

Mar 23, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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