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Unit currently contains no maps ?

After a battery change my meridian gold when powered up shows "unit currently contains no maps" " initiating map upload" once this is displayed all keys are nonresponsive. If power is off and I push the power key then immediately hold the nav key I get a screen with two changable digits if ent or esc are pushed on this screen it does a continual beep until the battery is removed . any advice???

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SOURCE: explorist 300

since the unit doesn't have a base map it needs to be loaded with the base map so send it for a service so that the base map could be added.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007

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SOURCE: GPS freezes up

i know how to fix this. I got mine fixed with this 3rd party application "uploadGPSserial". Uploaded a map basemap which i found on the internet then mapsend works fine.

Posted on Mar 07, 2008

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SOURCE: Magellan Explorist 500

The necessary map software is not installed - did you buy the unit with software?

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

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SOURCE: meridian gold problems

Mine pulled the same act not too long after I got it, so it was under warranty. I sent it back to Thales Navigation, and they fixed it for free. It had "died" while I was acknowledging a "LOW BATTERY" alarm. I've now had mine for at least two years, and no recurrence of such a serious brain cramp. That was pretty annoyin' when it happened.

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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Step 1: Download the firmware update for your Sportrak model from:
Magellan GPS. Extract the zip file to your desktop.

Step 2: Download the base map file, NA_B101.IMG. This one is hard to find but you might look
on the following yahoo group page for the file: m330 : The Map 330 Club . Look in their FILES folder for the file called, You may have to join this group to gain access to this folder. Download the file and extract it to your desktop.

Step 3: Now that you have the files necessary to fix your unit, follow these step exactly to upload the base map file.

  1. Turn off the unit and connect it to your computer using the Magellan serial cable. If your computer does not have a serial port you can buy a, SERIAL to USB adaptor.
  2. Now simultaneously press and hold that button the looks like the world and the button with the man on it (GOTO button). While holding these buttons, press and release the power button. Two zeros will appear in the middle of the screen like this, 00. Using the central joystick, change the zeros to the number, 98. The press the enter button once.
  3. Go to the folder where you extracted the firmware update you downloaded first and look for the Magup.exe file and double click it to launch the Thales Navigation Firmware Uploader. Click NO on the UPLOAD pop up window. Now Click on EXPERT from the menu bar. The EXPERT SETUP window appears. On the EXPERT SETUP window choose your GPS model. Then choose the com port your GPS is connected to. Now check the box next to the word ON under EXPERT UPLOAD. Then click OK.
  4. [i]Note: If you do not know what your serial com port is, here is a way to find out. Click on START, and then on CONTROL PANEL. In the CONTROL PANEL, scroll down and double click on SYSTEM. Then click on DEVICE MANAGER. In the DEVICE MANAGER, look for PORTS (COM & LPT) and click in the + symbol to the left to expand the category. You should see your serial listed here and the com port it is on will be listed to next to it.
  5. On the Menu bar click on UPLOAD. Click OK on the reminder pop up window. On the SELECT UPLOAD TYPE window check the box next to BASE MAP ONLY. The SELECT BASE MAP FILE window appears. In this window Navigate to the folder on your desktop where the, NA_B101.IMG file is located (you should have already extracted it here earlier if you are following all the steps.) Select the NA_B101.IMG file and click OPEN. The window closes and the UPLOAD FILE window appears. Click on the box next to UPLOAD and the upload process begins automatically. The process may take several minutes. Once it is done, restart your unit and you are on your way.
Since you now have downloaded the latest firmware and your unit is now functioning properly, you might as well update your firmware if it needs it. Follow the instruction found on the page where you downloaded the firmware update for your unit in step
Happy navigating!biggrin.gif

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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SOURCE: The unit at start- up displays this message then

Went to a site that doesnt charge $$$$ for help.

Posted on Dec 09, 2009

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