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How do i load into my nuvi660 a garmin usa topo 2008

I downloaded athe usa topo from internet ,it is now on dvd
how do i transfer this new data in my nuvi660

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Re: How do i load into my nuvi660 a garmin usa topo 2008

There should be instructions that come on the DVD. You may also visit this site for the latest MAPSOURCE software, version 6.13.5 as of Nov 20,2007.


  • WARNING: This software will not work unless you already own a MapSource product.
  • This version of MapSource no longer supports Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows NT.
  • Works with Windows Vista.

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