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Error message Worked fine for the first 6-7 months. All of a sudden there is an error message "cannot find map data files, make sure card is inserted" The SD card is inserted. Any ideas

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  • scottyV Dec 15, 2007

    Hi, I have 3 FD400 with the same problem. I am looking for a solution.

  • chelaloe Dec 25, 2007

    I have the same problem Finedrive support says I have to purchase a new map data card for $139. I am waiting to hear back on whether I can return the card and get a refund if that doesn't solve the problem.

  • wink1i Dec 28, 2007

    chelaloe, When did you reach Findrive support? I have been trying to contact them for months. They don't respond to email and their voicemail always says the mailbox is full.

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I reached support at cncwireless@hotmail.com

A new card is $139 but support did say I could return it if it didn't work. I have decided that since I can buy a Tom Tom on sale for $149 that I am going to do that and junk this finedrive.

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Hi Vince, I have seen comments on formatting the card and it's need to be in RAW format. Can you tell me how you fomratted it. I am also curious about the actual files that need to be on the card. Is it possible to post a list of those files? If you want, you can email me directly at svaughan1@gmail.com.

Thanks alot of you can help.

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  • scottyV Dec 28, 2007

    Hi Vince, I have seen comments on formatting the card and it's need to be in RAW format. Can you tell me how you fomratted it. I am also curious about the actual files that need to be on the card. Is it possible to post a list of those files? If you want, you can email me directly at svaughan1@gmail.com.

    Thanks alot of you can help.

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Yup, the data card can get corrupted. I have seen the update disks on ebay. if your unit has a symbol in the bottom left of the screen that looks like a lantern, you also have an old firmware version. the upgrade woudl be the way to go.

These units use a standard 1gb SD card.... I have several of these units and bought the upgrade for a couple that were old. I did have the same problem with one, had to format the card, reload the map data and problem solved.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007

  • vince954 Dec 28, 2007

    I did a standard fat 32 format using windows xp. the disk from finedrive came with files on it and instructions on how to copy them to the card, basically you copy them to the root. hoever, you do need to make sure your unit is using the new version and not the old one as they are not compatible.



    I would be happy to format your card and copy the files to it if you send me the card, you can email me at vince954@yahoo.com. I cannot give you the whole update as finedrive would not like that but I can reload the files that belong on the card for you.

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