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Transfer Mapsource route files to Zumo 550

I am preparing a short tour in France, using MapSource and Zumo 550. Transfer of the route files is a problem. I tried to transfer all 11 files, one at a time but none appeared in Zumo. I copied them onto the SD card as well - still nothing. The only PARTLY successful way seems to be to transfer one at a time, unplug the USB cable and switch the Zumo on again. If I'm lucky the route 'takes' - but not always. What am I doing wrongly? Is my Zumo a dud?

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Try skipping the installation wizard and use your coupon code to unlock the maps/GPS online at Garmin's website. 

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Hmmm, I think the routes are supposed to be on the device memory, like trip logs. You should have like 130 MB of free storage on the device...

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Go to the garmin website download webupdater, use this to figure out what files it needs, and select the apropriate sound files, web updater will download and install them for you!

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