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I can not get Garmin Webupdater to update my Garmin..model 885T

I just found out about Garmin's Webupdater program and attempted to use it for my new Nuvi 885t.
It is supposed to identify program updates for your specific Garmin. I downloaded and installed it ok on my Windows XP PC. Then I ran it. It asked me to connect my Garmin to my PC..which I did with the ubs connector I have. It identified my Garmin and I clicked next. It then identified a whole list of free available updates, even though I bought my Garmin in the past few weeks.
They do not identify what these updates do or what they are for. Going on faith, I tried to have the Webupdater download the 1st two items on the list to my Garmin. I tried 5 times. Each time, after a long wait, I got the message 'communication error'. I couldn't get it to work. I tried disconnecting Microsoft security..and it still didn't work. I checked the internet and see others have the same problem, though with other Garmin models.

Anyone know how to get this to work?

From what I have seen...Garmin really needs to get their act together. There are far too many models...very confusing...and there are lots of problems. Like sometimes my touch screen is non responsive..and other times it is responsive. Sometimes it won't even turn on. It was in doing internet research on this, that I found out about the Webupdater and that Garmin often suggests using it to update the software on the Garmin. Problem is...I can't even get the Webupdater to work.

Any solution? Thanks.

In any case...how do i get their updates downloaded. Note, I have a slot internet connection but i don't think these updates are that sizeable.

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    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    A slow internet connection may be the problem. The firmware files can be several megabytes...typically 8-10 MB. On a slow Internet connection you can can get errors and timeouts on the connection. Second, just because you bought the unit just a few weeks ago doesn't mean your unit should have all the latest updates. It could have been sitting on the warehouse or store shelf for months. As for the touchscreen, I have repaired quite a few units with bad touchscreens that had no visible damage. It appears there were a bad run of them where the tail has separated from the resistive screen. I believe a new screen vendor may be the cause of it. The older screens were more rugged. - Jim SHARCNET-USA

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There are two solutions to get your Garmin Nuvi 885T running smoothly again. I have posted detailed directions in the Tips section of this Fixya website. Follow these two links to find step by step instructions on how to perform both the hard reset and the software upgrade.

The software upgrade does run independently of the Webupdater, but in regards to your 'slow internet connection' the file size of this Garmin update is almost 50 Mb.

I hope that helps.

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