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I do not have a serial number on my Garmin Nuvi 255W. How can I update my maps? It seems you need a serial number to do this.

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The serial number is on the bottom edge . There is a decal on the bottom.

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How can upgrade my garmin nuvi 255w gps?


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Using the Garmin WebUpdater will update the operating software.
http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp

Map updates subscriptions are available as lifetime or onetime updates and are registered to the map that is installed on the Nuvi.
http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-numaps-north-america-lifetime-updates.html

http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-numaps-update-city-navigator-nt-2012-north-america.html

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There are a number of Garmin GPSs that come with lifetime map updates.
http://www.gpscity.com/search/q=lifetime/&p=1&c=1&t=Automotive+GPS

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If the Garmin Nuvi is sold with "life-time updates" for maps & traffic - updates are available for download at MyGarmin.com once they are available.

A "life-time update" is coupled to the serial number of the Garmin unit. If the serial number does not match the box with "life-time updates" on it - it could be the Garmin Nuvi came from another box without "life-time updates".

Without "life-time updates" - maps are available for free within 60 days after purchase. A "purchase" is registered by the Garmin device if it detects a certain speed or when it's registered at MyGarmin.com - meaning the 60 day countdown starts. Without a "life-time update" for traffic - a traffic subscription must be bought for a country & timeframe. (ie a year).

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We have a garmin nuvi 255w. We need to know what is the latest map update. Our gps has "CN North America, NT 2010.30" version on it. Is ther something newer than this.


Maps for most GPS devices are updated several times a year. Your map is from 2010 and should be updated. You can go to the garmin site and pay to download and install upgraded maps or do a google search for map upgrades and you'll find some services offering lifetime upgrades for a few dollars more than the Garmin one time upgrade. I did this and have had no problems updating the maps on my Garmin Nuvi 250.

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I was just given the Garmin 255W as a Christmas gift.Can you purchase the lifetime maps or do you have to pay for each update after the 60 day free update is over.


There are no lifetime maps for your Garmin nuvi. Garmin updates their maps over time, so there are no lifetime maps available for the device. There are free maps and you can buy maps from Garmins website.

Dec 28, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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How do i update my Nuvi 255W garmin GPS


To update your nuvi, all you need to do is to connect your nuvi to an internet connected computer and the updates will show on the lower left of your computers screen, click on it and it will update it with the latest software version and maps.
You can also go to your nuvis website and search for latest updates. Just click on the map link and a list will pop up under the map link, select update maps if it is maps you want to update. It will ask you to choose your device from a list, after choosing your nuvi 255w then it will show you the latest maps for your gps, but you have to install its plug ins first.
That is how to update your gps.

Dec 22, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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When i turn my nuvi 255w on i get the fallowing message. no detailed maps found that support routing. the nuvi cannot be used without them.


It sounds like the map file is missing or corrupted or the route you want to use is just outside of the covered area of the normal maps.

If the unit is less than 60 days old you can update the map by connecting it with the usb cable to your pc and going to garmin and then running the update. Past that they want you to pay.You can download free map files for certain locations to your sd card. The localized maps ie just for one country or portion of it have much more detail than the stock internal map. You may need to look at purchasing one of those to get enough detail. I just used one for Fiji and it even had all the back streets on it. If you are in Canada or the US or Europe they will even have much more info.

I would call the toll free garmin support number and run the problem down to them. They can check your serial number and let you know the options. They should be able to tell you what map to use/get if thats needed.
http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us/support/

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My garmin nuvi 255w was bought in april 2009, now it often lost satelites while i'm driving, some times it lost satelites for more than half an hour so cannot be functioned properly; more so, it often...


You can update the software at no charge from Garmin. Get a mini USB cable, connect the Nuvi to your PC, go to Garmin.com.
The software updates are free, maps cost!

Apr 04, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I HAVE A Garmin Nuvi 255W


First, what version of maps do you have? 2009? If so, there's no reason to update at this time.

To register, just go to https://my.garmin.com/mygarmin/marketing/register.htm and create an account. You'll need to create a user name and password and then enter in your units serial number which is located on the decal on the bottom rear of your unit.

Once you have an account established, you can then shop the Garmin store and buy whatever you want.

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