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EXplorist 500 Background Maps

You've got me about halfway there. I followed your directions and it has worked up to a point. When I'm in the usb file transfer mode and click on the Background Maps folder, there's nothing there. Am I doing something wrong or do I need to reload a map from another location? I just bought this unit last week. When I turned it on for the first time, everything worked so I set up preferences. I turned it off, then later when I turned it on again I got that error message. I guess what I'm trying to get at is I know very little about this unit and would appreciate any additional help you can give me!

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  • cidlunger Feb 18, 2008

    pippokid: Thank you so much for your help! My eXplorist 500 is up and running now. I can't tell you how relieved I am. Magellan Support wanted me to send the unit in to be looked at; now I don't have to go through that hassle.

  • dlinari1 Mar 19, 2008

    am getting an error message saying unit currently contains no map!

    Initiating map upload

    What does this mean? Can I fix it?

  • dlinari1 Apr 26, 2008

    Lost base map on my Magellan Explorist 500 . How do I get it back?

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The basemap file is a system file.
So you see nothing if explorer, in your PC, is setted for not showing system files.
If you change this setting you'll immediately see the file

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

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    pippokid Feb 18, 2008

    :-)



    Best wishes from Italy

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