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How do I install the new 2010 map on my 260w Garmin? Does the unit open up cause when they said disk I thought it would be for the computer

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You can either use a connector cable to download it or you have to wait for a preloaded SDcard

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I can not install the map on to my 260w garmin


connect the unit to the computer using a USB data cable and then go to www.garmin.com and register the unit, if your unit is new you get one free update with-in 90 days if outside that time frame you will have to purchase either a one time update for 49.99 or lifetime updates for 89.99

Sep 11, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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I have a garmin 260w that was a gift in dec 2009. I want to update the maps to the unit and thought there wasa n option at no charge but I cant find it. Do you have instructions on how to update unit for...


Sorry, no free maps. I know I've tried. You either live withthe old map or buy the latest version.
I bought the life time maps updates and I'm glad I did.
I've updated my maps at least 6 times.
New maps are about $70.
Life time maps are about $99 (when I bought mine)
BUT FIRST make SURE you have the latest software in YOUR computer and in YOURGarmin before you load any maps.
You can get that FREE at Garmin here:

To download the latest unit software visit Garmin website: www.garmin.com/webupdater First you have to set up an account at Garmin using theserial number on your GPS. Once you do that you can download firmware updatefor free. After installing WebUpdater once from the Garmin website,perform all future software updates from your computer. Simply connect yourcompatible Garmin device to your computer, then run WebUpdater from yourcomputer's "Start Menu" by selecting "Start","Programs", "Garmin", and finally "WebUpdater" REMEMBER: It takes hours to do a complete a mapupdate.
Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps. By the way, thecorrect Garmin approved power OR download cables are a must!! Does this help? Let us know. Thanks.

Nov 22, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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How do i up grade my maps of canada and usa


With unit off... plug in gps to computer using the USB cord

Go to www.MyGarmin.com

It will then detect your unit and offer you the updated maps for a small fee

I use the North American 2009 map now with no problems, they do have the 2010 map to update

Oct 22, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Garmin 260W free updated map


Hello.
You can go to mygarmin.com or garmin.com . You have to register. It is for FREE. Then,you can update your GPS. You can also download maps by just following the screen instructions.
You can also find all the software/drivers you need there.

Hope it helps.

Apr 07, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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I want to update my garmin 260w with free updates on the maps. My unit is 2yrs old.


Garmin provides free updates through their website for the first 60 days after a new unit is put into service. After that, you'll have to purchase map updates. (Software updates are free, though.)

That said, you should first point your browser to www.Garmin.com and go through the process of downloading and installing their browser extension. You might have to reboot your computer or restart your browser to finish the installation.

Return to Garmin.com and register your nuvi. At some point, it will ask you to connect your nuvi to the computer via the USB cable. Do so. Your computer will also go through the process of installing the drivers necessary to view the nuvi as a storage device (so you can download photos and the like).

Once everything is up, the browser extension will tell you what the status is of your nuvi and of its maps. If you're entitled to a free map update, it will allow you to do so. If you're due for a software update, you can do that, also.

Nov 25, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Own a Garmin NUVI 260W gps. How can we update this with new map, etc.? thanks.


How old is it and have you updated it once, if so
you might have to buy a update

Jun 23, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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NO MAPS FOUND


I too had this problem with the Nuvi 260w. I tried loading the new 2010 map software two times with the same result. Those two times, I walked away from the computer while it was installing the new maps the GPS, and returned later to find the installation window gone. So I thought it had completed, but got the same "No Detailed Maps Found" message.

The third (and successful) time, I stayed at the computer the whole time. I didn't sit and watch the progress bar the whole time, but did other stuff on the computer, and returned to the status window every so often. It completed to 100% and at the end it indicated to click on the Finish button - this notice was not there the previous two times when I left it alone. I then unplugged the Nuvi and all was fine, the new map loaded, and all worked well.

So I'm thinking that the status window probably needs some type of activity on the computer to stay alive. I also noticed that the previous two times, the img file was smaller than the third time, so the installation to the GPS did not complete the first two times.

I hope this helps someone else with the same problem.

Feb 14, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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NO DETAILED MAPS FOUND TO SUPPORT ROUTING


You need to unlock the unit. I had the same problem with one that I have. Try this:

The No Detailed Maps Found That Support Routing message could be due to the following reasons:
  • The GPS device is missing it's unlock code
  • The maps on the GPS device have been disabled
To determine the cause of the message, touch the screen until the message No Detailed Maps Found That Support Routing disappears.
  • If you get a Can't Unlock Maps message following this error remove any microSD / SD cards in the device and follow the instructions below for Retrieving your unlock codes followed by the instructions for Creating an unlock file.
  • If you do not get the Can't Unlock Maps message then skip to the instructions for Enabling maps on the GPS device.
Retrieving your unlock codes:
  1. Log into your myGarmin account: https://my.garmin.com/mygarmin/customers/myGarminHome.faces
  2. Select myMaps.
  3. Select Manage Maps.
  4. Select the device from the drop down menu.
  5. The unlock code is located under the "Maps installed on this device" section.
Creating an unlock code file:
  1. Plug your Garmin device into the USB port.
  2. Double-Click on My Computer or Computer located on the desktop.
  3. Double-Click on the Garmin or nüvi drive.
  4. Double-Click on the Garmin folder.
  5. Right-Click in a blank space in this window.
  6. Move your mouse over the word New.
  7. Select Text Document.
  8. Press Enter / Return on your keyboard.
  9. Double-Click on the New Text Document. This will open the New Text Document in a window called Notepad.
  10. Type the unlock code that is listed in the Manage Maps section of your myGarmin account in all upper-case letters with no spaces before or after.
  11. Select File.
  12. Select Save As.
  13. Change the Save As Type to All Files.
  14. Type gmapprom.unl in all lower-case letters for the File name.
  15. Select Save.
  16. Close the Notepad window.
  17. Delete the New Text Document file.
  18. Disconnect the GPS device from your computer.
*nuvi x70 owners with transatlantic mapping will need to follow the Creating an unlock code file instuctions above for their U.S. mapping and then create another unlock file for their European maps:
  1. Plug your Garmin device into the USB port.
  2. Double-Click on My Computer or Computer located on the desktop.
  3. Double-Click on the Garmin or nüvi drive.
  4. Double-Click on the Garmin folder.
  5. Right-Click in a blank space in this window.
  6. Move your mouse over the word New.
  7. Select Text Document.
  8. Press Enter / Return on your keyboard.
  9. Double-Click on the New Text Document. This will open the New Text Document in a window called Notepad.
  10. Type the European unlock code that is listed in the Manage Maps section of your myGarmin account. This will need to be typed in all upper-case letters with no spaces before or after.
  11. Select File.
  12. Select Save As.
  13. Change the Save As Type to All Files.
  14. Type gmapprom1.unl in all lower-case letters for the File name.
  15. Select Save.
  16. Close the Notepad window.
  17. Delete the New Text Document file.
  18. Disconnect the GPS device from your computer.
Enabling maps on the GPS device:
  1. Touch the wrench icon on the Where to/View map screen.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Map.
  4. Touch Map Info.
  5. Select the checkbox next to the maps to be enabled on the device.
If you continue to receive the No Detailed Maps Found That Support Routing message after completing these steps please contact Garmin Support: http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us/support/supportcontact

Feb 03, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Nuvi 260w system software missing on screen when i open it


Fairly simple to do:
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After installing WebUpdater once from the Garmin website, perform all future software updates from your computer. Simply connect your compatible Garmin device to your computer, then run WebUpdater from your computer's "Start Menu" by selecting "Start", "Programs", "Garmin", and finally "WebUpdater"
Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 REMEMBER: It takes hours to do a complete a map update.
Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps.

Does this help? Let us know. Thanks.

Jan 20, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Nuvi 260w system software missing on sreen when open


Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Update your 260 to the newest software, which is what I think your asking??

To download the latest unit software visit Garmin website: www.garmin.com/webupdater
After installing WebUpdater once from the Garmin website, perform all future software updates from your computer. Simply connect your compatible Garmin device to your computer, then run WebUpdater from your computer's "Start Menu" by selecting "Start", "Programs", "Garmin", and finally "WebUpdater"
REMEMBER: It takes hours to do a complete a map update.
Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps.


Does this help? Let us know. Thanks.

Jan 20, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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