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I have purchased 3 year safety cameras updates - how do I update this. My satnav is S50 3D.

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Hi! You can update this by connecting the update driver to a pc via usb cable. Once the satnav is detected you can run the update and it will be processed automatically. Hope this helps and have a good one!

Posted on Jun 01, 2010

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Is there free maps that you can download from the internet, or do you have to pay R350 every year to update you garmin.


There are no free maps. You can buy "lifetime map updates" which costs around 85 Euros. When you go to buy the update from the garmin website it gives you the option of a once off update or a lifetime update. If you buy the lifetime update you get to update your satnav 4 times each year for the lifetime of your satnav. Lifetime in this instance means the lifetime of your satnav not your lifetime.

Aug 02, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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I purchased 3 nuvi 780 models about a year ago. One for me and one each for my children. Not long after we started using them the sound quit on 2 of them. Neither the FM or internal speaker will work on...


The most common cause of this problem is that the voice files become corrupted and need to be replaced. To replace them:
  • Download and install WEBUPDATER to your computer from http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=999-99999-27
  • Connect your satnav to your computer with the mini USB lead and run the WEBUPDATER program.
    Webupdater will find any updates to your software that are available. Select all and install them to your satnav. When the update is complete it will then find optional updates including VOICES. Select a few of the English speaking voices and they will be downloaded to your satnav. After the download is completed SAFELY disconnect your satnav from your computer and restart it.
  • Press TOOLS
  • Press SETTINGS
  • Press LANGUAGE
    This brings you to a screen with 3 items; VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD
  • Press VOICE and select one of the English speaking voices you downloaded.
I hope this solves your problem.

Jun 22, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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How often should you update or is it more practicle to just purchase a new garmin every couple years?


If you're happy with the satnav you have it's cheaper to update. You have the option of buying a once off map update or a lifetime update. That is for the lifetime of the satnav not your life. With a lifetime update, which costs around 120 euros, you get 4 updates each year. This is the cheapest option. However the only problem with this method is that the maps get bigger each time you update and the space on your satnav stays the same. I started off with a full map of Europe and now I'm only able to store Western Europe on my garmin nuvi 760. You can use memory cards to hold some of the map but older garmin satnavs have a problem recognising the maps on memory cards. If you need the full map you might be better buying a new satnav every few years. If you only use part of the map a lifetime update might be the best option.

If you decide to go for a new satnav I would suggest that you go for one with the biggest storage space possible and then get a lifetime update or get a model that comes with lifetime updates like the 3790LMT. You can judge the storage size by the amount of maps it comes with. The 3790 model has the complete USA + Canada and Mexico or the 2370LT comes with maps of Europe and USA, lifetime traffic updates but not lifetime maps.

Apr 24, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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I just bought a new garmin 1300 gps love it does this model have free up date or when will it need to be up graded later.


If it's the 1300 it does not have free updates. The only time you get a free update is if a new map comes out within 60 days of your satnav first accessing satellites. If it's the 1300LMT then it does have free lifetime updates. The LMT stands for lifetime maps and traffic. Of course you're paying for the updates in the price of the satnav. (Lifetime means the life of your satnav not your life)

If yours doesn't have the LMT you can buy lifetime map updatess on the garmin website. Updates come out around 4 times each year but it's up to yourself how often you want to update. The satnav usually displays a message advising you to update when the map is a year old but it will continue to work if you don't update.

You can get information about how to update your satnav at http://www.fixya.com/support/r5628920-update_garmin_satnav_maps

Apr 17, 2011 | Garmin GPS

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What is the best and cheapest way ot update are garmin. or is it better to get a new one


There's only one way to update a garmin satnav without risking destroying it. You can find details of how to do so at http://www.fixya.com/support/r5628920-update_garmin_satnav_maps. To do a once off update will cost in the region of 80 euros. To get a lifetime update will cost around 140 euros. The price varies depending on the map you want to download. This is for the lifetime of the satnav rather than your lifetime.

The nuvi 200 is a discontinued satnav, even though it may only be a few years old, and the problem with it is that it probably won't be able to hold the complete updated map. This means that you'll have to download only part of the map e.g. if you have a map of Europe you may have to settle for Western Europe or Central Europe etc. You can download the whole map to your computer and install the remainder to an SD card. However maps on an SD card rarely work with the nuvi 200.

So it depends on what you want. If you want the complete map it may be better to go for a new satnav and try to sell your old one to cover part of the cost. If you only use the satnav in your own country or state you might be happier to just update and settle for part of the map. Some new garmin satnavs come with free lifetime map updates. They can be identified by the letters LMT at the end of the model name. Of course you're paying for them in the price of the satnav. The problem with the new satnavs is that in 3 years time or so they will also be discontinued and outdated and the full maps will probably not fit on them either.

Apr 16, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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I need to get updates for ym Garmin nuvi 255w. it did not come with any connection to my computer. I am wondering if I need to purchase at Best buy? How to get updates. I didn't get a manual or anything....


To update your maps you need to connect your satnav to a computer using a mini USB cable. The mini USB end connects into your satnav in the same socket that the car charger plugs into. You might already have one for something else that connects to your computer as many products use the same type of cable e.g. external hard drives, some digital cameras and camcorders, some phones etc. You can get details of how to update your satnav at http://www.fixya.com/support/r5628920-update_garmin_satnav_maps

Apr 10, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I just purchased a Garmin NUVI 3750 GPS from JB HI FI and was told I was intitled to a life time map guarantee with three map downloads a year. I have proof of purchase and need to know where I register...


To register;

  • Connect your satnav to your computer
  • Go to www.garmin.com
  • Select your country from the drop-down list
  • Click on the "myGarmin" tab at the top of the page
  • Click on "Register your garmin product"
  • Click on "Automotive" and follow the prompts
You'll be asked to create a username and password. Keep them safe as you'll need them to update your maps.

It's unusual to get a lifetime update for maps with a garmin satnav. This may be a special offer from the dealer but I would be suspicious. To check for updates after you have registered

  • Go to www.garmin.com
  • Click on the myGarmin tab and log in using your username and password
  • Click on the "myMaps" tab at the top of the page.
The maps on your satnav should be shown here. If there's an update available it will be shown beside it. (otherwise it will say "no update available") If there's an update available click on the "UPDATE AVAILABLE" link and follow the prompts. You'll soon find out if they want money of if you have a lifetime update.

Jan 20, 2011 | Garmin GPS

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My Sat nav is 2 years old and does not have the new irish roads. How do I update and how much does it cost


You can get information on how to update your garmin satnav at http://www.fixya.com/support/r5628920-update_garmin_satnav_maps

You have 2 options when updating, to get a one off update or a lifetime update. (i.e. the lifetime of your satnav rather than your life)
The one off update will cost approx £50.00 or the lifetime update will cost approximately £75.00
If you can afford it the lifetime update is well worth paying the extra for as there are 4 updates every year and it keeps you up to date. Also sometimes when maps get too out of date it causes problems for the satnav and it stops working so it's cheaper in the long run to have the lifetime update.

Jan 19, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I recently purchased a Garmin nuvi(r) 1310(T) from Halfords in Manchester and was advised to get a "free" update after registering my unit, as it could be 1-2 years old. On checking there were no "free"...


If a new map becomes available within 60 days of the satnav first receiving a satellite signal you get it free. If you only got the satnav there may not be an update at the moment. While the satnav may have been a while in the shop Halfords keep the maps up to date. Even if there was not a free update available myMaps in myGarmin should show if there's an update which could be paid for available. If it says no update available you probably have the latest version. A new map normally comes out in November though the dates vary. Keep a check by logging into myGarmin and checking on myMaps. When the new map becomes available it should show up there. It will let you know if it's free or not.

If you want to check what year the map on your satnav is:
Press TOOLS (the spanner symbol)
Press SETTINGS (or LOCALE if your satnav doesn't have a settings icon)
Press MAPS
Press MAP INFO at the bottom of the map page

This will show what map you have and the year of the map. If your map is the latest version it would explain why there's no updates

Oct 22, 2010 | Garmin GPS

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Are there free road info download available


No. If you want usefully updated maps, then you have to pay for them. Garmin do offer a "lifetime" maps subscription, but it's only for the lifetime of your product: given that most Garmin SatNav units don't last long enough to benefit from more than a couple of years worth of updates it's usually cheaper to buy the single update option, although the lifetime subscription gives you four updates per year and one-off is just a single annual update.

If your unit also needs updated traffic and camera alerts then it can be cheaper to buy a new satnav.

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