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Purchased a GARm-NU-Map 3/30/11. Rece'vd today and my computer is telling me that it doesn't recognize my Nuvi when plugged in to my USB . How can I make theDVD work? It wont sync.

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You need to install the mapsource program which will in turn install the drivers for your nuvi, so that the pc recognises it. It should have come on the dvd you mention. if the dvd isnt auto running when you put it into your computer then open computer or my computer and right click on the dvd drive and click autorun

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  • jprankin Apr 07, 2011

    I'm in a real pickle-I've done all that and no recognition by the computer any other hints?

  • Martin Murray Apr 07, 2011

    click start > right mouse button click on computer and click manage. Computer management window opens click on device manager and plug in the garmin, Also insert the cd/dvd you got with the garmin, on the right a refresh of the screen will happen look to see if you can see your garmin listed.. If you can but you can see a yellow exclamation mark to it or it appears as unidentified then right click and click on update driver tell it to search automatically for it and check online

  • jprankin Apr 07, 2011

    Thanks for your last suggestion.. I also turned it on last night and after a screen appeared with the appropriate dates so an updating procedure occurred but now there are no mpas period and the the statement further says routing cannot occur because there are no maps.

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