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Upload not present message Garmin GPS12

Yesterday, I had a fully functioning Garmin GPS12 running software 4.00. I went to the Garmin site and saw that 4.60 update was available for GPS12's running 4.00 or higher. I downloaded 4.60 to my PC and started the upload to the GPS12. I got a message like "upload in progress" but after about 10 minutes, the dreaded "upload not present" showed on the LCD screen. At that point the GPS12 would not function except for turning on and off with the power button and displaying the "upload not present" message. I attempted to re-try the upload but both the "Updater" and "WebUpdater" programs report that software version 3.62 is resident (not the original 4.00 or the desired 4.60) and that no updates are available for this system. So this is where it stands- no operation, no ability to update or even get back to original (pre-update) status. Furthermore, The Garmin site suggest that repair service is no longer available for the GPS12.

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  • kc8nqa Aug 23, 2008


    I have contacted Garmin Support, I will post and let everyone know what the out come is.

    They really should do something about this update situation, I have been researching on the net and a many people have done the exact same thing.


  • kc8nqa Aug 25, 2008

    I think I found the solution to everyones problem of "upload not present" message on the Garmin GPS12** when trying to update the Firmware. I'm really busy - just picked up my daughter from the airport and a million things to do. I will post again in detail maybe later today-tonight.


  • kc8nqa Aug 26, 2008

    Hello All,

    I have not heard from Garmin Support so..........

    I think I have way have to fix the problem with UPLOAD NOT PRESENT after trying to update the Garmin GPS12. With "Updater" and "WebUpdater" Udater now reports that software version 3.62 is resident (not the original 4.00 or the desired 4.60.

    I renamed the middle numbers : 400 with the vesion number reported bythe GPS Unit. Here is what I did ---------I renamed the Update BIN Files:

    009604000460.BIN and 008703620460.BIN -To:

    009603620460.BIN and 008703620460.BIN -The 400 is the version it is looking for separated by a zero(0) then the update version number 460. So I thought I would rename the bins-Trick it so to speak.

    After Renaming just the 2 bin filles mentioned above, (the other is of no consiquence -(013804560460) NO CHANGE REQUIERED. Make Sure You Have Good Power and the Port Settings are Correct. Also, Lets Not Forget A Good Conection. Just run the updater.exe - not the other ones - it now should do what it's supossed to do - ULPOAD IN PROGRESS. Mine took no more than a min or 2 . WAIT FOR IT TO FINISH.

    One word - I did lose all my waypoints butI was lucky I had them backed up.

    Sorry I took so long - as I explained - Very Busy.

    Good Luck To All.

    Buy the way, If it works for ya - Palpal is Feel Free.



  • kc8nqa Aug 27, 2008

    Hi Again,

    Sorry for the type o in my last post --- it shoulde read:re-name

    009604000460.BIN and 008704000460.BIN -To:
    009603620460.BIN and 008703620460.BIN -




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Hi...once i was asked the same problem!....and we couldn't do anything...i think you lucky because...the one who asked me about the same problem crashed his software forever...i recommend you to go for the warranty...and not to attempt any update...

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I didn't have any problems, but when i tried to update the first time, the update.exe gave the error "The product is not responding". this happens every time i try, the gps says "upload in progress". When I restart the gps, it gives me "upload not present".
Which port settings work?? when I change them, i can reach 31%, but never 100 :-(

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