Re: Where can I download free maps for my Magelllan...
It all depends on which maps you want. You will have to unlock your gps unit if you want to put downloaded maps on it. Google "unlock Magellan Roadmate 1200" and see what you come up with. Once unlocked you can put almost any maps you like on it eg. Tomtom, Garmin, navman. Just Google "tomtom torrent" and gp through the search results.
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Any new sim card or SD card really will fit it. But if you are looking for map replacement then Magellan are the only people who can supply the correct maps. There is a charge for maps $150 approx. So be aware that they do not replace maps of SD cards free. You will need your serial number, as these are tracked to stolen GPS before any new map0s are provided.
I also have a RoadMate 1200 and I wanted to update my map as well.
After extensive research (and periodically checking up on this every couple of months), I have found that the RoadMate series devices do not allow for any official map upgrades.
There have been reports of successful third party software installations on the RoadMate. Installing a third party software program (or "firmware") would completely change the menu on your GPS. It would be like installing Windows Vista on an iMAC. If it is possible to run an alternative firmware on the RoadMate, then it would be quite possible to download a usable map of Portugal. I have not seen any evidence of this yet. When I do I will let you know! :)
Also, an alternative firmware installation should only be done by an expert computer user. And an expert user knows that alternative firmware will void the warranty and that alternative firmware is VERY risky.
I had the same problem caused by reformatting the internal memory and this is what I did which worked for me:
Make sure you remove any SD memory cards before trying this fix.
First: find the base maps (NA_BSMAP.mgi and NA_BSMAP.nlt)maps which are located in your computer in the Magellan Roadmate Manager (C:\ProgramFiles\Magellan\Magellan RoadMate Manager NA\Map\Basemaps)
Second: Connect your Roadmate with the USB cable to your computer.
Third: Plug in USB and power up your GPS. Cut and paste the two files mentioned above to your GPS (Devices with Removable Storage (example E:/). They are approximately 25 MB in size and will take a few minutes to copy.
Fourth: Unplug the USB cable and shut power off to the GPS.
Fifth: Power up the GPS and it should find the "base maps".