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post #1 of 17 Old 01-01-2016, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Garmin Map Updates - Does the process suck or is it me

Hi All:

Ready to throw three Garmins and my computer out the freakin' window.

I have a brand new Zumo 665 with Lifetime Maps. Just doing the initial install and trying to get it to update with the latest maps and it won't install correctly on the SD card. Cannot find the 2016 maps.

I have two Zumo 550's with 2014 maps and also have Lifetime. Again, they won't find the 2016 on the cards.

I have not done this for two years but I seem to recall MapUpdater then MapInstall. Now there is this crappy software Garmin Express.

Can someone tell me what I am missing. I am probably doing something wrong but it has to be simpler than this.

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I gave up, I can't even get my computer to find my nuvi 550.

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Does the map go to the the card, or does it need room in the unit's own memory?

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A really good source for help is ZUMOFORUMS, everything Garmin related can be found here.

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Garmin Map Updates - Does the process suck or is it me

I was wondering the same thing as PTRider. If the unit has the available memory try updating to that. It is possible the SD card isn't being read because of incompatibilities or because it's simply no good. Worth a shot then at least you can narrow it down to the card.

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You have to select the option to save the map update to the computer or it will try to save it to the Zumo's internal memory and the larger update won't have room. After it is saved to the computer, you'll have the option to write it to the SD card.

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If my memory serves me correctly, to save maps to computer, you have to select the "advanced" button to see that option!

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There is a plethora of GPS type apps available. But......anyone know of one that easily accepts preplanned routing?
It is problems like the OP's that, more and more, make me want to get away from the standalone units of Garmin and TomTom.

I uses OsmAnd on a recent trip to Europe but only as point A to B. Worked well for that.

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Hi All:

Ready to throw three Garmins and my computer out the freakin' window.

I have a brand new Zumo 665 with Lifetime Maps. Just doing the initial install and trying to get it to update with the latest maps and it won't install correctly on the SD card. Cannot find the 2016 maps.

I have two Zumo 550's with 2014 maps and also have Lifetime. Again, they won't find the 2016 on the cards.

I have not done this for two years but I seem to recall MapUpdater then MapInstall. Now there is this crappy software Garmin Express.

Can someone tell me what I am missing. I am probably doing something wrong but it has to be simpler than this.

Thanks,
Do you use Garmin Express, and if so is it a later version?

I have two Garmin Zumo 660's (mine and my wife's) plus a 590.

When the maps got larger Express asked about either using the Micro-SD card on mine (I had music on it) or installing smaller segments of the maps (for North America.) My wife's didn't have an SD card and it asked about either getting an SD card or installing segments.

Either way it was quite simple and easy and guided me through the process.

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Maybe I'm lucky or blessed. When I did my 2455's it didn't seem to be any aggravation at all.
I was kinda fearful of the system thinking I was trying to load a map on the wrong unit which I think can kill the unit to prevent map theft.
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