Easy to update old garmin gps devices. My old garmin gps really needed updates, this was easy enough to do it.
Bought this from amazon for about £55 when garmin want £70 something and it is for the life of the product. It is registered against a particular satnav so you can’t transfer it to another. Make sure you install a microsd card up to 8gb before you download maps and install the garmin plug in on your pc and you will have no problem installing maps. Mine installed all of europe on the expansion card and left only my city map on the main memory but it works seamlessly. My only problem was that after the download of new maps i could’t access my favorites but a call to garmin soon sorted this out and i was able to retrieve them. Make sure you backup these personal folders before the download, the garmin website tells gives you all the information. There are a lot of people whinging on about difficulties downloading but they are all due to lack of preparation and slow broadband.
Garmin N├╝Maps – Full European Lifetime Map Updates for Nuvi series
- Program entitles the user to receive up to four map updates per year during the useful life of one compatible Garmin product
- As long as Garmin receives map data from its current third party supplier, whichever is shorter; not transferable to another person or Garmin product
- High-speed internet access is required
Good product but not easy to use until you know how. Having read other feedback i can understand why i found it so frustrating trying to get the software on to my nuvi 255wt. The garmin instructions via a link from the `dashboard’ were of little help either; had to rely on trial and error in the end. Downloading the software although time consuming was straight forward, as long as you appreciate you have to opt for the download to computer option and have enough storage space free to do so; with the 255 there is not enough memory to load directly to the device, despite the original programme having european mapping. Point to note you still need the device connected to the computer to verify that you’re not trying to install on multiple devices (i assume). Understanding how to then get the data from the computer to the gps was the hard part, for me anyway. However once the software has been downloaded, you have to run the mapintall in the garmin file within the computer c drive program files. You’re then asked to find device (by default to the connected gps). At this point you need an sd card either fitted to the gps or connected directly to the computer. Initially i tried a 2gb (as other suggested) but i could not fit the entire european map onto it so used an 8gb borrowed from my camera (4gb should work mind).
Arrived in just 2 days with standard delivery. A lot cheaper than buying direct from garmin. Please do not think you are getting all of europe. It will only update whatever maps you have on your sat nag. You can however buy more maps.
Watch out for compatibility. Please be careful, – not all the map packs work with all the units. – i have a usa unit, and it would not install this on it. For it to work, your unit must already have europe maps installed. (or you must first buy the full europe nt maps (dvd only – won’t work with the download, and then use this to make it a lifetime))i eventually found this out from garmin customer service, so returning to amazon per garmin customer service – hope i don;t get grief as i’ve already scratched it off. Another thing to note – lifetime maps means lifetime of the unit, and you must update the maps at least every 24 months – or garmin assume you unit is out of use, and your lifetime subscription is cancelled.
Garmin N├╝Maps – Full European Lifetime Map Updates for Nuvi series : Surely there must be a better way?. This product, purchased from amazon cost about 60% of the price direct from garmin and was sent promptly so five stars for that aspect. The “product” is an eight character code required to release the download of updated maps of europe from the garmin web site. The code is on a scratch slip on a plastic “credit” card. The credit card is sealed in a rigid transparent plastic packing about 260mm x 175mm x 15mm. So this had to be sent in a protective cardboard envelope about 330mm x 235mm. I appreciate that garmin wish to protect the code, and possibly try to make the product look more than it is, but in my opinion this is a ridiculous way of communicating eight characters. I did not find using the code intuitive but after a couple of abortive starts i succeeded in initiating the download which was then eventually successful. My line speed is limited by my adsl link to about 5000 mbps but the download ran at only about 135 mbps. I cannot be certain, but i think the limiting factor was the garmin web site.