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    Garmin Updates- Cruel Hoax?

    SO...

    I FINALLY bought a GPS, mostly for the car- a Nuvi 1450 LMT. I figured it's an inexpensive way to get to know the technology, to get my feet wet, as it were.
    After having the thing a couple months, I thought I'd plug it into my PC today to get some updates- what with them being "free for life" and all...

    What a joke it is. First off, my PC won't recognize the device. It's been plugged in all day, and I got nothing, nada, zip...

    or perhaps less.

    I've tried it three ways from Sunday and still nothing. OK maybe I'm not the most tech-savvy person in the world, but I can hold my own typically.

    WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    SO...

    I FINALLY bought a GPS, mostly for the car- a Nuvi 1450 LMT. I figured it's an inexpensive way to get to know the technology, to get my feet wet, as it were.
    After having the thing a couple months, I thought I'd plug it into my PC today to get some updates- what with them being "free for life" and all...

    What a joke it is. First off, my PC won't recognize the device. It's been plugged in all day, and I got nothing, nada, zip...

    or perhaps less.

    I've tried it three ways from Sunday and still nothing. OK maybe I'm not the most tech-savvy person in the world, but I can hold my own typically.

    WTF?
    I have one USB cable that does not work with my Nuvi. Have you tried more than one USB cable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I have one USB cable that does not work with my Nuvi. Have you tried more than one USB cable?
    Nope- just the one that came with my GPS.

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    There are quite a few good threads in this Best of Forum -might help.
    As this will do better in the Gear section, I'll give it a shove over. Gary
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    I've had good luck so far with the updates. Garmin is a really good Company, if you're still having a problem contact them and they will walk you through it. A Tech will probably stay on the phone with you until you get it to work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    What a joke it is. First off, my PC won't recognize the device. It's been plugged in all day, and I got nothing, nada, zip...
    Did you go here and check for map updates? Some units require some kind of driver to talk to the GPS. It's semi-automagic when you go through the garmin web site. It least it was when I updated the maps on my wife's GPS. Also, there is a link on that page to a PDF that discusses map updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    Did you go here and check for map updates? Some units require some kind of driver to talk to the GPS. It's semi-automagic when you go through the garmin web site. It least it was when I updated the maps on my wife's GPS. Also, there is a link on that page to a PDF that discusses map updates.
    I tried that route- and every angle I could find. Canme at it about 5 different ways, and downloaded all the updaters and whatnot. Never got the site to recognize my device- probably the biggest problem. Certainly, it's the first hurdle to over come. Maybe I'll look around in my closet to see if I have any old cables with the mini USB connector that will fit my GPS, camera leftovers or whatever, and try that. I'll also try to upload any software I can find. I tried to upload a thing listed as "for Windows" but no luck-

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    Perhaps try using another USB port. Some of my devices are port sensitive for some unknown reason.
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    Just a FWIW. Older operating systems such as Windows XP often require that you download and install a driver before connecting the device - or the operating system will not recognize it. And some hardware may never find the device or even know it's been plugged in if the driver isn't preinstalled. The Garmin website should have a driver for your OS.. and some info on installing it.

    It's mostly newer OS's (Vista, Windows7) that automatically detect the new device and go looking for the drivers.
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