1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

Garmin 255W

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by Deke40, Apr 6, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. Deke40

    Deke40 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,127
    I finally broke down and bought a GPS.

    I checked the software version and it doesn't have the newest one listed on the internet.

    I will have to buy a mini-usb/usb cable to download the newest software version.

    My question is it worth it? Far as I understand it will not effect the maps as those have to be bought as a package.

    I am wondering what changes it might make and would they be worth it?
     
  2. lawson_jl

    lawson_jl

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    Messages:
    1,056
    Garmin will upgrade your maps to the newest version that aviable when you purchase your unit. There is a 60 day period from the date you register for this. It is worth it since you get updated maps.
     
  3. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Messages:
    24,388
    Did you buy it new? If so, it should have come with a cable.
     
  4. Deke40

    Deke40 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,127
    I just bought the cable and spent about 2 hours updating to the new maps.

    Thanks for the info as I probably would have missed out on the map update.

    DB-I bought it new and the cable didn't come with it but was listed as an accessory.

    I went back to Target and got the cable for $14 and the price on the GPS was back to the normal price of $199.

    I paid $129 for mine on sale.

    Thanks again for the input.

    I wonder if I should go ahead and leave the Download Manager and the rest of the stuff on my pc?

    I probably should have opted to load it directly to my Garmin instead of to my pc then to the Garmin.
     
  5. Icantlogin

    Icantlogin

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2010
    Messages:
    13
    No problem keeping it on the PC as a backup.

    Next time buy a cable from
    ebay "buy it now" a few (2 or 3) dollars free shipping.
     
  6. Deke40

    Deke40 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,127
    Make a trip to Florida this past week and guess what the Garmin froze up and had to take it back to Target and get a new one. Lucky they had a instore 30 day return policy.

    Re-registered and did the map update.

    Noticed this little line in the thank you email:

    Thank you for ordering the nüMaps Onetime™ City Navigator® North America NT 2011* for your nüvi® 255W (1VA245828).

    *This free map update will update the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased. New geographic map data will not be added.

    I hope this meant it updated the map data already loaded when I bought it and not just duplicated it.
     
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2002
    Messages:
    106,418
    They're saying that if you had USA maps, it won't come back with USA and Canada maps. :)
     
  8. Deke40

    Deke40 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,127
    I guess the key word was "geographic".

    Now to get ready for Colorado in September.

    Thanks
     
  9. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2002
    Messages:
    106,418
    BTW, I have this same policy. :D
     
  10. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/915244

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice