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danham

USA
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Posted - 10 juin 2006 :  17:21:13  Show Profile  Visit danham's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This info has become scattered or dropped off the board, so here is a quick tutorial on how to upgrade nuvis using a Macintosh OS X computer. (The same general technique works on Windows machines.)

Here's how I did a firmware update on my nuvi, using a G4 iMac running OS 10.3.9. Standard disclaimer: I cannot take any responsibility for the results.

Download the updater from Garmin. It's a Windows executable (exe) self-extracting archive, but fear not. Launch Stuffit Expander and drag the exe file onto its icon. Stuffit handles it just fine - as long as you use Stuffit v10 or earlier. Stuffit v11 did not work at the time of this post; newer versions seem OK. Ignore the extracted Windows-only programs with names like Copy2Card.exe.

Using the supplied USB cable, mount the nuvi on your desktop. If you are updating from firmware version 2.9 or earlier, be sure to make a backup copy of the waypoints.gpx file (or current.gpx under newer FW versions) in the nuvi's Garmin folder.

As with all nuvi procedures, be sure you have a FULL backup of your nuvi before changing anything.

Use a removable SD card, not your nuvi's internal storage, for the update procedure.

Using an SD card, either in a card reader (faster, if you have USB 2.0), or using the nuvi to access your SD card (slower), drag the Garmin folder from the extracted archive to the SD card. Be certain that you are NOT replacing the Garmin folder in your nuvi's main directory (you will lose your maps). Unmount the nuvi and the SD card the same way you would eject any USB device from your desktop. If nuvi automatically re-mounts, use Disk Utility to un-mount it. (Nuvi 350 Firmware 4.40 fixed this.)

Turn the nuvi off and to be safe, plug it into its AC adapter. With the SD card in the nuvi's slot, turn the nuvi back on. Be patient and do not interrupt it while it goes through the entire update process. Then copy your waypoints file (which includes "Favorites") back into the nuvi, if necessary.

Note that the only requirement for the SD card to accomplish the update is that it have the Garmin folder on it. Existing files such as MP3s or photos do not need to be removed, as long as there's room for the updater folder. Once the firmware is updated, you do not need the card or the updater for the GPS to work properly.

To be sure you get such extras as voices and GPS SW updates at the same time, try this method supplied by FreeBird using v3.30 as the example:

(make a backup of the changed/deleted files first).

1.) Extract from downloaded Offline Updater V3.30 the two .bin files (006B047800.bin is the GPS SW and 006B048201.bin is the TMCxx SW).
2.) Copy the two files into the \Garmin directory on the Nüvi (overwriting or saving the existing files).
3.) Delete the file GarminDevice.xml in the \Garmin directory on the Nüvi.
4.) Restart the Nüvi in normal mode (not connected to the PC).

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Edited by - danham on 15 déc. 2007 15:35:29

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ciprol

Australia
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Posted - 10 juin 2006 :  23:44:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And if you have an Intel Mac, then either the above or running Windows in Parallels Desktop or Boot Camp would work also.
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BBA43

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Posted - 09 juil. 2006 :  19:49:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by danham


Using the supplied USB cable, mount the nuvi on your desktop. If you are updating from firmware version 2.9 or earlier, be sure to make a backup copy of the waypoints.gpx file in the nuvi's Garmin folder.

Mount an SD card, either in a card reader (faster, if you have USB 2.0), or use the nuvi's slower USB 1 slot, and drag the Garmin folder from the extracted archive to it.



Thanks for the info. However, I'm a bit confused because the USB protocol of the Nuvi is not supposed to be compatible with Macs. So how is it possible to mount the Nuvi on the Mac desktop ? Could the same method be used to update maps as well ?

OPA
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danham

USA
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Posted - 09 juil. 2006 :  20:14:05  Show Profile  Visit danham's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Not true -- the nüvi mounts right on the Mac OS X desktop with no drivers needed other than the ones which come built in to the OS. I've done it scores of times myself.

Do you by any chance know where someone is saying nüvi will not work as a USB device with Macs? It would be a public service to set them straight. I wish Garmin would join that chorus, but they seem to be waiting --- and waiting -- for an unspecified distant deadline to tackle Mac compatibility, which is ironic given that nüvi already is quite compatible.

As for map updates, Garmin has not yet released any info, so we do not know the answer. I fear it will require MapSource and a Windows PC, however.

Update: here is how to update maps using a Mac (or do it manually with WIndows):

http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=67846

-dan

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GPS III+
G4 iMac, OS X
Cape Cod, MA
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Edited by - danham on 04 oct. 2006 14:29:31
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cameralens

USA
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Posted - 10 juil. 2006 :  18:53:45  Show Profile  Visit cameralens's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great tip for mac users, danham. I have an iMac and have been updating my nuvi in the same prcess as you described. There is one extra precaution I found that will reduce the possibility of data corruption.
- Always remember to empty your Trashcan before unmounting Nuvi

Mac OS (or Linux for that matter) does not really delete files on a removable device. It keeps it in a hidden .Trash folder on that device. When you unmount a device after deleting files, OS X can get confused when you mount the device again and mess up the FAT



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danham

USA
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Posted - 10 juil. 2006 :  18:55:53  Show Profile  Visit danham's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great tip. Many thanks,

-dan

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GPS III+
G4 iMac, OS X
Cape Cod, MA
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wtw84

USA
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Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  14:59:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Nuvi is on the UPS truck! I would like to do the new 3.60 update. I have downloaded the update and extracted the file and pulled the Garmin folder out on my desktop. Do I just drag the folder on the sd card (gotta go buy one) start the Nuvi and then it reads the new files on the card?
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danham

USA
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Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  15:04:53  Show Profile  Visit danham's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It needs to be on USB, not UPS for this to work [g]. Sorry, felt the urge to crack wise.

Yes, that will work, but I would strongly advise making a full backup first (see our FAQ for a link to that discussion).

I would also check first to see exactly what firmware and GPS SW versions come on the unit. Then after the update (assuming it didn't come with 3.60 and 2.6), check again to be sure both updated. If not, see higher up in this thread for how to deal with that (it took me two tries to get GPS SW 2.6 to "take").

What Mac and OS version are you using?

-dan

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Nüvi 350 in an Audi A3 2.0T
GPS III+
G4 iMac, OS X
Cape Cod, MA
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Edited by - danham on 14 juil. 2006 15:07:43
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wtw84

USA
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Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  15:13:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
- no need to quote msg directly above; stresses the server - thanx.


Darn, I thought my wireless network would find the UPS truck. I have a G5 iMac and 10.4.6. I will not rush to do the update until I understand how all of this works. I do have Virtual PC, but I prefer to use OSX (of course). Thanks for the info.

Edited by - danham on 14 juil. 2006 15:41:35
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danham

USA
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Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  15:45:28  Show Profile  Visit danham's Homepage  Reply with Quote
To do that you'd need to hack their satellite coms [g].

I found VPC to be a very bad match with nüvi, in fact corrupting its directory, but to be fair that was running under OS 9, an old version of VPC, and even worse, Windows 98.

But seeing as you don't need VPC to do firmware updates, my advice would be to hold off until/unless we are forced to consider it for map updates.

Or, once you've hacked UPS, have them deliver us each a nice new Intel Core Duo...

-dan

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GPS III+
G4 iMac, OS X
Cape Cod, MA
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lcubed

USA
130 Posts

Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  16:38:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
vpc 7.2 works fine with the nuvi on both my ibook g4 800Mhz (osX 10.4.6) and
my 1.8 GHz G5 (osX 10.4.6).

it's much faster just copying the garmin folder from the extracted .exe file
to the SD card and then popping that card into the nuvi.
no need to move the nuvi from the UPS truck to the computer!!

fwiw, i'll claim credit for this technique again 8-}
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lcubed

USA
130 Posts

Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  16:41:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BBA43


Thanks for the info. However, I'm a bit confused because the USB protocol of the Nuvi is not supposed to be compatible with Macs. So how is it possible to mount the Nuvi on the Mac desktop ? Could the same method be used to update maps as well ?

OPA



actually, the big issue is that other garmin products implement a non-standard
USB interface and even microsoft can't get it to work w/ VPC.

this is not an issue w/ the nuvi.
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danham

USA
7492 Posts

Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  16:50:20  Show Profile  Visit danham's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lcubed


fwiw, i'll claim credit for this technique again 8-}



"iw" a great deal, so many thanks [g].

I recall you said earlier that new versions of VPC work OK with nüvi, but thanks for the reminder.

-dan

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GPS III+
G4 iMac, OS X
Cape Cod, MA
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BBA43

50 Posts

Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  20:46:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lcubed

quote:
Originally posted by BBA43


Thanks for the info. However, I'm a bit confused because the USB protocol of the Nuvi is not supposed to be compatible with Macs. So how is it possible to mount the Nuvi on the Mac desktop ? Could the same method be used to update maps as well ?

OPA



actually, the big issue is that other garmin products implement a non-standard
USB interface and even microsoft can't get it to work w/ VPC.

this is not an issue w/ the nuvi.



OK, then I was'nt totally wrong. In fact I've read here and there that "new" Garmin products having a USB plug (as opposed to old ones featuring a serial plug) were having compatibility problems with Macs. What I was not aware of is that the Nüvi models were actually compatible (at least as far as the hardware is concerned).

Thanks for this interesting point.

OPA
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danham

USA
7492 Posts

Posted - 14 juil. 2006 :  21:08:32  Show Profile  Visit danham's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I wish Garmin understood that "non-standard USB interface" is a technical oxymoron.

U="Universal." Not U="works if you have a certain OS that Garmin happens to like on Tuesdays when the sun is shining."

Aaaaargh! Happy Hour yet?

-dan

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GPS III+
G4 iMac, OS X
Cape Cod, MA
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wtw84

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 15 juil. 2006 :  16:58:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Nuvi was delivered at 7:23 p.m. (I waited all day) with 3.20 installed. I updated to 3.60 with Virtual PC on my Mac, I was afraid I might miss something since I'm a newbie. This morning I added new vechicles to the Nuvi using OSX. I have the best of both worlds.
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