Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Tullahoma, TN, USA
Re: Updating Navigator II
A few preliminaries here...
1. Have you recently acquired the NAV II & accompanying software and want to know what to do next? or..
2. Have you had it a while, you installed the software onto your computer when you got it and have been using it a while, and are now wondering how to perform an upgrade of either the GPS or the software? Or both?
The reason I ask, is that you don't "upgrade" Mapsource on the GPS. Mapsource is the application that resides on your computer that allows you to view and manage the map detail for the part of the world you are operating in, and further allows you to then manage waypoints, routes, points of interest, etc. and transfer them to your GPS for your use on the road. The only upgrades you would perform on your GPS are to the firmware of the unit itself and the set of maps that contain the map detail you will need to get the most from your NAV II. Those maps are on the DVD you have, and the amount of map detail you can download to your GPS will be determined by the size of the data storage card you have. A 2GB card, for example, will allow you to download the entire U.S. onto your NAV II. Map upgrades are released by Garmin on average about once each year and run about $75. Mapsource updates are published often and are free, and you can perform those updates easily by going to Mapsource Help and performing a "search for update" function. Any GPS firmware upgrades are also available from Garmin's site and are also free, in your case using the Street Pilot 2610's latest version of firmware. They also have a Web Updater application you can download and use, that will automatically scan your GPS for the latest firmware version.
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