Discovered something installing the map update, and it also solved something I've been having with Web Updater for some time now...
It seems the Map Updater won't do it's thing without using what I have set-up on my computer as the "default dial-up" connection, even though I have my Windows preferences set up to "never dial a connection" because I use the DSL at home over WiFi on the laptop. And WebUpdater will connect to see if it needs to update itself, fail to connect unless using the default dial-up connection on the step to update a GPSr firmware, but then work again on the "look for additional updates" step in its process.
This may very well be the straw that breaks this cammel's back and sends me over to the "dark side" and go Mac.
even though I have my Windows preferences set up to "never dial a connection"
Where have you made this setting? If you haven't already, you might try in IE, under Tools|Options|Network(?). It seems that Garmin's tools use settings directly from IE, including proxy servers, etc. I don't know how many times the tools wouldn't work for me simply because Outlook had gone into Offline mode when I wasn't on my corporate network.
That's the directory/command path...
It's just odd that WebUpdater will connect over my wireless LAN connection to see if it needs to update itself, fail to connect to check for new device software, then work fine again to check for additional updates.
I'm about 80% convinced to get myself a Mac for my birthday next week.
I can't see or mess with your computer but I can tell you that I'm 99% sure your problem is user error. There's no reason that the web updater has to use your dialup connection. It's just not setup right. Do you even USE the dialup connection for anything? If not, delete it.
I hate to see anybody go to Mac. Some folks will try to convince you that "it just works!" but I can tell you that is marketing hype. I've seen an awful lot of Macs that "just don't work". You couldn't GIVE me a Mac.....
With XP and in IE6, select Internet Options from the Tools menu. Select the Connections tab. It will list all your "connections", including VPN and dialup. Select "Never dial a connection" and click Apply & OK. If it still happens, go back to this panel and Remove the dialup connection.
I have a wireless (cell network) card for my laptop for those occasions where WiFi is not available or Pay-Extra and it shows up as a Dialup Connection. With the setting above, it never tries to use that connection automatically. It just uses whatever connection that I have going at the moment.
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