I own a Garmin Nuvi 1490T.
This morning, I attempted to use the web updater to update to software version 4.6.
The web updater completed correctly.
I unplugged my GPS and it started to boot back up.
Now, the GPS is stuck at a screen that says Loader Loading...
and there is a garmin logo.
I have let this sit for a long time, no change.
I tried powering off the unit, made no difference.
I read o garmin's website to try and power on while pressing the bottom right corner of the screen to reset it. That did not help.
Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas?
Is this a known issues with the 1490T? I have another one that I am now afraid to update.
I think your best choice is to call Garmin since you tried the hard re-set.Only reports I have seen on site is the problem of losing the favorites with the update.Hoped you backed up your favorites.
I was trying to research your problem and ran across this Garmin forum, seems alot of folks are running into various issues with the 1490T that are Bluetooth related as well as the one you mention with software updates.
I called Garmin.
They had me power off the unit.
Hold the top left corner of the screen with my finger.
Then power up the unit.
When it got to a certain point, they had my plug it into my computer USB cable.
I then went to the nuvi device in windows explorer and viewed the files on it.
I typed ".system" in the address and a new folder with files appeared.
There was a file that ended in gcd (i think the name was like gupdate) I believe that I deleted (it was ~ 25 MB).
I then unplugged the unit.
The unit booted normally.
i then went to web updater again and ran the 4.6 update.
This time it worked.
Thanks for posting the fix ! Another bit of useful info.
Thanks for sharing, this may help out some other user who has the same problem.
I have the same model, and the same thing happened to me. I had to send it in to get fixed. They couldn't fix it so they sent me a new one. Luckily it was under warranty. But this 1490T model, in my opinion, is a lemon. I've had lots of crazy things happen with it. And they're still happening with this new unit - everything except locking up. I would NOT recommend this unit to anyone, and I bought it when it first came out, cost me over $500! Saw it today at Costco for $200...doh!
this isn't good news. they should replace it.
They did replace it - with another lemon! It just hasn't locked up again since. But they told me I get 90 days warranty with this replacement unit, so I will attempt to update the OS (firmware) this week. If it locks up again, in it goes.
Isn't it amazing how many have problems with a certain unit and others have no problems...I have had a 1490T for 3 months and have done all the updates and have no problems at all. Loaded the new maps and added Mexico and the unit works great. Just got back from a four day trip to Eastern Washington and had zero problems. Must be those little bugs that are running around and get into some of the units. Headed off to Mexico this Friday so I am looking forward to seeing how it works on the trip.
Thanks for posting that fix!
I also have a nuvi 250W that has never, ever, given me any grief. The only issue with it now is that the battery barely lasts ten minutes, and its accuracy isn't quite as good as my 1490T. I always have them mounted side by side on the windshield. Other than that - flawless.
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Boxcarphilly... I paid $3600 for my 37in lcd flat screen 3 years ago! Now they are around $600. doh times 6!
My first "real" PC was a 33MHz 386 that I shudder thinking how much I paid for it, and that was just the tower. Now even a low-end Nuvi has much more processing power than that, with a color screen thrown in with more colors and pixels than my first CGA graphics card. And I've gone through many generations of various electronics products in the same way. It's depressing just thinking of all that money winding up in the electronics recycling heaps.
Way back when dirt was first discovered, I built my first tower and paid $400 for 16 meg of ram. Now ram is about $80 for 2 gig! Problem is that with all technology, you can't wait around for it to get cheaper. It always gets cheaper. If you wait around, you'll never get anything.
I remember returning something like your 33MHz for a Pentium 66 -- I think. I was stationed overseas in Japan and I think it was the very early 1990's- not that long ago. I think I paid 2k for a real joke of an Acer CPU. Solitary had me going back then. You can get a decent desktop for around 2 or 3 hundred now.
Great.... Just what I needed to hear...
I got a 1450 at a fantastic price (buydig.com) and spent a few days playing with it and learning about doing my own GPX, GPI, & CSV files.
Something I was doing seemed to cause the darned thing to crash and reboot faster than a Micro$oft system. I called them and walked through a bunch of steps and the end result was, I sent it in for warranty replacement.
Got my new unit this week, (Monday I think) and took it on a little trip with the Mrs. We went to Maine and back to Mass. No big problems other than.... drum roll please... two crashes and reboots of the unit for no apparent reason! She's driving and I'm in the "Don't touch that" seat. I press the "-" on the display to get a better view. It zooms, stops, then BOOM!
I just spoke to them and mine's going back again, I was going to ask about an upgrade by a unit (1450->1490) but now I'm worried that I'm going from one POS to another POS.
I've had my 1490T now for a few months, and it's been 100% so far. Never had any problems whatsoever.
I also bought the Eccoroute HD to go with it, and love the combination in my truck. The only issue with it is that if I'm making a stop & leave the GPS on , when I restart the engine, the Eccoroute has problems connecting again. As long as I unplug the GPS & turn it off at each stop, I never have a problem (no big deal actually, it remembers my route & just continues where it left off). I use it with my Bluetooth phone, and it connects every time also.....
I highly recommend doing the updates on the Garmin website- they have addressed many of the problems people are complaining about (especially Bluetooth connectivity)...
... I've had lots of crazy things happen with it. And they're still happening with this new unit - everything except locking up. I would NOT recommend this unit to anyone, and I bought it when it first came out, cost me over $500! Saw it today at Costco for $200...doh!
I got it for $470 (doh) at Best Buy 1+ year ago, and that original unit was a total mess. All the problems everyone have listed here. The refurb (yes, a refurb was all they would give me), has been slightly better, with fewer lockups and mysterious re-boots, but I'm staying with it primarily due to the 5" screen and all the customizable info available.
Still afraid to update though...
There is a new software (firmware?) update for the 1490T, which I found out about accidentally and downloaded yesterday (Sunday). I don't know what it was, but when I plugged the GPSr in afterwards, it showed that it was updating the traffic software. Oh, btw, all my custom settings were lost when it was over. Custom POIs were unaffected, and I don't have favorites to report on their survival.
Does anyone have any info on this update.....
See here: http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=4607
This post (by VBHS1999 back on 9/22/2010) was a good fix. I was able to use that post to find an even clearer post for how to fix this issue.
try this site:
I have not been able to progress past pulling off the corrupt gupdate file, BUT after I pulled this file off, I was able to get the gps to progress to the normal start window. I am going back to try a new update now.
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