So it seems the WebUpdater application and the Garmin WebSite "dashboard" don't agree on if my nuvi has the latest software or not.
If I connect with the web site, seems there's always a software update. and it appears to install it, complete with erratic progress bars as it happens. I restart and there's still updates needed.
I run the webupdater program, and ok, there's a few updates there that I don't really need, some voices. but I install em anyway. so the program now says all is up to date.
but the website insists there a software update available.
Who do you believe?
You control what you DL. However, you are forced to do a 'SW' update when DL'ing maps.
See subject line.
It's been quite awhile since I updated even though I have lifetime maps. What I don't have these days is time.
You cannot use Web Updater to update maps.
They aren't the same.
IMHO it's always better to have control over what is being downloaded and installed on your Nuvi. Given that, I'd always believe Webupdater because I can see what is available and pick the ones I want.
I never use MyDashboard, except for map updates, as it just blindly downloads a butch of stuff whether I want it or not. Never a good idea.
Do the following :
Right-click on the file named GarminDevice.xml on the nuvi drive located in
x:/Garmin and select "Open With" and choose Notepad. Look for the following line
approx 6 lines down from the top:
< SoftwareVersion >320< /SoftwareVersion >
The current software version on the unit is listed here. The example above is 320 (version 3.20) and coincides with the actual version flashed to the unit. Change the 320 (or whatever other version number it is) to 420 or to whatever the current available Garmin version number is. Make no other changes.
*Note that I had to add spaces in the example line above so the forum would not interpret the line as valid html code. Don't add the spaces that I added above.
After doing so, save the file (file/save). Don't unplug or power off the unit...keep it connected to the PC. Run the registration process again which should now let you register the unit. After doing so, be sure and delete GUPDATE.GCD if it gets installed on the nuvi again somewhere in the process.
Don't worry if you somehow mess up on the file editing as this file is regenerated at every nuvi power cycle.
From here on afterwards, you will have to delete GUPDATE.GCD from the nuvi every time after running WebUpdater since each time you do, it will find the newest update and reinstall GUPDATE.GCD again since you will still have an older version on the unit.
If you haven't yet done so, you can now install the version of your choice from the Perry archive site at: http://www.gawisp.com/perry/agree.html
Editing the GarminDevice.xml file simply temporarily fools WebUpdater and/or the registration process into thinking that the most current software verison is already installed on the unit. After the nuvi is power cycled & GarminDevice.xml is regenerated, the software version listed in the file will again list the older version that is currently on the unit.
You will also again have to re-edit the GarminDevice.xml file just before before installing the map update to avoid the forced firmware update.
@ktuley, MyDashboard is unreliable when it comes to update information. It's been that way since 2009...
GaryA's post listed above contains references to two posts - one an explanation by DorkusNimrod and another a discussion of false "software update available"
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