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Ok I'm using a Mac but the garmin software doesn't recognize the sd card in my 1490. I've tried figuring out how to format it but the mac sees it but in the nuvi the garmin software doesn't. I don't have room to install the whole file so i need to put Canada on the sd. Help needed?

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John_nuvi_

I may be confused with what you're saying

I don't think your nuvi will acknowledge the SD card until something is on the card.

When you updated to City Navigator 12013.10, did you (hopefully) install to the device and computer? If so, open BaseCamp or MapInstall on your computer, select Canada, and install Canada to the SD card.

Once you have the Canadian map segments on the SD card, does your nuvi see them; i.e., go to Tools/Settings/Map/MapInfo and see if Canada appears and can be checked to be used by your nuvi.

I find it easier and faster

I find it easier and faster to have the SD card in a SD Card Reader or placed in the card slot of my computer and not in the Nuvi.

When MapInstall starts, the first screen will have a Find Device area. Below that the Nuvi will be listed, if you have it connected to your computer. Just to the right of the Nuvi listing is a "down arrow". Click on the arrow and you should see your SD card listed. Select it and the update will go directly to the card.

It can be a bit difficult to direct an update to the SD card if it's installed in the Nuvi as you see the GPS in the Find Device field but can't see that the entry also says +SD card at the end of it unless you click the down arrow mentioned above. Even if you figure that out, it's difficult, at least for me, to figure out how to get the maps on the card instead of going to the Nuvi. That's why I always put the card in a reader where the SD card appears as a separate device in the Find Device field.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

sd

t923347 wrote:

I find it easier and faster to have the SD card in a SD Card Reader or placed in the card slot of my computer and not in the Nuvi.

When MapInstall starts, the first screen will have a Find Device area. Below that the Nuvi will be listed, if you have it connected to your computer. Just to the right of the Nuvi listing is a "down arrow". Click on the arrow and you should see your SD card listed. Select it and the update will go directly to the card.

It can be a bit difficult to direct an update to the SD card if it's installed in the Nuvi as you see the GPS in the Find Device field but can't see that the entry also says +SD card at the end of it unless you click the down arrow mentioned above. Even if you figure that out, it's difficult, at least for me, to figure out how to get the maps on the card instead of going to the Nuvi. That's why I always put the card in a reader where the SD card appears as a separate device in the Find Device field.

I get a box that staes to sd card or to the nuvi and my mac but only the change maps is highlighted and can't change to the sd or mac

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John_nuvi_

A Little different approach

I wanted the new map to install to my SD card on the 1450LMT but it never really gave me a choice that I readily picked up on during the process. It installed the maps in the internal mem and only left me with about 9 megs of mem left.

So I deleted the maps and filled up the internal memory by reinstalling all previously deleted Garmin files and then added more junk files taking up much of the memory. I then reran the map updater from Garmin Lifetime Updater, which seems to works fine now, selected all North America and it asked me if I wanted to install the maps to an SD card? I accepted and the maps are now on the card. I then deleted my few junk files and I have lots of room on the card and internal mem.

Note - It still gave me the small JCV file but I replaced it with the large file from my Zumo 665 and 765Ts.

When I tried to save the maps directly to the SD card like saving it to your PC it named the file something like 'City Navigator North America NT 2013.10' which wasn't recognized by the 1450LMT. So that's why I came up with a way to force the automatic update to do it for me.

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Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, Black Cherry Pearl / Black Pearl

The

bear007 wrote:

When I tried to save the maps directly to the SD card like saving it to your PC it named the file something like 'City Navigator North America NT 2013.10' which wasn't recognized by the 1450LMT. So that's why I came up with a way to force the automatic update to do it for me.

The newer model Nuvi's allow for any file name on the card as long as the .img extension remains. If the 1450 doesn't support that you could always just rename the "City Navigator North America NT 2013.10" file to gmapsupp.img and it would be recognized.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

Ok

I finally found the the file on the mac. I'm now copying the file to the sd card and rename it. gmapsupp.img and that should be it. I have the lower 49 states on the device do I need to delete that file for it to recognize the one on the sd card?

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John_nuvi_

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John_nuvi_

Here's what happened

t923347 wrote:

It can be a bit difficult to direct an update to the SD card if it's installed in the Nuvi as you see the GPS in the Find Device field but can't see that the entry also says +SD card at the end of it unless you click the down arrow mentioned above.

I just updated my maps today on my Nuvi 1450 and the maps went to the SD card. Here's the scenario: I have a Nuvi 1450 with an 8GB SD card INSTALLED IN THE UNIT. The only thing on the card before the update was the LARGE JV file. During the initial installation steps, I chose to install the new map only to the unit and not at all on the computer. I also selected all of the continental US, Alaska, and Canada. Note that until I installed the SD card, the unit wasn't nearly big enough to hold Canada, just the lower 48 states.
The installation process informed me that that my unit wasn't big enough for everything and allowed me to select the SD card for the map. Once I had done that, the entire installation went flawlessly. It took abouit 2.5 hours and the new map works.
There was only one curiosity. Even though BOTH the 1450 AND the SD card had plenty of room for the LARGE JV file, only the small JV file was installed, and it went to the 1450. Not to worry, though. I had previously downloaded the LARGE JV file to my computer, so I merely renamed the small file that had just been downloaded to the unit and copied the LARGE file to the JVC folder on the SD card. (The copy of the LARGE file from computer to SD card took another half hour.) The entire operation took three hours, give or take, and everything seems to work.

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

it wouldn't let

me switch as i had 4 gig card in there but it wouldn't see it. so I went back and copied the file that dl on my mac to the sd card.

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John_nuvi_

That's

plunder wrote:

There was only one curiosity. Even though BOTH the 1450 AND the SD card had plenty of room for the LARGE JV file, only the small JV file was installed, and it went to the 1450.

That's the one thing that Garmin really does need to address. It seems that they have made a decision that if the unit has 2GB of internal storage then it will get the very small JCV file, whether there is enough room on the GPS or the SD card. The owner's of these devices can only get the large file by downloading it separately.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

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t923347 wrote:

That's the one thing that Garmin really does need to address. It seems that they have made a decision that if the unit has 2GB of internal storage then it will get the very small JCV file, whether there is enough room on the GPS or the SD card. The owner's of these devices can only get the large file by downloading it separately.

Has Garmin announced a download site for the latest junction view file?

I renamed

the file to gmappsupp.img and it is not recognized all I have is the lower 48 states on the unit. Do I need to rename a file in the unit? What's the name of the canadian map?

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John_nuvi_

That's because

That's because you named it wrong. It should be gmapsupp.img not gmappsupp.img. You may also need to Tools - Settings - Maps - Map Info and make sure the extra mapset is select there.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

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telecomdigest2 wrote:

Has Garmin announced a download site for the latest junction view file?

http://download.garmin.com/support/2013_10/NA/JV/D3060060A.J...

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

opps

t923347 wrote:

That's because you named it wrong. It should be gmapsupp.img not gmappsupp.img.

I typed in an extra p in the message. I have what you sent me in the sd card . It doesn't work. Do I need to delete the lower 48 states from the 1450 unit for the gmapsupp.img to work? sorry for all the confusion. My typing isn't good. I'm just mystified as to why it doesn't work.

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John_nuvi_

Have you

Have you put the gmapsupp.img file in a folder called MAP on the SD card? Not sure I mentioned that before as I wasn't sure the 1450 needed it, but I now think it does.

Also if your gmapsupp.img file works once you put it in a MAP folder, you don't need to rename it for future updates. The use of the MAP folder also means that you can use any name you want for the file name as long as it has the .img extension. That means that you could have left the file name "City Navigator North America NT 2013.10" that Garmin gave the download originally and didn't need to rename it as we have been discussing. Doesn't really matter at this point but something you should remember for the next update.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

thnaks I'll try that.

t923347 wrote:

Have you put the gmapsupp.img file in a folder called MAP on the SD card? Not sure I mentioned that before as I wasn't sure the 1450 needed it, but I now think it does.

Also if your gmapsupp.img file works once you put it in a MAP folder, you don't need to rename it for future updates. The use of the MAP folder also means that you can use any name you want for the file name as long as it has the .img extension. That means that you could have left the file name "City Navigator North America NT 2013.10" that Garmin gave the download originally and didn't need to rename it as we have been discussing. Doesn't really matter at this point but something you should remember for the next update.

Tnxs for all your help.

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John_nuvi_

thnaks I'll try that.

t923347 wrote:

Have you put the gmapsupp.img file in a folder called MAP on the SD card? Not sure I mentioned that before as I wasn't sure the 1450 needed it, but I now think it does.

Also if your gmapsupp.img file works once you put it in a MAP folder, you don't need to rename it for future updates. The use of the MAP folder also means that you can use any name you want for the file name as long as it has the .img extension. That means that you could have left the file name "City Navigator North America NT 2013.10" that Garmin gave the download originally and didn't need to rename it as we have been discussing. Doesn't really matter at this point but something you should remember for the next update.

Tnxs for all your help.

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John_nuvi_

Not the brighest

t923347 wrote:

Have you put the gmapsupp.img file in a folder called MAP on the SD card? Not sure I mentioned that before as I wasn't sure the 1450 needed it, but I now think it does.

Also if your gmapsupp.img file works once you put it in a MAP folder, you don't need to rename it for future updates. The use of the MAP folder also means that you can use any name you want for the file name as long as it has the .img extension. That means that you could have left the file name "City Navigator North America NT 2013.10" that Garmin gave the download originally and didn't need to rename it as we have been discussing. Doesn't really matter at this point but something you should remember for the next update.

I know I'm not the brightest lightbulb around and sometimes my elevator only goes halfway up but I had trouble with this process.

I used MapInstall and loaded the 2013.1 files to my SD card which was on a card reader. I have my Custom POIs and the BIG JCV file on this card also. Then put SD card into GPS.

OK - I had put the installed maps into a folder named "Map"
I renamed the maps "NA.img" -
I did nothing to the map files on my 1490LMT GPS!
First I put the "Map" folder at the top level of the SD Card - did not see "added" map file in Tools/settings/map/info. Just see the original maps I installed to GPS.
I then changed placement of "Map" folder inside the "Garmin" folder on my SD card which also holds the BIG JCV file. New maps are not seen in Tools/settings/map/info of GPS.
Custom POIs and BIG JCV files are seen by GPS.

Anyone care to assist in enlightening me ?????

P.S. I tried using the name "MAP" and "Map" for the folder and neither worked.

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Just listen to the pros on this...

Listen to the experts on this site and they know what there talking about.

NA.img

MrKenFL wrote:

Anyone care to assist in enlightening me ?????

NA.img should work if it's placed in the SD Card/Map folder. It will not work if placed anywhere else. Did you deselect the maps that are installed on your Nuvi when you went to Tools/settings/map/info, just to see if in fact you do have detailed maps on the card that just aren't showing up in the Map Info page? That would be a long shot but could be interesting to see if it solves the problem.

Also, out of curiosity, what is the size of the NA.img file?

You could also try naming the file gmapsupp.img to see if that helps. Until recently that's the only map file name on the SD card that would be recognized by the Nuvi.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

Yep did those

Deselected maps on GPS. Just shows base map with no detail.
File size on NA.img was 1.564 GB
Renamed file gmapsupp.img

Tried it again top level of SD card and in the Garmin Folder also - no go.

Going to drop attempt for now - have a 5K mile trip coming up in 3 weeks - GPS and JCV and Custom POIs all working fine as is plus I've already programmed 12 Route legs with via, fuel stops etc. Don't want to mess things up right now !

Will work the issue of putting maps on SD card when I get back from trip ! Or maybe at next update !

Thanks for the help !!!!!!

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MrKenFL- "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." NUVI 260, Nuvi 1490LMT & Nuvi 2595LMT all with 2014.4 maps !

1450LMT did not Recognize map

When I used Mapinstall to put the new on the SD card, while installed in the Nuvi, it did place the map in a folder called MAP. Mapinstalled named it something like "City Navigator North America NT 2013_10.img" and it was about 1.7 GB in size, lareger than the 1.5 GB gmapsupp.img file in the internal memory.

BUT ... the 1450LMT never found it, even when I renamed the original on thge Nuvi with an imgx extension.

So I had the same results as MrKenFL. Instead of playing around with it. I just deleted all maps and filled the Nuvi memory before proceeding with Garmin Lifetime Updater again, forcing it to go to the SD card.

I'm sure it works and I am doing something wrong but I'll figure it out later, especially since the Mapinstall map was bigger??? I wonder what it added? No time right now though.

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Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, Black Cherry Pearl / Black Pearl

79 minutes with garmin tech

bear007 wrote:

When I used Mapinstall to put the new on the SD card, while installed in the Nuvi, it did place the map in a folder called MAP. Mapinstalled named it something like "City Navigator North America NT 2013_10.img" and it was about 1.7 GB in size, lareger than the 1.5 GB gmapsupp.img file in the internal memory.

BUT ... the 1450LMT never found it, even when I renamed the original on thge Nuvi with an imgx extension.

So I had the same results as MrKenFL. Instead of playing around with it. I just deleted all maps and filled the Nuvi memory before proceeding with Garmin Lifetime Updater again, forcing it to go to the SD card.

I'm sure it works and I am doing something wrong but I'll figure it out later, especially since the Mapinstall map was bigger??? I wonder what it added? No time right now though.

Well, today I called Garmin and worked witha Garmin tech. He did a deal where he worked off my mac. We got everything going as far as computer was seeing the sd card and the Garmin device. Well it was only showing 984.7 MB of space. So he told me to erase all the files on the sd card but still it was the same thing only seeing 984MB of space so he started erase all the files on the sd card because when I deleted the files on the sd card they went to a folder named trashes. Then he put me on hold to switch to a mac tech guy who then hooked up to my computer and said after about 20 minutes you have no files in your system folders. I didn't delete any files in the garmin device. So now he said well you might as well turn it off and I'll give you a return label to send it back because now it's dead. So I've got a trip starting tomorrow that goes for 30 days. It doesn't due me any good to worry about that one have to get another today. Sot that's my story and I guess I have to stick to it. No shopping for me I get what I can get. Ended up with a 25595lmt so we'll give that a go. Thanks for all your help. I updated the 2595 all to the unit and seems to work OK.

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John_nuvi_

@agg9900

What a story. UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!!

Try to enjoy your trip.

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Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, Black Cherry Pearl / Black Pearl

@Agg9900

Two four letter words come to mind.
CRAP is one of them.

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Some Tech Support

What a shame that happened to you. I sure hope Garmin is not charging you shipping to return the bricked unit. I can't undestand how he deleted the files in the .system folder. It's not possible to have a .system folder on the SD card so what was he thinking? Better said, he was not thinking or just doesn't know what he's doing.

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Nuvi 660 2460LMT Sold My 765T

files in .system folder

I have 1490 and I am using 4 GB SD card with it because it ran out space long time ago. Last night I decided to clone SD card as per the procedure given here in this site. Everything went well as far as map installation was concerned. When I rebooted GPS unit, there were no maps. When I checked SD card, I realized .system folder which had all map files. So I just guessed these files should be in Garmin folder. Moved all files to Garmin files and then rebooted nuvi 1490. Maps start working again and these were the latest maps.

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Google Nexus 4, Nuvi 3597LMTHD,765T,1490LMT

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