My nuvi 1450 seems to come with only 2GB of storage. Which seems to be about what the North American maps need to operate.
I like to load POI files from POI Factory. But I've been getting an out of storage space error message. Actially nothing has worked with the nuvi including software updates and I finally figured out the storage issue. Too bad Garmin could not give you an error message that says you need more storage rather than POI Loader can't work.
Anyway, I have a 2 GB mirco storage card. When I insert it into the nuvi it doesn't appear to be recognized. How do you get the nuvi 1450 to recognize a storage device (mirco SD card)???
What do you mean "not recognized"? When you connect your nuvi containing the card to your computer, does it show up as 2 drive letters (one for the nuvi and one for the SD card)? And can you open both drives? If so it is "recognized".
Note that your SD card must be formatted as FAT32 and not NTFS in order for it to be able to read files you copy to it.
If you haven't already done so, I suggest you spend some time with the tutorials written by forum member Lilla for managing space on the 1490 nuvi. These tutorials will apply to your 1450 since it is in the same model series. See this post for the link: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/34132
FWIW,I have a 1450, too. I bought an 8 GB SD card and dropped it in, and everything worked exactly as I expected. The entire North America map, including Canada and Mexico was installed on the SD card without any intervention on my part. The only thing I did extra was to install the large Junction View file to the 1450 (not the SD card). There was plenty of room on the 1450 itself because the maps were on the SD card.
The card will "just be there". As stated you will/ should see it when you hook it to the computer.
I don't know if the 1450 is one of the models, but my 1350 is where if you install poi's to the card and you boot up it will ask if you want to put them on the nuvi. Since you have storage issue you don't want to do that. That question will come up every time. There is no way to get around it. It is something that Garmin took away.
Also, have you deleted all un needed voices, vehicles, and help items?
Have you backed up the nuvi?
I have a Nuvi 1450 with an 8Meg SD card. When you connect the USB cable to your 1450 and PC......you should see two new drives on the PC, after they are properly booted up, which takes a couple of seconds.....one icon representing the 1450 and another that is named whatever your SD card is identified as. I've used this configuration now for about 3 years and have never had problems with it.
Now please don't take this next comment the wrong way. I have an friend that also purchased a 1450 and installed a SD card upside down. He said it was a 'little tight' going in but it stayed. The SD card was not recognized because the contact fingers on it were facing the wrong way. This guy has always been the type of, if it doesn't fit smoothly get a bigger hammer. I'm not suggesting this is what you did, but I'm just throwing it out there for consideration.
...Now please don't take this next comment the wrong way. I have an friend that also purchased a 1450 and installed a SD card upside down. He said it was a 'little tight' going in but it stayed. The SD card was not recognized because the contact fingers on it were facing the wrong way. This guy has always been the type of, if it doesn't fit smoothly get a bigger hammer. I'm not suggesting this is what you did, but I'm just throwing it out there for consideration.
Good point. I've always found that about 50% of the devices I have that use SD cards, from full size to micro, install the card in what I would consider to be the upside down position.
I now accept that with a new device, I'll either have to look to the Owners Manual, or try carefully to insert the card--and try it the other way if it doesn't "feel" right.
I don't think the owners manual will explain which way to insert the card. I have read people inserting it incorrectly and were unable to remove it.
They seem to have a spring load release and if inserted the wrong way the mechanism won't work and it remains stuck if it was forced in.
My 2460LMT is inserted with the contact pins facing upwards (towards the LCD Screen), opposite of how I would have though it went in.
Have you checked to see that it is not formatted as NTFS? I have run into this on occasion.
Unless you use brute force there is no way the card can be installed wrongly in any device. If the 45 deg corner cut off is in the wrong position the card will not go in without brute force.
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