Spoke with Garmin - they are now including the CD in the box. They are also sending a CD to those who ask and did not receive one for free.
What's on the CD?
I just bought a 660 for the wife and it only had the manual CD in the box.
Am I missing somthing cool?
I was not clear. What Garmin is giving away is the software that allows that allows your computer to have a map of North America. This will allow you to plan on your computer a trip, transfer waypoints and POIs to your Nuvi.
The latest version of the software is City Navigator version 8. The software was the normal way Garmin transferred maps, waypoints and routes to the unit.
You have to register the unit on their website as a requirement before they will ship.
I just called Garmin and they did not require me to have registered my Nuvi yet. I had registered my previous Garmin (a 2720) so they had all of my information on file.
Unfortunately the Mapsource software is currently out of stock, and they anticipate about a two week delay. But they will ship me mine as soon as they come in.
Call them at:
- Monday - Friday
- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Central time (closed holidays)
I'm glad to here about this software. I recently purchased a 660 and am very happy with it.
Thank you for posting this information
Thanks. I wish they would also include a real manual instead of just the PDF on a CD. I will call and get the Mapsource CD, just in case I need it.
Perfect! Thanks for the info. I just got the Nuvi 660 (w/ hotel points) because our new-ish car (MB) doesn't have factory GPS. Our previous cars (BMW, Acura) did and we really missed it. I had read about planning trips and uploading the trip to the unit but wasnt sure how. In my search for this infomration I found this forum. I'll be calling Garmin after Christmas.
I didn't get 'software' per se. The maps were preloaded. Anyone know if there are ways to update the information?
You don't need the disk if it just contains the manual since you can download it from the website:
The disk from Garmin that is currently backordered is the Mapsource disk. While you may not need to load maps, what Mapsource allows you to do is pick and transfer waypoints (Favorites) using your computer to your GPS. It is also a good way to backup your points in case you have to do a complete system reset where your points all go away.
The software is free, and all you need to unlock it is the yellow printed sheet that came with your unit that has your serial number and a 25 character code.
To update maps, you will need to wait for the next version to come out. My guess will be late next summer or in the early fall if Garmin's past releases are any indicator.
Thanks for the reply.
What is the title of the Mapsource program to download? Is there a link?
I had an old Mapsource program "World Maps" for my GPS III+ - what a world of difference!
Garmin Nuvi 660
There is no download for the original software - only updates once you have installed the original. Contact Garmin and they will send you the disk once the receive them (they are on backorder).
I just got off the phone with Garmin. They told me that I didnt need the CD because you can't plan routes and transfer them to your NUVI 660. I said I would like it anyway, to be able to manage POI's and they said they would send me one. I do have to pay a $6.00 shipping fee. Is everyone else paying for shipping as well?
Not to add to the confusion, or maybe it's just me.
But, my nuvi 660 came with :
1) CD (essentially, just the manual in PDF format)
2) SD Card (Fodor North America POI's), i copied this
over to the Nuvi
3) other stuff not discussed in this thread.
As far as I can tell, the software I had was version 2.3, for which I downloaded and upgraded it to 2.7 (Nov 2006 publishing date).
However, according to their website, I believe that the maps are only updated periodically, and I think they charge like $75 per update, but I think those updates only happen once a year.
So, it seems the 'feature' that might be missing, that exists on some CD, or some software (Mapsource?) is the ability to manage POI's ?
Is that right ?
Is this what everyone is referring to ? :
Thanks and sorry for the newbie ignorance on my part,
Andywoo, your item #3, what is the "other stuff" your talking about?
My new 660 was in a sealed box, but I only got Item #1, the 12V charger, 110v charger, case and dash/windshield mounting hardware.
Maybe in the latest ones out, there kicking in the Item #2. Anyone else get Item #2?
Received mine today by UPS and was not charge anything.
I emailed Garmin support and asked if I could get the map CD also. Just got a reply that they are sending one out for me.
I just got my email confirmation. They are sending the CD to me and charged my credit card $6.38. I live about 15 min from the Olathe, KS Garmin HQ where they are sending it from. They said 7-10 days (no backorder).
Like others, Mine was bought from Circuit City about a week before Christmas. I got the instruction cd (wish they sent a small book), the 12V plug (fm traffic version), 110 plug, North America travel guide (fodor-- number 2 in above post), and of course- the 660. Oh yeah, I got the window mount, disks for the dash mount and the leather case as well.
I wrote to them yesterday and received no reply. I referred to the City Navigator disk. Am I requesting a generic disk?
So, R/Tim.... so, the CD that they are sending you, what exactly is it going to do for you ?
Like many of you I just received a 660 for Christmas. All I got in the box was the CD that had the PDF file. Of course all the hardware like the chargers and mounting bracket, but no SD card. Did anyone else get a
SD card with POI's?
I sent garmin a email from garmin.com asking about the mapsource dvd. At first I was told I dont need it because my C550 is already preloaded. I replied back and told them nicely that I knew that but the reason I wanted the mapsource dvd was to make waypoints on my computer if I needed to. I got a reply back that they were sending me a mapsource dvd. I received it ups in 3 days. Great support.
Just got the box with the CD owners manual, charger & mounting bracket.
Hey, is the Forbes SD card worth the money?
I received the SD card with the Fodor Travel card. It is very useful (I use the DC and Baltimore information).
Thanks, I'll put it on my B-day list. Can't wait!
The name is just Tim, the R/ stands for Respectfully, I got my CD in the mail, and downloaded it, I dont guess it will do too much for me except I can now look at the same thing I see on my computer screen that I see on my NUVI. I don't beleive I can input waypoints or plan routes and then transfer them to my NUVI. I will have to try it out and get back to you.
I did not get a Fodor SD Card with my Nuvi 660. Is your Nuvi the US version? Did you buy it at Circuit City? I wonder if they were running it as an exclusive. Anyone else get the Fodor SD card with their Nuvi 660? I'm hoping they started including it and maybe will send one out to me.
Nuvi 660, Nuvi 360, Legend Cx, StreetPilot III & eMap
I received the FODOR SD card with my NUVI 660. I think it was a promotional thing. I got the Traffic receiver, FODOR, but had to call them to send my the CD with the maps.
NUVI 660, ETREX Vista, Rhino 120
I never received one either with my 660, but if there is a chance in getting one for free, lets go for it..
I've been a Garmin auto GPS user for many years, and have used Mapsourse with my prior units (StreetPilot III and Streetpilot 2720). The software was required to load maps into the III but not required for the 2720 (like with my Nuvi 660).
I recently received my new Mapsource DVD, installed it, and started using it with my Nuvi. The biggest thing that you can do with the program is do route planning from the comfort of your computer. You can locate POIs, plan routes, and transfer waypoints (favorites) between the program and your GPS.
When asking for the DVD, when speaking with the folks at Garmin, they will ask you why you want the program. I told them that I wanted to be able to trip plan without using the GPS. When they told me that I would have to pay for the DVD, I told them that I paid quite a bit for (my third) Garmin, and that the software should have been included in the box - they then waived the fee.
Also - MAKE SURE you ask for the full version DVD, not an upgrade disk. Unless you have a previous version of Mapsource already loaded on your computer (I had to reformat my machine), the upgrade disk will do you no good.
edit - By the way, you can transfer waypoints (favorites) but the Nuvi cannot process routes.
Nobody seems to want to answer your question. Mapsource will do little or nothing for a Nuvi owner. You can transfer waypoints (destinations) to a Nuvi and they will show up in your Favorites. From there, you can change their name, etc. You cannot, however, transfer routes to the Nuvi family. Routes are specific tracks you wish to follow from starting point to destination. Having Mapsource is like having your own personal copy of Mapquest. It's cool to have, but certainly not an essential item for Nuvi owners, because it's all already loaded on your device.
Hope this helps....
My co-worker did get a FODOR SD card with his new 660, but I did not when I got mine from GPSNOW. I think I will call.
I called Garmin and ordered my Mapsource CD and its being shipped for no charge. I'm extremely happy about that.
I was also told that the Fodor SD card was a promotional item... maybe from Best Buy or another dealer, and that Garmin had not supplied any SD cards what so ever.
Not sure who all ran the promotion, but I know for sure Circuit city did
Does anyone know if the Fodor SD card works on the StreetPilot c530. I don't see it listed under available options.
yeh it works in the c530, but im told its not worth much in content if u have to buy it. ive not used it myself but this is the feed back from other sites
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