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Problems Updating a Magellan GPS

written by: Jogabs•edited by: Heather Marie Kosur•updated: 7/27/2010

Magellan GPS lets you travel and enjoy the road. It is one of the leading brands in the market of portable GPS devices. Because the technology changes fast, what’s good today is history tomorrow. Due to this fact, all items related to technology need a constant improvement, innovation, and updates.

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    Why Update Your Magellan GPS

    The Magellan GPS brand is one of the leaders in the innovation of GPS devices. And, this innovation requires all Magellan users to keep on track with the latest innovative features for their devices. Thus, update features are offered for most Magellan models.

    Updating your GPS device will make your device work faster and better. Magellan covers updates for their firmware, maps, navigational guide, and some more features that are believed to be important in traveling. These updates also make a GPS device more functional than how it was when you first bought it. This statement is true to the fact that existing GPS users keep a keen eye out for updates.

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    GPS Updating Problems

    Although Magellan updates are readily available and executable, these things do not vouch for a flawless update on the side of users. Some issues continue to arise and cause problems for people. Here are some of the issues that people complained about experiencing whenever they try to update their Magellan GPS devices.

    • Error messages like “Failed to read source file" whenever firm ware is being updated.
    • Failure in updating GPS maps even if installation has reached 100%.
    • “Firmware not updated" error message even though the installation is successful.
    • Unit locked up after updating maps.
    • Unlock code sometimes doesn’t work.
    • Failure to restore power after updates.
    • Operating system and version compatibility issues even with the latest operating system.
    • Availability of updates of some models.
    • Frequency of updates.
    • Some models do not accept firmware updates.
    • Availability of updates in the net.
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    Dealing with Problems

    All the abovementioned Magellan updates issues are the most common issues that you might encounter when you try updating your GPS device. Some of these problems can be easily resolved or fixed. When updates were offered, they usually are with accompanying step by step guides or how to manuals. These manuals or guides help people personally update their own devices. Live technical support also exists. This Internet based customer support provides answers as well as guides to people who are having a hard time updating their GPS device.

    Some problems encountered by the users are due to the lack of experience or knowledge of updating their devices. Sometimes update issues were also caused by using the wrong USB cables or getting the wrong update version for their device models. This type of Magellan update issue happens whenever a PC and GPS connection was being established.

    Magellan GPS continuously conduct research to fix update issues that are being encountered by their customers. Improvement in the process of updating your GPS devices may prove this statement. Nonetheless, Magellan GPS still reminds their customers to make sure that their devices comply with update requirements such as device models and update versions. Magellan GPS also reminds their customers to check their PC and device connections and make sure that they are properly attached to each other.