Getting Free Map Updates on Your Nuvi 205W
In order to receive a free Garmin map update, you'll need to register your Garmin 205W device on the Garmin website. You must also register it within 60 days of acquiring satellite data. Free updates are not given if the unit is registered over the phone. With that said, here's the steps.
There is an option to automatically recognize your 205W unit, but this did not work for me. It was just as easy to find the serial number of my device, enter it into the field on the website and click the Next button.
Garmin requires you to register your device by providing your contact information which includes your name and address. Your phone number is not required. Once you've filled your information out, you'll be sent a confirmation email which entitles you to receive special offers on Nuvi 205W accessories. You can then click the 'Return to Home Page' button then navigate to the myMaps area. Once you're on the screen, you can go to the Manage Maps section where you'll find the 'Get Update' button. After you click it you'll have an option to either download the update or have it send via a disk. The disk option may take 4 to 6 weeks so it's recommended you just download the update to save some time.
The download option will let you choose a download manager for either a PC or Mac. Once you've made the choice, click the 'Launch Download Manager' button on the next screen. You may need to allow the Download Manager to run at a 'Warning - Security' popup window. This is because a Java applet is required to run on your computer in order to download the large map file. You can then choose to save file onto your computer in a set location. The map file is 2.06 GB and may take an hour or so to download on a broadband connection.
Once it's completed, click the 'Launch' button on the screen. The map update file will be extracted, which may take up to 30 minutes since it's such a large file.
After the file has been extracted, the City Navigator application will be installed on your computer. Once it's complete, It will take several minutes to process the updated map data on your computer.
City Navigator will then take several minutes to build the map updates you've downloaded in order to install them to your Nuvi unit. Don't give up now since you're one step away from having up-to-date maps. The last step is to wait for the program to install the maps onto your Nuvi 205W which may take some time due to the fact that it must transfer a large amount of data to the GPS unit.
After the update process is complete, your Nuvi will be all set with the latest available maps from Garmin.