There's a check box for "com port." Make sure the USB box is checked and hit the "save" button.
Then under the GPS tab -- "Get GPS ID" -- I got an error message.
The instructions above are pretty complicated, and besides the first link doesn't work anymore and I can't find that file anywhere else. This is advice that we give to everyone and it has saved many who did so.
I do still have a couple months on my Best Buy service plan and I will take it in if I have to, though I will certainly lose all my data. Its completely okay if the only answer is no, but does anyone know if there's any hope of getting my saved info back from this unit? Saving your favourites is as easy as copying the 'current.gpi' file from the unit. Saving your favourites is as easy as copying the 'current.gpi' file from the unit. As long as you know the current version of the firmware you should be able to download it by using the link provided in the first post, but changing the version number. Instructions found at Thanks silent636, I was able to recover my Nuvi 255w.
The solid state memory was inaccessible in My Computer. Solution: 1) Download the v7.10 software from: the 2x5w units) 2) Download RGN Tool from: 3) Download and install USB Drivers from: 6) Download G7from: Start RGN Tool program and open nuvi2x5_GCDFile__7108) Click the save to RGN icon and save it as a RGN file such as 085101000710(in my case).
9) Now, this next part is tricky because it appears to vary with the software version you are using.
(My unit has no button on the bottom but I know how to access the YES/NO screen.) Since I had just gotten a new one you'd think I'd be okay with that except I had wanted to transfer over some saved coordinates that have no address (such as the ones I use when I go camping each year).
I had no idea until after this happened that you can backup GPS files to your computer.
:/ Never saw it mentioned before and I never thought of trying to find a way to do it. As an alternative go to Garmin's page for the firmware and using your browser, view the HTML source of the page. Other than following the instructions from that point, your only alternative is to see if some of the other GPS enthusiast sites have posted cure firmware, such as Perhaps you have already done this, nethersparky, but before doing anything to your unit - including updating maps - you should make a backup.
I ended up hitting the reset button and so far the unit is working fine and went past the Loading maps screen.
There was a box that came up about continuing the update and erasing user data, I tried to click yes the first time but didn't have the patience to wait and see if it was doing anything so I reset the device and clicked no the second time around and it worked fine for me.