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I need to update my garmin 2011 can it be done, nuvi 40

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I need to update my garmin 2011 can it be done
JA: What is the exact model of your Garmin? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: nuvi 40 unin(###) ###-####sofeware 2.10 m/n 2d5233547
JA: What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: nothing just jot it need update
JA: What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: none
JA: Anything else you want the GPS expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: GPS
Expert:  Greg A. replied 10 months ago.

Hello & Welcome to Just Answer,

Sorry to hear of any issue you are having with your device.

To help you with this issue, may I ask:

1) What is the "status" of the device right now? That is, does it still work "well", and have decent battery life (will run on the battery only for at least 20 minutes)?

2) Do you have a computer available, and the USB cable that came with the device?


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
will buy one updated Thank You
Expert:  Greg A. replied 10 months ago.


What update are you looking to "buy"?

Did you see my previous questions?

Expert:  Greg A. replied 10 months ago.

Hi again,

I just wanted to follow up because I didn't see a reply here for my last note.

I checked on the serial number you supplied, and it looks like you have a Nuvi 40 LM - where the "LM" means that it comes with "Lifetime Map" updates.

So if your device is in "good working order" with the current maps, you should be able to update the unit software and maps - for the lifetime of the device. Let me send the BASIC requirements for updating a device (below).

How to Update Garmin Nuvi Maps.
What is needed?
1) A WORKING device with some previous version of maps installed.
2) A computer and USB cable (to be able to connect the device to the computer).
3) A microSD card (or microSD & SD adapter) of 4GB or 8GB (maximum) capacity. This MAY be optional, but is HIGHLY recommended. A link to where you can get an 8GB SD card is >>HERE<<.
4) A current copy of "Garmin Express" installed on your computer. This is Garmin's recommended program (tool) for doing any updates, including device software AND maps. If you need to get a copy of Garmin Express, use the link below.
Click Here -->
5) A HIGH SPEED internet connection (dial up is NOT recommended).


The basic idea, if you have the above items, is to download, install, and run the Garmin Express program on your computer, then connect the device via the USB cable and "Add" the device to the program, then scan for updates. The program takes care of all the rest of the process.

I hope this helps clarify what can be done to update your current device - or any other device you might purchase in the future (process is the same).

Please let me know if you have any more questions.
If this has answered your question(s), please take a moment to rate MY service level (5-star is my goal) so that I get credit for my time helping you with this question.
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Thanks, ***** *****
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Expert:  Greg A. replied 10 months ago.

Hi again,

I see it has been a few days and I haven't seen a response on this page, so I just wanted to follow up to see if you have any more questions concerning this issue OR if the issue was resolved?

I look forward to any further questions or results that you may have.

Thanks, ***** *****
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