How to Connect the Garmin GPS When There Is No Driver

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To update the Garmin GPS with new maps, firmware or software, you will need to plug the device into the computer. When you connect the Garmin GPS, Windows Explorer should automatically search for and install drivers. If Windows is unable to download the necessary drivers, it won't recognise the device and the Garmin won't show up in your Computer/My Computer folder as a connected drive. You can download the drivers and install them yourself. Once you have installed the drivers, Windows will recognise the device.

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Things you need

  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Click the "Download" option on Garmin's USB Drivers page (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Save the file to your desktop when prompted.

  3. 3

    Double-click on the "USBDrivers_23.exe" file on your desktop to execute the file.

  4. 4

    Click "Yes" when prompted by Windows to allow the program to install.

  5. 5

    Click "Install USB Drivers" on the Garmin USB Drivers screen. All drivers will install on your computer. Also the installer will update any Garmin drivers you currently have installed on your computer.

  6. 6

    Click "Done" in the Garmin USB Drivers screen when driver installation is complete.

  7. 7

    Connect your Garmin GPS to the computer using the USB cable.

  8. 8

    Click the desktop "Start" menu and click on the "Computer" or "My Computer" folder. Your connected Garmin should be listed inside (e.g., E:\Garmin).

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