Garmin's StreetPilot GPS system was designed primarily for automotive use, allowing drivers to navigate while keeping tabs on their position. If you want to take your StreetPilot with you somewhere like Asia, Europe or South America, you'll need some additional maps. To add maps to your Garmin StreetPilot, you don't need much more than an SD memory card and a few map files.
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Things you need
- SD Card
- Garmin IMG format map files
Download the map file for the desired map. Many maps are available for free at NOeGS, a website which hosts free maps.
Connect your StreetPilot to your computer via USB cable. It should mount like an ordinary flash drive, and be listed as such.
Insert the SD card into the StreetPilot's SD slot. It should also mount, displaying as a separate flash memory card.
Rename the map file to "GMAPSUPP.IMG." If you have other supplemental map files on your SD card, name them "GMAPSUP2.IMG," or with whichever number is appropriate.
Create a folder on the SD card labelled "Garmin."
Move the map file into the Garmin folder on the SD card.
Disconnect your Garmin StreetPilot.
Start up the Garmin StreetPilot. When you enter the area you require the map for, it should automatically display. If you need to look up a destination on the new map, go to the Main Menu and start typing the name of the country you wish to use a map for in the "Where To" option.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't wish to deal with finding your own map files or adding them to your SD card, there are many map cards available for sale online on sites like Amazon.com and eBay.
- Some of the maps you locate online may be user-generated and may or may not function with turn-by-turn directions. Use caution when selecting a map and make sure you get one that fits your needs.
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