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Since I had quite a bit of difficulty in actually finding the info I was looking for until I posed the question and asked some who were more knowledgeable than I, I think I'll go ahead and share this info for the next guy doing google searches trying to figure this one out. This is really more of a compilation of data I've gathered from other folks so I won't take credit for figuring it out...only compiling it and posting it. I also will mention that I will accept no liability for this. This is only what worked for me so I'm sharing it with you. If computers just don't like you - maybe you ought to sit this one out.

How to update your NAVI GPS.

First - there are two different things that need updating. One is referred to as the FIRMWARE which is really just the GPS unit itself. It has internal computer code which contains instructions for the GPS itself.

As of July 8, 2015, the latest firmware version is 4.80

Download the 4.80 Firmware here: http://tinyurl.com/q5pg2rs
If the link above stops working - please don't contact me for it. Someone usually will post a new link somewhere on here. There's another thread on the board now that has a different link to the same thing.

***NOTE*** This new 4.80 Firmware allows the 1st Gen GL Navi system to read the new style "NT" Garmin maps.

Second - The Map set. This is something that can be obtained several different ways. The first is the way Garmin and Honda want you to do it and that is buy a new CF (Compact Flash) card from them that has the map sets on it at www.garmin.com/goldwing . They want $95 to do this for the 2011 version of the maps (at time of this update). Might be just worth your trouble to go that route, but I like the very latest and most current maps so I just buy the newer version (currently 2016.10) upload them to the card.

The slightly cheaper way is buy the full version of City Navigator, install it on your PC and upload it to the card yourself.


Ok...now that you know what you need - here's how you do it. First, you don't NEED to buy any other CF cards. You can do it with what you already have from Garmin. All you need is a way to read it into your PC. My advice: Back up the old files and just use the existing card. It's cheaper that way.

INSTALLING THE FIRMWARE UPDATE:


Step 1. The various links I've posted on here keep going away so just post on the end of this thread that you need it and someone will likely send it to you. Please don't E-mail me asking for it. Honestly, I got tired of getting endless E-mails about this and usually don't respond anymore. It's not locked and can be freely shared among as many people as you like. And despite what some folks say - it's not copyrighted. To be copyrighted, it must be registered with the US copyright office (which firmwares aren't) The file is called gupdate.gcd The file is a little over 3 megs so it's easily e-mailed around. Someone else said they borrowed one out of a 2008 GL at the dealership to get the file with the dealers permission. Don't bother asking Garmin...they just tell you to go buy the $95 CF card even though it's just a 3 meg file they could easily just post on their site and be done with it. What they are selling is the newer maps and this little firmware file just happens to come along with it to allow our older units to read the newer maps. NOBODY sells firmware :roll:

Step 2. BACK UP YOUR CARD or use a new one. Simply copy the files you have on your CF card to your hard drive and remember to put them in a GARMIN folder so if something goes wrong, you can easily restore them.

Step 3. Copy the gupdate.gcd to your CF card BY ITSELF in a folder called GARMIN That's the only file that should be on the card...just a folder and a file. It doesn't matter what the card itself is named.

Step 4. BEFORE you put the card back in the GPS, power up the bike (accessory is fine) and don't press the ENTER button when prompted by the GPS. NOW go around to the trunk and stick the CF card in. Now then...be patient. When you put the card in, the GPS will set there for a little while with just the default Navigation logo screen. It looks like it's not doing anything, but be patient...don't turn the key off. It will eventually read the card and pull the update file into the GPS unit. A small black box at the bottom of the screen will eventually load and show you what's going on. When it's done, the GPS will reboot itself. You can check and make sure that the version number under System info is 4.80

Step 5. Now go take your card back to your PC and restore the files you backed up. Put it back in the GPS and you should be good to go with your maps.


INSTALLING THE NEW MAP SETS


Step 1. This is fairly easy if you've bought the full version of City Navigator. Just simply install the Program to your computer and redeem the unlock code with Garmin. You'll need the serial number off the GPS unit itself to this. To find the serial number, remove the CF card to prevent damage, unscrew the GPS out of the trunk and then remove the metal case from the plastic cover. There will be a sticker on the metal case with the unit serial number. Jot this down as you'll need to enter this serial number when prompted by Garmin to unlock maps.

Step 2. Assuming you've now unlocked the map set and can see all the little detail roads, you need to select the "Map Tool" icon (the one that looks like a square PACMAN and then start in one corner and select all the different sections of North America. Next, make sure your BACKED UP cf card is in your computer and click Transfer - Send to device. This will bring up the send to device box in which you want to make sure "Maps" is checked. It won't allow you upload routes or anything else so don't bother trying. Click send and go get yourself some dinner as this is going to take a while. First it builds the map sets and then it uploads them to the card. It's not uncommon for this to take an hour or more on an older machine. Be patient.

Step 3. Once it's finished uploading all the data to the card, simply put the card back in the GPS and you should have the latest version.



Again - I hope this helps out someone. My only intention here is to share what I've learned..not take credit for those that figured this out. There were several guys such as Pete, Red, Raymond and Dave's motorcycle blog that freely contributed info and help. It was much appreciated guys so hopefully, by compling that info into a guide, the next guy won't have to bug ya'll for info. :)

LASTLY - PLEASE DO NOT E-mail me asking for support. If you encounter errors and this doesn't work for you, please post your problems here and someone will probably have an answer for you. I RARELY if ever check this thing anymore. This post is only what worked for me. I don't know anything about Canadian or overseas bikes. I wrote this from the perspective of a guy who rides a 2007 US model with the 1st Gen GPS. I see that this thing has taken on a life of it's own over the years and others have stepped up to help those with questions and provide new info where I left off. Thanks guys - ya'll are continuing in the spirit of helpfulness which prompted me to write this thing back nearly 5 years ago.

Regards,

Rainman
 
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did you use the backslash \ infront of GARMIN for the folder name. \Garmin or did you just use GARMIN
 

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very nice summary

thank you for posting that

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Titanium06 said:
did you use the backslash \ infront of GARMIN for the folder name. \Garmin or did you just use GARMIN
Sorry...I wasn't very clear on that. Just GARMIN
 

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Titanium06 said:
did you use the backslash \ infront of GARMIN for the folder name. \Garmin or did you just use GARMIN
Just GARMIN not \GARMIN


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Thanks for the file
 

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So I take it that the card in the Nav system is just a Compact Flash (CF) card. What size (mb/gb) is it?

Can you just copy the contents from one card to a computer and then on to another card? If so, does the other card have to be a Honda / Garmin card or can't you just use another CF card?

If so, that is less secure than I thought Honda / Garmin would be.
 

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What does this do the the Nav's operations day to day?
Example question: Can you now actually use it while riding down the road?
 

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So I take it that the card in the Nav system is just a Compact Flash (CF) card. What size (mb/gb) is it?

Can you just copy the contents from one card to a computer and then on to another card? If so, does the other card have to be a Honda / Garmin card or can't you just use another CF card?

If so, that is less secure than I thought Honda / Garmin would be.
Yep. It's just a 2 Gig CF card. Same thing you can buy at any computer store. Like I said..I just pulled the one out of the unit and used it. I didn't see a lot of sense in having to buy a whole new card. It's just your basic SanDisk 2 Gig card...nothing fancy.

Why exactly would security be an issue? Just keep your trunk locked and nobody could take it...it wouldn't do them much good if they did actually.
 

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Why exactly would security be an issue? Just keep your trunk locked and nobody could take it...it wouldn't do them much good if they did actually.
Not security for me, but for Garmin. I would think they would try harder to protect against one person buying the updated software and then just giving copies out to all of his friends.
 

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BSeery said:
GA_Rainman said:
Why exactly would security be an issue? Just keep your trunk locked and nobody could take it...it wouldn't do them much good if they did actually.
Not security for me, but for Garmin. I would think they would try harder to protect against one person buying the updated software and then just giving copies out to all of his friends.
Maybe they are using the honor system and trusting peoples honesty and morality.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


Actually, it's not funny but sad - sign of the times.
 

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Ok...I think I need to clear up a couple things. I've been get some E-mails and PM's that are telling me that folks are still confused by this.

1. There are two different things that can be updated on the Goldwing NAVI. One is the firmware. It's specific to the Honda/Garmin NAVI unit so I can send you the update file, but it's not going to help you update your Zumo or any other Garmin product.

2. The second thing that can be updated is the maps. I can't send you anything for this as the maps are locked by Garmin's own baffling array of security measures. You can't simply copy the data from one card to the other. It doesn't work like that. You MUST buy their license to make it work. It uses your GPS serial number to code it so it will only work on one bike. To unlock it, you have to install the software on your PC, punch in your NAVI serial number and obtain an unlock key that is specific to your bike. TRUST ME...they don't rely on the honor system and as far as I know, a hack doesn't exist to get around it.

Hope this helps clear up some of the confusion.
 

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I upgraded my maps to v8 using burgers method this past spring, however, still have software version 4.2. Can anyone tell me what changed from version 4.2 to 4.31? How does the newer version operate differently? Thanks, Dan
 

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I upgraded my maps to v8 using burgers method this past spring, however, still have software version 4.2. Can anyone tell me what changed from version 4.2 to 4.31? How does the newer version operate differently? Thanks, Dan
The audio is no longer interrupted when you get the "Unverified Road" message. Color of the message canged also. Daylight Savings Time correction.

These are the only things I noticed, could be more. The first was a biggie for me, and I'm sure for many others.

Now, If I could upload and download routes, that would be the next change I would like to see.
 

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TRUST ME...they don't rely on the honor system and as far as I know, a hack doesn't exist to get around it.
I believe we were both talking about the firmware upgrade. I was.
 

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[quote="GA_Rainman":1yxarg0a]TRUST ME...they don't rely on the honor system and as far as I know, a hack doesn't exist to get around it.
I believe we were both talking about the firmware upgrade. I was.[/quote:1yxarg0a]
There isn't any security because there isn't any need for any.

Up until now, it has been a common practice for companies to give away firmware updates for free. But for some odd reason you can't even buy the firmware file by itself from either company, let alone download it for free. That by itself should tell you something.

I don't think either Honda or Garmin ever had any intent to actually prevent upgrading the firmware for free. I think they simply never agreed on who was going to provide this service. In the typical manner of bloated, large corporations, fixing this oversight is no small task, even though it should be. The people with the ability to remedy the problem are well insulated by a customer service maze that has no access to them to let them know there is a problem. I see this with the company I work for every day.
 

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Thanks Leebos. I don't get an audible "unverfied road" message with my 4.2 version, only a banner at the top of the display. My vavi did switch to daylight savings time about a week before my state did however. Thanks again, Dan.
 

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Thanks Leebos. I don't get an audible "unverfied road" message with my 4.2 version, only a banner at the top of the display. My vavi did switch to daylight savings time about a week before my state did however. Thanks again, Dan.
You're welcome.

What happened in the original firmware was that if the Navi audio was on and you were listining to the radio every time the "unverfied road" message poped up it bonged and cut off the radio. You had to turn the Navi voice prompts off in order to get rid of the bong interruption every 30 seconds or so. I jumped from the original in my 06 to the 4.31 so don't know if 4.2 changed this also.
 
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