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    @ErMonter
    Nice tip for the alternative of using openstreetmaps. The thing is though because they are 'non-NT' format images, they will work in any garmin device including the older units such as the GW units running the fw versions before 4.5/4.6. Only genuine Garmin issued maps are NT (New Technology) which is a proprietary format and has not been fully decrypted outside of Garmin, or if it has they're not saying .
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    I have attempted updating firmware and maps on two friends 2008 Goldwings. I have a 2010. We were unsucessful both times. I believe all instruction here is valid but did notice the last time that for just an instant the screen on the Goldwing GPS displayed "unable to read CF Card". We were using a 4 gig card and a faster speed. We had obtained the smallest and slowest we could locate. It appears we will have to order a 2 gig card online and try again. Can anyone verify this being a problem? We did not want to take a chance on corrupting the original card. I did see that someone else had the unable to read card issue but did not see a resolution to it.

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    Using a 4 Gib card should not be an issue, regardless of speed. The speed only relates to write speed. The read speed is the same regardless of the class of card (e.g. a SanDisk Ultra II has a minimum write speed of 15 MB/sec but its read speed is the same in your unit as a lower spec card). However, having an image file of 2 GiB or larger on your 4 Gib or larger card was once very much an issue because many older Garmin units had a file size limitation of 2 GiB. Later fw updates changed that for many units and their limit is now 4 Gib minus 1 byte which is actually a limitation of FAT32. Not sure if the GW and SP units are still stuck with the 2 GiB image size limit. You should try with a 2 Gib card but that may not be your problem in this case.
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    We tried installing the 4 gig card with no information on it. Fresh from package. We still noted the message unable to communicate with cf card.

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    If there is nothing on the card for the unit to read that message would not seem surprising perhaps? As to the other card(s) you tried, were they formatted with a PC or Mac? Some methods of formatting in FAT32 (there are more than one way, even with windows) are not easily recognised by some garmin units. I'd be trying again with the new card with the appropriate fw and img files on it (without reformatting first as the factory format should be universally readable). The other card(s) you tried may have been previously reformatted in FAT32 but in a way that garmin doesn't easily handle. You could try the older card(s) formatted using the tool from this thread: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. I've used RMPRepUSB to reformat sd cards and even a microdrive which couldn't even be read in windows and also for the internal memory of de-bricked nuvis. If you continue to have a problem with both the new card in it's original factory format and the older card(s) reformatted with RMPRepUSB and you are sure the instructions in Post #1 have been followed, you have at least eliminated the card format and need to look elsewhere for the problem.
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    Thanks for the tips but my friend lives several hundred miles away so it may be some time before we can attempt again. I will save this info and fwd to him. I will reply back here when we do reattempt. I am curious if anyone was sucessful with a larger card though. Had I not been staring at the screen while waiting for fw update I would have missed it. Message was only there for a second.

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    He's another thought. gcscott01 states in Post #1 that he used a 4 GiB card for his update to 4.6 and he also used a 4 GiB card for the 4.5 update. See here: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Garmin fw versions are always cumulative not progressive, but if a version earlier than 4.5 enables the unit to read a card larger than 2 GiB then it would explain the 'Unable to read CF card' message if a fw earlier than that one was on the unit. Just a shot in the dark, but if that's the case it should update ok using a 2 Gib card, and you could also try to do it progressively, >4.50>4.60. Good luck, looking forward to your report.
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    We will also try this, Thank you for a good idea.

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    Is there a way to downgrade the firmware again (restore original)? I did the update but now the verbal prompts are reversed, turn left when you should turn right.

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    If you have the earlier fw you could try doing the downgrade (as gupdate.gcd in a Garmin folder on an otherwise empty CF card) using the reset method from [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] here. Can't say it will work for sure though. Let us know how you go.
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