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    Tool Universal Firmware Patcher for Protected Garmin Devices

    Universal Firmware Patcher for Protected Garmin Devices v.1.10

    This is an universal firmware patcher for protected Garmin devices.
    Many devices recently have a strong firmware protection and cannot use unlocked maps because firmware requires .gma and has MSV ( Map Signature Verification).

    In this list you will be able to check if your device firmware requires this patcher or if it just needs [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or simply an .unl file or old gimgunlock or PGFT.

    Important note by MOD: Please check in attached list, in spoilers below, if you need to flash patched .rgn in preboot mode or if you simply can flash patched.gcd normal way because the original firmware does not contain a GSV check yet (GSV: ---) 2r768ol
    Montana 680t users: read the note at the bottom of this post. 7RTJsF4

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    Newest firmware updated lists 16-10-2016: This post requires you to click the "LIKE this post" button and hit F5 to read this content.
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    Warning - Improper use of this software can damage your device: It's strongly recommended to backup your device files and Non-Volatile memory before playing with firmware. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and then [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Do it both before and after the following procedure.

    Procedure to use the patcher and to load the patched firmware in preboot mode ("GSV: Yes" devices) :

    Prerequisite:must have Garmin USB drivers installed to use Updater.exe.

    1) Remove any gupdate.gcd in your device.

    2) Set it to Mass Storage. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    3) Download the patcher (Version 1.10 updated on 28-07-16):
    This post requires you to click the "LIKE this post" button and hit F5 to read this content.
    (Changelog:
    Improved the universal pattern (for GVS) to make it more accurate. Problem with nuvi 57/58 and nuvi 67/68 solved.
    Prev.
    Added DriveAssist 50 thanks Philipych
    DriveLuxe50 and Drive and Drive Smart 60/70 added [thanks Philipych])
    Earlier:fixes to have a more universal and flexible tool.

    4) Copy the patcher in a directory along with your firmware gupdate.gcd [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Note: be sure to get your device's CORRECT firmware for its HWID, check it in GarminDevice.xml: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or here: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Do it or you can brick your device. This is particularly easy to mix-up for some 2xxx devices which have both 'C4' and 'normal' version firmware. It takes mere seconds to insure against flashing a mismatched HWID firmware which will result in hours of grief and possibly a hard-bricked device which can't be revived at all or without expert assistance.

    5) Drop the gupdate.gcd in its window, the patcher will provide the patched gcd file as 'gupdate_patched.gcd' in your chosen directory [if your unit can flash initially by GCD file you should increase the firmware version, see [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], but not needed for RGN flash]. 2r768olSee below if your device has "GSV: ---" because you can skip Steps 6-8 as you don't need to load using an RGN file [but you can if you want to that way]. You can flash even initially with a patched GCD file higher version number as explained.2r768ol. If your device has "GSV: Yes" then you must initially flash it with an RGN file using Updater.exe so continue on with Steps 6-8. Regardless of method used do Step 9 to finish.

    6) Download RGNTool from here: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    7) Drop your gupdate_patched.gcd in RGN_Tool and save it as an .rgn file. Important: Save it only in this format 'xxxx01000yyy.rgn' where 'xxxx' is your used firmware's 4 numeral HWID and 'yyy' is the software version. See [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] for naming reason safety and procedure.

    8) Download Updater.exe from here: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Copy Updater.exe in a directory along your firmware.rgn, drag the .rgn in Updater.exe icon, Updater.exe will open, enable 'USB Device':
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    Remember you must remove any previous gupdate.gcd if it's in your device before flashing any updates with an RGN file like this. If you forgot to check, stop and look now. If gupdate.gcd is present in the device's .System folder remove it from there before going on.
    Now plug your device to only the PC's REAR port [strictly no hub use either], the device will start and immediately, before or as Garmin logo appears firmly press upper left corner of screen to get preboot mode and make Updater.exe see your device, at the point the device details show in the window next to 'USB Device' immediately click OK (still holding upper left corner until the flashing process is finished and Updater shows "Success!" message). Safely unplug device from the PC. Some devices reach preboot differently, check yours - All devices Preboot Mode : [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    9) Clear Non Volatile Memory [aka NV, NonVol or nonvol] (note: if you don't want to get weird problems later, do it!) Nuvi: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or reset your device [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    You are done, your device is unprotected, now you can use every kind of unlocked maps (NTU too).

    2r768ol
    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    None of the units listed as "GSV: ---" need initial loading with RGN file via Updater.exe. You may if you wish flash those devices, even initially, with a patched GCD file.
    NOTE: To flash a firmware update in the future, just patch the new gupdate.gcd, remember to remove any previous gupdate.gcd in your device, then flash new fw safely and easily only by placing the patched gupdate.gcd in microSD [sd:\Garmin\gupdate.gcd] not in Device's .System folder. The reason being that if the GCD file is faulty it could brick the device in .System ['brick' as in prevent it from booting]. If it causes a problem stuck on 'loader' when on a card, removing the card removes the problem and the device will work normally. 2r768ol You can even flash initially via patched GCD file if your unit has no GSV in firmware. If you accidentally load a new version of original [unpatched] firmware and your device has "GSV: Yes" then you'll need to revert to the RGN method.

    Warning - Improper use of this software can damage your device: It's strongly recommended to backup your device files and NV before playing with firmware. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    7RTJsF4 Warning for Montana 680 users:
    after loading patched firmware, reset the unit and disable Geocache Dashboard in map settings before using unlocked map or the unit locks up when it is selected.


    Thanks to this forum and its members who inspired me


    If you fail, before posting, read "troubleshooting" in post #2
    WARNING: don't use files posted in other forums, not original and not updated, they can hardly brick your devices!
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    Troubleshooting
    Common patcher flashing failure reasons:


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    If you fail once don't worry, be PERSISTENT and keep on trying

    and, to avoid to waste your and our time, ALWAYS use [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to unlock your maps
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    [I know weak protection firmware doesn't need it, but my experience in this thread tells me to write this here ]
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    big-bang, Thank You!
    If i use it with 35x7, i will doesn't need to unlock any future releases of the maps? Simple drop it to device without "prepatching"?

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    @Astx

    This patcher does not affect the unlocking of maps, it disables MSV only.
    Firmwares of the nuvi 35xx do not contain the MSV yet.

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    Welcome to GPS Power Big-Bang! What a great first post reflecting a huge amount of work not only in making the patcher but in compiling such a comprehensive reference table. I'm stunned that such an amazing tool has even been made and now released publicly. Rep+ added and i'm sure you'll get more of that and endless likes too! Thanks for choosing GPS Power to release this patcher.

    So, as said by Cnfhbr, my understanding is that modern units including Astx's 35x7 HWID 1603 [MSV: --- | GVS: Yes] absolutely still do still need map unlock with gimunlock+MapSigPatch but don't need the fw patcher, i.e. any for map which is not LM OEM to the unit or not purchased officially.

    Therefore, the units which benefit most from the firmware patcher are the ones with a 'strong' protection which have been unable to use either original gimgunlock or gimgunlock+MapSigPatch to unlock 'official' maps, e.g.: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Such units generally are shown in the table with "MSV: Yes" and "GSV: Yes". Units with "MSV: Yes" and "GSV: ---" also benefit. Note there is 'strong' MSV and 'weak' MSV and those with 'strong' must be patched whereas 'weak' only need patching for Unicode map use. After treating the fw with the patcher they all can then use any maps unlocked even with the original gimgunlock without the MapSigPatch.

    Because units such as 35x7 are shown "MSV: ---" and "GSV: Yes", and don't have an MSV check they can continue to use just gimunlock+MapSigPatch to treat maps unless higher protection by way of Map Signature Verification is included in later fw versions. Other earlier units can even continue to use the original gimgunlock because they have "MVS: ---" and "GSV: ---" and an example is nuvi 2xx with latest fw.

    So the table gives an easy ready-reference: Units needing their firmware treated with the new fw patcher and maps unlocked with gimgunlock; and those needing only maps unlocked with gimunlock+MapSigPatch; and those needing only maps unlock with original gimunlock [or of course alternately with gimgunlock+MapSigPatch]; and finally those now rare older units which continue to need only an UNL file.

    It also seems that it's the units which contain a GSV check i.e. both "MSV: Yes" and "GSV: Yes" e.g. nuvi 53/55/56/65/66 etc ['weak' MSV so only need patching for Unicode map use]; 25x9/26x9; 2xx7/8[C4 HWID 2077]; dezl x70; zumo 590; nuvicam etc ['strong' MSV] where only the initial fw loading needs be done as a patched GCD file converted to an RGN file and then loaded using Updater.exe, later versions of fw can be then be simply loaded via a patched GCD file. For units with "MSV: Yes" and "GSV: ---" even the initial loading can be via patched GCD file.

    I'm completely stunned not only by this achievement but also it's quietly modest unassuming release .....

    Edit: A summary here: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
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    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] should make their first post as a new Intro Thread in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

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    I never had any doubts what the best programmer will live on the beach of Lake Nyasa! I will be happy if this person make the map of Russia for Garmin
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    Big Bang - can you be more specific about the procedure in step 3. I end up at a French book site where the original zip file can not be found.

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    It is simple, when you open the page (French site) on the right side you have 2 rectangular windows (gray and green).
    Click on grey one (the text in it finish with NORMAL). Fill verification code (also on the right side of the screen).
    Press Enter and download will start immediately. That's it.
    Last edited by isg; 3rd December 2015 at 13:34.

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    I have a very strange problem at steps 4,5. I copy *.gcd in the same folder as patcher lies. The latter works successfully, but in win7 in that folder the patched file is absent! When I press "Browse" button in patcher I can see my created patched *.gcd, but it is not available and not visible any other way. Please, how to solve this problem?

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    Only if shown "MSV: ---" and "GSV: Yes" will generate a patched gcd.

 

 
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