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    Sorry, I made a mistake.
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    Hello All,

    I have drivesmart 50 and I mistakenly updated the software to 5.40 and now my maps are locked. Current IMGpatcher list does not include this software to unlock the maps, so is there any workaround to unlock the maps while waiting for an updated version of the patcher. I was thinking to downgrade the software to 5.30 or an older version and patch it but I am not sure how to do it. I remember someone posted a link to a zip file the would be unzipped to an SD card that would patch the software for the drivesmart 50 but I can not find the post by searching it in the forum.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i_love View Post
    Hello All,

    I have drivesmart 50 and I mistakenly updated the software to 5.40 and now my maps are locked. Current IMGpatcher list does not include this software to unlock the maps, so is there any workaround to unlock the maps while waiting for an updated version of the patcher. I was thinking to downgrade the software to 5.30 or an older version and patch it but I am not sure how to do it. I remember someone posted a link to a zip file the would be unzipped to an SD card that would patch the software for the drivesmart 50 but I can not find the post by searching it in the forum.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Garmin No longer allows downloading of older versions (for obvious reasons).
    You will need to find this file DriveandDriveSmart40_50_530.gcd
    If you have backups of your device you need to look for GUPDATE.GCD in the hidden ./System folder.
    Without this file you cannot proceed to do the downgrade.

    I don't recommend patching of devices, can lead to bricking the device.
    Downgrading is however relatively safe.
    Last edited by dasilvarsa; 27th September 2017 at 06:19 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_love View Post
    ...... I have drivesmart 50 and I mistakenly updated the software to 5.40 and now my maps are locked. Current IMGpatcher list does not include this software to unlock the maps, so is there any workaround to unlock the maps while waiting for an updated version of the patcher. I was thinking to downgrade the software to 5.30 or an older version and patch it but I am not sure how to do it. I remember someone posted a link to a zip file the would be unzipped to an SD card that would patch the software for the drivesmart 50 but I can not find the post by searching it in the forum. ........
    Most older version of firmware are still available on the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] however there's no need to downgrade the firmware, patch V5.40 normally. The firmware list txt file is only included for user information on the MAP/GMA/MSV/GSV protection of various devices' firmware. The patcher itself is universal and when the device's HWID is listed in the HWID.txt file it's firmware can be patched. Because drivesmart have maximum protection, you can't initially flash a patched firmware as a GCD file so must convert the patched GCD to an appropriate safely-named RGN then flash in preboot. However some devices are tricky to get into preboot mode and only hold it for a matter of seconds therefore many new users have difficulty. There may have been an SD card flash kit using BIN files made up for someone previously using an older HWID 2267 firmware version, if you find the post and the link is still live you can use it and then upgrade to V5.40 via a patched GCD file. Flashing via microSD bypasses the need for preboot mode and is also safe PROVIDED the kit has been prepared properly. Don't attempt to make such a kit yourself, the slightest mistake can genuinely result in a brick.

    On the subject of potential bricking by this patcher, there have been problems in other forums which have copied the patcher from here. As long as adequate safeguards are used i.e. the directions in the initial post here are followed TO THE LETTER you won't brick your device. There's not a single case in this forum of a device being permanently bricked using this patcher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butters View Post
    On the subject of potential bricking by this patcher, there have been problems in other forums which have copied the patcher from here. As long as adequate safeguards are used i.e. the directions in the initial post here are followed TO THE LETTER you won't brick your device. There's not a single case in this forum of a device being permanently bricked using this patcher.
    It's like defusing* a bomb? Some how that doesn't instilled confident for a newbie But lets keep in mind, software and instruction are not responsible for "bricking" your device. If you choose to do it, accept the responsibility of the outcome. That being said, perhaps if there is an "easy" way of unbricking it, it would chase away the "Butter"flies.

    * I'm going to tell you exactly what wire to cut. Cut the red BOOOMM! Damn it, I said reddish wire, not the red wire...
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    There is always the possibility of bricking a device.
    Devices have been bricked by using "Garmin Express"
    Devices have been bricked by adding a "File that is corrupt"
    Devices have been bricked by flashing firmware if the battery of the device is "low" or "not up to scratch"
    "bad usb cable" "bad usb connection" "user does not have the necessary knowledge" etc etc etc
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    Hi All,

    I followed the procedure in the first post and my device is working now with all maps installed. Thanks for all who contributed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasilvarsa View Post
    There is always the possibility of bricking a device.
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    Sure, and then we unbrick them. Unless someone does something incredibly stupid like flash a firmware from another device most 'bricking' is not permanent. In the case of this firmware patcher, it's only fw_all.bin that is patched. That's aka 'the main system software' which resides in region 14 (0x0E). If it's not playing nice and the device can't boot because rgn14 has been erased or because it's corrupt then 'System Software Missing' shows on screen when the device is powered up and it should default to preboot mode. The fix? Properly reflash the firmware. Which is "easy", because it's already in preboot so a properly prepared and safely named RGN file (i.e. <HWID>01000<SWV>.rgn) can be simply loaded to the device.

    Quote Originally Posted by osiris4isis View Post
    It's like defusing* a bomb?
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    NOOOO! Not the reddish wire ..... that's the PINK wire. (Always cut the blue wire, you might end up dead but at least no one gets offended. When we get a rainbow wire you can cut that instead)

 

 
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