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How to update your GPS maps: Magellan edition (photos)

CNET's Car Tech shows you how to make sure your Magellan GPS device has the most recent map data.

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Download the Magellan Content Manager

The first step in the process is to visit Magellan's site and download the Magellan Content Manager software.
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Install and log-in

Install the Magellan Content Manager software. You'll soon be greeted with this log-in screen. If you don't have a Magellan Profile, the software will link you to Magellan's Web site where you can register.
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Content Manager installed

If you've done everything correctly, you'll be greeted with a system tray notification.
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Connect via USB

With your software installed and ready to go, you're ready to connect your Magellan RoadMate device via USB. Once connected, your device should display a confirmation screen.
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Create device profile

Meanwhile, your Magellan software should recognize the device and prompt you to create a device profile and name your RoadMate. By default, the software will suggest the model number, but if you have multiple devices in your household, you'll want to choose something a bit more unique.
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Find available updates

Head back to Magellan's Web site and click the tab labeled Maps and Software. You'll be prompted to input you device's model number or supply a serial number. Once done, the site should list any available and compatible map updates.
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Choose your upgrade and purchase

Select the update that you want to install and you'll be taken to a shopping cart page where you can finalize your purchase. With your purchase approved, you'll receive a link from Magellan that will prompt the map installation via the Content Manager software.

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