I was given an old Garmin satnav Nüvi 1310 ages ago. The maps are 2011 and the battery life is almost non-existent. It does come with car 12v power cable and a windscreen mount.
Due to unforeseen circumstances my phone was unable perform it's usual Sat-Nav duties with Waze
the most amazing free sat nav system available. So I dug out the Garmin from the bottom of my car boot. It did manage to get me to and from my destination, but did not take the optimum route. Problem being the out of date maps, 2011.
I know Sat-Navs are close to being disposably cheap but I really wanted to know if I could update this one. mapas.alternativaslibres.es
takes the daily output of the OpenStreetMap project
and packages the maps into Garmin ready files. They have maps for countries from all around the world and updated daily.
The process for my Nüvi 1310 was
Find a spare micro SD card (docs say it should be FAT32 and under 4GB but my VFAT 8GB worked fine)
Download the compressed IMG file for the country you want.
Make a folder called Garmin
in the root of the drive and extract the IMG file.
Plug it in and navigate to Tools/Settings/Map
then hit the separate Info
Make sure the OpenSteetMap
file is enabled.
I also needed to disable the existing Garmin maps on the same page.
Instant new life to an otherwise obsolete device!