June 12th 2009

Install Maps On GPS Devices: An Easy ‘How To’ Guide

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By Ali Dayekh

Paper Maps Are So 20th Century

Remember those days when you were trying to get somewhere but your view was blocked by a huge paper map? What about having to park and take out your map, spread it on the hood of your car, and then figure out where you were? How did you feel? Frustrated!

Those days are now behind us thanks to the wonders of GPS Navigation. In fact I wouldn’t know where to begin if I didn’t have my trustworthy GPS handheld navigator with me these days.

And while there’s lots of GPS handheld devices on the market and several reliable GPS software providers sometimes the software provider doesn’t have the device you want and the device maker doesn’t carry the software you want.
Some less than honest merchants have even tried passing off trial or cracked software as the real thing on their GPS units.

Chinavasion has come to the party with a wide range of GPS handheld devices ready for any GPS software that you might want to throw on it, at really low prices. Just like our phones we provide GPS devices without software, ready for you to load on whichever suits you.

So Many Choices

Just check out some of the models below:

Navigo - 7 Inch Touch Screen GPS Navigatorsports portable GPS

GPS Handheld touchscreencompact GPS handheld

GPS handheld devices come in all shapes and sizes at Chinavasion and can be picked up for very little money.

What? A GPS without software?!

It’s simple! Your new Chinavasion GPS device only comes loaded with trial software just to let you make sure that it works, however we let you choose which software you finally use by giving you an ‘unlocked’ GPS which is basically empty and save you money by not forcing you to pay for maps you don’t need.

Let’s look at Garmin. If you buy a Garmin you have to use their software (maps). In fact, if you buy any GPS from the high street it will come loaded with its manufacturer’s software (maps). This not only takes the freedom to choose, often better, software away from you, but also increases the price a lot as you’re paying extra for the software.

Take Control

OK, I’ve bought my GPS and I’m trying to choose the right software, what should I choose?

There are a number of providers who do a better job in different parts of the world (View the results on GPS provider poll to see what other Chinavasion customers prefer). Also speak to friends, colleagues and check discussions on the internet (such as a facebook group for TomTom for instance) for guidance and ideas about which software is good in your region.

Here are some of the better-known GPS software providers:

  • TomTom
  • Route 66
  • Magellan

Let Me Tell You A Secret

You could spend big money on a manufacturer’s software…or you could download it for free from the internet. You decide!

Check out Chinavasion’s GPS Explained article for further information on how and where to find FREE GPS software!

Easy To Install

Follow this step-by step guide on how to install the GPS software on our 5 Inch touchscreen GPS Unit [CVGY-CS19] But it doesn’t really matter which of our models you buy, the system should be the same or very similar.

The first thing to do is to put the SD card the software is on into the SD card slot:

As soon as you power up this model you see a screen with various media options including: Music, GPS, Video, Photo, Settings, and Flash.


Select setting then tap the setting image as shown above to get into the setting menu.


Once you are in the settings menu you will need to find the navigational path option, this could be on the first page of options but if it isn’t press the arrow button to see if it is in the second menu.


Now you are in the file selection menu and your job is to find an .exe file to initiate the GPS software. To do this in this model you hit the arrow button beside a file entry point. This is a little like the search button on Google.


Hopefully a folder will appear on the screen, much like it does in your computer. Double click on it to see the contents and look for the file marked exe.


Ah, there it is.


Once you’ve found it doubleclick on it and you will be taken back to the screen one step back.


The main difference between this screen and the last time you saw it should be that now there is a file listed on the screen. All you need to do is save that file:


And exit to the settings menu.


And that’s it you just need to exit back to the main menu and select the GPS option and you will never be without a map again.


80 comments...What do you think?

  1. Posted by antonio 13th July, 2009 at 4:05 am

    I just want to know that amount of RAM owns Navigator CVIO CS21. This is to understand what vesion of TomTom can install.
    Thank you

  2. Posted by Gareth 14th July, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Antonio,

    That model has 128mb of Flash ROM and 64mb of SDRAM.

    I hope that helps

  3. Posted by João F. 14th July, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Could you tell me what to do to install 2 or 3 navigators.
    I recently bought one gps in this site.

    My best regards,


  4. Posted by antonio 17th July, 2009 at 12:01 am

    thank you!

  5. Posted by rui 21st July, 2009 at 1:15 am

    where do I get the maps?

  6. Posted by Gareth 21st July, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Rui,

    You can get the maps by looking online for GPS maps for your region, or by getting in contact with your local GPS provider.

  7. Posted by Gareth 21st July, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Hi João,

    Thank you very much for your question and for buying a GPS from us. In answer to your question these units have the RAM capabilities to run only one piece of GPS software at a time and we would not recommend installing two systems.

  8. Posted by marcio 28th August, 2009 at 1:29 am

    This device works in Japan? thanks

  9. Posted by Gareth 29th August, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Hi marcio,

    Yes these devices should work in Japan

  10. Posted by Jack 11th September, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    How can I deinstall the second GPS-software if I install it?

  11. Posted by Mark Sanderson 28th September, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Can I install Route 66 ( On cd ) that I got with the Nokia 6110 Navigator onto the unit?

  12. Posted by Gareth 28th September, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Mark,

    No you cannot as that will be set up for simbian OS when our GPS Devices work on a windows mobile platform.

  13. Posted by Richard 29th September, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Would you be able to provide a link to any tomtom software that will work on your gps devices… OR could you give me the exact names of tomtom software that will work on your devices?? TomTom’s website onloy offer TomTom Home which runs on your PC at home.

  14. Posted by Joseph 8th October, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    If i copy the gps map from sim card to another .Do you tell me if it’s works ?

  15. Posted by Ben 9th October, 2009 at 2:33 am

    HI…i’m really glad that i found this page. This is probably a stupid question. I want to have TOMTOM software running on my device.
    I take it that to do this, i don’t just buy the map..i need to buy their software which i think is called ‘navigator’? Their site keeps showing what devices it can be used for, but obviously my one isn’t listed as it’s not a smartphone or mobile pda.
    Could you help at all?

  16. Posted by Anton 9th October, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Today I received the GPS mentioned Above. I’m trying to put some music and video’s on the SD card, but it seems to be full. Is this the case? How do I put my own files on this device?


  17. Posted by jsarrio 9th October, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    In the GPS that there is integrated at DVD’s systems of the cars, GPS can also put on the check marks that say in the devices, and another question that these devices have internal memory, refer me to Flux Capacitor the 7 inch Dual Zone Car DVD System ( GPS + DVB T )

  18. Posted by Gareth 10th October, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Hi Anton,

    GPS software normally takes up quite a lot of space but you should still be able to get a few songs onto there. It will also work with a 4GB USB card if you need to put more on there

    If you’ve got any more questions about the GPS reader you might want to send an email to our support staff at [email protected]

  19. Posted by Gareth 10th October, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Ben,

    The software that you are looking for is probably TomTom 5 for GPS Receiver.

    However, before buying we recommend you take the demos they have on the site, install it on your GPS unit and test it out. If it works then you can buy the full version, if it doesn’t then try a different version of the software.

  20. Posted by Josh 12th October, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I recently purchased a CVFX-C02 car multimedia system. The gps runs on windows ce but i cant get any tomotm software to work on it. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Josh

  21. Posted by Anton 18th October, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I solved my problem:
    - It was not Igo, but the SD card that is corrupted (quality?)
    - With Recuva, I was able to restore the files on the SD card. They were still on the card, but not visible without Recuva.
    - I copied the restored files to another SD card, and everything seems to work well.

    My remaining question: Is there any risk of losing functionality/license when copying the files to another SD card?


  22. Posted by majlinda 22nd October, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    hello,I want to buy a Street Ninja 7 Inch Car DVD Player System with DVB-T and GPS from Chinavasion.Please,tell me which is software more probably for it

  23. Posted by majlinda 22nd October, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    i travell in the Europe and Balkan

  24. Posted by Anton 29th October, 2009 at 5:11 am

    After getting iGO8 to work I’m trying to upgrade to 8.3. No matter what I try, I get the “application database not found” error. I guess this has something to do with the “[folders]” segment in “sys.txt”. I tried all (well, I think all) options, but still the same error. Does anyone know how to solve this?


  25. Posted by Anton 31st October, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Hi There,

    Everything solved. To see how, go to http://www.gpsunderground.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10038&page=41, starting with post 410


  26. Posted by Paul 11th November, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I have bought a Chinese GPS and tried to run Destnator on it…….. BUT it will NOT read the SATELLITES. The same SD card used on a locally bought similar unit DOES read the Satellites.

    Does any body know how to get it to work Please

    Thank you

  27. Posted by anthony 13th November, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Flux Capacitor 7 Inch Dual Zone Car DVD System (GPS)
    were can i get a map 4 this gps that work i got a tomtom 300 and it did not work what can i do

  28. Posted by ilja 7th December, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Hi, I have the street Ninja 7″ and I have problems to runn IGO8.3! Can anybody give me a running sys.txt?

    thank you!

  29. Posted by Astrid 13th December, 2009 at 6:44 am

    I just bought a GPS in this web and I can´t download any gps software in my device, may somebody tell me a webpage where I can get one software that works???, It´s been very hard to find it!!! thank you

  30. Posted by Dario Ferrer 15th December, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Hello I just got a gps from this website, but I cannot find a software that Works can someone please help me with this thank you

  31. Posted by brian 6th February, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Hi There,
    I have just bought iGO 8.3 for UK/Irl and cannot get it to work in my” street ninja “which I got on this website the route 66 evaluation I got with the unit works Ok
    Can you help ?
    PS the unit the fits into the 2003 Subaru Forester perfectly

  32. Posted by Gareth 6th February, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Brian,

    Could we check whether or not iGo 8.3 runs using Windows CE version 6? The Street Ninja uses a Windows CE 5 OS and Windows CE 6 software is known to have problems with CE 5 OS systems on occasion.

  33. Posted by brian 6th February, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Gareth,
    I will try to find out whether it uses win CE 6 or 5 from the supplier in the meantime I have looked up the sys file and it reads %SDCARD%iGO8 and looking at previous blogs I saw that this was changed to read %SDMMC%iGO8 which I think from the blog this worked.
    I can get to a point in the setup which reads SDMMC2577 autorun exe but when I hit OK nothing happens.
    Am I on the wrong track

  34. Posted by ata 9th February, 2010 at 3:10 am

    I need to update maps of europe route 66
    because the maps are very old
    my gps CVJY-C29]

  35. Posted by Gareth 9th February, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Hi ata,

    Thanks for your comment, as a rule we don’t offer any software support for our GPS units because of the variances in which works best for which region. If there was software that came with it it was for evaluation purposes only and you should go to your GPS agent and get a genuine copy of the software.

  36. Posted by James 15th February, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Just bought a King Cobra from you guys.. I’m installing it and I need to know what the “back” (orange) wire is for, and what to connect it to. I have done a Google search didn’t find any clear answers.

  37. Posted by MARCIO 25th February, 2010 at 3:20 am



  38. Posted by Gareth 2nd March, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Hi Marcio,

    All our GPS devices come with trial software only. As a result it will be up to you to find them. You should be able to find them by looking online for a GPS software vendor or going to your local GPS software shop.

  39. Posted by Bero 17th March, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I bought few month ago Road King 7 Inch High-Def Car DVD Player with GPS and DVB-T, I installed few software but after using the gps for 15 or 20 minutes it will stop responding and get a message in chinese, now I am using a full version of polnav and still have the same problem, could you please help me thanks

  40. Posted by Mike 30th March, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Hi Ali,

    I bought from CVasion a Road King 7 Inch High-Def Car DVD Player with GPS and DVB-T with a trial
    softwhere for route66. I tried to install Tom Tom but is failing. After the installation it refusing to start. Can you tell me what I must do with this specific model ?

    Thank you



  41. Posted by Freyah 31st March, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I bought the King Cobra and the Pocketmaps but they don’t seem to work. It runs with Windows CE 5. Can someone help? Which type of GPS software should I buy for it and how do I set it up?


  42. Posted by Luis 6th April, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I purchased CVGY-CS18 and when I was trying to setup software I do not know what I did wrong but the word “Update Done” is shown in the upper left corner and I cannot move from there no menus or graphics, even I can not turn the device off. Is it possible to obtain a copy of the trial software because I believe I erased it accidentaly. Please advise if possible.

  43. Posted by Luke Haskell 14th April, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I purchased a budget stereo gps from Chinavasion and I installed Nav n go on sd. Everything seems to work except the stereo can not find a gps signal. Help?

  44. Posted by Raj Kumar 16th April, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Please tell me how much is the Price of the
    Software of
    GuideStar – 4.3 Inch Touchscreen Portable GPS Navigator
    to be able to get the GPS to run in Australia?

  45. Posted by Gareth 19th April, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Hi Raj,

    The GPS unit currently costs 114 Australian dollars, it should work in Australia and you should be able to check it out on it’s product page GuideStar – 4.3 Inch Touchscreen Portable GPS Navigator

  46. Posted by steph 25th April, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Hi,I bought the Stargate 7′ touch screnn with gps, and it does not come with any soft ware, does any one know to get gps software for this, can I download a certain one,or can I buy a certain one on a sd card? please help!! I dont know what brand this is compatible with….

  47. Posted by Gareth 5th May, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Luke,

    Could we check if the Nav n go a pirated version or the real thing? Could you also make sure that the GPS antenna attached and in plain view? If this doesn’t work, please contact our customer support dept for a return.

  48. Posted by Gareth 5th May, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Luis,

    I’m sorry to say but that sounds like a firmware flash. Our apologies but firmware flashes void the warranty.

  49. Posted by Gareth 5th May, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Bero,

    If it was professionally installed, we’ll accept the return. It’s difficult for us to troubleshoot without hands on testing. Also what software did you install?

  50. Posted by Andrey 15th May, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Bero
    How did you INSTALL gps software on road king 7″. I’ve got TomTom and Sygic software, but have no idea how to install it in to my dvd player.

  51. Posted by Gareth 20th May, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Hi Steph,

    Could you please check out our page on GPS, GPS Navigation 101 it should help you get the answers you need

  52. Posted by Gareth 20th May, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Hi Mike,

    One thing we would suggest is finding your local car DVD/GPS specialist and asking them for help.

    IF there’s a problem with the GPS itself you are more than welcome to get in contact with us at

  53. Posted by Gareth 20th May, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Hi Anthony,

    Can you check out our page on GPS Navigation 101 for information?

  54. Posted by Gareth 20th May, 2010 at 11:56 am

    We have answered this in our GPS Navigation 101 troubleshooting section.

  55. Posted by Gareth 20th May, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Can you check out our page on GPS Navigation 101 for information?

  56. Posted by Gareth 20th May, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Andrey,

    Hit the GPS icon, go into NAV SETUP and you’ll be given the opportunity to browse for your GPS .exe file. Once you’ve found it, save the path so that the unit can go to there each time to run GPS. Then run GPS.

  57. Posted by Jim 24th May, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I have a CVFX-C23… 7 inch double din DVD.. I am having trouble loading up TomTom GPS software to the unit. Which TomTom software works with this unit? Thanks

  58. Posted by Terry Williams 25th May, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    I need to order or find out where to order route 66 for my GPS.

  59. Posted by Gareth 26th May, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Terry,

    As we have said previously GPS navigation software isn’t something we can help you with. One thing you might want to try (as cold as it sounds) is to Google Route 66 you will probably be able to purchase the software you need off the official site.

  60. Posted by Gareth 26th May, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Jim,

    We cannot help with GPS software selection any more than saying the software you need to select needs to be compatible with Windows CE 5.0.

    One thing you might want to do is to take a look at the forums listed on our GPS navigation page. Somebody on those forums might have the answer you are after.

  61. Posted by Tom 22nd June, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I too purchased the King Cobra and have 2 questions that I must have answered;-

    1) The problem I believe is not with 3rd party GPS software but with the N-500 antenna itself. Using the supplied “GPS viewer” software within the CE enviroment (Windows directory) it appears no signal is present. Therefore I can only assume the antenna is faulty or the CE configuration/driver for the GPS is incorrect. Please address this with some urgency as there are many people with the same problem.

    2) DVB-T : I am in New Zealand and have been informed that we use MPEG-4 format and not the MPEG-2 format listed in the specifications. I can scan for the tv channels with no problem but cannot view because of the wrong codec. IS IT POSSIBLE to simply change the driver/codec from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4? A very simple task for a standard computer but not sure for Windows CE.

    One last thing, in answer to the guy who wanted to know what the orange “BACK” wire is for; this is to connect to the “REVERSE” light of your car (if your using the reverse camera, else dont bother about it).


  62. Posted by Xavier 25th June, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    i’m using a GPS as shown in the home page. The problem is i don’t have the driver CD for that. From wher i can download the drivers. i brought this GPS set from my friend. also i’m not able to add music and video files. i tried with
    a separate SD card copied with music and video files.

  63. Posted by Barry 17th July, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I have one of your 7″ GPS machines. I wish to instal my route 66 software. This guide doesn’t help because there is no Route66 exe file to point to on the SD disk. It is an installation disk with an autoexec.exe file and all the software in a .CAB file. The installation instructions from route66 say to just insert the SD card and the software will automatically instal. That doesn’t happen. What are the steps to manually install the software?

  64. Posted by Jacob Francis 31st July, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Mr. Gareth / any other person who can advise me

    I brought Model CVIO-CS21 gps pnd from chinavision. When i click Gps singal in settings, I am getting error “Can’t open GPS port!”. I have igo8 installed on this and when i try the settings GPS for “autodetect”, it scan all communication ports and giving me error “! GPS could not found”. Can you please help me on this ?. Do you think there is some techinical problem that the gps hardware damaged or is it any software or settings problem ?.

    Can anyone advise me on this. My email address is “[email protected]



  65. Posted by Adrian 2nd August, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Dear Jacob,

    Thanks for contacting Chinavasion. Sorry to hear about this issue.

    Please send this information to [email protected] and they will offer you assistance within 24hrs.

    Please let us know if there’s anything else that we can help with.

    We hope this helps and you’re issue is solved quickly!

  66. Posted by arjan 2nd August, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Hi, which tomtom version/ program do we have to use.. we tried tt7 for pda, but the road king does not recognize the cab files.. guess we do need an exe..


  67. Posted by Adrian 4th August, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Arjan,

    Please send your question to: [email protected] and they will help you within 24hrs.

    Thanks for the contact.

    Chinavasion Marketing

  68. Posted by Adrian 4th August, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Xavier,

    Unfortunately we cannot offer support to people who bought Chinavasion products from a reseller.

    You can find and download GPS software from the internet.

    Thanks for the contact.

  69. Posted by Adrian 21st September, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Tom,
    Please forward this and any enquiry to: support [@] chinavasion [.com]
    They will offer you the technical support that you require.

  70. Posted by Hamed 24th September, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Hi guys,

    I have just bought a smart gps mobile phone from chinavasion. I think this is the name of the product CVFD-M134.
    I live in Australia and unfortunately they dont have Australian map in this website. I am quite confused as how to find an Australian map for my mobile. Appreciate it if someone could help me.


  71. Posted by Adrian 25th September, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Hi Hamed,
    Have you checked: http://download.chinavasion.com/GPS+Maps?
    You can find more maps here.
    If not, please contact: support [@] chinavasion [.com]

  72. Posted by shay 25th September, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    i buy this unit……it works good unthil i conect it to my pc……….
    since than it have a massage update done…..and it refuse to work……what shel i do ???

  73. Posted by Adrian 27th September, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Hi Shay,
    Sorry to hear about your difficulty.
    Customer Support will be able to offer you guidance.
    Please contact them at: support [@] chinavasion [.com]

  74. Posted by mauricio 30th September, 2010 at 11:07 am

    HI I just got my Road Nav GPS from you guys, but i’m having trouble set in up the route 66 gpd software I did all the process but is not working….also I thinkg the Bluetooh is not working on the device because I try to connect and icant’,…..can you help—

  75. Posted by Adrian 6th October, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Hi Mauricio,
    Please contact: support [@] chinavasion [.com] and they will help you with this issue asap.

  76. Posted by Kirsten 21st January, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I bought a GPS unit that was supposed to have software loaded. But it seems that the SD card was corrupt and I reformatted it FAT and now i can see the SD card under the Navi Path button. There were no files on my SD card, i checked with my PC prior to reformatting.

    Now, I am just testing software that i got of my other garmin GPS unit. If I was to buy software – what kind of file will get the unit working? Does it have to be a *.exe file? THe Manual for my unit said i should have “Navione.exe” to get it started.


  77. Posted by Kirsten 21st January, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I have been looking for Garmin software and Tomtom software online for my unlocked GPS. Their websites dont seem to have anything for sale except their devices AND maps to go with the devices. How do i get the navigation software? I am soooo lost.

  78. Posted by Valentin Chialda 17th November, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I bought GPS device CVGY-CS12 from ChinaVasion. I needed to replace the SD card.
    I installed new GPS softwares on 2GB SD card, but when I click on GPS icon, nothing happens.
    I saw that on other devices it asks for the executable path. Not in this case. Do you know what can be done ?
    Or there is an option to edit the path for the GPS icon ?


  79. Posted by xlxmarketing 18th November, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Valentin,
    Could you please email our customer staff at [email protected] with your order number? Your inquiry will be served in 24 hours! Thanks!

  80. Posted by Dave 17th May, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I hop somebody cane help me out there. i bought a GPS watch with a SOS botton. the modle number is CVNI-G170_2GEN i would like to how to set up the numbers in it . can anybody help me

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