GPS Devices: How To Download, Install & Update Maps On GPS Devices Guide

Author Administrator 12.6.2009. | 18:35

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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 portable GPS 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.

Before we start, 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. There is a lot of choices, to checkout our range of portable GPS devices, if you haven’t got one yourself yet.


What? A Portable 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 By Downloading Maps For Free

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


Download GPS Maps For Free

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 Step by Step Installation Guide

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.



Author Administrator 12.6.2009. | 18:35
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  1. Ramadan Elkott June 18, 19:33

    dear Poul, I bought a gps H84-a13 from china, and bougt also an IGO EU map on ssd. I am not able to see this map in GPD. under setup I can see SSD obly but not able to see any applications. I can also reset the gps. I can’t see the new path as you mentioned in your discription. furthermore I can see all contents of ssd in my Windows laptop. Thanks

  2. gagan June 29, 10:39

    can gps be installed in bikes also….

  3. Jim June 23, 04:34


    I bought a rage 4.3 GPS (4gb) which arrived a couple of days ago. I have been trying to install the iGo8 European satnav maps to it but have not been able to. I’ve tried installing the micro SD card into the unit and use of the USB cable to upload the file to the device with no success. The navi path states “ResidentFlash\iGO8\iGO8.exe

    Can you help please?



  4. James Mash June 23, 09:29

    Hi Jim,
    Please contact our Customer service team who will be happy to help with this. You can submit an email to them from this page
    They will get back to you ASAP.

  5. VINOD October 27, 16:31

    HI Friends
    I have on Road master car DVD+GPS inbuilt system with out software ,could some one advice me which gps map will be able to work with my system
    OS —- WINCE5
    your kind reply will be highly appreciated

  6. James Mash October 29, 09:18

    Hi Vinod

    There are a number of GPS systems that work for WIN CE5 such as TomTom, iGO, Route66 to name but a few. It would be hard to make a suggestions as this depends on whether you would like free or paid for software and also what maps you would like to use etc. I would recommend taking a look at the forum and also as these are good resources listing software options and download links with a lot of helpful info and suggestions for navigation software.

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

  7. VINOD December 21, 15:56

    Dear James Mash
    Thanks for your kind response
    1,I will pay for the software
    2,I need map for India
    Thanks and rgds

  8. Ali January 28, 17:01

    Can i install it on my gps? I have gocruise and it uses windows embeded ce6.0

  9. April 14, 23:44

    Good evening i am located in cameroon and please i will need more infos about GPS i need to know if you guys can develop me a GPS system and the server witch i can register cars in my server and set the GPS in the car so as to monitor the cars where ever it goes i want to develop this system and build my company so that people can also register their cars in my company so that if the car is stolen we can check in our server to see the destination and the location where its located or where it stop please get back to me with more details

  10. oneill August 20, 16:37

    i can’t download the exe file or any map for the gps.,
    can you provide me download link

  11. Recce September 20, 11:57

    Hi there, i have this model ( )

    but i can’t find the GPS Application .exe anywhere, can you please provide a LINK so i can download it ?

    – from Canada

    Thank you !

  12. Mike September 21, 11:20

    And you never will find gps maps just like the rest of us that bought garbage from this shitty fucking website!

  13. James Mash September 21, 15:45

    Hi Recce,

    I’m not sure on this GPS as it doesn’t look like one sold from Chinavasion, However after checking their site it appears to fun the WIN CE system for the GPS software.

    as i mentioned to Vinod before, there are a number of GPS systems that work for WIN CE

    I would recommend taking a look at the forum and also as these are good resources listing software options and download links with a lot of helpful info and suggestions for navigation software.

    If you’ve got any more questions about the GPS systems that we provide then you might want to send an email to our support staff at

    Hope that helps you.


  14. Olusegun A Onabanjo December 2, 17:41

    pls kindly send nigeria

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