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

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.



12.6.2009. | 18:35
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  1. Gareth May 20, 11:20

    Hi Steph,

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

  2. Gareth May 20, 11:23

    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

  3. Gareth May 20, 11:53

    Hi Anthony,

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

  4. Gareth May 20, 11:56

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

  5. Gareth May 20, 13:13

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

  6. Gareth May 20, 17:12

    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.

  7. Jim May 24, 23:56

    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

  8. Terry Williams May 25, 23:22

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

  9. Gareth May 26, 16:25

    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.

  10. Gareth May 26, 16:32

    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.

  11. Tom June 22, 11:41

    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).


  12. Xavier June 25, 17:46

    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.

  13. Barry July 17, 10:53

    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?

  14. Jacob Francis July 31, 17:25

    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 “



  15. Adrian August 2, 11:41

    Dear Jacob,

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

    Please send this information to 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!

  16. arjan August 2, 19:39

    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..


  17. Adrian August 4, 15:26

    Hi Arjan,

    Please send your question to: and they will help you within 24hrs.

    Thanks for the contact.

    Chinavasion Marketing

  18. Adrian August 4, 15:44

    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.

  19. Adrian September 21, 15:37

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

  20. Hamed September 24, 13:22

    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.


  21. Adrian September 25, 10:01

    Hi Hamed,
    Have you checked:
    You can find more maps here.
    If not, please contact: support [@] chinavasion [.com]

  22. shay September 25, 19:12

    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 ???

  23. Adrian September 27, 09:04

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

  24. mauricio September 30, 11:07

    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—

  25. Adrian October 6, 09:13

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

  26. Kirsten January 21, 04:43

    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.


  27. Kirsten January 21, 05:16

    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.

  28. Valentin Chialda November 17, 17:50

    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 ?


  29. xlxmarketing November 18, 13:36

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

  30. Dave May 17, 07:19

    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

  31. 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

  32. gagan June 29, 10:39

    can gps be installed in bikes also….

  33. 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?



  34. 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.

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