How to Update Maps on Your Panasonic Strada GPS Device
If you own a Panasonic Strada GPS device, you may want to update its maps regularly to get the latest navigation information and avoid getting lost. However, updating maps on a Panasonic Strada can be tricky, especially if you have an older model or a device that was imported from Japan. In this article, we will show you how to update maps on your Panasonic Strada GPS device using different methods.
Method 1: Use an Official SD Card from Panasonic
The easiest way to update maps on your Panasonic Strada GPS device is to use an official SD card from Panasonic that contains the latest map data for your region. You can purchase these SD cards from Panasonic's website or authorized dealers. To use this method, follow these steps:
Remove the old SD card from your Panasonic Strada GPS device and insert the new one.
Turn on your device and wait for it to recognize the new SD card.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install the new map data.
Enjoy your updated maps.
This method is recommended for newer models of Panasonic Strada GPS devices that support official SD cards from Panasonic. However, this method may not work for older models or devices that were imported from Japan, as they may have different software or hardware requirements.
Method 2: Use a Third-Party Software and Map Data
If you cannot use an official SD card from Panasonic, you can try using a third-party software and map data that are compatible with your Panasonic Strada GPS device. One of the most popular software for this purpose is iGO, which is a navigation software that offers turn-by-turn directions and has good maps. To use this method, follow these steps:
Download iGO software and map data from the links provided in the reference section[^1^]. You can choose what maps to install, depending on your preferences.
Connect your old SD card to a PC (via SD reader or directly if you have an internal reader).
Delete all data found on the card and preferably format it (however, it would be good to make a backup before).
Copy the contents of the iGO8 folder (do not copy in the folder, just copy files directly with copy/paste) to the root of the SD card.
Edit the sys.txt file also from the root of the SD card so that it looks something like this:
Rename iGO8.exe (from the root of SD card) to SDAuto.exe.
Replace the SD card in your Panasonic Strada GPS device and turn it on.
After the device starts, enter iGO and go to Settings/ GPS signal and wait for the device to connect to satellites.
If it doesn't connect, you need to enter port and baud manually. The manual settings are: port = 2 and baud = 4800.
Enjoy your updated maps.
This method is recommended for older models of Panasonic Strada GPS devices or devices that were imported from Japan, as they may not support official SD cards from Panasonic. However, this method may not work for some devices or regions, as they may have different software or hardware requirements or restrictions.
Method 3: Use an Image of an SD Card for Car Radio
If you have a Panasonic Strada car radio that has a built-in GPS function, you can try using an image of an SD card for car radio that contains navigation data for Japan. This method may activate built-in MP3 and DVD functions for some systems as well. To use this a474f39169