How to Add Maps to Magellan RoadMate 1200
By Dan Harkins
The Magellan RoadMate 1200 is a mid-size GPS device. Depending on when you bought your RoadMate navigation system, it could have any of the device's 39 software upgrades. It's always best to have the most current version so your journeys aren't vexed by any dated information. Upgrading your device will take a few minutes to receive all the updated 2010 data you'll need to stay pointed in the right direction.
Turn on your device and and connect it to your computer with the USB cord.
Navigate to the Magellan support page (see Resources). An expanded list of Magellan products appears. Scroll down to the Magellan RoadMate 1200 and click on Product Support. You can access product support, the manual and the latest software for your RoadMate 1200.
Click on "Magellan RoadMate 1200 Software Update Version 1.50/3.12." This is the free option. Choose "Save As" and then save the file to your desktop or another folder.
Another link allows you to pay $79.99 for Magellan's "2010 Map Upgrade," which will take a week or more because you'll receive an SD card to arrive in the mail that you'll insert in your RoadMate 2010. Doing this will allow you to use Magellan's trademarked mapping system on other GPS devices or provide assistance in North America if you bought your device on another continent.
Double-click on the icon for the new software. Click on "Run," choose your preferred language and follow the final prompts to install the latest software upgrade for your Magellan RoadMate 1200.
Dan Harkins has been a full-time journalist since 1997. Prior to working in the alternative press, he served as a staff writer and editor for daily publications such as the "St. Petersburg Times" and "Elyria Chronicle-Telegram." Harkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Florida.