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Update Navigon GPS devices from Windows in Parallels Apps
Navigon not only produces navigation software for the iPhone; their (probably) much bigger business is selling GPS navigation units for cars. These units can currently only be updated from Windows operating systems. However, an out-of-the-box Parallels installation running Windows may not be able to use the device.

My newly-bought Navigon 7310 mounts on the Mac as a removable drive, and contains some awful Mac software which basically only opens the manual using a browser. To update the device and the maps, you'll have to download Navigon Fresh from Navigon's web site -- sadly, a Windows-only app.

When I tried to run this via Windows in Parallels, it seems Parallels' SmartMount capability interferes with the Navigon USB device: if SmartMount is active, Windows only shows two drives with no data on them. Consequently, Navigon Fresh is not able to connect to the device.

After disabling SmartMount, I was able to install updates on my Navigon unit.
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Update Navigon GPS devices from Windows in Parallels
Authored by: mouseman on Nov 24, '09 02:50:11PM

This trick is useful if you want to use LiveUpdate, but there's no reason to do so. My Navigon has a flash card (SD) and all I have to do is take it and put it in my card reader once the software is downloaded (new software and new maps) you simply unzip it and write it to the card. Navigon has instructions on how to do so right on their site. I just wish they'd make new devices for the US market, but I'm thinking of trying the iPhone software.

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Update Navigon GPS devices from Windows in Parallels
Authored by: NoComment on Nov 25, '09 05:54:05AM

I'm not sure if the problem is really the "Smartmount" functionality. If you see the two drives on both Mac and Windows, the device is acutally not connected to Windows. Going into "Devices" -> "USB" -> "whateverthenameis" you sould be able to connect the USB device DIRECTLY to the VM, the two drives should disappear under Mac and should appear ONLY within Windows.

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Update Navigon GPS devices from Windows in Parallels
Authored by: magir on Nov 26, '09 05:52:48AM

I have to admit, that I posted this hint and a few days later I check it on a different machine with Parallels 4 and there it didn't work. Perhaps there's issue is related to some timing problems while mounting the device. I'm quite sure that in my case, the Navigon wasn't mounted on the mac side and a drive letter appeared on the Windows side but I wasn't able to open the drive (formatting problems). After changing the option mounting worked. Most strangely...

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