Garmin Dakota Software Summary



The Dakota 10 and 20 share the same software and can be downloaded using the same files below.

Garmin Support Updates

Garmin Dakota 10/20

GCD Upgrades and Downgrades

Some software releases below are linked directly to a GCD file for that release. GCD files are also available through Garmin's web site using a URL of the form: http://www.garmin.com/software/Dakota_WebUpdater__xyz.gcd where xyz is the three digit version number. For example, for version 2.6 xyz would equal 260.

Each Software Version below is linked to that version's gcd file. Normally I would recommend upgrading through Webupdater but if for some reason you can't (e.g. you are trying to downgrade) then you can update using the following procedure:
  • Use the links below under "Software Version" to download the gcd file for the version you want to use
  • Change the name of the file you just download to gupdate.gcd
  • Attach the Dakota to your computer and verify that it is in USB Mass storage mode
  • Copy gupdate.gcd to [DK drive]:\Garmin\gupdate.gcd
  • Restart the Dakota

Software Version
GPS Software Version
Date
Comments
5.80 ( gcd )
5.00
10/09/13

Improved pairing behavior with cadence sensors (Dakota 20)

Fixed possible shutdown when using the Geocaching - Active dashboard

5.70 ( gcd )
5.00
08/20/13
Added support for VIRB Remote (Dakota 20). Setup > Main Menu to add. See TrailTech for more information.
5.60 ( gcd )
5.00
01/21/13
Fixed shutdown that could occur when using elevation plot while in auto-route navigation.
Fixed date for marked MOB waypoints.

Fixed issue writing correct temperature data to track logs.
5.50 ( gcd )
5.00
09/20/12
Fixed inability to edit archived tracks.
Fixed potential issue with reporting tempe temperature data.
Improved map drawing at low zoom levels.
5.40 ( gcd )
5.00
09/xx/12
Fix potential system hang or crash when powering on.
Fixed Photo Viewer photo rotation for Dakota 20.
Fixed incorrect display of 'Memory Full' error message associated with the loading of particular map sets.
5.30 ( gcd )
5.00
08/29/12
Added Adventure support with latest version of BaseCamp.
Added support for new tempe sensor.
5.20 ( gcd )
5.00
02/20/12
Improved GPS response at low speeds
5.10 ( gcd )
5.00
01/11/12
Added Geocaching with Photos and minor bug fixes
4.90 ( gcd )
5.00
11/16/11
Added Photo Viewer, improvements and bugfixes
4.70 ( gcd )
5.00
08/24/11
Fixed bugs introduced in 4.60
4.60 ( gcd )
5.00

Added support for OpenCaching.com
4.30 ( gcd )
5.00
07/24/11
Improvements and bugfixes
4.10 ( gcd )
5.00
05/18/11
Improvements and bugfixes
4.04 (beta)
5.00
05/06/11
Bugfixes
4.02 (beta)
5.00
04/08/11
Bugfixes including shutdown issue
4.01 ( beta)
5.00
03/14/11
Improvements and bugfixes
3.82 ( gcd )
5.00
12/22/10
Even more bugfixes
3.81 ( beta)
5.00
12/17/10
Bugfixes
3.80 ( rgn )
5.00
12/03/10
Fix for barometer
3.70 ( gcd )
4.52
11/05/10
Bugfixes
3.60 ( gcd )
4.52
11/02/10
Removed chirp menu items from Dakota 10
3.50 ( gcd )
4.52
10/16/10
Support for Chirp added
3.40 ( gcd )
4.52
09/23/10
Fix for trip odometer distance errors, minor bug fixes
3.30 ( gcd )
4.52
09/01/10
Official release for 3.1x betas
3.15 ( beta )
4.52
08/12/10
Bugfixes for issues introduced in 3.14
3.14 ( beta )
4.52
08/??/10
Miscellaneous new features
3.12 ( beta )
4.46
06/04/10
Added Geocache filtering
3.11 ( beta )
4.46
06/02/10
Some bug fixes
3.10 ( gcd )
4.25
05/24/10
Minor bug fix
3.00 ( gcd )
4.25
05/11/10
Miscellaneous fixes
2.90 ( gcd )
4.25
04/13/10
Bugfixes for issues introduced in 2.80
2.80 ( gcd )
4.25
03/29/10
Support for custom symbols and Garmin BirdsEye added
2.70 ( gcd )
3.7
02/17/10
Bugfixes for issues introduced in 2.60
2.61 ( beta )
3.7
02/15/10
Bugfixes for color issues in custom maps et al.
2.60 ( gcd )
3.7
01/29/10
Mostly bugfixes
2.50 ( gcd )
3.7
01/13/10
Added Elevation profile of upcoming route
Added new dashboards options (compass, elevation,...)
2.41 ( beta )
3.7
12/22/09
Beta Version introducing the features found in 2.5
2.40
3.7

Added profile support for Garmin Custom Maps
Fixed lockup while using GB Discoverer maps
2.30
3.7

Added Garmin Custom Map support
2.20 ( gcd )
3.7
09/02/09
Improved GPS firmware
2.10
3.4
07/27/09
Provided on Dakota at product launch

Detailed Version History



Software 5.80
  • Improved pairing behavior with cadence sensors (Dakota 20)
  • Fixed possible shutdown when using the Geocaching - Active dashboard
Software 5.70
  • Added support for VIRB Remote (Dakota 20). Setup > Main Menu to add. See TrailTech for more information.
Software 5.60
  • Fixed shutdown that could occur when using elevation plot while in auto-route navigation.
  • Fixed date for marked MOB waypoints.
  • Fixed issue writing correct temperature data to track logs.
Software 5.50
  • Fixed inability to edit archived tracks.
  • Fixed potential issue with reporting tempe temperature data.
  • Improved map drawing at low zoom levels.
Software 5.40
  • Fix potential system hang or crash when powering on.
  • Fixed Photo Viewer photo rotation for Dakota 20.
  • Fixed incorrect display of 'Memory Full' error message associated with the loading of particular map sets.
Software 5.30

Software 5.20

  • Improved GPS response at low speeds

Software 5.10

Software 4.90

  • Added Photo Viewer application (go to Setup -> Main Menu to add to the current profile)
  • Improvements to the geocaching experience. See TrailTech (http://garmin.blogs.com/softwareupdates/2011/09/improved-geocaching.html) for more information.
  • Updated the Geocaching - Nearest dashboard
  • Fixed a potential hang on startup when importing large numbers of waypoints, tracks, routes, or geocaches
  • Fixed issue with very long geocache descriptions
  • Fixed shutdown when reviewing certain geocache descriptions
  • Fixed issue where some auto-archived tracks would be named in English regardless of user language
  • Fixed issue that could cause some geocaches to not import
  • Fixed issue with track log recording while using the stopwatch
  • Modified default map trails to appear as dashed red lines

Software 4.70

  • Fixed issue introduced in 4.60 where raster maps would be drawn as fully transparent (this issue affected BirdsEye™, Garmin Custom Maps, and Garmin GB Discoverer™ maps)

Software 4.60

Software 4.30

  • Fixed issue with the color of the line at the top of the elevation plot
  • Fixed issue where custom POI images would not show up in the review page
  • Fixed occasional issue related to the alarm clock

Software 4.10:

  • Updated magnetic Earth field data
  • Improved GPS performance
  • Improved support for BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (each provider's imagery can be configured independently)
  • Increased the maximum number of supported JNX files to 250 from 200
  • Fixed issues with WAAS/EGNOS
  • Fixed issue with track navigation sometimes not adding waypoints to the Active Route list
  • Fixed issue with MPC map labels disappearing
  • Fixed a hang that occurred when a unit had 1000 auto-named waypoints
  • Fixed issue with track navigation not adding waypoints to the Active Route list when they are exactly equal to a track point
  • Fixed shutdown when unit had more than the maximum number of JNX files on it
  • Fixed shutdown related to topographical maps and land cover text size
  • Fixed shutdown associated with certain custom POI files
  • Fixed Glide Ratio to Destination field
  • Fixed issue with profiles and the fields on the map page
  • Fixed an issue with magnetic north reference and waypoint headings
  • Fixed shutdown on the map screen when a waypoint was being moved to the same location as a geocache or other POIs
  • Fixed an issue with archived tracks not displaying properly
  • Fixed an issue with having too many custom symbols on the device
  • Fixed an issue where the second page of custom symbols could not be viewed
  • Fixed an issue with renaming a waypoint immediately after creating it
  • Modified the 'Arriving at Destination' message banner so that it no longer appears when navigating to a geocache

Software 4.04 (beta):

  • Fixed issues relating to WAAS performance.
  • Fixed issue where the device would not regain a GPS signal after losing the GPS signal in a tunnel.
  • Fixed shutdown on the map screen when a waypoint was being moved to the same location as a geocache or other POIs.
  • Fixed an issue where the enabled/disabled option for custom maps could not be changed when two or more BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery providers were on the device.
  • Fixed an issue where the device would not beep when approaching a destination while routing off-road.
  • Fixed an issue with archived tracks not displaying properly.

Software 4.02 (beta):

  • Fixed shutdown when selecting an option on the 'Where To?' page that was introduced with 4.01 beta
  • Fixed the slow rendering time of the 'About' page that was introduced with 4.01 beta
  • Fixed a bug introduced in 4.01 beta where JNX settings were not being saved for each profile
  • Fixed an issue with magnetic north reference and waypoint headings

Software 4.01 (beta):

  • Improved GPS performance
  • Improved JNX file handling
  • Improved the usability of the main menu setup page
  • Increased maximum number of supported JNX files to 250 from 200
  • Fixed shutdown when unit had more than the maximum number of JNX files on it
  • Fixed shutdown related to topographical maps and land cover text size
  • Fixed shutdown associated with certain custom POI files
  • Fixed Glide Ratio to Destination field
  • Fixed issue with profiles and the fields on the map page
Software 3.82 (beta)
  • Fixed issues with WAAAS/EGNOS
  • Fixed a hang that occurred when a unit had 1000 auto-named waypoints
  • Fixed issue with track navigation not adding waypoints to the Active Route list when they are exactly equal to a track point
Software 3.81 (beta)
  • Updated magnetic Earth field data
  • Improved GPS performance
  • Fixed issue with track navigation sometimes not adding waypoints to the Active Route list
  • Fixed issue with MPC map labels disappearing
Software 3.80
  • Improved behavior of Dakota 20's save always mode for barometric pressure trending
Software 3.70
  • Fixed shutdown related to the current track that occured after updating the software
  • Fixed a hang that occured when a unit had 1000 auto-named waypoints
Software 3.60
  • Removed chirp menu items from Dakota 10
Software 3.50
  • Added support for Chirp
  • Fixed problem with certain custom maps.
  • Fixed issue with Sight 'N Go and user north reference.
Software 3.40
  • Fixed issue while using spell search in route planner.
  • Fixed issue where tracks could not be disabled from the map.
  • Fixed issues with odometer distance.
  • Fixed shutdown while panning the map for extended periods of time.
  • Fixed occasional shutdown when turning off a marine alarm.
Software 3.30
  • Added ability to move waypoints using the map
  • Added ability to set user declination direction
  • Added Automatic Shaded Relief option
  • Added brightness adjustments for BirdsEye imagery
  • Added display color to track gpx files
  • Added Geocache filtering. Select Setup > Geocaches to add custom filters
  • Added import indicator for gpx files
  • Added multicaching support
  • Added periodic track archiving
  • Added track review page improvements
  • Improved keyboard responsiveness
  • Improved WAAS performance
  • Fixed elevation profiles to always use the most detailed DEM data loaded
  • Fixed future plot with tracks that have no elevations in them
  • Fixed issue with calculator % function
  • Fixed issue with map POI's showing twice for a single point
  • Fixed issue with Oblique Mercator User grid
  • Fixed issue with stuck route button.
  • Fixed occasional shutdowns
  • Fixed shutdown on About Page
  • Fixed spot sounding display on certain maps
  • Updated map review of tracks and routes. The distance shown is now the distance along the route or track.
Software 3.15
  • Fixed issue from 3.14 with Garmin BirdsEye and Garmin Custom Maps
  • Remaining issue: "System - Version info" crashes with SD-Card inserted
Software 3.14
  • Added multicaching support.
  • Added ability to move waypoints using the map.
  • Added display color to track gpx files.
  • Added periodic track archiving
  • Added Automatic Shaded Relief option.
  • Added ability to set user declination direction.
  • Added import indicator for gpx files.
  • Added track review page improvements.
  • Improved accuracy of trip odometer.
  • Fixed occasional shutdowns.
  • Fixed issue with Oblique Mercator User grid.
Software 3.12
  • Added Geocache filtering. Select Setup > Geocaches to add custom filters.
  • Improved keyboard responsiveness.
Software 3.11
  • Added brightness adjustments for BirdsEye imagery.
  • Improved WAAS performance.
  • Improved speed, trip odometer, and stopped/moving time data fields while in low velocity.
  • Fixed issue with map POI's showing twice for a single point.
  • Fixed elevation profiles to always use the most detailed DEM data loaded.
  • Fixed future plot with tracks that have no elevations in them.
  • Fixed issue with calculator % function.
Software 3.10
  • Fixed issue with editing waypoints
Software 3.00
  • Fixed top keyboard row.
  • Fixed external power lost message.
  • Fixed shutdown while saving a track.
  • Fixed update message when using certain marine map cards.
Software 2.90
  • Added BirdsEye control to Profiles.
  • Fixed issue changing marine map modes.
  • Fixed map display problems.
  • Fixed crash while saving a track.
Software 2.80
  • Added support for Garmin BirdsEye.
  • Added mmHg pressure units.
  • Added support for Riyadh time zone.
  • Added ability to change active track color.
  • Added option to calibrate screen under Setup->Display.
  • Added custom waypoint symbol and geocache symbolsupport.
  • Corrected issue with GPS acquisition on certain units.
Software 2.70
  • Fixed issue with units getting stuck in demo mode.
  • Fixed color issues with GB Discoverer and Custom Maps.
  • Fixed issue where portions of GB Discoverer Maps would disappear.
Software 2.61
  • Fixed issue with units getting stuck in demo mode.
  • Fixed color issues with GB Discoverer and Custom Maps.
Software 2.60
  • Increased the map drawing range to allow maps to draw farther south.
  • Corrected issue with route line sometimes not drawing.
  • Corrected issues with marine POI.
  • Corrected issues with GB Discoverer maps.
  • Corrected issue with project waypoint bearing sometimes not showing the input value.
Software 2.50
  • Added ability to view elevation plot of upcoming active route or currently navigated track in blue.
  • Added display of icons to the lists in Where To? > Waypoints and the Geocaching application.
  • Added phone numbers when available to POI review pages.
  • Added Compass, Stopwatch, Active Geocache, and Elevation Plot dashboard options.
  • Introduced dashboard options to the Compass and Map pages.
  • Improved track navigation.Visit http://garmin.blogs.com/softwareupdates/trail-tech/ for more information.
Software 2.40
  • Added profile support for Garmin Custom Maps
  • Fixed lockup while using GB Discoverer maps
Software 2.30
  • Added Garmin Custom Map support
Software 2.20
  • Added LKS92 map datum
  • Added support for GPS firmware 3.70
  • Added support for GPI routes
  • Improved compass responsiveness
  • Fixed issue where multiple GB Discoverer maps would not draw
  • Fixed issue where track names could not be changed and deleted tracks would not be updated in GPX files.
  • Fixed issue where CDI (Course) mode compass did not show intermediate compass values between North and East
  • Fixed issue with address wizard not searching in the correct city
  • Fixed user heading setting for mils so that all applicable headings are displayed with the correct heading format
  • Fixed potential issue during power on.