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If your computer doesn't detect your navigation device while it is connected, we advise you to check if the USB cable is connected properly.

  • You should plug the USB cable directly into a USB port on the computer and not into a USB hub or USB port on a keyboard or monitor.
  • Use only the USB cable supplied with the device. Other USB cables may not work.
  • Some devices come with a car mount that can also be used to charge the device using the computer.

Note: You cannot use the car mount when installing updates on your navigation device, because the car mount will not be recognised by the computer. You must connect the USB cable directly to the device.

Important: Make sure you have the latest version of MyDrive Connect installed on your computer. For help, see: How do I know if I'm using the latest version of MyDrive Connect?

Didn't solve the issue?

If the device is still not recognised, the software, or driver, required to detect the device may not be installed correctly.

By default, the computer will automatically download and install the driver when the navigation device is connected. However, this feature may have been disabled by a computer setting or by your company’s security policy.

For detailed steps to resolve this issue, select your operating system below.

Windows
Mac OS X

When Windows Device Manager fails to assign the driver automatically, you can install it by following the steps below.

  1. Open Windows Explorer, right-click Computer (or My Computer) and select Manage.
    Note: If you receive a message asking to confirm administrator permission, confirm by clicking Yes or OK.
  2. Select Device Manager.
  3. Double-click Network Adapters.

The navigation device can be listed as "unknown device", "TomTom #...", where ... is a number, "RNDIS" or "Remote NDIS Compatible Device".

Note: if the device is not listed under Network Adapters, double-click Other devices

For detailed steps to resolve this issue, select the device that is listed, below.

  • Unknown device
  • TomTom #... / RNDIS / Remote NDIS Compatible Device

If the navigation device is listed as "unknown device", follow these steps.

  1. Right-click "Unknown device" and select Uninstall.
  2. Soft reset the navigation device. For help, see How do I reset my device if it freezes or does not start?
  3. Restart the computer.

When the computer has restarted, the navigation device should be recognised when you connect it to the computer.

If the navigation device is listed as TomTom #... / RNDIS / Remote NDIS Compatible Device, follow these steps.

If your device has application version 16.201 or lower or any application version and you use Windows XP / Vista (how to check your application version):

  1. Right-click the TomTom navigation device (for example TomTom #2) and select Update Driver Software.
  2. Select Browse my computer for driver software and select the folder that is applicable for your computer’s operating system:
    • Windows - 64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\MyDrive Connect\Driver\INF
    • Windows - 32 bit: C:\Program Files\MyDrive Connect\Driver\INF
  3. Click Next to install the driver.
  4. When the installation has finished, restart your computer.

When the computer has restarted, the navigation device should be recognised when you connect it to the computer.

If your device has an application version higher than 16.201 and you use Windows 7 or higher (how to check your application version):

  1. Right-click the TomTom navigation device in the device manager list.
  2. Select Update Driver Software.
  3. Click Browse my computer for driver software.
  4. Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
  5. Untick 'Show compatible hardware' and search in the Manufacturer list for Microsoft or Microsoft Corp
  6. In the Network Adapter list find and select the USB RNDIS or RNDIS6 adapter and click Next.
  7. When the installation has finished, restart your computer.

When the computer has restarted, the navigation device should be recognised when you connect it to the computer.

If your computer fails to assign the driver automatically, you can install it by following the steps below.

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top left hand corner of your screen and choose System Preferences.
  2. Open Network or Modem. The navigation device is listed as a network card or as a modem.

If your navigation device is not listed, add it in the following way:

  1. Click the plus (+) button at the bottom left and select the TomTom Interface.
  2. Click Create, then Apply.

If your navigation device is listed, check the status in the following way:

  • A yellow/orange status your navigation device is correctly installed.
  • A red status means your navigation device is not correctly installed. Follow these steps to change the status:
    1. Select the navigation device.
    2. On the right side, click on advanced.
    3. Click on Renew DHCP-lease.
    4. Click OK.
      The status should now be yellow/orange.

For more help, see our FAQ: My device is connected to the computer, but nothing happens.

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