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  • Nuvi 52LM - Settings - Options - 'Do Not Automatically Turn On'

    Thanx Guys - Sure I can 'unplug' it since I don't need it all the time but it would be nice to turn it off from an external power switch. The power button ontop of the 52LM itself takes forever to power 'on & off'. I've seen certain brand ciggarette lighter power supplies that have an 'On/Off switch'. However I can't seem to find anything like that on the Garmin site.
  • DriveLuxe 51 LMT-D no audible speeding alert

    The device isn't muted is it?
  • Installing via img or Basecamp (what about JSV)

    You should be OK using that method on the 1490 as it does not have any other feature files other than JCV.
  • City Navigator North America 2019.10 is now available

    It was posted on another site that 2019.10 was taken down by Garmin due to some kind of problem. I tried last week with my Nuvi 3550 and it said I was up to date with 2018.30.
  • Can I charge Eneloop NiMH batteries positioned in the device?

    Well I know folks who have done it with no issues.
  • can i copy a map from one micro SD card onto another one?

    Yes it will but there are downsides too, the map files will only work on that card, which probably won't have sufficient space for other map files. If it goes faulty then that's it, map is lost. It really depends on whether you want it briefly (in which case you could then sell it on if supplied on a card) or want to use it on multiple devices. If on one device for a while the download option is better IMO, since you can save the files onto your PC (so have a back up should anything go wrong).and of course can add other files to any card you use for the map.
  • can i copy a map from one micro SD card onto another one?

    This should work, but there are a number of caveats to this approach. For starters, downloaded Garmin maps are copy protected and will only work on the original device for which they were purchased. If you sell or lose the original GPS, they become worthless.

    The big limitation is a little less obvious though. Garmin devices have a limit to the number of map "tiles" (also called "segments") that can be accessed. This limit has no relation to the size of the map in gigabytes. Most newer handhelds are limited to about 4,000 map segments. There is no standard size for a map segment, it's up to whoever makes the map. A segment could cover a whole country or only one city. City Navigator does not use very many segments but some topo maps have a large number of segments.

    Here in the US, Garmin sells 24k topo maps that each cover just a few states. If you install just two of these maps, you will probably hit the segment limit even though the actual files will only be a total of less than 8gb. Third party maps may also have a lot of segments. I believe it's not possible to load the entire US OpenStreetMap due to the number of segments for example.

    Garmin has claimed that their automotive devices do not have the same segment limits as their handheld units. This doesn't make sense to me, but it's what they have said. I believe that a few of their newest handhelds (perhaps the newest Montana, Oregon and GPSMap276cx?) have increased the segment limit to 10,000.

    But the bottom line is that with most of Garmin's handheld devices, you are likely to hit the segment limit long before you fill a 32gb memory card.
  • can i copy a map from one micro SD card onto another one?

    Yes. Note though you shouldn't select them on the device at the same time as that could cause weird routing effects.
  • Garmin 2017 Drive 51/61 series

    I don't have a Drive 51/61 to test camera alerts on, but AFAIK they still work. Maybe sussamb can expand on his comment.
    Yes they do still work. The original comment was proved to be incorrect.
  • Garmin 2017 Drive 51/61 series

    That is correct. It appears that Garmin is moving away from the conventional (FM based) traffic receivers in favor of Smartphone Link which is a superior (IMO) traffic reporting system. The 51/61 series will support traffic receivers, but it is an add-on (additional purchase) item where on the 50/60, it was built in or bundled with the device. Smartphone Link is now a free app and works on the 50/60 and 51/61 models that have Bluetooth support.

    My nuvi 3597 has the HD traffic receiver, but I have quit using it as there is no FM coverage in my local driving area, but SmartPhone Link does very good traffic reporting in the same area.

    Speed cam POI alerts can be installed on most Garmin automotive devices including both the Drive x0 (2016 models) and x1 (2017 models). If you are in North America, POI Factory has comprehensive speed and red light camera files that are free for contributing forum members or available for a small fee for non-contributing members.