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  • How do I import ov2 files into my Nuvi?

    There are Garmin POIs, Custom POIs and Favourite POIs.
    Please let's get the terms right as that may confuse some folks. There are Garmin POIs, part of the map data, Custom POIs, loaded in various ways by the user, and Favourites or Saved places depending on the locale.

    There is no such thing as a Favourite POI.
  • How do I import ov2 files into my Nuvi?

    I see. I think I'll take it back for a refund then. Thanks very much for your help.
  • "Quality" of GPS hardware - smartphone vs wrist watch

    I've been a fairly long time user of a GPSr (old yellow eTrex was my first one bought about 1 month before SA was disabled) and have used them for Geocaching, navigation and more recently running.

    I keep finding myself getting into debates with other runners about using smartphones vs wrist watches to track running. I've used both, using a Nokia symbian phone in 2010 with Sportstracker through to today using a Garmin vivoactive watch.

    The tone of the debates often starts with someone complaining that their "Strava" app on their smartphone has created a dodgy trace, or measured a race they've done as longer / shorter than it should be. Many posters then come back with "should have used a Garmin watch" (or similar) on the basis that "its well known that Garmin watches have better GPS than smartphones".

    My assertion is that, whilst my experience is that both smartphones and watches give acceptable results for runners (with watches often seeming to output less "noisy" routes) that what they are seeing isn't a hardware issue (in reference to the GPS chips etc), but most likely a usage issue in that they aren't able to give their smartphone a good view of the sky (well, the antenna at least) as they'll wear it in an armband, or on a belt etc which will inherently make it harder for the phone to maintain an accurate lock. And secondly what they may be seeing is actually the software on the watch being dedicated to what they are doing - i.e. running - and then Garmin making cute programming options to try to smooth out the trace, knowing that most runners don't actually zig-zag left to right every second or so.

    So my question is - is there any hardware reason why a watch should be better than a smartphone? Are there "rubbish" GPS chipsets out there in some phones? Do Garmin running watches have "better" GPS hardware within them? Or is it all down to software / firmware which means that smartphone GPS usage is inherently compromised a little to manage power drain etc whereas running watches are optimised to just do what they are supposed to do?


  • i accidently formatted my nuvi 55lm

    @bongik ... Glad you were able to get it sorted out. Now, once you get your nuvi fully operational again, make a backup ;)
  • i accidently formatted my nuvi 55lm

    i done my job with garmincure3 and updater.exe tx guys for you help.
  • Montana 680T not showing as USB.

    I am not happy that the 680T is definitely mounted as a portable device and not needing safe release.
    I don't understand your concern here. Being mounted as a portable device, which should give it a removal policy of "3", is the safest method to protect it from corruption due to unexpected removal. The other removal policies do nothing to ensure a better outcome, they just let Windows and other programs behave in a riskier manner.

    You can verify the removal policy when the device is connected by right clicking on any storage device in the file explorer and selecting "properties" then the "hardware" tab, then select the correct device from the list and then the "properties" button near the bottom, then the "details" tab, then select "removal policy" from the dropdown list. If it is a "3", then Windows will not cache writes to that device. It is write caching which causes file corruption due to unexpected removal.

  • Turn off Active Lane Guidance on DriveSmart 60

    "advanced lane guidance" is all that's needed. My old unit that seft-destructed when I tried to do an update showed them all the time. the Drivesmart rarely shows the lane arrows in the top left. A real downgrade I think.
  • Screen Calibration Nuvi 3597LMTHD

    Thanks Boyd. I'll stop stewing about nothing!
  • Help with persistent routing errors, Tyre.

    I'm at work now and the good news is that the routing corrections worked flawlessly this time. My commute involves roads that the GPS would not normally select, so I thought it would be a good place to start.
    I have the next few days off and I'm going to be able to devote some time to getting better at this.
    Believe me, I try to figure these things out myself before I post with the wailing and gnashing of teeth, but this time I couldn't see the forest for the trees, or something like that. :-)

    I'm sure I'll be back with another question.

    Thanks, all.
  • CN EU 2018.10 NTU

    CN EU 2018.10 NTU now available for download