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I have a GARMIN GPS III (not plus), and I had the 1995 problem (mine was showing may) that you seem to have.
I discovered it could be a combination of the Y2K bug, and the End of Week problem. Apparently around in 1999, the way GPS was operating needed to be updated, so they changed a few things in the method. The End-Of Week issue was solved by an update for GARMIN GPS units (including the GPS III).
I found a link at http://home.mira.net/~gnb/gps/gps38.html that (near the bottom) spoke about the end-of-week problem. The Readme file from Garmin (and the Zip file) are linked, but it links to:
I know this says GPS38, but it seems it was a generic problem in many units (one program to fix all), and the software seems OK on my GPS III
I had the serial cable for the PC, so I powered up my GPS, attached it to the computer, and ran the GPSEOW file on my PC. After I got the serial port working in (COM1 - COM4, rather than COM5 I had by default), it connected, and updated my GPS. It now has Jan 2015 (correctly)!
It does need to autolocate after the update, so having an antenna and the sky handy is useful, but that seemed to behave OK after it got a fix.
So, even with my Win8.1 PC, and a USB-Serial adapter in 2015. I can get it to update fine.
Hope that helps someone else.
Are you using a Route and a routeable map? It sounds like you are. If so and you set the via point to " dose not alert" it won't alert the point however it will still alert you to turns. If you go into "setup" then "Tones" then "Early Turn Waring" and "Final Turn Warning" you can set them both to off. You can also go into "Proximity Alarms" from the tone menu.Then turn on "Proximity Tones" you can set tones or turn them off for "Proximity Alarm", "Approaching Proximity Alarm" and "Leaving Proximity Alarm". Then from the main menu go into "Waypoint manager" Select the waypoint you would like to alarm by pushing in on the joy stick. Then push the "menu" button then go into "Set Proximity" You can then set how close you would like to be when it alarms.
I did create a lot of "weeds"........ <<grin>> I just can't help myself, sometimes tangent paths are to irresistible for me.
Put the GPS in simulation mode and then select the saved place you want.
When the Go screen appears, tap the 3 bar icon to the left of Go. On the next screen, there will be a Set Location box(you may need to scroll the screen down to see this box).
Once you tap Set Location your future routes will start from there.
Ah true, missed that bit ..Seems clear that is not the case here, since he states "Everytime I start the engine it turns on automatically". That implies the power is off until the engine starts. :)
Sounds like a good project and I hope you get some responses. But I think you have come to the wrong place. For starters, there is very little activity on this site anymore. Beyond that, when someone does come here it is generally to ask a question like "how do I update the map on my Garmin GPS?" This has always been a consumer-focussed site, and not a place to discuss complex technical topics. :)
And before you ask... no, I have no idea where you would find a site to discuss this kind of thing, sorry.
Just over 14, 15th day's hike was just 9 miles ... first time I did it I had 27 miles on the 15th day so did it quicker this year :)
I've had quite a few of these trips down memory lane lately. I dusted off my Dash Express and booted it up, as well as a few old Harman Kardon, LG, and HP devices.
Well that's a strange question ...
If you know the route from your home to the town centre is there any need for you to worry about this?