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  • Ummm...Why do I have to pay $69 for an updated MAP for my NUVI 500 when they havent had an update available for it for over a year?!?!?!? 60 days is fine an good, but everyone else got the map update for free, I have to pay $69 because they put the …
  • Is there an update yet for the NUVI 500? I am still waiting, and nothing yet, starting to wonder if those of us with one of these units are left in the dark ages.
  • I surely hope this means I get an update soon for my Nuvi 500, since I am still running on a mapset from May 2008.
  • Calling out a road name and giving me distance to road info, so I have a better idea of what the street name might be on that blurry sign without taking my eyes off it or the road. Some of us cant read road signs at night too well, and when in unfa…
  • Some of us cant read road signs at night too well, and when in unfamiliar places we dont want to take our eyes off the road. So basically I find TTS a very nice feature! :)
  • Thank you Tim!!!! 8) want routes that someone actually took, on a trail they actually hiked, and recorded in their Garmin unit and have uploaded to the web. Where do we get these? everytrail.com
  • I think you are missing the whole point, we need to upload available routes from online. Not a guesstimate from within mapsource.... Ok let me make this easier to understand, I want routes that someone actually took, on a trail they actually hiked,…
  • The Nuvi 500 is perfect in a vehicle, and does the other things you ask for, but has some problems. Plus I believe its the only waterproof Nuvi with a replaceable battery, a plus! Heres a list of issue... 1) Hard to use for hiking without a lanyard…
  • Ummm....I hike on a regular basis, with good maps(USGS) and my trail marked well on those maps in advance. And I have yet to see anything on a GPS unit that is any better than or close to paper. Finding somewhere new is wonderful, but having a well …
  • Hmmm...I'll have to tryout the Mapwel product, how well does the autovectorizing process work? And how big are the files? The new Garmin 24k topos have routable trails and roads, and I think there is some integration with their BaseCamp software for…
  • Thats more of a guess, I want actual hiking trails that are already planned routes. I dont like taking guesses, I want well planned routes on real trails, the woods are not a place to take chances. Way too many people try that in the NH mountains an…
  • Where? I'm all ears, I havent found any custom routes yet, I would love to find some for the Western MA area that I can load up on my Nuvi. If anything I may have to start posting some when I record them myself. That's why you use it in conjunctio…
  • I'm still wondering if his issue is the same as mine, there is really no trail info to lookup. Which leaves the unit as more of a track log, not as a useful tool to find new trails to explore.
  • I just use the GPS to record the track log after I am done, I would love to load up a custom route for trails I havent taken yet, but I dont know where to find any. The compass I would think wouldnt be of much use, unless I lost my way or was maybe …
  • Wow! And I thought 3mph with a 40lb pack on my last trip down the AT was fast! :wink: I went hiking once and a Garmin device said my max speed was over 20,000 mph due to a signal anomaly. They are not a terribly reliable source of max speed.
  • I want Raster Map support, they say its there but no info on how to use it, basically I want the ability to upload USGS 1:24K maps to my Nuvi 500.
  • I think what he means is that they lack any trail information, so really it only works as a tool for reviewing a hike.
  • Guess it depends on where you live, small towns arent a priority obviously... I guess I find it hard to understand that in todays age we cant get this right, memory for storage is cheap, and the demand is there. Yet no one can get these maps more ac…
  • Just go into your picture viewer, and click on the photo and then "Info", in there is a check box to show it at startup.
  • They already do this, its called the US census, just a matter of giving them proper tools to enter the info. If it's still interpolating from a range, theu same issues would exist. Physically visiting each and every residential and commercial buildi…
  • Maybe the answer is associating Lon/Lat to all physical address info?
  • I guess I find it hard to understand that in todays age we cant get this right, memory for storage is cheap, and the demand is there. Yet no one can get these maps more accurate? Theres a huge opening here for the first map company thats willing to …
  • Yeah it works fairly well at seeing where you are, but they really do stink at finding addresses. They are seriously lacking in this department. I have the same "problem" as well as many other people I know who use the Garmin. I guess they figure i…
  • Webupdater isnt much better, it keeps stating some of the TTS voices are newer, though the version numbers its updating are the same every time. And as far as I can tell Mydashboard doesnt like IE8, not that I like any better, Microsoft continues to…
  • Is there a list of updates made in firmware versions? I am looking for update history on my Nuvi 500.
  • I dont know how much better the Garmin Maps are, but the last ones I downloaded from GPSFiledepot were about as much as I would expect from Garmin, not sure how much more they could add to them.
  • Well I know that file is an XML file, the top has a header on it that names the device and some version numbers. Maybe you need to adjust the file in a text editor to match the current one? I wouldnt know without having another unit to try it with, …
  • I was thinking something like a neoprene skin tight case, with some type of flap over the screen to protect it. I was going to sew one up and use velcro to to hold close the flap. Maybe leave cutouts for where the mount connects. Wasnt sure if there…
  • Yeah, and I'm betting paper USGS maps and compasses will be a boom market soon! :wink: Hmm... Garmin's "lifetime" maps may not be such a good deal after all. :lol:
  • Whats a few billion more, right? 8) I would say the government is going to create another crisis so they have a reason to add a new tax. I do not see the transportation industry and the military without a GPS system.
  • Psssst...Airgunner23? I think the Delorme PN-40 is on sale at Amazon for $269. Come on gear junkie, leap! :wink: I probably would have bought it myself, but I just found out yesterday someone poked a hole in the bumper of my car with a trailer hi…
  • Can I use the installed maps on the Nuvi inside Mapsource? Or do I have to have a DVD or download from Garmin to do so? I used the method on GPSFiledepot to get Mapsource, but it used a basemap, and I cant seem to download the map off the Device.
  • Thanks Tim! :) I think if I read the wording correctly on their support site, that the Nuvi 500 users are eligible for one update thats not based on the 60 day rule. But I wont know until they release an update if that holds true. I talked my brot…
  • Hey, could be worse...if you have a Nuvi 500 you dont even get an update. I am still running on Maps installed way back in August of 08 I believe. An update should be out this summer for it, but I know I will be outside of the 60 days then, unless …
  • I assume the screen lock issue is probably something to do with keeping water out, I am sure it easier to use the push style button for this. But they could have used some type of software based lock feature. Thanks for the report. Why doesn't Garmi…
  • Hey equipment junkie, where is our PN-40 review? :P Personally I would not go "back to the drawing board" based on the third-hand info from somebody who has never used an Oregon... but that's just me. There's a LOT more info from just "somebody"…
  • Ok, I downloaded the custom route I saved, it was a little off because I did it round trip. It seems to save quite a few "Via" points in the route, not bad, and much better than I was expecting. I think the Nuvi decided to combine one part of my tri…
  • I wouldnt say it lasted quite as long as they state, definitely not 8 hours. I got about 4 hours before it went down to one bar on the battery....It says 20% capacity right now. I forgot to check what the capacity was before I headed out though. Onl…
  • It looks like it retained the track exactly! Not sure how to find out how many "Via" points it recorded, but I am pretty happy with the data it recorded so far :)
  • I'm going on a hike later, I'll give it a test shot and see what it does. However its going to have to pick up a signal while in my daypack, because I wont be able to hold it while I am climbing or using poles.
  • LOL...I was thinking the same thing....TTS is one of the best features they added, it keeps us looking at the road not at the unit, huge safety feature! In 1.2 miles, please take Anger Management Blvd.
  • I actually find the Nuvi 500 to have way too big a screen, I dont spend much time looking at it while driving, just listening. If they made it a little smaller(knock 3/4" off length and width), and added a strap attached to the bottom of it for hold…
  • Yeah I'll admit I am looking for errors, I like the Nuvi 500 for its street maps and navigation, and not so much for its address lookup, I just find its hiking use severely lacking. Though the new updated TOPO's from Gpsfiledepot were a big plus, it…
  • Yeah but the lack of good TOPO and USGS maps on the Nuvi is really hard to deal with. Somebody needs to make one that can do both street and offroad(1:24k with Buidlings and features) well, the Nuvi 500 is close, but still far away. I thought Delorm…
  • I thought Delorme had superior maps overall? I was kind of banking on that fact actually... I would say in most cases, I know where I am going, its when you get close to your destination and you arent sure exactly where you are relative to it. I fi…
  • I would give anything to try the PN-40 for a few days for navigating streets, thats my only question mark with that unit. It doesnt need to be as fancy as the Nuvi, just get me where I am going would be nice.
  • I guess its no surprise they are out of stock at that price :wink: Worth a call to crutchfield to double check though... You can also find the PN-40 for $299 right now.
  • PN-40 can be had for $330 at Amazon with free shipping. If I stretch to $350 what do you suggest?
  • Try the following address... https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=27931
  • I have had the same erractic touch screen issues on the Nuvi 500, doesnt happen often, but it does happen. So you arent alone....