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  • I found the free Navteq FM traffic to be pretty poor. The upgraded Clear Channel FM traffic is much better, and provides useful information most of the time. Even so, I learned pretty quickly to not enable traffic avoidances. Traffic conditions d…
  • ...I'm happy Microsoft has officially discontinued providing updates and patches for software that is over a decade old so that they can put more money and energy into improving their current products and ensuring future products don't cost sky-high…
  • Automotive GPSs are not for perfectionists...or for people easily annoyed. :) Ken
  • 2009...same time I got my 255w. And I remember news stories at that time about people getting in trouble by just following their GPS. There was an elderly couple in the western US who were led up a snow covered logging road. I think they were res…
  • I second the idea of buying from someone you trust. When I needed a card for my 255W, I found a deal on a name brand 8 GB Class 6 card on Best Buy's site, $7, free shipping. No need to fret about it being counterfeit. Ken
  • A combination of post count and merit rating would be interesting. Not making a request. Just thinking of another forum I belong to where post count and value to the other members are not necessarily correlated. :) Ken
  • Thanks. No need to raise its priority...just making sure I hadn't missed something. Plus, if you bring it back after it was gone, that would add to the "changing all the time" ambience. :) Ken
  • Whether they're aliens kind of depends on whether you're one of them or not. :) Question about the new format. I miss the way the old format would show members post counts. Will that come back? Or did I miss an instruction on how to bring it up?…
  • Yes. It worked for me this afternoon. New computer (Windows 8.1), ran around the web site a bit before I got communicator installed and downloaded GE, but once running it went smoothly. Basecamp was there and it worked. Ken
  • There's also the question of what the GPS does with the traffic data. ISO 14819-1 defines what data fields should be in the traffic messages. I find it hard to believe that my 255WT makes use of all that it should, especially the expiration time. …
  • So you are saying this has been a problem for OVER FOUR YEARS and neither Garmin or you guys have done anything about it ?? It's probably being processed through Navteq's map error correction department. :) Since we have not heard from the origina…
  • These days the updater actually will delete files for you. At least it did that once for my 255W. It will also tell you to put in a SD or microSD card for the new maps. It did that for me a couple of updates later. I don't remember whether it wa…
  • Thanks. webroot sometimes gets overaggressive. Just tried it on my work computer, which the IT people load with different overaggressive stuff. I got no warnings, and saw no phish. Just some really cool vehicles. The UFO looks appropriate for w…
  • Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, or offend a new member on his first post, but my security software (webroot) blocked NaveTech's site, saying it's been reported as unsafe and contains a phishing threat. Ken
  • Well, that takes the charm and grump opportunity out of it. :) Thanks for the info. What's left is that Garmin support replied to my e-mail pretty quickly, with a correct and useful answer. Ken
  • No need to imagine...it really happened. :) I've yet to see a micro SD card in the flesh. When the "Got the humanoid...not enough memory for the map update" message said I needed an SD or micro SD card, it seemed easier to drop Garmin an e-mail ra…
  • I don't have an issue. I measured the slot, like they told me, and got the right thing. I was just commenting on the idea that Garmin should provide detailed instructions on how to insert the card. They don't even keep track of what kind is on ea…
  • I needed a memory card for my 255W. The manual was unclear about what kind. I e-mailed tech support, giving the model number, asking if I needed an SD or micro SD card. Their reply was to measure the slot. They did tell me which one was what siz…
  • ...to provide extra language choices involves paying someone to record the voices which in turn would increase the price... And yet Garmin went to the trouble of dealing with a Yeti and a Squirrel to bring us their voices. Between those and the var…
  • I've experienced two map updates that were of major importance to me, so it's not like it never happens. Errors that I've reported have never been fixed, so there's some predictability in the world. :) I've been favorably impressed by the iPhone's…
  • I don't know about duct tape. The stuff isn't any good for ducts, which makes it ever more questionable for off-label uses. :) I've never had a zip tie fail to hold a zip in place. Ken
  • The 12V/USB adapter is a good solution. The only problem I've noticed is that the little beasts will sometimes work loose due to, you guessed it, vibrations. They like to work themselves loose just for the fun of it, even without vibration. :) But…
  • You need a voltage regulator, not a resistor. I'm old enough to think 7805, but I expect there are much better ones available these days. You can buy a USB cigarette lighter plug adapter for just a few dollars, and a socket for even less. You mig…
  • On #1, you can bring up the traffic map and also a list of traffic conditions. That's how it works on my 255WT, and I'd expect newer units to be at least as good. The quality of the data will depend on which service you have (one of the RDS's, HD,…
  • Does uninstalling GE after the map is installed count as setting it to "never"? :) Ken
  • I also had the strange experience of Garmin Express working without a problem. It now has a progress display. Not as nice as Map Updater's, but serviceable. The only snag is that I see no point in leaving this thing on and possibly running during…
  • These devices receive traffic data for a consierable distance from your current location. 50 to 100 mile radius seems typical. (As long as you have something beter than the "free" Navteq serice.) That's the case for my Garmin 255W, my old Delphi,…
  • The standard Navteq traffic is impressively lame. It took one trip to convince me to upgrade. Traffic data isn't a panacea, but at least the other systems get the data into the GPS. Ken
  • Boyd - how recently did you try RDS traffic along the DC-NYC corridor? And was it Navteq or Clear Channel? I found CC to be way better than Navteq (more stations) and the coverage gaps in that area have progressively shrunk over the past few years…
  • ...You can bypass a VIA in nuvi 255. You only have to get back to original route past VIA, then nuvi will continue navigation. I never realized that. I guess it's because whenever mine was taking me to a via point I didn't really know the way back …
  • I've got a 255W, and that's how it's done. One thing to watch out for is that it will want to take you to the via point, and can be relentless if you don't hit it exactly. I also learned very quickly to not set traffic avoidances. Traffic data is…
  • ...Attach your Nuvi to your computer and run either of these programs. Usually this will get past GE's "memory full" message (at least it did with my units) and proceed to install the map update... Will GE say that there isn't enough memory whe…
    in Map Comment by kenp September 2013
  • But uninstalling it is so much more satisfying. Kind of like giving your mother in law a bus ticket home, rather than just telling her to stay in her room. :) Ken
  • The suction cup is supposed to work with the glue-on-the-dash disk that comes with the GPS. I've never used the disk (has anyone?), so this is a guess, but maybe gluing it onto the beanbag would work. Ken
  • You might want to uninstall Garmin Express. I just used it successfully to install an update, but then saw that it automatically runs when I start my PC. Kind of silly for a program that gets used once every three months or so, and one of Lifetime…
  • I'm joining in about a week late, but I think my experience is worth adding. Traffic performance depends on a bunch of factors. I've found that RDS traffic data reception is a combination of the area officially covered and the stations. There's d…
  • Right - you get traffic info only for the roads with sensors. The GPS assumes roads with no data are clear. Major highway traffic info is available on state DOT web sites. Google maps shows traffic conditions. If you've got a tablet with wireles…
  • ...Its also quite ironic that one of the reasons for the hold up is because of authentication issues? ... If a copy of the map has been stolen and is on underground sites, then it makes a lot of sense that Garmin would be beefing up their authentica…
  • I wonder if they use a location consistent with the rule for "distance to" signs specified in the DOT Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices: "The distance shown should be selected on a case-by-case basis by the jurisdiction that owns the road o…
  • Try installing the .net framework...see if that makes it happy. Garmin seems to constantly tinker with their map loading and updating software. The old "Number two" method seemed re-install the updater each time, even though the prior version had …
  • t, thank you for the link! I knew that if I came here I'd find the solution within seconds. When I installed Express it would not find my device and my account didn't show the new map I was entitled to. Mapupdater found everything. Like a fool, …
  • ...Did you really use map for navigation in a car? I think you used map for planning but you actually navigated according to road signs... That's one of the problems with GPS instead of maps. It gets used for navigation, and there may be no planni…
  • I suspect the algorithm for this was written by the same person who wrote the one for calculating addresses within a block. :) Ken
  • With all due respect, maybe you need to suggest (nicely of course) that Mom buy you an new GPS. :) But then she might stop making his lunches. :) Ken
    in Uh Oh!! Comment by kenp January 2013
  • Just google silica gel to find where you can buy it and how to refresh it in an oven. You should be able to buy a pound of it for maybe $4-$5 at a craft store like Michaels. Keep the flower drying application in mind when you google for a place th…
    in Uh Oh!! Comment by kenp January 2013
  • No freeze...everything works as before. The first message that there wasn't room for the update was kind of a gulp, but before I could hunt for a SD card it did the make room thing. Just a grope, since I'm not expert in this stuff, but maybe try t…
  • You could remove some unneeded files. There are threads somewhere on this site that give guidance on that. I've got a 255W. On my next-to-last map update (using the "number 2" regular updater) I got a dialog saying the unit did not have enough ro…
  • ....how will silica gel be any different... Rice would have come from a box that's not hermetically sealed...it would have moisture from the atmosphere. Kind of like drying something with a moist towel. Fresh silica gel would be dry...or you can d…
    in Uh Oh!! Comment by kenp January 2013
  • If the rice doesn't work, you can get silica gel at a craft store. People use it for drying flowers. Ethanol has higher uses than as a gas additive...but it's not really known for drying out. :) Ken
    in Uh Oh!! Comment by kenp January 2013
  • Is discussion of the map, rather than disucssion of problems installing it, on topic for this thread? :) I just took my first trip with the new map, and found a tremendous improvement. Going from the DC area to Hampton, VA, when I got onto I-95 th…