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  • When I had a TomTom Go a number of years ago, there was a way to mark roads that are closed (or nonexistent) on the GPS itself. Then the next time you connected the GPS and used their software, the data was sent back to TomTom. Garmin doesn't have a…
  • Just curious.... do you plan to never update beyond Windows XP? I am very reluctant to update things too... I'm on Windows 7. Two of my Macs are still on 10.8.5 which Apple no longer supports. But I never liked Windows XP and there are some pretty …
  • I doubt that it looks at anything else on your computer. Update eligibility should be determined by the unit ID of the GPS while it is connected to your computer. If you delete it, you should be able to install again from this archive of Garmin soft…
  • It's great that you got it working. The last time I tried it would hang part way through the download and I finally gave up and used Express. If you look at the link @t923347 posted, it shows two versions on the Nuvi 1300. Am guessing that you have…
  • Found the download link for GarminMapUpdater - try this and see if it works: http://download.garmin.com/lmu/GarminMapUpdater.exe
  • Garmin has a mapupdater program but it is not clear whether they still support it and I don't think they offer it as a download anymore. Here's one recent thread on the subject: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/30921/anyone-try-garminmapupda…
  • Boggles my mind too. But the map restriction seems like part of a pattern that is emerging. From what I've read, newer Garmin marine gps units will not display a map unless a Garmin copyright is embedded in the data. And there are evidently some ne…
  • Just had another look at that epic 276cx thread at ADVrider, it is up to 57 pages now. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/garmin-announces-the-new-gpsmap-276cx.1178312/page-57 This is crazy, a 276cx owner in the EU (Spain I think) was told by Ga…
  • Glad that you were able to get it working @johnward ! I still have my Nuvi 5000, I think it got it around 2008. It was a very nice model back in the day - it was Garmin's first 5" device and also the highest resolution screen at 800x480. It also ha…
  • I think the "learning" capability of the Nuvi is really very simplistic. AFAIK, it just looks at average speeds for each class of road. So, for example, if you usually drive 10mph faster than the speed limit on an interstate highway, that would be u…
  • Do a master reset, then simulate a saved route noting the driving speeds on various road segments. They should pretty much match the posted speed limits. Then use your device for a month or so without doing a master reset. Simulate the same route an…
  • Aside from that, Garmin's map format is limited to a resolution of +/- 2.5 meters. ;)
  • This is the power adapter that Garmin recommends for the 2797: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/pn/010-11478-02 I have a Garmin adapter that was included with one of my GPS'es (number PSAC05R-050) that works with everything I have tried. Not sure …
  • A big thing is I think the zoom level stayed roughly as I had it over the weekend, thankfully. Are you talking about auto-zoom? You can disable auto-zoom on the Nuvi, but it requires a little trick. Assuming you are in North America, do a hard reset…
  • You would need a power-only cable. Typical computer USB cables have extra wires that tell the GPS it's connected to a computer. Even then, I gather that newer Garmin devices are more particular about what you connect them to, as witnessed by the me…
  • Exactly. As I stated above, "The only way to delete data from the Nuvi is using the menus on the device itself." :)
  • Edit the list in BaseCamp until it has only the favorites you want to keep. Then send the new list back to your device. Basecamp is a good way to do this, however I think there is one additional step if you take that approach. After importing the sa…
  • In thinking about this, Garmin removed the special pedestrian mode after the 34x0/35x0 models. I know my 3597 doesn't have it. Garmin also had the special (extra cost) city maps for the pedestrian mode that had public transportation and some other s…
  • Here you go: gpstracklog.com/2012/03/the-best-garmin-nuvis-for-pedestrian-navigation.html ___________ Here are all the nuvi models with a triaxial compass: Garmin nuvi 2360LMT Garmin nuvi 2360LT Garmin nuvi 3450 Garmin nuvi 3450LM Garmin nuvi 34…
  • I can't find any other references to it with a quick search, but I specifically recall that a triaxial compass was mentioned. I remember that surprised me since the iPhone of that generation used an accelerometer. I also recall reading that Garmin w…
  • Most (maybe all) Garmin automotive devices just use motion and don't have a magnetic compass. I'm not so sure about that Alan. IIRC, Garmin started putting triaxial magnetic compasses in the Nuvi series back in 2010 or 2011. I believe this is how i…
  • For starters, I would do a hard reset if you have not already done so: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/21511/x/p1/ If that doesn't help and you suspect the firmware update caused the problem, you can roll back to any version you like by down…
  • I have seen this complaint about the 680 screen before, which is kind of sad since Garmin claimed they "improved" the screen on the new Montana. ;)
    in Montana 680T Comment by Boyd May 30
  • No, that just forces a shutdown. See this: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/21511/x/p1/
  • We have a "mega thread" on this topic here: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/13967/x/p1/
  • 800 feet is ridiculous. Older devices like the streetpilot series showed little roads up to .8 miles. I think that was the same on the older Nuvi's like the 2xx, 3xx, 6xx and 7xx series. Then IIRC, they changed this to .5 miles on the 1xxx series. …
  • Yes, 800 meters would be more reasonable. :)
  • With the map set for More Detail, I lose minor roads at about 800ft. Something must be wrong there, I'm sure minor roads will show through more than just 800 feet if you have map detail set at the highest level.
  • Thanks for taking the time to follow up Rick! :)
  • Yes, I think a cheap old smartphone would be a good choice, assuming it has a decent GPS (probably best to choose a phone from the past three years or so). There are tons of basic GPS apps on both iOS and Android, many are free. Again, the issue wi…
  • That's not a bad idea, but even with a new battery I doubt you will get more than 3 hours run time on a Nuvi. If you need more than that, look for a used handheld like the original yellow eTrex. They have very good battery life and run on AA batteri…
  • For starters, I would do a hard reset (sometimes called "master reset") on the GPS, this sounds like the kind of strange behavior that can be cleared with one. Have not used a new "Drive" model, but I suspect it is the same as the procedure listed f…
  • I don't have a 64s but there should be a setup menu item to disable the display of map points. For example, on my Montana I would press Setup > Map > Advanced Setup > Zoom Levels > Map Points > Off This should prevent any of the poin…
  • We covered this recently here: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/30873/how-do-i-import-ov2-files-into-my-nuvi
  • Using wifi for location can be hit or miss. The tablet doesn't receive actual data from satellites that show its location. Instead, it relies on a database of known wifi locations. Many places may not be accurate in that database or not there at all…
  • @sussamb, are you sure this is different from the older Nuvi? As I think about it, the Nuvi will re-import any .gpx files following a hard reset, but I don't know if it will re-import from those files if you simply delete your favorites, don't think…
  • Most likely your tablet doesn't have an internal GPS chip, If a device doesn't have a chip then it will use wifi to approximate your location, but if you have no wifi signal it won't know where you are. I don't use Android much anymore, but I have a…
  • Garmin's GPSMap 276cx would be the device with the largest screen (5 inches) that is compatible with those maps. However, it is really expensive and I don't think it's an overstatement to say it's been very poorly received. In fact, people using the…
  • Well you can load Garmin's OS mapping onto your nuvi I am in the US, but don't think that is possible. The OS maps contain raster data and that has never been supported on Garmin automotive devices. Garmin does not claim any compatibility for these…
  • That is pretty strange, but glad you got it working. But your terminology is wrong, you are talking about the internal flash memory, not RAM. RAM is the very fast memory used to execute the program instructions. It is completely erased whenever you …
  • Don't know what might be wrong, but if it's a bug in the current firmware you could certainly revert to an older version. There's an archive here, download the version you want and then change the file name to gupdate.gcd. http://www.gawisp.com/per…
  • Recent Garmin manuals are pretty bad, which is a shame because the older ones were really great. But there is nothing wrong with reading them, as long as you understand the limitations. If there was any "mistake", it was purchasing a device without …
  • What makes you think that the 2548 supports Bluetooth? I don't see it listed as a capability on Garmin's site: https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/p/122511#overview I think you should have bought the 2598 if you wanted Bluetooth: https://buy.garmin.com…
  • FWIW, I think the Nuvi always does a full reboot after it was connected to a computer. The way that waypoints/favorites are stored on the Nuvi has always been a bit of a mystery. The data is stored in protected memory that you cannot access or modi…
  • If there are any .gpx files on the device or card, I'll bet that is the problem. ;)
  • Have a look inside the GPX folder on the Nuvi. Is there a file named Temp.gpx there? If so the categories may have come from that file. You said that you "recently deleted all the Favourites" however if that file was present on the Nuvi, then your o…
  • Yes, if you want to post a photo here it needs to be hosted somewhere else. Use the icon that looks like a little picture to enter the URL and it will appear in your post. The Garmin Automotive units are nothing like their outdoor/handheld models. …