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  • Have not used one of these myself, but if you really want to troubleshoot this kind of problem they would be handy. There are many similar products, but these two were recently recommended by members at Laptop GPS World and are inexpensive. Would be…
  • The flash drive requires very little power to operate, and the printer gets its power from the wall outlet. But the Nuvi depends on the USB port to operate all its circuitry and light up the screen. :)
  • It could be an issue of your laptop not providing enough current through the USB port to operate the Nuvi properly. I seem to recall discussing that in the past. One way to troubleshoot that would be connecting it to a powered USB hub (if you have o…
  • I still have my HP iPAQ 310 "travel companion". Noticed it in my milk crate full of old stuff a few days ago and was thinking it might be fun to fire it up again. And that also reminded me of this bit of nostalgia. :) http://www.gpsreview.net/viagp…
  • I don't see any real downside to leaving the device in Mass Storage mode. I do it will all my Garmin Devices. Just don't start messing around with files that you don't understand. ;)
  • You do this on the GPS itself, before connecting it to the computer. By default, a Garmin GPS appears to be a "MTP Device" when connected to a Windows computer (but not a Mac). This makes it behave more or less like an iPod or other music player, an…
  • Thanks Alan, was meaning to check and see if Garmin had announced anything for CES. That DriveSmart 65 sure looks like the same hardware as my DriveSmart 61. Would be nice to have the 3d terrain, but we know that Garmin won't do that with a firmware…
  • See this thread for reset instructions http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/21511/x/p1/ Give it a try, it fixes a variety of odd problems. If that doesn't work though, and if you cannot get the device to show on your computer, try a different US…
  • I have a Drivesmart 61. Never saw a "personalise" menu item either. Just looked in the manual, and think that is just an error. If you read what it says, it's clear that they are talking about the "add shortcut" icon. In other words, step 1 in the m…
  • What don't you understand? They don't want a website where people come to complain about their products. >:) But if you look at the link I posted, you will see there is, in fact, a way to report bugs: product.support@Garmin.com
  • Have you seen this site? Note the "common issues" and "error reporting" sections. www.gpsrchive.com/GPSMAP/GPSMAP%2066/index.htm
  • I posted a link to that thread earlier, it is the same one. But there are now reports of the device resetting for no reason. forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/349766-garmin-gpsmap-66-series-announced-on-2018-08-06/&page=5&tab=commen…
  • Doesn't Android have a high contrast mode? On the iPhone, it's an option in the accessibility settings, and when enabled, triple-tapping the home button toggles it. I found this helped a lot with visibility in the TomTom app - it gives you a black b…
  • I think you left one or two Monterra's off that list, didn't you? It would be interesting to see a full list of all the devices you have tried and returned since your original Montana was stolen. :)
  • Also... didn't you go though a couple other Montana's and end up returning them due to problems? There have been so many, I can't recall the details now.
  • So, in other words, you could have just replaced your original Montana and been happy, instead of spending over a year trying just about every other product on the market? >:) Seriously, thanks for keeping us updated on your journey, I'm sure …
  • Update: we are discussing this over at GPSFileDepot, and another member contacted the owner of the site. It has been fixed now and it just redirects you to gpsinformation.net . It is Allory Deiss' site and this page is evidently how you are suppose…
  • Some more info on the Explore website https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=Pem8APOlI03qXEb3czosX6 https://support.garmin.com/en-IN/?faq=0uDt3PZ8fM66OtVCxqytB7 Here's a full res screenshot from the link above.
  • Just found another site with an archive of Basecamp versions, although evidently it's only the Windows versions. I believe the owner of that site is a member here, but has not been seen for a long time. www.gpsrchive.com/BaseCamp/Update.html
  • Of course it's possible to still run very old software in virtual machines, or have an external drive with an old operating system. But this is not something that the "average user" is going to do. So if Basecamp is no longer compatible with their c…
  • Yeah, I was not concerned about "malicious firmware", but the files on that site might not actually contain firmware at all, so when you download/un-zip/install them, there could be a nasty surprise. >:) Also note that the site in question doesn…
  • Chris has been sharing his thoughts after switching from a Garmin Montana to a rugged smartphone here: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/31237/rugged-smartphone-v-premium-gps
  • The next time I need a new GPS for my bike or hiking I will look at other brands There aren't very many choices for that now. Garmin is pretty much the last man standing already. What would you choose? Magellan no longer makes handhelds (and they we…
  • Good point @DerekW - More evidence that they will push people to their new web portal... ;)
  • But referring to their old support search page as the "Explore" site and implying there is something new there leaves me unimpressed … sigh ... I'm confused by this. The link in the support page I posted doesn't seem to work, I get a 404 error when…
  • Yeah, I think it is mostly a direction for the future. But if Basecamp no longer runs on modern operating systems, most users would be forced to use the web portal. Advanced users will figure ways to run old software in virtual machines, etc. And li…
  • Seems like they are missing a major Basecamp feature not available on the website... you can use it without an internet connection. ;) But it has a long way to go if they plan to offer all the things BaseCamp can do And yet, they "recommend using th…
  • OK, this is a dumb question but I have to ask.... Are you sure your device actually has a map of Canada installed? Here in the US, they are selling some inexpensive Garmin automotive units that only have US mapping. That might cause a problem like y…
  • @alanb already explained how to change the default search location. The default should be displayed at the top of the Where To screen, such as "Searching near: New York, NY". Tapping that will allow you to change. I don't know of any way to change …
  • My DriveSmart 61 has the manual built into the device. Is the DriveAssist 50 different? Press Apps > Owners Manual to view it. But for paper manuals, LOL, you are ten years (maybe more) too late for that! Garmin used to make excellent paper manu…
  • You can download old firmware here http://www.gawisp.com/perry/nuvi/ But it looks like the most recent update for your device is this file from 2015. http://www.gawisp.com/perry/nuvi/nuvi13xxand14xxseries_GCDFile__630.gcd This is the previous v…
  • Glad I could help, and all the best to you as well! :)
  • When you look at the map as you drive without a route, what shows in the tab at the bottom right of the screen? Does it say something like "Direction - NE"? If so, press that tab. You should then have a menu with several choices for data to display,…
  • Somehow you have activated the screenshot feature. It has nothing to do with backup cameras. That icon will appear in the corner, and whenever you tap it an image of your screen will be saved in the Screenshots folder on the device. This is the same…
    in Drive 51 ? Comment by Boyd December 2018
  • From my research it appears if I just bought a download file from Garmin I could put onto both my GPS and my PC; but not if I physically have the SD card? Sorry, but your research is flawed. :) When it comes to using the map on your computer, the do…
  • Is the Drivesmart 51 different from the Drivesmart 61? On my 61, there is no "3 bar icon". Instead, when you tap a saved location, across the bottom of the screen there are 4 buttons. An "i" for info, a "P" for parking, a forked arrow for choosing …
  • I bought the third one from a guy in Texas who had a case of them (brand new) and he sold them for Garmin retail price on eBay. The Garmin retail price shows as $300 here :-O https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/14926
  • Well, thank you for letting me know it's time to move on. You're welcome. ;) I did make a suggestion for how you might get it fixed and also used a "smiley". Sorry if you were offended. @alanb - I suppose it depends on what a used one costs. The OP…
  • My only idea is to check with this company, they show $60 to replace the screen (interestingly, they are using glass screens). The owner is a member here at GPSReview but has not posted for a long time. http://www.sharc.net/gps_repair_prices_garmin…
  • Don't see any mention of that feature here. http://www.gpsreview.net/dash-express/
  • You can certainly do the same. Of course, you will have to change from MTP mode to mass storage mode in order to access some of the files (which was also the case on the Nuvi since around 2010 or so).
  • Even more optimistic to assume that I will still be here in 2026. :))
  • LOL, let us know if you've found one when you visit us again in 2026. :)
  • IIRC, there were some issues with the eTrex 20 when it was first released too. :) IMO you are taking a big risk when you buy a new Garmin handheld that has been on the market for less than a year. But hey, it could be worse.... think about all the…
  • I've seen no other reports of this happening forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/349766-garmin-gpsmap-66-series-announced-on-2018-08-06/&page=3&tab=comments#comment-5752165 "It still just crashes all the time in a manner that turns i…
  • I would not automatically assume this is a "battery issue". Software bugs can cause a device to crash and shutdown. The 66 is a new model and Garmin's early firmware is notoriously buggy, typically taking as much as a year before it gets stable.