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  • I didn't realize such a device existed that would step up from 5 V to 12 V. I wonder if there would be enough amps to drive the Garmin Power adapter and device though? It certainly would be worth a try.
  • I have had this same issue with my Oregon 550 when I had seven Garmin BirdsEye (.jnx satellite image) files enabled. If I removed any one of them it would boot normally. I also had a 3 GB OSM .img street map file enabled, but removing it wouldn't re…
    in Oregon 450T Comment by alanb June 3
  • Boyd, the only one I can think of was one of the first trucking devices … I think it was the nuvi 465. There was a lower end model (maybe something in the nuvi 2x5 series?) that you could load the 465 software to with some kind of hack. I don't reme…
  • Each generation of Garmin device has its own set of UI characteristics. In general, you can't upgrade a device in one model group to look and act like a device in a different model group.
  • Yeah, automotive Garmin's just aren't designed for off-road navigation.
  • As far as I know, the motorcycle friendly Zumo series is the only one in the Garmin automotive lineup that allows track upload. I don't think anything in the nuvi or Drive series allows it.
  • I have to agree with the others. A device as old is the nuvi 265 just isn't worth the cost of a map update. For one thing, with a newer device you will get lifetime map updates included, where if you buy a one time update on the 265, over time, it w…
  • I have both my 61's to be configured as quiet as possible within garmins menu. I've gotton use to it totally. No big deal. I can tell you this 61 I use is a heck of a better navigator to use and listen to then google maps android auto or Waze and…
  • That does sound like an excellent bargain Boyd. I am always tempted by these things, but I don't really need another handheld device :|
  • Any of the newer nuvi or Drive models that have lifetime CN EU map updates should work OK. If you find some available models you are interested in, post here and the members can comment on those models. If you use something like eBay, you might hav…
  • I personally wouldn't depend on "offline" Google maps. If you can get regular mobile data connections to refresh and download segments on a fairly frequent basis, you might be able to make it work. You might want to look into the free "HereWeGo" a…
  • The old 255 will announce route recalculations.
  • You will have to pay for Garmin's City Navigator map, and for an old nuvi 255 it is probably not worth it. Another option is Open Street Maps for Garmin (https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Map_On_Garmin/Download). These maps are free. In my exp…
  • In regard to Bluetooth, if it is like my 3597, you can turn on Bluetooth to use smartphone link for traffic, but turn off the hands free calling function. I do this so I can use the phone function built into my cars infotainment system instead of th…
  • Smartphone Link traffic takes a very small amount of data. Give it a try … I think you will be surprised how little it uses. I have a "pay as you go" Android phone and buy only a few GB per year, and most of that is used by other apps, not Smartphon…
  • Yes, Smartphone Link will provide traffic and weather alerts. I don't think the Garmin RV 770 LMT-S comes with a conventional traffic receiver (either built in or bundled with the power cord). It is compatible with the GTM-60 power cord/traffic rece…
  • I wonder if the "Show .system" function actually changes the attributes on the .system folder. That would definitely be a change in the way Garmin handles this hidden folder.
  • All those improvements you mentioned will help make your navigating experience more enjoyable. If you use the traffic reporting feature, the Smartphone Link app is a big improvement.
  • I am sure that info will be helpful to others using the Drive app. Thanks for posting.
  • My newest device is a DriveLuxe 51. It is a fine unit, but overall I still prefer the 3597. I have the DriveLuxe in my car and the 3597 in my pickup. The truck is kind of noisy, so the speaker built into the mount of the 3497 gives more volume and c…
  • (:| I appreciate Garmin's products that I have, but their new stuff is just a big YAWN. I wish they would get back into the iPhone/android app market, but I may as well spit into the wind as make that wish.
  • Your point is well taken Boyd, but if you do regular map updates, Garmin Express will force the software update before it will update the map. Sure there are some hacks you can do to get around this, but in my opinion not worth the hassle on most ne…
  • Doing a software (firmware) update with a weak battery is definitely a formula for bricking a nuvi. The device has to stay powered up during the second stage of the update, and this step is usually done with battery power because the device needs to…
  • The latest map will probably not fit in internal memory, so you should have a SD (formatted FAT32) of 8 GB up to 32 GB installed just in case. Garmin Express will use the SD card if necessary. If you don't have the SD card installed and there is ins…
  • I agree with Boyd. If your 2597 is fully charged and will run over an hour on a full charge, you should be able to update without any problems. You could always install a few updates at a time by selecting those you want, and then install the map up…
  • You could take a look at a trip planning app like Furkot (www.furkot.com). They claim you can add as many stops as you need and it will optimize the order. Once the entire route is planned and optimized, you could split it in to smaller routes like …
    in Help!!!! Comment by alanb December 2019
  • theGPSstore.com still has the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S refurbished in stock for the price of $99.95. I bought one of these about 6 weeks ago when the price was $129.95. The first one I received failed after one day, but theGPSstore replaced it incl…
  • Dedicated navigation devices are in sharp decline with most users favoring smart phone navigation apps. For dedicated car navigation devices in North America, Garmin still leads the pack with their Drive/DriveSmart series with TomTom and Magellan a…
  • LOL :)) Will kick the idea around a little longer, the sale lasts until tomorrow afternoon. Why don't you buy one Alan? Seems to me you have some kind of orphaned handheld, don't you? Ha Ha! Yes, more than one counting the Lowrance Endura Sierra …
  • Just go for it Boyd! You know you are itching for a new device to play with ;)
  • Glad you got it figured out.
  • Are you connecting in MTP mode (default) or Mass Storage mode? Whatever the case, try switching to the other mode. It should connect in either mode, but there have been reported cases where one mode works better than the other on certain computers. …
  • I am also not a fan of Garmin's hands free calling feature, but I do like and appreciate the Smartphone Link traffic. One thing I have been surprised with is that I can run Smartphone Link and Android Auto simultaneously from the same phone. Android…
  • On the 3597, to disable the Hands Free Calling you go to Apps > Smartphone Link > (click on your connected phone) > uncheck the box for Bluetooth Hands Free Calling. On the DriveLuxe 51 you get to it via Settings > Wireless Networks >…
  • Actually, Garmin's efforts at hands-free calling go back much farther than the 3590, and they have always been terrible in my opinion (although others seem to have been pleased). I have a DriveSmart 61 and DriveTrack 70 and don't use the phone featu…
  • https://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=4435 https://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=3291 It certainly took Garmin long enough to fix this (assuming it is fixed).
  • There are a bunch of POI .WAV files available on the POI Factory forum.
  • For road navigation, theGPSstore.com has the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S refurbished for $129.95. This was the "top of the line" model in the 2017 Garmin Drive x1 model series. Garmin discontinued the DriveLuxe quite early in the Drive x1 series life…
  • It is just the standard Garmin POI Loader program. Most newer Garmin automotive devices use .WAV files instead of .MP3. If you run POI Loader on a Windows machine there is a special sound utility program (SOX.exe) you need to enable the .WAV files. …
  • I agree with sussamb … forget the Garmin offer and find the best deal available on a factory refurb. 3 of my 5 Garmin devices were factory refurbs, and all have been like new and worked flawlessly. On my other 2 Garmin's, one was new and the other u…
  • Somehow I was thinking "nuvi" instead of "Drive". I think the Drive 60 should have sufficient internal memory, so please ignore my advice. Sorry for the confusion.
  • Do you have a micro SD card installed in your nuvi? If not, it is possible that there was insufficient space in internal storage when you performed a map update causing Garmin Express to install a reduced region, such as the "lower 49".
  • I normally don't like to link to another forum, but there is a pretty good FAQ over on the POI Factory forum relating to Garmin drive cleanup: www.poi-factory.com/node/41876. That forum has a pretty comprehensive FAQ resource (with an index) contain…