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  • 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…
  • If the start point and final destination were the only points showing when you selected the saved route in Trip Planner, then for some reason the intermediate waypoints you needed to shape the route somehow did not get transferred into the saved tri…
  • Did you try copying the .gpi file from the 58 directly into the POI folder on the 770? I don't have either of your two models, but that process has worked with other Garmin models. Otherwise, if you still have the original .GPX and .CSV source files…
  • @dmq400 … Sorry, I didn't mean to offend. You are right, I know nothing about your business, so I should have just not posted rather than making a useless suggestion. I hope you can find something that works.
  • I suspect a grid numbering system, a few cheap tags, and a simple database app on your smartphone would be a simpler, more reliable and much cheaper way to go. ;)
  • If that is the case, it is a compromise that will bite them in the a$$ in sales. It is a specialty product to begin with and at its price only has appeal to a very small market. Not having replaceable batteries will not help it sell. "200 hours in 3…
  • It could show up any time. The CN EU 2019.10 NTU map was released June 6, 2018, so Garmin was just as "late" last year.
  • Garmin is apparently still releasing some fixes for this. I have two old nuvi's, a 755T and a 855. Today they both received firmware update Ver 3.0 for GPS Chipset type M to "fix a possible bug in the reported date". I suspect this might be related …
  • The coverage map from Here: https://coverage.here.com/rds-coverage.html In my experience, the areas shown are optimistic for ideal signal conditions. And even if you get a signal, only major roads are reported. Because of this, you can't trust the …
  • Garmin Traffic coverage is what it is. If you want better coverage, the best way is to install the Garmin Smartphone Link app and use that instead of the FM traffic receiver that comes with your nuvi 2689. Garmin refers to the Smartphone Link Traffi…
  • To get the .system folder and files to show you need to change your device from MTP mode to mass storage mode. See Boyd's comments in this post: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/comment/208926/#Comment_208926
    in Memory usage Comment by alanb June 2019
  • It sure sounds like a hardware failure … either the USB port or the charging circuitry. in either case, it is probably not user repairable. Is the unit still in warranty? Whether it is or not, I would call Garmin support to see what they will do for…
  • You definitely need to get the charging problem solved before you worry about file corruption. Have you tried using a different charger, like a wall charger or your computer? If it appears to be charging, let it charge for several hours, and then se…
  • Yes, your DriveSmart 65 has built in traffic. You can tell if the traffic receiver is built in to the device itself or in the power adapter by looking at the model number on the power adapter. If you have a TA-20 power adapter, the traffic is built …
  • I seldom log in there any more. They removed most of the forum categories I was interested in, and after they "upgraded" the forum software it was just too annoying to use. Could they possibly make it even worse with this new version?
    in Garmin forum Comment by alanb May 2019
  • Ah... thanks for the correction Boyd … not sure how I missed that size. It seems like the weight and size of this device on a magnetic mount might be a little "iffy" for a bumpy offroad ride. Hopefully the mount has a locking mechanism so the viewin…
  • 30x probably not as popular as 20x. If people are willing to pay the extra cost for the barometric altimeter and magnetic compass, they may go a step further and opt for a GPSMAP 6x or Oregon.
  • @MustangGT … Do you use proximity alerts with custom POI files? On some older devices overuse of this feature was known to cause spontaneous reboots. However, I have not heard about this being an issue with the newer devices.
  • Yes, create a route with Trip Planner, inserting a few via points to keep you on the roads you want. Once you have the desired route saved in Trip Planner, edit it and change the via points to shaping points. That will preserve the route, but not "a…
  • Did you mean nuvi 500 or 550 instead of nuvi 50? I believe the old nuvi 5x0 series (circa 2007) is the only road navigator Garmin has ever made that was geocaching friendly. If you truly meant the newer nuvi 50 (circa 2011), it was an entry level d…
  • How are you loading the geocaches onto the nuvi? Are you using something like GSAK or just importing a Pocket Query directly?
  • I don't know the answers to your questions, but I am surprised your 2012 card does not work in the Oregon 700. That is a real bummer.