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  • We briefly discussed the week rollover problem a while back in this thread: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/comment/208489. The consensus seemed to be that Garmin had addressed this issue in most of its modern devices.
  • To see the hidden .system folder, you need to change your 2595 from the default MTP mode to mass storage mode, and of course change your computer folder settings as Boyd said. Maybe you have already changed your device to mass storage mode but I did…
  • That is a solution I would have never thought of … good find and something to remember.
  • In spite of the advice normally given, if you have a USB hub try connecting through the hub. I once had a Windows computer that would not recognize my nuvi devices when connected directly to the USB ports on the PC chassis. But if I put a USB hub in…
  • On my 3597, pressing the upper right corner of the screen takes you to a different set of diagnostic screens that does not have the developers menus. To get to that, I go to the map (navigation) screen and press on the speed indicator which takes yo…
  • Even though your nuvi 2250 isn't recognized by Garmin Express or WebUpdater, does it still mount as a drive when connected to the computer? If it does, check on the amount of free space in internal storage. If there is very little free space (less t…
  • 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 whe…
  • If they truly incorporate the basic functions of BaseCamp into an online portal, I will welcome that. But referring to their old support search page as the "Explore" site and implying there is something new there leaves me unimpressed … sigh ...
  • Well, after looking around their support site for a few minutes, I don't really see anything new for the Garmin model series I own. Maybe there is some additional functionality there for the Gpsmap 66 which the article is about, but nothing new for …
  • Wow! Thanks for posting this Boyd. We have known that Basecamp was being abandoned by Garmin for some time now, but I was not even aware that the Explore website existed. I will have to do some poking around to see what all it will do. I see that w…
  • I don't have a DriveAssist, but I think my nuvi 3597 should work in a similar way on address lookup. Here is what I get (2019.30 CN NA map). I set the "Search Near" to Avonmore, ON, then click on Address. I leave the house number blank and just clic…
  • Is Abbotsford Ontario unincorporated? I can't even find it on Google maps, let alone on my Garmin. For the occurrence of Gunn Rd in Ontario, I find only one listed near the city Avonmore. If I set my Garmin device to search near for Avonmore, then …
  • For the address search, try this: Select Where To?. Tap on Searching Near, select A different City, and type in Abbotsford. Select BC. Now select Address. When it prompts for house number, just press Done. For Street Enter Gunn. This will give you …
  • Since I tend to "listen" to my nuvi for navigation rather than looking at it all the time, I appreciated the "Recalculating" warning to tell me when I was off course. Like many things that Garmin has eliminated over the years, they should have made …
  • Agree with you Boyd, but I know it is sometimes difficult to get through the Sharcnet backlog. At times they will not take on new business until they get their backlog cleared. That said, I haven't read any posts recently about them.
  • Another option would be to try and find a used working 765T that you can buy, preferably one that has an active lifetime map subscription. Do you use the Bluetooth feature on your 765T? If not, you could also look for a 755T.
  • Well, at least Boyd is optimistic that this forum will still be here in 2026! ;)
  • I think the weekly posting tallies on POI Factory are Monday thru Sunday. So, if you post today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday), that will count for 2 of your 3 weeks, so you could get the files for free as soon as Monday Nov 19.
  • Only takes 3 weeks for free access ... pay and get immediately. Perhaps someone is willing to violate the use agreement ... not me tho. Sorry.
  • For North America, the POI Factory camera files are free if you participate regularly in their forum (have posted in 3 of the past 5 weeks).
  • Well, if you have used the device at all with a satellite lock, the current trip log should be in current.gpx. And if you have defined your home location, that should be there.
  • I have a DriveLuxe 50LMTHD and it has a current.gpx file in the \GPX folder. This file should be created/refreshed, every time you connect the device to a computer in MTP or mass storage mode.
  • It is good to see Garmin introduce a new product. That said, the Garmin wearable devices do not interest me at all.
    in Instinct Comment by alanb October 2018
  • I agree with sussamb. I guess I just haven't found a smartphone app yet that measures up to the dedicated Garmin IMO. I have tried some road navigation apps. Garmin's Viago was on the right track, but they discontinued it. The others I do not care f…
  • Boyd, I am curious about how/why your Montana failed. I thought they were pretty solid and reliable devices.
  • Garmin devices seem to work forever. I have 6 Garmins ... oldest from 2009 and they all still work like new. But without sales of new devices to generate revenue, Garmin will not be able to continue with the "lifetime" map updates, and at some poin…
  • I am a little confused. Your post is about the Garmin DriveSmart device, but then you talk about a Garmin app on your phone that interfaces with Google Maps and your DriveSmart. What app is that? In terms of the screen reflection problem, you may n…
  • This probably goes without saying, but I will mention it just in case ... Make sure you are plugging the USB into the nuvi 3590 itself and not into the cradle.
  • It is a real curiosity though about what Garmin is up to with their Drive line of products. Are they dumping inventory to get out of that market altogether, or preparing for some new product releases? My suspicion is the former, but I hope it is th…
  • Another interesting aspect to this is that Buydig.com has recently been selling the DriveSmart 61 as factory refurbs. A couple of weeks ago, they had the price as low as $119 and a number of members on POI Factory took advantage of that deal. We kn…
  • Good question. I wonder if it might have something to do with Trump's tariffs. Maybe Garmin is re-sourcing certain components.
  • Yup, and I guess there are still a few folks who will pay $15 for a movie ticket rather than stream it on their 60" TV for $3.99. ;)
  • Compared to other Garmin handhelds in the current lineup, $400 to $450 is about what I would expect. If I recall, the GPSMap 64s was priced in that same $400 range when it was introduced 3 or 4 years ago. Because of the growing popularity if inexpe…
  • In addition to not having to pay the annual subscription, anyone who has gone through the agony of the long downloads of Birdseye imagery via Basecamp (including missed tiles requiring redownloads) and transferring these images from Basecamp to the …
  • One of the interesting side features on the North America version of the GPSMap 66 is being discussed on the Groundspeak forum: "Access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription". I assume "no annual …
  • https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/598455 Looks like availability is 5 to 8 weeks out.
  • Yes, the 7x5 series has this screen brightness problem when not in the powered cradle. My 755T brightness is marginal at best, and pretty much useless in bright conditions when not in the cradle.
  • Glad you got it sorted out!
  • Another thing you could try is to use cloning with a new SD card. See if you can get the 2019.20 CN NA map only installed on the new SD. If that works, then try to re-install the Europe map on the new SD, again with cloning. If it appears both curre…
  • Since you already have a legitimate lifetime subscription purchased when the DVD was still available, you should be able to get the lifetime updates. My statement about "a thing of the past" was about customers who do not currently have a valid li…
  • Thanks for the Perry link Boyd. I still can't find the PC version of Mapupdater on Perry, but it is probably there someplace too. I think you are right ... add-on lifetime map subscriptions for regions not pre-installed on a device are a thing of …
  • One thing you could try is the old Garmin MapUpdater program. It appears Garmin has removed the download links for this program from their site and I couldn't find it on the Perry archive. So unless you already have it, I am not sure where you can g…
  • This may help: https://forums.garmin.com/forum/into-sports/cycling/edge-800-aa/35666-edge-800
  • POI's and speed cameras just don't interest me. ;) There is a lot of discussion and content over there on general GPS technology, so it isn't all about POI's. It may have been in the beginning, but like many forums, it has evolved. I do have enfor…
  • I have Android Auto. I have been using Google navigation and have tried to like it, but it just doesn't measure up to my 3597 IMO. The lane guidance is acceptable, but not nearly as robust as the Garmin. It doesn't show a lot of the info I get on th…
  • It is probably a combination of the two (phone apps and built-ins). Then there is Android Auto and Apple Car Play which is kind of a hybrid of the two technologies. They use the phone GPS and app, but use the car's infotainment system and controls f…
  • @Boyd ... POI Factory still has a lot of activity with many regulars posting each week. I think the camera files and the way JM implemented the "free" access to these files by requiring regular posting keeps members coming back. They have also devel…
  • Member bdhsfz6 over in the POI Factory forum submitted a support question to Garmin about this. For what it's worth, here is the reply he got Hello No, it does not look like there will be any problem with the Garmin devices with the 1024 week rollo…
  • Very interesting article. Thanks for posting it. It makes me wonder how many Garmins are vulnerable and if cell phones rely on this information in any way.