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  • 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 11
  • 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.
  • It very well could be. I haven't observed it with Lane Assist, but have noticed that on my older devices without Active Lane Guidance, I get more static Junction Views for a given trip (in simulation mode) than I do on the newer devices with Active …
  • You are absolutely correct. I have had Garmin devices since both Junction View and lane assist features were introduced on the 7x5 series. In that first release, both features were few and far between, but with each map update, new intersections an…
  • Well, I certainly fit into Boyd's identified demographic group! :) And i agree with his assessment. Garmin is not going away, but their automotive devices might be.
  • It probably varies store to store, but last time I checked at my local Best Buy they had no TomTom's and only 2 or 3 Garmin Drive models. It is just another sign of the declining demand for stand alone PND's.
  • And then there’s the Basecamp/Mapinstall bug (or is it a feature?) that prevents you from installing third party maps on your gps ever since the last update. That is driving everyone crazy over at gpsfiledepot.Sigh! It appears Garmin has mostly aban…
  • I think Garmin has pretty much abandoned the road navigation business, both dedicated devices and apps. They discontinued Viago, Street Pilot and Navigon apps. They have not introduced a new Drive model in over 18 months, and their premier model, th…
  • ...I changed mine to "Hey Garmin!" it doen't trigger very often. HaHa! My wakeup phrase is "Hey nimraG!" on my nuvi that uses the female Samantha voice, and "Hey ivuN! on my nuvi that uses the male Jack voice. I guess I am just a backwards kind of…
  • Garmin has also said that you will lose your lifetime maps if you fail to update them for two years. I waited something like 4 years between updating my Nuvi 3550 and Dezl 760 and had no problems (using Express). In the various forums I follow, I ha…
  • I am still betting it is Navigon software. I looked at a couple of older Navigon manuals, and the Skoda manual reads a lot like the Navigon manuals ... some similarities on the navigation screen layout as well.
  • Since the software and user interface is completely different than what we are used to on Garmin nuvi/Drive devices, I wonder if this device is based on Navigon which Garmin bought out a few year ago. The other thing that makes me think this is that…
  • You can format FAT32 in WIn10 (or Win7 for that matter) if you do it from the command prompt and include the File System switch (/FS:). Example: FORMAT H: /FS:FAT32 Nice one, does that work with any size card? I believe so, although I don't have…
  • You can format FAT32 in WIn10 (or Win7 for that matter) if you do it from the command prompt and include the File System switch (/FS:). Example: FORMAT H: /FS:FAT32
  • Werewolf has told us in the past that Express refuses to install to a 276C, so he has to use MapUpdater. Still, no way to do it without a computer tho.
  • @Boyd ... I am not sure about the zumo 660, but on devices like my nuvi 855, Garmin Express will not use the SD card. The only way to get the full map installed is to use cloning or install a partial map to the device and use MapInstall to get the r…
  • The Basic 3D is the gmap3D.img file. Garmin added the "Basic" designation two or three map updates ago. I am not sure why, as I don't see any difference in the way it displays 3d buildings. Maybe they did it to better distinguish it from the 3D terr…