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  • @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 1
  • 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 20
  • 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.
  • No nuvi models would use Galileo … they are too old.
  • I have to agree that the smaller icons are a huge improvement. Much better, but still not as good as the old devices like the 7xx series. I never could figure out what Garmin was trying to accomplish with those huge ugly icons. I have yet to read a …
  • Just out of curiosity, does it allow you to import tracks from BaseCamp like you can on a zumo and handhelds?
  • 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…