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  • All Garmins come with maps right out of the box and one free update to the latest map. My wife has a 255W and loves it. You would probably have to update the map, and maybe the firmware, for your Aunt. You need broadband Internet because the map fil…
  • I've been getting really upset trying to look through user reviews on Best Buy. It seems like every unit I look at will have a few people talking about how great it is. But I keep see peoples reviews that go on an on about how they lock up all the t…
  • Exactly. He basically copied/stole a version of Disk Operating System and called it "MSDOS" to sell to IBM to use with their fledgling non-business oriented PC market. It's okay to hate the guy but don't you think you ought to at least be honest ab…
  • I have a Nuvi 255 and don't mind the smaller screen. My daily driver is a small two seat, basically, car with not much room on the dash. My wife started out with the same 255 and then decided she wanted a 255W. At first she was disappointed to learn…
  • Nextar is a bad joke. My wife bought me a Nextar M3-03 because on sale at FYI and with her son's discount she could get it for $70.00. It actually was pretty decent out of the box and had some features I wish my Nuvi had (road avoidance options main…
  • I use it all the time. Of course I know how to get home when I am close to where I live but it's very useful on trips or vacations. Set your motel or place where you are staying as "Home" and even if you don't know the area you can quickly get dire…
    in Home Comment by wscott52 June 2010
  • Depending on where you are and how old the maps in your unit are you may not need to update at all. You can check out the current map on the Garmin site to see if there are any changes from your maps. Of course if you plan to travel through rapidly …
    in Nuvi 255W Comment by wscott52 May 2010
  • For us folk in cloud covered lands it tells us where the sun is above the clouds. It does also give location altitude and speed information - so not a total information free zone. I live about 50 miles west of Buffalo, NY so I can relate to cloud co…
  • Press and hold the satellite signal strength indicator bars (upper left corner) until the Locating Satellites screen appears. It's one of the features that Garmin feels we are not smart enough to use, so they don't mention it in the Owner's Manual.…
  • It shows up on the 2010.4 on my Nuvi also. What map are you using? If you really MUST have the latest maps I SUGGEST you get Garmin's Lifetime Subscription. You may still find things missing but hopefully not as much. ps Isn't shouting fun?
  • To wscott52: The information you provided is appreciated and helpful. On the other hand, the somewhat caustic remark in your first line isn't really necessary. Well you're right but that's one of the great things about the internet, rather than kic…
  • I find it hard to believe you did ANY research other than here. Unless I am misunderstanding your need there are MANY units that meet your needs. I would start looking here: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145 You will need to buy the C…
  • Quick question: What's the hardware difference between these units, other than the preloaded databases? Does the 255W just have more internal memory? More specifically, I know that Canada and Alaska maps cannot be loaded on the internal memory of…
  • Uh. . . Guys. . . I think the OP was attempting humor. It wasn't a serious question. :) ATTEMPTING??..... ATTEMPTING??.... I"m truly hurt.
  • Often the problem lies and what kind of route you are asking for and what you have told it to avoid. If you will say what model Garmin you have and give us examples of routes you think it is wrong on members will likely try and duplicate your examp…
  • What has been easiest for me is Google maps. When you find an address or location you want to visit just download it into your favorites.
  • I have driven through the mountains of West Virginia a number of times and never lost signal. Never got off the Interstate either. Like Tim said, if you went down into deep valleys you might.
  • Thanks for the help guys. I'm going with the Garmin 255 for her. One of your criteria was a 4.3" screen, the Nuvi 255 has a 3.5" screen. I have a Nuvi 255 and have no problem with the screen size. You should also understand the 4.3" screen doesn'…
  • It did not come with a manual - just a quick start guide which is not terribly helpful. . There is probably a *.pdf manual on the Garmin.
  • I agree with Boyd, when you can get a new Nuvi 205 with current maps for $100.00 or a Nuvi 255 with TTS for $120 buying a used, discontinued Nuvi 260 just doesn't make sense. I suppose if you can get it for $20-30 and the maps are okay for the area …
    in Lifespan Comment by wscott52 March 2010
  • I've been using a generic mini USB cable from Newegg for over a year with my, and my wife's, Nuvi 255 and it's worked fine. It also was under $10.00. Looking in the full size USB end it seems to have 4 pins.
  • It's California, "Land of Fruits and Nuts". Don't worry about it.
  • Faced with the same dilemma a little over a year ago I bought two Nuvi 255s. Just basic navigation with TTS. The TomTom interface while not complicated is not quiite as intuitive as Garmin's. We've been very happy with them so far. I asked her wheth…
  • If the seller can't remember the pin code or tell you where the device was located when the pin code was entered I would suspect the unit is stolen. You need to get your money back if at all possible. That is something you are not likely to "forge…
  • but you have another way to open and used this garmin new price is 166$ amazon.com If the seller can't remember the pin code or tell you where the device was located when the pin code was entered I would suspect the unit is stolen. You need to g…
  • My Nuvi 255 has changed it's time.
  • Wow! That Garmin line is very expensive considering what it offers, ie; waterproof & shockproof. Does it really cost that much for that or is Garmin exploiting a small market? I can see that they would need higher profit margins with this market…
  • Looks like it's available but you have to be in Korea. Since you are that shouldn't be a problem. The Nuvi 200W is discontinued but not a bad unit if that's what you have to get to get the map. Korean Garmin Map
  • The trip simulation is useful for short trips eg from Hotel to beach. The downside is if I simulate the trip from one state to the next using my Garmin, I may be sitting at my Kitchen table in my PJ staring at the GPS screen for 4 hours for the simu…
  • Your Nuvi 765T should have come with City Navigator NT North America. It includes Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and some of the Bahamas as well as the contiguous lower 48 states and Canada. Don't know what to tell you about the 3D…
  • I did a search on "1490T" and "diagnostic" and did not see any posts where this was mentioned so I thought I would post. Any clue what the UP and DOWN buttons do on the first screen :?: Or is this territory for the elite and priviledged among the…
  • The newer 2x5 models have faster processors and satellite acquisition. They also incorporate useful display features not available on older Nuvis (not sure about StreetPilots). On most roads they show speed limits. They show upcoming turns with a di…
  • You don't say what GPS you're using. If the unit supports routes then you could just enter them all in as a route before you start.
  • You might want to look at www.poifactory.com and see what looks useful. I travel with dogs and frequently kids (though the kids are grown now). My Nuvi 255 is loaded with: All Motel 6, not very nice but pet friendly La Quinta, nicer and most are pe…
  • You are far from the first. I did it too but found my error online before doing something drastic, like send them back to Newegg. I'd bet the number of people who have made the same mistake is staggering. I looked in here because after reading the …
  • Well, you have good reasons for wanting to know but I still can't tell you. I tried to find something authoritative that said all Nuvis use WGS84 this afternoon expecting a little digging to yield results. In all probability it's WGS84 but I can't b…
  • As I noted above, I suspect it is probably WGS-84, but would like to be sure. And it baffles me that I can't find a way to verify it via any of the menus on the 750. ?? Ok, I was curious but didn't ask before. Why do you want to know the map datum…
  • I won't swear to it but what I read seems to indicate it's probably the WGS84 map datum. Edit: Wow! ken was posting while I was typing. That doesn't happen on here very often.
  • It uses a simple form of what we sailors call "DED Reckoning", It asssumes you continue in the same direction and speed you were going at when the signal is lost and calculates your position based on that. As long as you do, and the signal loss is b…
  • As stated above you don't need to use two computers, they're not tied to one computer like iTunes. I update mine and my wife's Nuvi 255s regularly from the same computer.
  • What do you want the GPS to do for you on the cruise? Do you want a chartplotter with full navigation information? Or will just current latitude and longitude be enough for you? Do you have any plans to use the GPS when you get back from your crui…
  • Said something about, "How do you still have a license?"
  • I realize you might not want to, and shouldn't, give us your home address but an address on the same street would help. As luv2review said less is generally more. Don't try and put in the exact street name. If it's E Main Ave just put in "Main" and…
  • Planning a trip to Honolulu. Has anyone taken their Nuvi with them ? In particular I have a 255 W. It says that it has maps of North America. Does this include Hawaii ? Thanks in advance. City Navigator® North America NT
  • There's a "Transfer" menu button at the top in Mapsource. If you can open the map in Mapsource then you can use that button to transfer it to the GPS when it's connected with a UPS cable. The topo maps I downloaded came with an installer that put th…
  • Thanks for the quick reply !! I got one more for you. When I use the Where Am I feature and touch Police stations it shows the close's one 27 miles away. It don't show the station in my home town or any of many that is close by. Can this be reset? …
  • Do you have MapSource?
  • This is no different than making mobile phones game devices, when in reality they are meant for communicating. Once the market identifies a feature that seems cool, all the tech gadgets have to come with it. Hey, my Palm Centro came with Sudoku and …
  • I dunno but Garmin has gone on record saying they have no authorized sellers on online auction sites. Caveat emptor.
  • Patruns may be right about you wanting two units. However, if your fishing spots are not too far from the road, all Garmin Nuvis can use free topo maps available from places like www.gpsfiledepot.com. They do have Garmin compatible topo maps for Ken…