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It's an old and discontinued product. So maybe one will turn up eventually on ebay or elsewhere if you only want the same. I don't know the number of pins on your device, however for my garmin marine products, I was able to use the same power/data cable with three maybe four or more different chartplotters that were brand new products over the course of 12 years.
I think the last garmin chart plotter I got circa 2016 did require a change, but I don't remember whether it was because of the unit having more pins or just that a reconfiguration of the boat required a longer cable and the original had be cut too short. To late to check now, unfortunately I'm without a boat now.
So you've got a good chance, I think of finding something used on ebay of a different and newer model that will still have the same pinout. Likely, if you aren't using this in conjunction with other nema enabled devices, then you probably are only using two wires in the current cable. They are just the positive and negative power wires. Don't be afraid of a new device with more wires. Because if you still don't need it to talk to other nema enabled devices or turn on a additional alarm, then you still will only need two of the wires in the cable connected to anything.
I don't understand your concern here. Being mounted as a portable device, which should give it a removal policy of "3", is the safest method to protect it from corruption due to unexpected removal. The other removal policies do nothing to ensure a better outcome, they just let Windows and other programs behave in a riskier manner.I am not happy that the 680T is definitely mounted as a portable device and not needing safe release.
You can verify the removal policy when the device is connected by right clicking on any storage device in the file explorer and selecting "properties" then the "hardware" tab, then select the correct device from the list and then the "properties" button near the bottom, then the "details" tab, then select "removal policy" from the dropdown list. If it is a "3", then Windows will not cache writes to that device. It is write caching which causes file corruption due to unexpected removal.
Ibid....what boyd said. I don't like to fuss with a lot of tedius prep either. I just review the route I want to go on my computer, then see if the gps generally agrees then go. Like Boyd, usually I wind up taking deviations the gps doesn't like, but so what. If the gps doesn't like my way it can get it's own car and drive itself <<grin>>.
I use my old nuvi 205w to plug in my destination and give me the overall trip navigation. Then for restaurants, POI's and such I use my smart phone. I also tend to use my smart phone for navigation within a large unfamiliar city.
My reasoning for using the smart phone is that it's got the power of the internet behind it and will be more up to date. But for the interstate and highway travel, my nuvi.... even with old maps is more than adequate.
I haven't disagreed with any of your suppositions in this thread. I just stated my preferences and made a postulation or two.
I've got no issue with them getting caught by the spam filter and having to wait for approval. The fact that I missed the very brief message telling what was going on is the only real issue. As Boyd mentioned, having the message wait for the click an "okay" button would ensure that it was seen.
But in the grand scheme, it is not as bad as some of the annoying glitches I've experienced on other forums using high dollar software.