Garmin nuvi Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets and Ideas

 

Thank you, Miss POI for including a link to the

Garmin (nuvi) GPS - Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints,
Secrets and Ideas WEB site.

in your FAQs area.

I certainly welcome all readers of your excellent POI
Factory to visit and take a look around. Currently, there
are over 50 helpful informative and fun articles dedicated
to the nuvi series.

Also, some have even contributed articles and material
for the WEB site. Everyone is invited to do so.

The site can be reached via

http://snipurl.com/garmin_gps_tricks
or
http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/

The last ten articles posted are listed below.

FAST CARS AT RIDGEMONT HIGH -
Souped-up Speed Alerts
MOVING A GOOGLE MAP FIND TO A BETTER PLACE -
Putting That Favorite On The Road For Your Garmin
IMPORTING FAVORITES FROM GOOGLE/MAPQUEST INTO YOUR NÜVI -
'How To' Techniques For On-Line Imports
WAYS TO VIEW FUTURE TRIP TURNS -
Your Garmin Offers Several Ways
OH, GIVE ME A HOME -
Fun Use of a Proximity Alert
GETTING READY FOR CUSTOM POIs -
Initial steps
CUSTOM POINTS OF INTEREST (POI)
Intro
WHAT'Z YA PHONE # -
While Driving to Your Garmin POI
WHEN YOU GOT TO GO YOU GOT TO GO -
Finding a Rest Area
I'DE WALK A MILLION MILES .... -
Your nüvi as a Pedometer

Gary Hayman
WEB master
Garmin GPS Tricks & Tips .....

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Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT
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Mind Reader

bentbiker wrote:
Lou M wrote:

Maybe the formating of the mp3s is wrong. I'm using Nero.

You've tried everything else. If Gary has a clip that he knows works, why not let him send it to you to rule out that possibility. You didn't say whether you had checked for hidden extensions and/or double extensions.

Bentbiker, you're a mind reader!! A 30 second clip sounds too long to me. Most audio alerts I use are about 2 seconds. To get just one verse of the song, I've cropped it out of my mp3 song and got a 6 second clip "I'm getting closer to my home" one time, from near the end of the song. I've saved it in the proper wav format and just loaded it on my 660 as my Rest Area alert.

I'm just about to run a simulation with it and if it works, I can email it to Lou. Its a 547KB file. I'll be back with the results...

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Tampa, FL - Garmin nüvi 660 (Software Ver 4.90), 2019.30 CN NA NT maps | Magellan Meridian Gold

It Works

I loaded the wav file on my 660 (named as my Rest Area alert) and ran a simulation. It worked.

I've already sent an email to Lou. If he responds and wants the file, I'll send it to him.

EDIT: I use Creative WaveStudio to edit the mp3 files, convert them to 16 bit mono and save them as wav files. Once I found it worked, I made a pre-set in WaveStudio with all the right options so I don't have to re-invent the wheel each time.

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Tampa, FL - Garmin nüvi 660 (Software Ver 4.90), 2019.30 CN NA NT maps | Magellan Meridian Gold

This site is very user friendly for the GPS newbie

Thanks for the info and this useful site. I found the articles very easy to follow even though I am a not so techie GPS newbie. Lots of great information!Hopefully I can learn enough to one day give something back to everyone for all the helpful tips and info both on POI Factory and Gary,s site!

Good News

It works! A huge thanks to Gary A and also bentbiker. Gary e-mailed me, after midnight, his short version wav file and his sox.exe file. I tried the wav file, but still no luck. The sox.exe file, that Gary sent, had nothing attached to it (it only had the name of the file and the size of the file). But I did notice the file size was about half of the sox.exe file that I downloaded. Seeing that it was pushing 1AM, I didn't want to bother Gary. So I went back to sourceforge.net and looked at the sox-14.0.1.zip files again. I was also looking at Gary H's procedure for DLing the sox file. It looks like I might have DL'd the wrong file. So I DL'd the other sox.exe, put it in the POIloader folder, used Gary A's wav file, used the simulation mode and then "I'm Getting Closer to My Home"! IT WORKED!!!!! Gary A, you thought that maybe the length of my original wav was too long, so I went back and used that. It has 4 lines of IGC to MH (about 1 minute), and that also worked. So guys, size doesn't matter! So once again, a huge thanks for eveyones help. This site is like "Home".

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Lou M

Sox.exe

Glad it worked. Sounds like it was just a matter of getting the right sox.exe file.

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Tampa, FL - Garmin nüvi 660 (Software Ver 4.90), 2019.30 CN NA NT maps | Magellan Meridian Gold

Try this

fatso wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I purchased my Nuvi 750 today. It worked fine and I decided to run WebUpdater to update the unit. Following what appeared to be a successful update, the unit now indicates "System Software Missing" upon startup. When I try to run the webUpdater service again to reinstall, I get an error that the file is corrupt. I am at a loss.

Any ideas on what to do next? Am I dead in the water?

Thanks everyone.

Did you by accident delete any files, if not try to do a master reset, It should set everything back to factory specs,

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Jerry...Jacksonville,Fl Nüvi1450,Nuvi650,Nuvi 2495 and Mapsource.

Help Articles Added in Last Three Weeks

A couple more new articles posted since the the tail end of July

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BUT I WANT BOTH SPEED AND DISTANCE IN AN ALERT-
Can This Be Accomplished Using .CSV Files? Yes! As If By Magic!

POI LOADER IN MANUAL MODE -
Setting Speed or Distance

RUN SILENT -- RUN NO-PEEP -
Silent and Semi-Silent Alerts
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on the

GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORK AROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS

Web site.

Look for them and about sixty others useful insights and helps here

arrow http://snipurl.com/garmin_gps_tricks

Gary Hayman
Webmaster
Greenbelt, Mayland

--
Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

Help Articles Added

Gary,
You run a very nice site for both the newbie's and the old timers, that thought they knew all the tricks. Hopefully you will include streetpilot tips as well.

Bob

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

Gary, I really like your

Gary,

I really like your site. I learned alot of neat little tricks due to it. Keep up the good work.

Nice Job

Wow. This is great stuff!!!

Awesome info

I love your articles. They are well thought out, informative and interesting. Plus, it's so easy to find info on your site. I've been there before, and this time I've bookmarked it.

Thanks for taking the time to educate us newbies.

--
Garmin Streetpilot c340, Garmin Nuvi 360

Call Garmin

fatso wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I purchased my Nuvi 750 today. It worked fine and I decided to run WebUpdater to update the unit. Following what appeared to be a successful update, the unit now indicates "System Software Missing" upon startup. When I try to run the webUpdater service again to reinstall, I get an error that the file is corrupt. I am at a loss.

Any ideas on what to do next? Am I dead in the water?

Thanks everyone.

CALL Garmin. 1-800-800-1020

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GPSMAP 76CSx - nüvi 760 - nüvi 200 - GPSMAP 78S

Thanks All

Many thanks to all who have expressed their appreciation and interest in the Garmin Nuvi Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets, and Ideas WEB site, not only in this thread but scores of other threads here on the great POI Factory Web pages.

I hope it is of additional help to many, especially new owners, the non-technical, and even some old-timers wink It's fun for me to discover the ins and outs and secrets of the nüvi unit and share them with others in an hopefully easy, enlightening and entertaining way.

Many thanks also to Miss POI and staff who have graciously included a link to the 'Garmin Tricks' Web site in her important POI Factory Garmin Nav FAQ area.

Gary Hayman
Greenbelt, Maryland
"Garmin Tricks ..." arrow http://snipurl.com/garmin_gps_tricks

--
Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

Tricks for Street Pilot Series

dog_poop wrote:

Gary,
You run a very nice site for both the newbie's and the old timers, that thought they knew all the tricks. Hopefully you will include streetpilot tips as well.

Bob

Bob,

I can't do the Street Pilot 2610 as mine went Kablooie at the end of 2006. the touch screen receptors seemed to have skidded under the right side of the housing a little so that 3/8" of the appearing screen could not be accessed by touch. Quite frustrating. I had the unit since the first week it hit the market and was very please with it's operation until that point. The cost of repair would be more than some new nüvi units. I've had three other units since then an am currently with a nüvi 650. Before the 2610 I owned and used a Garmin GPS III+ for many years.

I now don't have the expertise and the equipment for including tricks and tips for the 2610 or any Street Pilot.

[Confidentially, I do miss bread crumbs and routes]

Thanks for asking.

Gary Hayman

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Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

Gracias

Outstanding resource - thanks.

--
RKF (Bethesda, MD) Garmin Nuvi 660, 360 & Street Pilot

Great resource!!!!!

Great resource!!!!!

Thanks Gary

ghayman wrote:

Many thanks also to Miss POI and staff who have graciously included a link to the 'Garmin Tricks' Web site in her important POI Factory Garmin Nav FAQ area.

Gary Hayman
Greenbelt, Maryland
"Garmin Tricks ..." arrow http://snipurl.com/garmin_gps_tricks

Gary, having guys like you and the other great members that run their own sites or build software that supports these units excited about being a part of POI Factory makes me blush.

I see you all as the rock stars of the GPS community and of our site and it really makes me feel honored and like I have built something incredible to have someone like you flocking to us and getting involved in our family.
It is really great to have you as a member of our team.

Miss POI

Aw Gee .........

miss poi wrote:

Gary, having guys like you and the other great members that run their own sites or build software that supports these units excited about being a part of POI Factory makes me blush.

I see you all as the rock stars of the GPS community and of our site and it really makes me feel honored and like I have built something incredible to have someone like you flocking to us and getting involved in our family.
It is really great to have you as a member of our team.

Miss POI

I blush too with your remarks. Thank You.

See:
arrow http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/gary.b.jpg

Gary Hayman

--
Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

Great Site

I just started out with my first GPS and everything is very new to me, so this site is a welcomed resource. Thanks so much for your work on this. Very much appreciated. Keep it up!!

Nuvi Must Read

If you have a Nuvi product this is a must read. It is a easy way to learn all about your product.

Great job Gary!

--
"If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score" Lombardi

Thank you for this great

Thank you for this great resource!!

--
nightrider --Nuvi's 660 & 680--

awesome website - much

awesome website - much thanks

Yes it is!!!

Yes it is!!!

--
nightrider --Nuvi's 660 & 680--

thanks!

thanks for the info!

Gary, thanks

Just saw the link to your Garmin site, I bookmarked it for sure!

--
John - with a Garmin 650 and a 750

You're THE Man!

Bravo!!!

GREAT JOB!. Thanks for the information!

Jim

Thanks

and many thanks

Great site, thanks for the

Great site, thanks for the link.

4 More New Ones

I recently posted 4 more interesting articles that some may
want to look at. They are in addition to the 3 I told you
about recently.

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I'M TIRED OF USING MANUAL, "TIME AFTER TIME", WRITES CYNDI -
-----Cut Down On POI Loader's Manual Processing

ABBA SINGS "WHAT'S THE NAME OF THAT FILE" -
-----A File Rename That Does Wonders

SUB-FOLDERS THAT JARED DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT -
-----Organization Technique That Many Like

USING THE NUVI TO DISPLAY INDEX CARDS -
-----Novel Trip Information Display Aid

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on the

GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORK AROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS

Web site.

Look for them and about sixty others useful insights and
helps here

arrow http://snipurl.com/garmin_gps_tricks

Gary Hayman
Webmaster
Greenbelt, Maryland

--
Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

2 More Articles

Two more articles posted on the

GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORK AROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS

WEB site

arrow http://snipurl.com/garmin_gps_tricks

HAS YOUR NUVI BEEN DISCONTINUED? -
-----Oh Where, Oh Where Did My nüvi Go?

OLYMPIC GOLD MAKES A BIG SPLASH ON THE NÜVI -
-----A Simple Splash Screen For Lost/Stolen Nüvis

Look for them on Page 5

Gary Hayman

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Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

New Tricks.. Aug-Oct

Since my report to you last August
the following articles have been added or revised to the ----

GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORK AROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS

WEB site

arrow http://snipurl.com/garmin_gps_tricks

MOVING A GOOGLE MAP FIND TO A BETTER PLACE -
----- Putting That Favorite On The Road For Your Garmin [Revised]

THE WHITE SOLUTION FOR THE GOOGLE per-PLEX -
----- Another Technique For Sending Google Locations To Your nüvi

A TECHNIQUE FOR TESTING A CUSTOM POI ALERT -
----- You Don't Have To Be In Your Car

ARE YOU COORDINATED? -
----- Obtaining and Using Coordinates in Your GPS [Revised]

THE 'PROXEMICS' OF THE TourGuide -
----- Hakuna Matata! The Circle Of ... Alert

THE SECRET (?) SPEED NUMBERS THEY DIDN'T TELL YOU ABOUT -
----- Surprise Settings and How To Take Advantage of Them

I GAVE A NUVI AS A GIFT TO MY 16 YEAR OLD. REALLY? -
----- A GPS Gift to a Young New Driver

FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE GPS

Stop by for some interesting stuff.

Gary Hayman
Greenbelt, Maryland

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Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

Tiips & Tricks

Gary,

All I can say is WOW !!!

It's a feast of special information. Much of it can be applied to other Garmin untis and not just the Nuvi.

Thanks a ton for charintg your site and knowledge with all of us.

Nice work !

Regards, Tim

Garmin Manuals

mrlee185 wrote:

I didn't get a owners manual with nuvi750
then found your tips and tricks great read
helped a whole lot thanks again

Garmin has a manual for everyone of their models at the Garmin site. They are in .pdf format and all are available for downloading. I usually download one to check if a certain model can do what I want.

HTH's

Curt

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The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

thanks for info

Thanks for info and links

thanks!

Thanks for this, great resource!

Great work! Man, wish I

Great work! Man, wish I found this a LONG time ago!

Must read

Thanks for a great site, it has help me a lot, keep up the good work.

Thanks

I find your work outstanding. Review your info weekly and always find a new secret to use on my Nuvi 200. Even a few tricks for my Garmin C320--always can teach an old dog new tricks.
Thanks again.
guy

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guy-----C320>nuvi 200>Nuvi 255W

Yes, thank you for this

Yes, thank you for this wonderful work !! ! !!

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nightrider --Nuvi's 660 & 680--

A Second Kudo

I too thank you for your time and effort.

operating with car adapter

I just found out that you can use a replacement car adapter with the NUVI 760 that charges your unit and you can use the unit at the same time IF, when you turn on the unit you press on the screen batter icon for about five seconds...the unit goes into a test mode........then plug in the power cord and exit the test mode. You unit will not operate and charge with the replacement power cord.

Tricks and tips

Your site is a great help to us newbes. Thanks for all the info and help

--
FJM

Thank you

Thank you

Yes, lots of time-saving - - -

Yes, lots of time-saving tips & plenty of good stuff!

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nightrider --Nuvi's 660 & 680--

Secrets and Ideas!

I will add my accolades to you. Taking the basics to a new level by putting logical steps together in clear language is quite useful. However, adding your personal knowledge with secrets and ideas beyond the basic howto's is great. I have visited often but need to be careful because I get my head into drilling down for the details and end up spending a lot of time cataloging new ideas for a later time.

I guess that is not a negative now is it? smile

Thanks Gary..

Your site (next to this one here), was one of the very first I went to after getting my Nuvi 1300WT GPS a couple of months ago. Mucho info. In fact, I used several of your tips and tricks. Once again.. THANKS!

Nuvi1300WTGPS

Nuvi1300WTGPS@Gmail.com

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I'm not really lost.... just temporarily misplaced!

Wow, Gary. Very informative

Wow, Gary. Very informative site you got there. Thanks

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Nuvi 2450LM

-bump-

Bumping this, cus it's worth keeping in the fore front!

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nightrider --Nuvi's 660 & 680--

Secrets and Ideas!

frontline wrote:

I will add my accolades to you. Taking the basics to a new level by putting logical steps together in clear language is quite useful. However, adding your personal knowledge with secrets and ideas beyond the basic howto's is great. I have visited often but need to be careful because I get my head into drilling down for the details and end up spending a lot of time cataloging new ideas for a later time.

I guess that is not a negative now is it? smile

Just wanted to say I got a nice personal reply to this suggestion. As usual the response was thoughtful, well constructed and convincing. I withdraw my suggestion smile ... It's all there and easy to navigate without more detail here.

Thanks

Thanks for the tips. I appreciate that

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