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Hacking your Nuvi

 

I am new to the Garmin world but am surprised to see how little extra hacks there are to run on the nuvi. I brought a sansa mp3 player a couple of months back and was pleasantly surprised to find a program call rockbox that turned the unit into a dual boot device. The software added a better video/mp3 player and many games.

I think the Garmin firmware can use some enhancements. Their MP3 player only take mp3 files and is so limited in design. How about wma with drm for other audio books. Overdrive.com (audiobook site)is supported by many different libraries out there and is free.

How about a voice recorder. It has a mic option on the front. Take some notes while you drive.

Why limit the features on the nuvi to only road functions. Add a nice compass and tracking features like the more portable units. Why should we have to buy two units. One for the car and one for the woods. I know Garmin makes more money.

Please don't get me wrong. I like, even love, my nuvi 750. My wife now sleeps on the couch and the GPS on the pillow next to me. I just want to start some folks thinking of the wonderful possibilities there are out there.

A word of advice

When you start hacking things and it starts costing someone $$$ there going to come after you... i.e. traffic alerts etc.

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It is terrible to speak well and be wrong. -Sophocles snɥɔnıɥdoɐ aka ʎɹɐƃ

Huh?

Huh?

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Add-Ons, etc.

I'm still shocked that, as best as I can tell, the Pigtones site is the only one out there selling 'custom voice files' for GPS units.

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Wait a minute... who am I here?

ebrennan wrote: I am new to

ebrennan wrote:

I am new to the Garmin world but am surprised to see how little extra hacks there are to run on the nuvi. I brought a sansa mp3 player a couple of months back and was pleasantly surprised to find a program call rockbox that turned the unit into a dual boot device. The software added a better video/mp3 player and many games.

I think the Garmin firmware can use some enhancements. Their MP3 player only take mp3 files and is so limited in design. How about wma with drm for other audio books. Overdrive.com (audiobook site)is supported by many different libraries out there and is free.

How about a voice recorder. It has a mic option on the front. Take some notes while you drive.

Why limit the features on the nuvi to only road functions. Add a nice compass and tracking features like the more portable units. Why should we have to buy two units. One for the car and one for the woods. I know Garmin makes more money.

Please don't get me wrong. I like, even love, my nuvi 750. My wife now sleeps on the couch and the GPS on the pillow next to me. I just want to start some folks thinking of the wonderful possibilities there are out there.

Thats what I love about my Navigon, it's open architecture. many hacks available for it. and none include hacks that bypass things that make Navigon money, just enhancements

A lot of people think the word hack means doing illegal things, but thats not true just making changes to make thing better.

aophiuchus not sure exactly the point you are making about traffic? he was talking about making the mp3 player better, not stealing a service.

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.

Bob, you are exactly right

I used to hack my Tivo to allow it to do all kinds of neat new features.

I never hacked it to get free programming, it was only to allow it to do other, cool things.

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This was a big hack

This was a big hack. "How to create your own custom vehicles!"

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/9738
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/12267

I wasn't refering to his post exclusively..

dog_poop wrote:
ebrennan wrote:

I am new to the Garmin world but am surprised to see how little extra hacks there are to run on the nuvi. I brought a sansa mp3 player a couple of months back and was pleasantly surprised to find a program call rockbox that turned the unit into a dual boot device. The software added a better video/mp3 player and many games.

I think the Garmin firmware can use some enhancements. Their MP3 player only take mp3 files and is so limited in design. How about wma with drm for other audio books. Overdrive.com (audiobook site)is supported by many different libraries out there and is free.

How about a voice recorder. It has a mic option on the front. Take some notes while you drive.

Why limit the features on the nuvi to only road functions. Add a nice compass and tracking features like the more portable units. Why should we have to buy two units. One for the car and one for the woods. I know Garmin makes more money.

Please don't get me wrong. I like, even love, my nuvi 750. My wife now sleeps on the couch and the GPS on the pillow next to me. I just want to start some folks thinking of the wonderful possibilities there are out there.

Thats what I love about my Navigon, it's open architecture. many hacks available for it. and none include hacks that bypass things that make Navigon money, just enhancements

A lot of people think the word hack means doing illegal things, but thats not true just making changes to make thing better.

aophiuchus not sure exactly the point you are making about traffic? he was talking about making the mp3 player better, not stealing a service.

Bob

D_P,
I was just pointing out that if someone did hack a device to get a service, map or whatever for free instead of paying for it, you could be in for a lot of headaches. I wasn't accusing him or anyone else. As pointed out in his and other posts hacking can be for improvements to the device, but unfortunately it can also mean for things that are not completely above board or lawful.

That's all I was saying, I was not saying anyone is doing anything illegal.

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It is terrible to speak well and be wrong. -Sophocles snɥɔnıɥdoɐ aka ʎɹɐƃ

It's not an 'extra'...

... but you can hack your Nuvi to increase the volume ... worked like a charm for me ... here is the link to the discussion:

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/9702

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Nuvi 260 www.dispatch.com

Undocumented keystroke for the nuvi 200 (Backdoor Hack)

After having the Garmin Nuvi 200 for a while now, I have come across a really handy feature. The feature allows you track your routes on your Garmin Nuvi 200. This is a hidden feature, so it is still relatively unknown.
Read the rest at: http://www.nerdboys.co.za/2008/03/19/garmin-nuvi-200-track-h...

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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.

Compass

I don't know about all nuvi's but my 350 already has a compass icon that shows north direction all the time.

On a 350

dog_poop wrote:

After having the Garmin Nuvi 200 for a while now, I have come across a really handy feature. The feature allows you track your routes on your Garmin Nuvi 200. This is a hidden feature, so it is still relatively unknown.
Read the rest at: http://www.nerdboys.co.za/2008/03/19/garmin-nuvi-200-track-hack/

I just tried this on a 350 with 5.40 and it brings me to screens: (Shutdowns, Stacks, TSK Mem. Statistics, Nonvol Info, Message Banners, GTM Status, FM Table). I wonder if any of this is useful? There was a Defrag text there with 50 written next to it. I thought you can't defrag these devices?

hacking

look at the garmin forums at gpspassion.com. they are into hacking big time and most of the stuff they have will not brick your gps.

I used them with other brand gps and had no problem. with my garmin 750 i really find no issue that requires hacking so have not messed with it.

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