Although I enjoy my new Garmin c330, I will say that operating it in daylight hours makes it almost impossible.
The screen becomes totally washed out, regardless of what position I put it in! Although I must say it a superior unit to the Magellan Roadmate 2000 which makes you go through a plethora of screens and limited POI's, I will say I could at least see the screen during the daylight hours. Has anyone experience this issue with the c330 or other Garmin units such as the Nuvi? Or better yet, is there a fix for the c330?
My buddy designed a screen guard made out of plastic that goes around 3 edges of the screen and prevents that glare. It is tapered along the left and right sides. Works pretty well. Similiar to the screen guards that you would find on a fish finder if your familiar with that type of equipment.
I have a Garmin c340 and I have had it wash out once or twice but over all I would say it's pretty good.....
I know for a fact that the C500's will go brighter
because they have a different screen.
I had the same problem with my Nuvi 360 and I made a couple of changes. I first purchased a screen protection that still enables touch screen and also cuts down UV reduction by 99%, you can purchase this item @screenpatronus.com , which did help a great deal. Next I purchased a vent mount for my nuvi which turned out to solve a couple issues that I experienced with my nuvi, first being glare on unit, second being the volume of the nuvi. With mounting it on the vents it's alot closer to me. This item can be purchased @ www.mountguys.com . Which won't really help you sir with the c340 but for any other nuvi users I thought I throw it in.
My buddy designed a screen guard made out of plastic that goes around 3 edges of the screen and prevents that glare. It is tapered along the left and right sides. Works pretty well. Similar to the screen guards that you would find on a fish finder if your familiar with that type of equipment.
Do you know of any commercially available products that prevent this wash out problem. I am VERY unhappy with my NUVI 350 screen in daylight. I have it mounted with the windshield mount and the screen is virtually useless in daylight.
Do you know of any commercially available products that prevent this wash out problem. I am VERY unhappy with my NUVI 350 screen in daylight. I have it mounted with the windshield mount and the screen is virtually useless in dayli
I don't know of any commercial models available. You may try a search on google but I'm thinking that since he made his own, there probably weren't alot of options available. This was about 6 months ago so maybe some company has come up with a solution by now.
A couple of things:
1) Yes, the c5xx series do not wash out. I am very happy with mine during daylight. It never washes out except in direct sunlight.
2) Yes, there are commerical models of screen covers to prevent light (or at least help) wash out. Check ebay. Here is one...
Screen washout was the very reason for me exchanging my 350 for a 660. I was really disapointed with it (the 350).
Yeah, I am glad that I read review about the 330. That is why I got the 530. The only bad thing about the 530 was that it would lock up. But that was taken care of in a service pack.
Now that you've mentioned it, I had that same problem you mentioned. I need something that would prevent the washout as well. I'll try the screenguard you're talking about. I've never really paid any attention to it until now. I just got back from driving to Dallas and back to Houston and when the sun hits it head on i can't see the screen at all.
Gosh I wish NUVI had an integrated radar detector.
on a side note, i had a detector (no names) that saved me from at least 4 tickets on that weekend trip.
The 2620 is incredible in bright sunshine. On gps.information.com they showed a picture of about 10 more gps on the dash of a car in bright sunlight and it was clear which ones worked and which did not.
For what its worth I have the Nuvi 680 and have no problems with the screen even in the brightest sunlight.
I have a Garmin nuvi 660 and it is suction mounted on the windshield. I haven't experienced any screen wash out or any severe glares due to the sunlight. There is an option to have the nuvi change its background color during the day and night. You may want to see if that is an option on the c330, it may help. Of course, screen protectors/visors would also be an alternative.
Thanx for the ebay info Asianfire.....just bought one!!!! Cam
I had the same problem. I just taped a small piece of cardboard on top of the unit and that has temporarily solved the problem. It will do until I get a screen visor.
No problem, that is what we are all here for, to take info and give it.
Who has a shade? What do you think of it? Cam
I am going to try to make one myself out of cardboard. The idea of paying $17.00 for a piece of sew fabric that at best cost $1 to manufacture, ship to the dealer does not sit well with me. $6-7 OK, but $17 IMHO is just a rip.
I have C330 unit. I bought it in December last year. During winter time I did not find any problem with the display during day time but now I have this screen washout problem. My unit's brightness was at 90%, so increared it to 100% which made some difference but on a bright sunny day, it is very hard to see the dispaly. I just listen the voice prompts in that situation.
The screens on the c3xx's are not good on a nice sunny day and here in Fl.; I have many of those days. And as for the volume, not impressed with it at all and I can only speak for the 2 models I have. I find myself turning the volume button more and more in the hopes that it is just stuck and one more turn will get me what I want which is louder sound but that's wishful thinking. I alternate between the 2 english voices (Daniel and Emily). Emily talks way too low. I had her on today while driving and had the windows up, AC on and her voice was so mellow, I don't think my back seat passengers would hear her even if I had the radio off because when it is on...forget it. Can't hear her at all. Daniel is a little louder but still not loud enough.
i have the c330 also ,i mounted mine up above the rear view mirror ,where its a little shaded all the time ,and have had no problems washing out
Used to have my c340 in that position also but then my satellite signal was taking too long to come in. As soon as I placed GPS in left corner of windshield, satellite picks ups instantly.
You can raise the volume with a hex editor. I did it will Jill and she is too loud when it is all the way up. I actually had to back the volume down a bit in the file. I found that 90 is a good number.
Hey, they have a vent mount for the C340 here. Check it out. That looks like a pretty neat solution.
I would be worried about hard bumps and it falling off the vent. Has anyone had any experience with this? It seems that it is a bit top heavy and it would fall off with a significant bump.
I was also interested in this mount. They have a slightly different one for the c5xx series. The question I have has to do with any effect the hot or cold air blowing out the vent will have on the GPSr. Does anyone know?
How can the vent sustain all that weight? I actually sat here looking at that pic for a good few minutes cause the gps seems awful heavy to be mounted to a vent and still stay secure like AsianFire said.
Hex editor? Where do I go? Where do I look? Directions on how to do this process once found would be.......??
I think I found my answer under RetiredTechnician. You guys just finished talking about a similar topic.
This is a double post, but....
You know, I just tried it, and it worked. You can open the .vpm file with notepad (in Windows XP) and edit it there. You will want to do a find on...
That is where you change the 90 to whatever you want. However, when you do the find, it won't be 90 since that is what I changed it too. Therefore, you will probably just want to search for
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You know, I just tried it, and it worked. You can open the .vpm file with notepad (in Windows XP) and edit it there.
Did you try saving it and running it? I'm curious if Notepad saved it in text or hex !!!!
Yeap, it saved it as text and therefore it didn't work. My voice doesn't work at all now, thank god for a backup!
Try a baseball Hat.
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