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Screen washed out on my Garmin c330!!!

 

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?

Screen washed out

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.

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********Garmin Nüvi 1300T, StreetPilot c330 *******Member 6523*********

I have a Garmin c340 and I

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.

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Orbital

ScreenPatronus

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.

NUVI 350 Screen Washout

walleye1 wrote:

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.

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

sun screen guard

Double Tap wrote:

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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
ght.

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.

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A couple of things: 1) Yes,

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...

http://cgi.ebay.com/SHADE-VISOR-Garmin-GPS-C330-C340-C510-C5...

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Screen Washout

Screen washout was the very reason for me exchanging my 350 for a 660. I was really disapointed with it (the 350).

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Garmin 660

Yeah, I am glad that I read

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.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

washout

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.

2620 - perfect

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.

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For what its worth I have

For what its worth I have the Nuvi 680 and have no problems with the screen even in the brightest sunlight.

Stan

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Screen washed out on my Garmin c330!!!

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.

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bombos, Garmin nuvi 1450LMT

Thanx for the ebay info

Thanx for the ebay info Asianfire.....just bought one!!!! Cam

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Ontario Firefighter (for now...almost retired - Going in April 08...lifelong holiday!!!)

screen washout

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.

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Not doing anything worth a darn.

NP

Cam99 wrote:

Thanx for the ebay info Asianfire.....just bought one!!!! Cam

No problem, that is what we are all here for, to take info and give it.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Who has a shade? What do

Who has a shade? What do you think of it? Cam

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Ontario Firefighter (for now...almost retired - Going in April 08...lifelong holiday!!!)

Sun Shade NUVI 350

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.

Double Tap

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

I have C330 unit. I bought

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.

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Google Nexus 4, Nuvi 3597LMTHD,765T,1490LMT

Screen & Volume Issues

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.

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On your mark, Get set.....wait a minute......D-A-N-I-E-L..........now we can GO.... (Garmin c340)

wash out

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

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Wash Out continued.....

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.

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On your mark, Get set.....wait a minute......D-A-N-I-E-L..........now we can GO.... (Garmin c340)

Raise the volume

rhamona wrote:

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.

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.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Hey, they have a vent mount

Hey, they have a vent mount for the C340 here. Check it out. That looks like a pretty neat solution.

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Garmin Emap, Garmin C340, Garmin Nuvi650

Just wondering about bumps

rbrown3rd wrote:

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.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

What about temperature

rbrown3rd wrote:

Hey, they have a vent mount for the C340 here. Check it out. That looks like a pretty neat solution.

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?

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Garmin StreetPilot c530, Mapsource

The weight....

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.

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On your mark, Get set.....wait a minute......D-A-N-I-E-L..........now we can GO.... (Garmin c340)

AsianFire?

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.

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On your mark, Get set.....wait a minute......D-A-N-I-E-L..........now we can GO.... (Garmin c340)

This is a double post,

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...

90

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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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Back at you Asianfire...

Posted on the other side

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On your mark, Get set.....wait a minute......D-A-N-I-E-L..........now we can GO.... (Garmin c340)

Save in Hex

asianfire wrote:

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.

Did you try saving it and running it? I'm curious if Notepad saved it in text or hex !!!!

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Yeap, it saved it as text

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!

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Washed Out

Try a baseball Hat.

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