I've been a long-time owner/user of a Garmin GPS 12. Old tech for sure, but until now it has served me well. A friend's mom was giving us a ride and she was showing off her new Nuvi and I was instantly hooked. It's in the mail right now!
I just found the POI factory last night and joined a few minutes ago. This is a neat site and I'm really excited about learning all the fun things I can do with my new GPS. I'm aware that there are nice GPS units out there with more whiz-bang features but the Nuvi 200 is so many orders of magnitudes better/more powerful than my old GPS 12 that it was worth the $140 I paid for it.
Once I figure out how to use the Nuvi I think I'll see if I can put the redlight/speed camera POI file into it and then contribute to the site for that privilege.
A whole new world is opening up to me with this new GPS. I do a lot of motorcycle touring and this will be a welcome addition to my tank bag. The GPS 12 really was only good as a compass and relative direction to points I had already saved. This will be so much more useful (like finding nearby gas stations) and let me see a map of where I am so I can decide which way looks like it is where I want to go next
Welcome to the site.
You will find this to be a very friendly site.
If you have not had a chance, take a look at the FAQ while your waiting for your new GPSr.
This place is like the roach motel, once you check in you don't check out! lol I just had to..hehe
Welcome to the site.If you have any questions just post it and lots of members will be there to help you out.
Being an old motorcyclist (I don't anymore) there are a couple of things I would recommend. First is keep it in your tank bag as the Nuvi's are not waterproof. Next is it doesn't have a headphone jack so you cannot connect it through your helmet but what you can do is look at the directions, just be careful and keep your eye on the road!
While you are waiting for it to arrive look for some POI's here then begin downloading and organizing them. Organizing your custom POI's on your computer makes finding them on your GPS much easier. The easiest way to organize them is to put them in folders. For example if you want all the Walmart and Best Buy stores, create a folder called Retail Stores then create folders in Retail Stores for both Walmart and Best Buy. That way when you want to navigate to a Walmart then you can go to that folder and it will look for the stores closest to your current location.
Next is invest in a SD card (nothing fancy 512MB is probably more than enough) to download your new custom POIs to. It just makes housekeeping much easier rather than downloading directly to the Nuvi.
Last is go to Garmin's web site and download POI Loader and Web Updater, both are free applications and are great. Garmin has versions for both Windows and Mac users. POI Loader is exactly what it says, it loads POI's from your computer to your GPS. Web Updater is used for keeping your firmware up-to-date.
Anyway have a good time with it!
Welcome to the site, it is nice to have you with us.
Lots of great information on this site.welcome Serenityvalley,Enjoy
garmin 750 nuvi
Hi Serenityvalley and welcome to the site. There is a wealth of information on the site and there's another site, hosted by one of our members, that's a virtual gold mine for Nuvi owners.
It's Gary Hayman's "Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets and Ideas for the Garmin nüvi GPS (and others)". Here's the link:
Have fun and enjoy...
Nüvi 670 & 880
Mac Pro & OS 10.5.4
Sit back and read about the world of the GPSs. I am sure that you will enjoy learning how to get the most out of it.
I also moved from the Garmin 12 to a nuvi. The 12 is still a good unit holding it's price on ebay at around $50 to $60. It was/is used by the geology dept. at my University, and that's how I was introduced to it. I do miss its large compass screen, and the ability to set almost unlimited waypoints, but of course the map technology on the 12's screen is primitive in terms of todays units. So I feel I lost a little capability to gain much more.
I've kept my GPS-12 in the tank bag and it is waterproof mostly. I had it get so wet once in a rainstorm that it went dead. Nothing that pulling the batteries out and inserting a couple of teabags full of rice into the compartment didn't fix to get all the moisture out. It was so wet that I could see moisture behind the screen. The unit survived this and has been going for years since that incident. I doubt this Nuvi would fare so well! That GPS-12 is TOUGH.
I don't think I'll be doing much structured navigating with the GPS. I just like knowing where I am as I wander about the midwest, might use it to find the nearest gas station, campground and stuff like that. Usually I'll just have it on map mode at the largest zoom resolution that shows all the roads. Good to know which way is north and which way I'm going and which way the nearest town is and such (oh, and which way is home...)
I've got tons of SD cards laying around. My radio in my car uses them for the built-in MP3 player. They are like teeny-tiny 8-track cassettes that hold 8000 songs rather than 8 Best way to organize them is to use more for the player rather than search through them. I just use one for each type of music/podcast/whatever.
I can't wait to start playing around with my new GPS when it gets here. USPS says it is already here but the mail doesn't get here until much later usually. I guess their tracking system is a bit archaic.
glad you have joined us,you will find it is very easy to become addicted to this site,with all of its great members and terrific help,so don't hesitate to ask if you need help.
Welcome and Enjoy the site!
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