Couple Newbie Questions

 

Hey guys... I'm pretty good with technology, computers, etc., but new to the GPS arena, so I have a couple questions I was hoping you fellas could help me with:

1. How up-to-date would the POI's expected to be in the latest map update North America 2010 NT?

When I purchased my Nuvii 205w and registered it online, I was offered the free update for North America, unfortunately when I download and installed the update (following all the online directions), I received the "no detailed routable maps" error for the Nuvii with the maps being "unlockable". I tried all the recommended methods for correcting the unlock key for that map in the device. Nothing worked there. Eventually I just gave in and downloaded a copy of mapsource and found a mapinstall program with the installation. I didn't really know what I was doing but a map of North America came up and I selected all the selectable areas in the lower 48 and they transferred to the Garmin and worked. My question's are...

2. is this just as good as if the original install had worked?

3. What went wrong in the 1st place?

4. What other uses are there with mapsource that can increase my GPS experience?

Thanks

newbie to gps

you are probably going to have to contact garmin to resolve the map issue .from your post not sure what you did.like any toy, back up the data on the garmin to your computer or make a dvd ( approx. 2 gb data)before attempting anything . my update took about 2 hrs. for the 2010 maps.do a search and you will see its happened to others and how they might have resolved their issues.welcome and good luck.
mike

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1) Anywhere from 2 - 10 years.

2) Yes

3) Sometimes there are glitches. It could be that there was a communication fault at some point in the installation, but I would have expected one of the recommended methods would have worked. But at least you got the work around.

I would recommend you rename the GMAPSUPP.IMG file to GMAPPROM.IMG so that it doesn't get overwritten accidentally is you were to send other maps from MapSource.

4) You can use MapSource to manage your Favorites (meaning you can transfer them back and forth between the computer and the GPS unit). And you can use it to plan and preview routes. You won't be able to load them to that nuvi, but it still can be a useful function for trips.

outdated poi's

The poi contained in map set 2010 would be more current than 2009, but that isn't saying much.

As with any map update, the poi portion will be lacking. Businesses come and go, open and close and relocate.

That is why there are so many poi files created by individuals of this community. It may seem a bit redundant, but I think the overwhelming sentiment would be that the poi files created and maintained by this community are more current than ones that come with an annual map update.

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Fresh POI

lsmonop wrote:

The poi contained in map set 2010 would be more current than 2009, but that isn't saying much.

That is why there are so many poi files created by individuals of this community. It may seem a bit redundant, but I think the overwhelming sentiment would be that the poi files created and maintained by this community are more current than ones that come with an annual map update.

The custom POI created and shared by members of this community are drawn from two sources - either current (or close to it) company provided lists or personal visits. We have no means of knowing how fresh the databases used for built-in POI are. Of course, that doesn't mean the POI are without error. Many are "bulk" coded to convert the street address to georef coordinates and there are problems with that process as the level of precision is often not returned. This results in a street address on a street with a different name than the map database being located at the center of a zip code or some other location without warning. At least you have a chance the custom POI will be corrected once the location problem is known.

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doubt it, Navteq does't give a hoot about POI's

lsmonop wrote:

The poi contained in map set 2010 would be more current than 2009, but that isn't saying much.

I wouldn't count on that!

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Thanks for all the help

Thanks for all the help guys.