Newbie Questions

 

My Garmin Nuvi 780 is coming in a couple days. This is my firs GPS unit, and while I've used them a little, I don't know all that much about their more advanced features. I have several questions that will seem ridiculous to some, but here they are:
1. What is the purpose of creating POI files? Won't my unit pull up the Wal-Mart's in my vicinity without an additional file? Is it just a time-saving thing?
2. I read one post that said the unit can't search the built-in POI's and the custom POI's at the same time. How do I tell the unit which one to search from? Does this get cumbersome, trying to remember which category a specific location is in?
3. I know the 780 is discontinued. There is no manual for the 780 on the Garmin website. Is there another site that offers it? How much support is there for these discontinued models?

Thanks in advance for your help. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute something to this site once I've learned a little more.

1.Creating your own poi

1.Creating your own poi files or downloading from the site you will find that they are more updated then the ones that came pre-installed.Using your example for Walmart who opens stores all the time the data is always behind.The author of this file for poifactory updates it several times a week.

2.You search your custom pois under where to,extras and touch custom pois last.Internal pois are found under where to,points of interests.I do not find it cumbersome but others may have another take on that.

3.Discontinued models will get Garmin support as long as you own it.I went to the Garmin site and found the manual at http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/nuvi750-GPS-Atl_OwnersManual.... .You can go to https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=164&pID=13479 and look at quick links on right for other downloads.

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AFAIK Nuvi 750, 760, 770,

AFAIK Nuvi 750, 760, 770, 780 are all the same unit with minor differences such as preloaded maps, bluetooth, MSN direct receiver and FM traffic receiver. I believe they all share the same owner's manual.

It does save time...

I know my 770 goes off into never never land when I do searches for built-in points of interest and then if I happen to not name it to it's satisfaction it finds nothing... When you open a custom poi it gives you the nearest locations in a few seconds...

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Yep. My husband got a nuvi

Yep. My husband got a nuvi 255W for his birthday and it does the same thing. It's rather annoying when you are in a hurry.