Confused newbie

 

I had to make a service call to a location in an out of the way backwoods town. When I tried to program the address into the GPS, it could not find the road. I traveled to the closest town and stopped at the Post Office to get directions and finally got to the address. While I was on these gravel back roads the unit would label all the roads with the correct name. Even gave perfect detail of all the cutoffs and the river alongside. What I don't understand is that if it knew all of that, why couldn't it find the address when I tried to program it?

Name of city

Did you change the city before you put the address in? Also, some cities have outskirts that are called by other names than the city.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

Did you enter the town name?

Did you enter a town name when you entered the address? If so that was probably your problem. Often the best way for you to find an address is to enter the number and road name and have the Nuvi "search all" instead of entering what you think the town name is. Lots of times the map data lists a street/road in a different municipality than you may think the address is in.

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Also, even though the database has the road names, it might not have the address ranges for those streets.

But I agree with the posts above. Address searching issues are often linked to entering the city/town. When searching a database, "less is more". Always start with entering less information and only enter more information if the search returns in too many results.

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Confused Newbie

Sometimes a gpsr has a mind of its own and tests us. We are being taken over by our machines slowly, but surely. BTW, Shirley told me this!!!! LOL

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re: Name of city

mgarledge wrote:

Did you change the city before you put the address in? Also, some cities have outskirts that are called by other names than the city.

I was thinking of the same thing and some cities have new names that requires you to put in the old name. It's a learning curve that we've all had to go through. Good luck.

Query

Does anyone know if there is a central database for town and cities that have changed their names?

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entering city name

Motorcycle Mama wrote:

Also, even though the database has the road names, it might not have the address ranges for those streets.

But I agree with the posts above. Address searching issues are often linked to entering the city/town. When searching a database, "less is more". Always start with entering less information and only enter more information if the search returns in too many results.

I have had the same problem. but I didn't know you could enter the street number without the city. the city page comes up first. How do I change that.

Less Cities

Since updating my Nuvi 750 to the map version 2010.1 there are now several cities missing that use to be in the listing of cities. The problem could be the city is not listed or no longer listed so it therefore cannot show your address in the city you input. I think for some reason they have deleted cities to make room for other whatever's.

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The city page

bsp131 wrote:

I have had the same problem. but I didn't know you could enter the street number without the city. the city page comes up first. How do I change that.

When the city page comes up you're given 2 choices, 1 to enter the city, the 2nd to choose all cities. Pick the 2nd choice.

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Zip codes

You might find it's actually the zip code that is the culprit. Some cities do not have their own post offices, so if you enter a zip code of a specific city, it is actually another.

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Zip code entry

BobDee, how do you do a zip code entry on the Nuvi when searching for an address? I have never been able to figure that out.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Yes

alandb wrote:

BobDee, how do you do a zip code entry on the Nuvi when searching for an address? I have never been able to figure that out.

Would like to know this also.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

postal/zip code searches

I believe you can only do postal code searches using Canadian or European City Navigator maps. I don't believe postal/zip code searches work on US City Navigator maps unless Bob knows something we don't know.

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There is a searchable POI

mgarledge wrote:
alandb wrote:

BobDee, how do you do a zip code entry on the Nuvi when searching for an address? I have never been able to figure that out.

Would like to know this also.

There is a POI for zip codes that is searchable. This may be what Bob was referring to.

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What Address?

Would you be ableto post the address here that you were trying to find, perhaps how you entered it?

Just curious to see if others here, maybe with different map versions, come up with.

I have had trouble finding addresses in smaller towns, because the Nuvi had the town named differently (yet correctly) to what the locals call the area.