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I just bought a Garmin 285W and was wondering if anyone had any cool tips for it.

welcome

jellington25 wrote:

I just bought a Garmin 285W and was wondering if anyone had any cool tips for it.

Welcome to the site. I would begin my education on my new toy by downloading the complete (not that silly little one that's packed with the unit) user manual from Garmin after registering the unit.

The second thing I would do is make a copy of all the files on the unit to my computer hard drive.

The 3rd thing is spend some time reading the FAQs here before trying anything, then spending a week or so trying to wade through all the information on Gary Hayman's Tip, Tricks and other goodies web site. (You can search here for his name and find NUMEROUS links to it.

Once I was at that point, I would pick up my map update from Garmin and then begin to load custom POI. But, above all I would have fun.

But then that's me. Your mileage may differ.

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Welcome

I agree, but just be careful when backing up your files to your computer. One thing you need to do is make sure you have "Show Hidden Files" checked in Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View. Otherwise those files may not have been selected for backup.

Sounds good

a_user wrote:
jellington25 wrote:

I just bought a Garmin 285W and was wondering if anyone had any cool tips for it.

Welcome to the site. I would begin my education on my new toy by downloading the complete (not that silly little one that's packed with the unit) user manual from Garmin after registering the unit.

The second thing I would do is make a copy of all the files on the unit to my computer hard drive.

The 3rd thing is spend some time reading the FAQs here before trying anything, then spending a week or so trying to wade through all the information on Gary Hayman's Tip, Tricks and other goodies web site. (You can search here for his name and find NUMEROUS links to it.

Once I was at that point, I would pick up my map update from Garmin and then begin to load custom POI. But, above all I would have fun.

But then that's me. Your mileage may differ.

Your manual, suggested above:

http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/2675_OwnersManual.pdf

I'll also suggest:

Register your unit and see if you have a free map update available at myGarmin. Do this soon as there is a time limit for a free map update:

https://my.garmin.com/mygarmin/customers/myGarminHome.faces

Download and install POI Loader, WebUpdater and Garmin Communicator (the last of which will probably have been done when you registered at myGarmin).

http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/

http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp

Welcome to the site

Welcome to the site jellington25.
To get started afetr reading the faq a few things you will need to download. Poiloader http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/ to download pois .Webupdater http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/ to keep up with the latest updates for your gps. You will also find that your unit will not play mp3's .To get those voice alerts you will need wav files see http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730 .Members on here will be glad to help if you have problems.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Tips & Tricks

Set aside some time to browse through one of our other member's site as mentioned above:

http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/index.html

While not specific to your nuvi model, much of it will apply and will give you some idea of how to do more than your thought you could with your new GPSr.

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remember to have fun

remember to have fun

Welcome to the Site

You will enjoy this site and find it an invaluable source of information for your GPS device.

Welcome aboard - you will be

Welcome aboard - you will be hooked in no time !

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Start by spending some time with the links below, when you have questions be sure to use the search box, if you don't find your answer try rephrasing it, and ask again chances are that your question has been asked several times before. If after searching you don't find an answer, then ask your question to the community Via a forum that meets it's needs.

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Now put your feet up, and start reading, looking forward to what you have to bring to this communities table.

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hidden file(s)

jolette wrote:

I agree, but just be careful when backing up your files to your computer. One thing you need to do is make sure you have "Show Hidden Files" checked in Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View. Otherwise those files may not have been selected for backup.

The only hidden file I see on my 255W and 285W is fs_image.ver

The file date is the same on both units although the primary maps are different (2010.30 vs 2010.40) so I think the hidden file has to do with the base map which is the same on both units (WW Autoroute DEM Basemap NR 3.00).

As a test I moved the fs_image.ver file to another location and restarted the 285W. When I looked at the files on it again, the fs_image.ver file had been recreated and had the original file date (5/26/2009 12:47 PM).

So I think including hidden files is not necessary for these two units. Of course including them does not hurt anything either. I just mention this so someone does not worry that they did not back up the hidden file.

hidden file(s)

It happened to me a few years ago, backing up my Nuvi 350. Maybe they no longer have hidden files?