After messing around with my GPS (trying to put the update maps on the unit instead of off the sd card), my GPS is slow. For example when trying to enter an address, I have to type O......a....k... instead of being able to just type out Oak smoothly. I have considered trying to defragment the unit, but not sure if that will help, or even possible. Anyone else have this problem, and any solutions? It still works fine, just slow and all changes I have I have reverted to original state.I also have the SD card removed so that isn't a problem, and have tried resetting the settings.
Try a hard rest. That may help out.
Yeah already tried that.
What model do you have?
Magellan Maestro 4250
Don't know anything about Magellan's.
Maybe it wasn't smart, but I reformated my Maestro 3200, and loaded all files again. This was after my GPS started freezing frequently, and being very sluggish. All problems were gone once I finished. Again, my GPS wasn't so much worth in my eyes, so I'm not sure it's worth taking a risk for you having Maestro 4250.
You may also check the manufacture web site and see if there are any patches or updates for the software.
I've also installed all updates.
Maybe it wasn't smart, but I reformated my Maestro 3200, and loaded all files again.
Could you explain how that works, please ??
The actual ROM on these units is tiny and ALL the operating system and drivers resides on the "main" solid state drive.
If you format that drive, you lose the operating system and the drivers that operate the USB port and cause it to be recognized by another computer as an external drive.
I don't think I've every heard of anybody recovering from the "brick trick" before.
So, NO, it is NOT a wise thing to do.
With my GPS connected to my PC I reformatted it using Windows Format tool (right click on the drive in Windows Explorer and select Format); chose default setting for File System and for Allocation Unit Size. After finished the GPS was still visible as an external hard drive. After that I moved my back-up files back to the unit and that's it. During last 2 1/2 years, or how long I've owned this unit, I did the same procedure twice. But again, I wouldn't suggest doing it to anyone, except if you're desperate enough or adventurous as I am sometimes and don't care if you cause some damage on your way to figure out "What if?”
I did the same with a friend of my unit once(he owns a Maestro 4210). I have no idea how and why does it work. I understand your logic, but I did it 3 times and never had a problem.
Just tried defragmenting the GPS, and so far it is MUCH faster. I first checked the drive for errors, then tried defragmenting it. One file, the US map file was too large for the amount of free space. So I copied it to my desktop and deleted it on the GPS. Then I defragmented it again, and copied the US map file back. I really didn't expect this to help much since it doesn't use a hard drive as storage, but it really does seem faster. Of course there's a risk of messing it up if the GPS looses power during the defragment.
But again, I wouldn't suggest doing it to anyone, except if you're desperate enough or adventurous as I am sometimes and don't care if you cause some damage on your way to figure out "What if?”
Only two things I can think of that caused it to work:
1) You only thought that you formatted the whole drive and really didn't.....
2)The file handling routines were still resident in RAM and the format didn't affect them.
If the units had been cold booted or turned off after the format but before the reload, I can pretty much guarantee that you would have been screwed.
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