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That @#$%!&(~ Garmin GPS

 

We were on a trip last Sun. having spent a couple of nights ready to head home when my GPS wouldn't turn on when placed in the cradle. With out thinking much about it I reached up and slid the power switch and it came on. We had one more stop to make at another friends house so again without thinking much I just left the GPS on. Well, we were there long enough that when we started to leave the GPS had turned off. I then took a couple of minutes to troubleshoot why it didn't work in the cradle. I looked at the cigarette lighter plug and could see the red light on but I unplugged and replugged it back in anyway to no avail. I then took my GPS off of the cradle and inspected the pins but also to no avail. Now I had a GPS with a run down battery and a non working adapter therefore a non working GPS. I then cussed my little GPS a bit and began driving home without being able to use my updated to V4.0 no problem unit.

After a few miles I unplugged the cigarette lighter plug and pulled it over in front of me to inspect while I was driving one more time. Then I realized the whole cable was dangling and not plugged in to the cradle but I could see the cradle did have the cable coming from it.

It was at that moment I remembered my wife saying she was going to plug her cell phone in to charge in the car last night. Yep, the dangling cable that had been plugged in was her cell phone cable. My GPS lighter plug end was hidden in a pocket in the center console where I couldn't see it.

Now at this point I apologized to my little GPS and we headed on down the road home once again as a happy V4.0 user.

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Nuvi 2460LMT, 765T, C530

Funny story

laugh out loud

It's amazing how much we grow to depend on these units.

Sally took the C550 and is currently on a trip back to visit her relatives and go to her class reunion and about half way there she went to take the traffic power cable out of her purse and the entire end was gone. She said she was crushed and devastated. She said that she felt her security blanket had been yanked out from under her.

I always remind her to check the tip to make sure it is tight once in a while but we all know how much they listen to us.

To make a long story short she dumped everything out of her purse and searched and found all the pieces and managed to get it back together. She now has decided it is a good idea to check the tip for tightness occasionally.

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nüvi® 3790LMT - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with Garmin Viago Maps - GM Built-in Navigation system

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Things are not always as they seem to be.

Glad the problem was solved

Good Story

Good thing you did not get angry and toss the Garmin.

Poor GPS

tke1 wrote:

Good thing you did not get angry and toss the Garmin.

I think there is a better chance of him tossing the wife lmao. JK
Thanks for the good read.

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nüvi 3790t & nüvi 3590LMT "always backup your files"

Thats a good one ,,,,women

Thats a good one ,,,,women sheeeesh,,,,

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We are so depending on them now a day....

Last week we went to New York. Without it I be lost and wasting a lots of time asking for direction.

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dtran1 wrote:

Last week we went to New York. Without it I be lost and wasting a lots of time asking for direction.

Or, reading a paper map... I've spent way to much time in the past folding, unfolding one to ever go back to it! And, paper is no more accurate than the GPS from what I've found.

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

You might have found a new friend

dtran1 wrote:

Last week we went to New York. Without it I be lost and wasting a lots of time asking for direction.

We don't bite, well at least not much :0

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

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I only bite on request... gals only! mrgreen

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

Story

I'm not sure that I would share that with strangers

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John_nuvi_

don't feel bad

mmullins98 wrote:

We were on a trip last Sun. having spent a couple of nights ready to head home when my GPS wouldn't turn on when placed in the cradle. With out thinking much about it I reached up and slid the power switch and it came on. We had one more stop to make at another friends house so again without thinking much I just left the GPS on. Well, we were there long enough that when we started to leave the GPS had turned off. I then took a couple of minutes to troubleshoot why it didn't work in the cradle. I looked at the cigarette lighter plug and could see the red light on but I unplugged and replugged it back in anyway to no avail. I then took my GPS off of the cradle and inspected the pins but also to no avail. Now I had a GPS with a run down battery and a non working adapter therefore a non working GPS. I then cussed my little GPS a bit and began driving home without being able to use my updated to V4.0 no problem unit.

After a few miles I unplugged the cigarette lighter plug and pulled it over in front of me to inspect while I was driving one more time. Then I realized the whole cable was dangling and not plugged in to the cradle but I could see the cradle did have the cable coming from it.

It was at that moment I remembered my wife saying she was going to plug her cell phone in to charge in the car last night. Yep, the dangling cable that had been plugged in was her cell phone cable. My GPS lighter plug end was hidden in a pocket in the center console where I couldn't see it.

Now at this point I apologized to my little GPS and we headed on down the road home once again as a happy V4.0 user.

I did almost the same thing, couldn't figure out why my traffic icon didn't work, had the wrong cable plugged in the gps.

don't feel bad

mmullins98 wrote:

We were on a trip last Sun. having spent a couple of nights ready to head home when my GPS wouldn't turn on when placed in the cradle. With out thinking much about it I reached up and slid the power switch and it came on. We had one more stop to make at another friends house so again without thinking much I just left the GPS on. Well, we were there long enough that when we started to leave the GPS had turned off. I then took a couple of minutes to troubleshoot why it didn't work in the cradle. I looked at the cigarette lighter plug and could see the red light on but I unplugged and replugged it back in anyway to no avail. I then took my GPS off of the cradle and inspected the pins but also to no avail. Now I had a GPS with a run down battery and a non working adapter therefore a non working GPS. I then cussed my little GPS a bit and began driving home without being able to use my updated to V4.0 no problem unit.

After a few miles I unplugged the cigarette lighter plug and pulled it over in front of me to inspect while I was driving one more time. Then I realized the whole cable was dangling and not plugged in to the cradle but I could see the cradle did have the cable coming from it.

It was at that moment I remembered my wife saying she was going to plug her cell phone in to charge in the car last night. Yep, the dangling cable that had been plugged in was her cell phone cable. My GPS lighter plug end was hidden in a pocket in the center console where I couldn't see it.

Now at this point I apologized to my little GPS and we headed on down the road home once again as a happy V4.0 user.

I did almost the same thing, couldn't figure out why my traffic icon didn't work, had the wrong cable plugged in the gps.

Spare GPS

Anytime I travel more than a couple of hundred miles from home, I take both my 755 and 765, and two power/traffic cables.

I had to drive from Boston to Dallas a few years back and my GPS died on me. I had to stop at Wal-Mart and buy a regular map....needless to say I was not a happy camper.

It really sucked trying to figure out exactly where I was, and estimate how much further I had for the day, the trip, etc. Not to mention that there is nothing there to remind you where to exit at, you have to actually look for the sign for the interstate you want next, lol.

It is totally amazing how dependent we become on our GPS units, and you wonder how we got anywhere without them. Then you start thinking the same thing about cell phones and the list could go on and on.

Anyway, lesson learned. I always carry a backup! And when I am away for more than a week, I carry a second cell phone as well, but that's a whole other story....

Belt and suspenders man, I see :) n/T

Greg2561 wrote:

Anytime I travel more than a couple of hundred miles from home, I take both my 755 and 765, and two power/traffic cables.

I had to drive from Boston to Dallas a few years back and my GPS died on me. I had to stop at Wal-Mart and buy a regular map....needless to say I was not a happy camper.

It really sucked trying to figure out exactly where I was, and estimate how much further I had for the day, the trip, etc. Not to mention that there is nothing there to remind you where to exit at, you have to actually look for the sign for the interstate you want next, lol.

It is totally amazing how dependent we become on our GPS units, and you wonder how we got anywhere without them. Then you start thinking the same thing about cell phones and the list could go on and on.

Anyway, lesson learned. I always carry a backup! And when I am away for more than a week, I carry a second cell phone as well, but that's a whole other story....

In the future

mmullins98 wrote:

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Now at this point I apologized to my little GPS and we headed on down the road home once again as a happy V4.0 user.

Never, never again call it "@#$%!&(~" -- they don't like it!

I am always afraid

that the GPS would break in the middle of nowhere and I would have to figure my way back by tracking the stars.

I've been meaning to get a Road Atlas, but I don't even know if they make them any more:).

I gues I have my smart phone as a backup, just incase my primary GPS goes dead.

But then who to say that the GPS Satellites won't go down/dead at some point.

I think I'll still get an Atlas...

Nah...

A sextant is better to navigate with. wink

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

Having a GPS fail on a big

Having a GPS fail on a big trip would not be too amusing

Don't Give Up Your Maps

We always have a good supply of maps in the event that the GPS might fail. There have been several occasions where I needed to go around traffic and the paper map was much more reliable than the GPS detour. As with any electronic device, you should have a good backup system for failed recovery.

Sextant

Juggernaut wrote:

A sextant is better to navigate with. wink

Last time I called my wife that, she slapped me.

I too travel with a backup GPS ... and once plugged the mini-usb cable plug into the SD port on the Garmin and wondered why my GPS only worked on battery.

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Garmin i5, 260W, 1450LMT, 2460LMT, iPhone Viago

Replacement Parts

For those that have lost the tip altogether, replacement parts can be obtained at http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-replacement-parts-for-gtm2x.ht....

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I support the right to keep and arm bears.

Good one

Thanks for that story - I think most us can relate to similar situations smile

Road Atlases still exist.

jazzyone wrote:

I've been meaning to get a Road Atlas, but I don't even know if they make them any more:).

I bought a manual GPS from Wally-world a couple years back. Rand-McNally still makes 'em and it was under $20. Sometimes it's nice to see the big picture....

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Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

That very ...

same thing has happened to me before....funny, that is the first thing I look for now! You feel so stupid when it does!

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"Backward, turn backward, oh time in your flight, make me a child again, just for tonight."

slowly raises hand

camerabob wrote:
jazzyone wrote:

I've been meaning to get a Road Atlas, but I don't even know if they make them any more:).

I bought a manual GPS from Wally-world a couple years back. Rand-McNally still makes 'em and it was under $20. Sometimes it's nice to see the big picture....

We went to the in-laws over Memorial Day and took a different route. Everything was going great until the road was closed due to an accident and we had to detour. Not having a map in the car and unsure of the routing the GPS was using, we backtracked 30 miles, added another 25 and then followed a route we knew. For the return trip I stopped and bought a Road Atlas we now keep under the seat. Having the BIG picture helps confirm what the GPS is saying. (It also helps you when you decide its routing is wrong and taking that exit off the Interstate will not save time - it may be shorter, but it ain't faster!)

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"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president

Sometimes...

Shorter ain't always faster!
My b.f. and I rode from south of Ft Worth to Okmulgee, Ok, to visit a friend last Sat. In spite of him being an old IT guy, he just puts in the address, and selects shortest route. Well, folks, it may have been shorter by 10 miles, but running thru downtown Dallas in the middle of a Saturday morning does NOT equal fast!

We both have the same unit (2730) but the fuse was blown in mine and I didn't want to take the time to replace it.(Have to unbolt the motorcycle seat), and he won't use my unit, I don't have hours of Jimmy Buffet on it!

And yes, I replaced the fuse and realized why it blew (it's hot wired). Now I use the cover on the plug. I also PLAN my routes! We'll see how the trip to Wyoming goes next month!
Take care and be safe!
Mary aka Krashdragon

Garmin

I have a garmin StreetPilot that served me for years with no issues. But Garmin decided that they are not making maps for it any longer. I have both US and Europe maps, and they are only up-datable to 2008/2009.
So looking for the new Garmin, and see people with all kind of weird shut-off issues with them. Think I will go for the 1300 series as its somewhat older and hopefully they worked out most of the bugs.
How can a GPS have issues, its useless with any bug.
In any case if there are any recommendations, I'd like to hear them.

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