Does anyone know the difference between the New 3490 and the 3790 from last year?
A good place to start is the Garmin site.
To the right of each unit put a check mark of the units you want to compare, then scroll to top or bottom of page and click on compare.
Then you can do a Google search for reviews on each unit and pick up some additional information on what they do. My biggest beef with Garmin is they never list the size of internal Rom memory size, you can find that out also doing your Google search.
There is a pretty good user review discussion at:
All the new Nuvi models (2xxx and 3xxx) have at least 4GB of internal storage. The size of internal memory for all Nuvi models is maintained on this site at:
Here are some POI factory previous discussions:
Here is the garmin comparison:
I own them both and I can tell you that the 3490 is a major improvement.
I own them both and I can tell you that the 3490 is a major improvement. quote
I read somewhere (forget where), that there was an issue with the map definitions on the 3490. Was this just a firmware or map options fix? Or does the 3790 have more detailed maps?
I still heart my 370, but really want a voice activated model. The text-to-talk sounds intriguing although I understand that's still brand new technology. The other draw would be traffic. I have read the other thread but any inputs from here?
Mio, who would also like NOT to have to type in state and city.... OMG.
Can you send a GPS location to any of the new Garmins via the web like you used to be able to do with MSN Direct?
I own both the 3790 and 3490 and the 3490 has updated features.
A few of the highlights:
1) traffic is more thorough and more accurate
2) They re-introduced the feature where you can eliminate roads from your route.
3)The dashboard(main screen) lets you customized what you see while driving with or without a route.
Those are a few highlights but for me it was worth the upgrade. As stated in a previous forum the maps are less detailed but for me that not an issue because I want to get from point A to point B.
Well I always wanted to upgrade my Nuvi 880 and have been waiting for the right time but since I had my car broken into today and my 880 was stolen, I have no choice now but go ahead and over the 3490 LMT, at least it will cheaper than what I paid for my 880 some years back and learned a value lesson which I already knew, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR UNIT VISIBLE in your automobile like I did, I had it on the floor when I went to the gym..
No, don't think so. Without a connection to a server or the internet, there's no mechanism for a GPS location to be addressed to a particular device, let alone actually reach that device. Of course, you could create a custom POI file representing all the GPS locations you'd like and then using the POI loader, install those to your nuvi as part of a custom POI file.
Just received my 3490LMT and wondering why the POI are not showing up, do they have to installed internal instead of the SD Card? I went to what the manual said, where to,categories, custom, but Custom is not available for me. Any info would be appreciated
Do you have places along the road selected? That's the only thing I can think of.
Yes, but I just unchecked it and no change. I noticed a difference between my 880 and this model, the 880 gave a drive letter, this model when I run the poiloader, it nuvi or drop down memory card, so I selected memory card. Could that be the problem? Other categories show up, but under the heading it says Learn More, it then directs you to go to garmin.com/extras
You used POI Loader right? The POI Loader 2.7.0 bug bit you right in the GPS. It saved the file with a .POI extension and not a ,GPI on the memory card. Change the extension.
Thank You, that did the trick... Is Garmin going to correct this issue with an update?
I'm disappointed that my favorites only show up as heart signs (instead of the actual name). I can live with that, but I miss seeing names of my family and friends' homes on the map.
The 2nd thing I noticed, is that my favorites will only show when I have the places along the way map layer enabled, and only within a certain distance of my current location.
I'd like to 1) see my favorites without also turning on the clutter of the various logos and icons representing certain restaurant chains and ATMs or whatever, and 2) to see my favorites on the map regardless of whether they are close to my current location or not. It's nice to "browse" the map in a faraway location and still see where your saved favorites are on that map. Not showing them just because they're not within a few miles of my current location makes no sense to me!
I complained to Garmin support about this and suggested they should make saved favorites a separately controllable map layer, and, when enabled, make it so that favorites show on the map regardless of current location. (Garmin did confirm that favorites only showing if they are close by was not a bug, but an intended "feature". Oh boy, give the genius that came up with that a bonus!)
I've been debating whether or not to purchase the 3490 and the more I read about display features being added and removed with no rhyme or reason (once again), the more I think I'll just stick with my 3790.
You can edit the image of your favorite so it doesn't show the heart by going the favorite and pressing the "i" button. From there, there are three lines at the top on the left. Press that, and you will see a menu come up, and one of the options is "edit." From there, another menu will come up, and you can go down to "change map symbol". It took me awhile to figure that out.
As for the clutter all over the screen, I agree completely with you. I just want to see my stuff. I went to Garmin's suggestion page ( www.garmin.com/ideas ) and requested they create a layer for just my POIs and favorites. If enough people request it, they might do it. I've seen on here and on other boards where people are complaining about this "feature". I, too, find everything that pops up that I don't want or need to know about a huge distraction on the screen, and I've turned Places Along the Road off, which is disappointing to have to do since it is their "prestige" model.
I have been looking at the 3490LMT but waiting for it to come down a bit. Has anyone seen it for under $350, yet? How much more beels and whistles does it have then the 2460LMT?
I noticed that the Red Light Camera file does not alert me when I approace a camera. I am wondering the cause might be when I renamed the file since I have the newer version loaded. Should I download a previous version and see if that corrects the issue, if so can someone point to the previous poiloader files
Your CSV has a different name from the sound file. Change one so both names are the same and reload.
The naming structure is the same except for the 3 letter extension. It worked fine with my 880 but since I had to rename this file due to a bug in the new poiloader app which hopefully garmin corrects. What is everyone doing, are you using an older version of poiloader?
Still on the old version, yes.
How can I get a copy of the old version?
I have a backup of 2.5.4 I can send you.
Go ahead and send it
Go ahead and email me. I don't have yours...
You should have it now.
You mention an 880 and you also show a 3490. I am not up on all the versions but I wonder if the issue is with your sound. I will stand corrected if someone corrects me.
Does the 880 use mp3?
Does the 3490 use wav files?
If so then you need sox.exe in the poi loader folder.
I'm about to buy a 3490LMT to replace my 765T. So if I use POI Loader v.2.5.x, will the extensions still need to be changed to work with the 3490LMT or is it that v.2.7 screws it up for any model that you upload the file too?
with the 2.5.x versions. Are these for MAC? If so, there is no reason they won't work. I have 3 versions on my PC, 2.4.8, 2.6.1 and 2.7.0. I normally use 2.6.1 as it is about 7 times faster than 2.4.8, but that older version gives more error information when playing with downloaded files. 2.7.0 is there only because I haven't deleted it.
I meant any version of 2.5.whatever. I have it for the PC too but I was referring to the RLC audio file not playing as listed above. Will all those POI Loader versions work with the 3490LMT or will I need to do a fix of the extensions to get the sound to work?
requires WAV files for audio alerts.
Seems like 2.7 screws it up. I tried to use older poi-software and it did not recognize by device.I contacted Garmin Support today and reported the issue Iam having with version 2.7. They had no clue there was an issue... Now since red light cameras are im .mp3 format, are you telling me for those to work I need to convert them to .wav files?
Thanks for all the help with my new unit
Sent you a private message with the complete instructions.
Thank You.. I will give it a test run tomorrow. As I stated in my private message to you, not only did I have no sound (hopefully with sox now) I will receive it but also I had no notification verbal or display that I was approaching an intersection having a red-light camera installed there. If that is true, than I can only surmise it has to do with the renaming of the file from .poi to .gpi which I hope Garmin corrects their flaw in their recent software.
Voice did not work neither popup, I am sure it has to do with poi loader app which seems to have more than one bug in it.. I will sure be glad when they get it fixed.
So, 2.5.4 didn't work for you?
NO, my device did not recognize it. neither did 2.61, only the newest version does my device recognize the poi-loader software which happens as you know has the bug which I really feel is causing the issue where neither voice or alert is displayed.
It has nothing to do with you not getting sound alerts. I have no issues with sound on my 1350 and it has bmp and wav files
I know it is an extension issue, but something must happen when I rename the file, because no alerts seem to work, sound or just normal visual alerts.
Save the file to your desktop or a folder on the PC. The correct extension is then written. Are you so out of room on the GPS you can't write it to its memory?
The file is saved to my garmin memory card and then I go ahead and rename it with .gpi extension
If you are having problems getting the alerts to work correctly writing the file to the memory card and renaming it, why not test to see if it works correctly if the file doesn't have to be rename? That's why I suggested you write it directly to the unit's memory. If it works there, then the problem is with your renaming procedure.
Yesterday, the file was saved to my desktop instead of the unit or memory card and it did save it correctly and then I copied it to the sd card, and today I will check and see if the red light camera file works. If not they I will give a try in what you suggested. Thanks for the help
Using the version of PoiLoader 2.7 and saving the file to my desktop instead of internal memory or sd card saves the file in proper format and by just copying the created file to my sd card and not having to rename it, the voice and alerts work perfect now. Thank everyone who helped in fixing this problem, at least until Garmin sends out a patch so I can save the file directly to my sd card like I use to
Glad we could narrow it down and find out the problem is in the renaming. Look for a PM with POILoader 2.6.1 in it as a zipped file. Unzip it and just overwrite the 2.7.0 EXE with 2.6.1. This should let you get back to writing the file directly to the SD card.
I tried that version and it does not recognize my device only the latest software.
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