Work around when Garmin can't find the road?

 

If you put in Illinois as the state, Mt. Prospect as the town, and E. Northwest Highway, you won't find a match... But there is a W. Northwest Highway, which, unfortunately puts you a few miles from you destination..... which is E. Northwest Highway

Actually, E. Northwest Highway is a valid street name.... but Garmin can't find it....

I eventually found it on Mapquest, and set a location in the Garmin......
First time that has happened in a while....

So... What's to do, Alert Garmin? Every time I do, it I'm at a location where I can't remember my serial number.... and it won't allow you to submit an issue without it....
You'd think they'd want this information!!!

Suggestions?????

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JanJ wrote:

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So... What's to do, Alert Garmin? Every time I do, it I'm at a location where I can't remember my serial number.... and it won't allow you to submit an issue without it....
You'd think they'd want this information!!!

Suggestions?????

The serial number is on the bottom of my 765T but is very small for old eyes. After I read the number with a magnifying glass I put a label on the unit and wrote my serial number on that.

Maybe you could put it into a single location custom POI file

You can easily

JanJ wrote:

If you put in Illinois as the state, Mt. Prospect as the town, and E. Northwest Highway, you won't find a match... But there is a W. Northwest Highway, which, unfortunately puts you a few miles from you destination..... which is E. Northwest Highway

Actually, E. Northwest Highway is a valid street name.... but Garmin can't find it....

I eventually found it on Mapquest, and set a location in the Garmin......

Suggestions?????

You can easily find the address your looking for on your Nuvi, at least with the 2013.20 maps installed. The trick is to SEARCH ALL cities in Illinois and not just in Mt. Prospect.

Enter Where To - Address and then on the Select City or Postal Code screen, insure your set to search in Illinois and press SEARCH ALL. Now enter your address number, if you have one, or just DONE if you don't. Then enter E Northwest Hwy and press DONE.

The Nuvi will return a list of cities in Illinois that have an E Northwest Hwy and all you need to do is scroll down to Mt Prospect, Il and select it.

In my test I didn't have a specific address on E Northwest Hwy but if you do you may not get a list of towns but only the one in Mt Prospect if that's the only match for that address.

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Thanks t923347

I did not realize you could do that

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Really? It's the only way to search an unfamiliar area. It was discussed a few years ago as well.

To the OP, to add to it, sometimes roads have alternate names, or spellings. For instance, Stuart, Stewart, or Stuwert. Or, McKay and then there's MacKay. Enunciation is not a strong point in English, so sometimes, you have to think out of the box.

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Over the 7 years and 5 Nuvi's I've owned and used, I find that using the rule "less is more" often works best in a search.

Doing a "search all" instead of entering a specific town will often produce much better results than trying to be to specific about the exact locale. The Mt Prospect example discussed here is a good example where not putting the town name in the search allows you to find the location while putting it in didn't.

Another example is when entering street names and it applies here as well. I've found that when you have an address like E Northwest Hwy it's often better NOT to enter the E but just Northwest Hwy . This allows the Nuvi to list all the places on E Northwest Hwy and W Northwest Hwy that it finds, thereby allowing you to check both locations on the East or West (or North or South) and determine which one is the exact location your looking for. In this example if the OP had left the E out of his original search he would have had the Nuvi provide a list of address, both E and W, it found, whether he'd entered Mt Pleasant or did a Search All.

Which brings us to another issue and that's how highway names are coded in the map data and how you need to enter them in a search. Are they listed as Highway, or Hwy, or a state or US road number, we're never sure. In this case, if the OP had entered Northwest as the street name, leaving out both the E and the HWY, the Nuvi would have provided Northwest Hwy as an option, but we may have got lucky with this example. I find that highway names are one of the hardest things to deal with in doing address searches because of the various ways highways can be named/numbered.

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Northwest Highway

That's the reason why I posted this thread....

When I entered just Northwest Highway, and not E. Northwest Highway, all I got was W. Northwest Highway.... E. Northwest Highway never came up...
That's why I went to internet, found location there, and then put it in the garmin by Set Location and Save...

I have to learn more about this Search All option....
as I never saw that option before....
And, seeing that I'm not the only one to have commented about it.... Please explain in more detail....

Where is this option found.... In settings, or as you search???

Thanks!

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A 2689LMT in both our cars that we love... and a Nuvi 660 with Lifetime Maps that we have had literally forever.... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

Thanks

t923347 wrote:

Over the 7 years and 5 Nuvi's I've owned and used, I find that using the rule "less is more" often works best in a search.

Doing a "search all" instead of entering a specific town will often produce much better results than trying to be to specific about the exact locale. The Mt Prospect example discussed here is a good example where not putting the town name in the search allows you to find the location while putting it in didn't.

Another example is when entering street names and it applies here as well. I've found that when you have an address like E Northwest Hwy it's often better NOT to enter the E but just Northwest Hwy . This allows the Nuvi to list all the places on E Northwest Hwy and W Northwest Hwy that it finds, thereby allowing you to check both locations on the East or West (or North or South) and determine which one is the exact location your looking for. In this example if the OP had left the E out of his original search he would have had the Nuvi provide a list of address, both E and W, it found, whether he'd entered Mt Pleasant or did a Search All.

Which brings us to another issue and that's how highway names are coded in the map data and how you need to enter them in a search. Are they listed as Highway, or Hwy, or a state or US road number, we're never sure. In this case, if the OP had entered Northwest as the street name, leaving out both the E and the HWY, the Nuvi would have provided Northwest Hwy as an option, but we may have got lucky with this example. I find that highway names are one of the hardest things to deal with in doing address searches because of the various ways highways can be named/numbered.

Thanks !

I'm new to the Garmin world but did notice it was kinda hard sometimes to find streets. Not often, but thanx to ya all here I now know more about how to deal with it.

Allan

Every time

JanJ wrote:

I have to learn more about this Search All option....
as I never saw that option before....
And, seeing that I'm not the only one to have commented about it.... Please explain in more detail....

Where is this option found.... In settings, or as you search???

Thanks!

Every time you do an address search you press Where To and then the address Icon. The next screen that appears has the Title "Select City or Postal Code in". That's the screen you originally pressed Spell City and entered Mt Prospect.

Right below the Spell City icon on the Select City or Postal Code screen is the icon called SEARCH ALL. Pressing Search All,instead of Spell City, results in the Nuvi searching for the actual address you will enter on following screens, in all locations within the State/Province shown in the large highlighted print, directly under the Select City or Postal Code screen title. In your case this would/should have read Illinois.

Here is a pic of what your screen should look like with the Search All selection highlighted:

http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/ad75/t923347/search.jpg

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Less is more rule

JanJ wrote:

When I entered just Northwest Highway, and not E. Northwest Highway, all I got was W. Northwest Highway.... E. Northwest Highway never came up...

Did you try entering just Northwest (without the "Highway")?

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@t923347

This tip works very well - This is a good work around that I use all the time.

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Juggernaut wrote:

Really? It's the only way to search an unfamiliar area. It was discussed a few years ago as well.

To the OP, to add to it, sometimes roads have alternate names, or spellings. For instance, Stuart, Stewart, or Stuwert. Or, McKay and then there's MacKay. Enunciation is not a strong point in English, so sometimes, you have to think out of the box.

I never knew that. It pays to peruse POI Factory regularly.

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