New Garmin user

 

Hello there. I'm a new Garmin user and a recovering Tomtom Nav 5 user. I received my new Nuvi 200 yesterday and am already impressed, but it will take some time to get used to it. The only thing I liked better about the Tomtom was the fact that it showed more info on the nav screen.

I had read in some reviews that the 200 sometimes had issues re-routing when a turn was missed, I found this not to be true. I tested it by making a typical trip to the store and took a different route than the one suggested by garmin, it began calculating a new route while I was still in the intersection and often was finished before I was out. I am very happy with my purchase.

I have a couple of quick questions maybe someone here can help me.

How do I get the added POIs to appear on the screen? I know about the map settings for more or less details, is this where it is done and which setting is needed for custome POIs?

I have an AC USB charger for my cell phone and wanted to use it to charge the receiver at home but when I try to use it, the unit goes into PC connetion mode and I can't get it to stop. Is this normal or is a special charger from Garmin needed for this?

USB Charger

If you have a normal usb cable the nuvi will think you are hooked up to a computer. When it is hooked to a computer it appears as a flash drive and no menus are available. I do not have a nuvi, but some have said it has to do with whether a certain pin on the usb cable is grounded or not.

As for your poi's, have you tried using poi loader in manual mode and setting any alerts?

Daniel

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Garmin StreetPilot c580 & Nuvi 760 - Member 32160 - Traveling in Kansas

AC hookup for NUVI

This has been covered on other threads, but just go to Walmart and for less than $10 get an ac to dc converter; the kind that you can plug your NUVI car power cable into. (BONUS: It will work with any car charger.) I'm a new user too so I will be waiting for the answers to your Custom POI question. I'm having the same problem. FYI: Garmin tells me that our units are charging when plugged into the computer.

View Custom POI's

draksig wrote:

Hello there. I'm a new Garmin user and a recovering Tomtom Nav 5 user. I received my new Nuvi 200 yesterday and am already impressed, but it will take some time to get used to it. The only thing I liked better about the Tomtom was the fact that it showed more info on the nav screen.

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How do I get the added POIs to appear on the screen?

Unfortunately, being a previous Garmin GPS V, Garmin Quest and now a Garmin Nuvi owner, Garmin is going downhill ... I am disappointed with Garmins lack of features on my Nuvi 660 and that includes the lack of street detail (street names displayed) and not being able to view custom POI's on the screen.

To view custom POI's on your screen, you have to zoom in really, really, really close ... on the 660 anyway, I assume it is the same on your model.

The POI will also display on the screen at a lower zoom level when it is triggered.

Custom POIs

I have Nuvi 200 and I don't have any trouble seeing the custom POIs. The trick is to add a custom .bmp file with the POI file. Otherwise they only show up as a dot and then yes, you have to zoom way in to see it.

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Chuck - Nuvi 200, Nuvi 255W

Custom POI Question

I just loaded my custom POIs in "Manual" as suggested by DKEANE and it asked if I wanted alert signals. I'm sure that solves my problem. Now I need to get some .bmp files because I have been getting dots. Thanks Doc_Brown.

I allowed poi installer to

I allowed poi installer to auto install, so I will redo it with manual, I have also created my own icon for one of the POI files I am installing (Georgia state parks).

I am also toying wiht the idea of creating a speed trap POI file for the reigon I drive in (GA, AL, SC), can have some fun with that Icon I think...

for $7.99 get a wall adapter

draksig wrote:

How do I get the added POIs to appear on the screen? I know about the map settings for more or less details, is this where it is done and which setting is needed for custom POIs?

I have an AC USB charger for my cell phone and wanted to use it to charge the receiver at home but when I try to use it, the unit goes into PC connetion mode and I can't get it to stop. Is this normal or is a special charger from Garmin needed for this?

As it has been said use a larger Custom graphic. I like to use the 24x24 but with a blue box around a transparent background behind the icon. They show up easily but the transparent background lets some more of the map detail come through.

Are you using a Moto cable? Motorola phone chargers don't seem to work on some nuvi models. On my 680 they work fine. You can either get an inexpensive wall to cigarette adapter $7.99
http://www.daydeal.com/product.php?productid=8769&cat=539
BTW, this is only good for 500ma so it is fine for the GPS but won't be good for running high capacity items that you might use in the car like a laptop or DVD.

or a universal USB charger (won't work on Moto) for under $9.99
http://www.daydeal.com/product.php?productid=14723&cat=2954

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nüvi 680, nüvi 770, Garmin Mobile XT, etc...

Bingo, we have a winner.

Bingo, we have a winner. Yes, it is a moto charge cable.

I'll either go with a universal charger or just stick with charging the unit in the car.

AC hookup for NUVI

Navyman64 where at in walmart did you find ac dc converter

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Auggie SP2720 , SP C330, Nuvi 650, Nuvi 785T America Moves By Truck

I found a ac to dc adapter

I found a ac to dc adapter that you plug into the wall with a hole in it for the cigarette plug adapter. that way it works for my digital camera, and Garmin and i think i found it at walmart in the camera section, it come as a kit, had a card reader, small tripod, and a couple of cd for downloading and editing pictures,

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Jerry...Jacksonville,Fl Nüvi1450,Nuvi650,Nuvi 2495 and Mapsource.

draksig wrote: 1) The only

draksig wrote:

1) The only thing I liked better about the Tomtom was the fact that it showed more info on the nav screen.

2) I had read in some reviews that the 200 sometimes had issues re-routing when a turn was missed, I found this not to be true.
I have a couple of quick questions maybe someone here can help me.

As for #1, My father has a T2, and I found it very confusing with all that "extra" stuff on the main screen.

As for #2, His T2 recalculates much faster then my nuvi 350. So I am surprised that you said that.

But I am glad that you are apart of the Garmin family now...lol.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

AC Hookup for Nuvi

In the Electronics section with the MP3s and other power cords. It's a tiny thing; just a wall plug with a cigarette lighter plug at 90 degrees. It didn't have any extra stuff with it. The label says it is rated for an input of 100 - 240V, 50/60Hz and an output of 12V DC 300mA

I smell smoke ;-)

Navyman64 wrote:

an output of 12V DC 300mA

The Nüvi Vehicle Power Adaptor is fitted with a 1A fuse...and according to the Battery Diagnostic, it draws upto 800mA during initial charging.

So...while average charging current probably doesn't exceed 300mA, it might!

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New user here, too. First

New user here, too. First post.

AC - DC power Adaptor

Hornbyp wrote:
Navyman64 wrote:

an output of 12V DC 300mA

The Nüvi Vehicle Power Adaptor is fitted with a 1A fuse...and according to the Battery Diagnostic, it draws upto 800mA during initial charging.

So...while average charging current probably doesn't exceed 300mA, it might!

Smoke??? Don't like the sound of that. So far I have only used the adapter to play with the Nuvi in the house for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. I charge it through the computer USB cable or in the car. I see no indication that the adapter has a fuse. I certainly will monitor the wall plug for flames the next time. (Or at least a heat buildup.) I will report anything alarming.

Garmin

I agree with Asianfire on #1. I have a 660 and I want minimal "Extra" stuff on my screen. I also have limited Custom Poi's loaded into my 660.

Neato

asianfire wrote:

As for #1, My father has a T2

Cool! A personal Terminator. razz

welcome

siennaot1 wrote:

New user here, too. First post.

YOU will enjoy this site. it is great,

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Jerry...Jacksonville,Fl Nüvi1450,Nuvi650,Nuvi 2495 and Mapsource.

I'll second that

WELCOME to the most incredible and most friendly site on this side of the keyboard !

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Ain't nuthin' never just right to do the things you wanna do when you wanna do them, so you best just go ahead and do them anyway ! (Rancid Crabtree, from Pat F McManus fame)

Welcome aboard!

Welcome aboard!

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Hawk - Nuvi 1450

OPPS

spera wrote:

WELCOME to the most incredible and most friendly site on this side of the keyboard !

First post was three years ago...hehe

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BMW Nav V Montana 650 Zumo 660 Garmin 78S Garmin 76CSX

But...

mr_guns wrote:
spera wrote:

WELCOME to the most incredible and most friendly site on this side of the keyboard !

First post was three years ago...hehe

But you've only been a member for 1 year, 29 weeks...
Oh, you mean the original poster, not you. Sorry.

You're so smart yerself :-p

mr_guns wrote:
spera wrote:

WELCOME to the most incredible and most friendly site on this side of the keyboard !

First post was three years ago...hehe

Since when is it bad to greet a person you've never greeted before ? And we're all talking about being nice and all ? Nice try

Sheesh...

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Ain't nuthin' never just right to do the things you wanna do when you wanna do them, so you best just go ahead and do them anyway ! (Rancid Crabtree, from Pat F McManus fame)