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In-Dash Garmin Nav Systems

Some in-dash infotainment systems use Garmin for navigation.

Custom POIs can sometimes be installed on these in-dash systems using Garmin's POI Loader software via a memory card or disk.

In other cases, custom POIs might require an alternative process or not be available.

Discussion threads for some makes/models are linked below.

FAQ: Garmin Nav Systems

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FAQ: Garmin Nav Systems

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Basecamp crashes when transferring route to RV890

As the title says Basecamp crashes when transferring route to RV890. Tried multiple times, rebooted laptop, and Garmin, using genuine Garmin cord. Device fully updated and battery charged. Transfer does not go through.

Any suggestions.


-- Later... Ray

Garmin Software and Walmart Locations

Does Garmin have an issue w/ Walmart resulting in 'spotty' marking of their locations? I have CNNA 2024 & some locations have a white shape showing the store & is labelled Walmart. Other locations will have the shape, but instead of the Walmart label, just a 'stack' of icons for the various businesses that are usually associated w/ Walmart stores.

Garmin GPSMAP64 Garmin Montana 700

Garmin trk*.bin files

The Garmin Alpha200 handheld has a directory path of Garmin/EDM/trkevt
In this folder are lots of trk(number).bin files.

Does anyone know how to open these files or convert them to GPX?


DriveSmart 66 EX Personal POI not showing

I am unable to get my POI showing, I have the map layer on. I see them in categories-POI so there are loaded.

I have tried everything I can think of.

Any suggestions.


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So GE for W7-64

There was a post here indicating a certain GE version was last for W7-64...

I'm on W7-64 (Must stay there due to software running on this system is not update-able...)

I stopped updating GE at and it still works.. Shows a TZ map update is available, and did update last maps fine on 2x 2689LMT's

A 2689LMT in both our cars that we love... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

Too many maps, extra school zone notices

So the other day I plugged my DS65 into my computer (Windows 7), was informed there were updates. Approved all and walked away, came back abit later and it's all finished.
But, now I am getting school zone alerts where there are no schools and speed reduced zones where there never were any before. (Edmonton on the Whitemud drops to 60 for a bit before going back to 80.)

Lives in Edmonton AB A volunteer driver for Drive and now (since June 20 2021) uses a DS65 to find his clients.

Garmin Express for Windows and Mac Showing Available

Garmin Express for Windows and Mac now available for download.
Just downloaded and installed it on my Mac.

Simple way to Avoid Highways?

I have a Drivesmart 65 and there are times I will take a trip where I would like to take highways for most of the trip. I will set the destination with "Avoid Highways" unchecked and start my trip.

Four out of five Great Lakes prefer Michigan

Garmin Express (Windows) showing available

Garmin Express showing available as of today. As a reminder GE installation folders, each around 125 MB to 130 MB may exist at C:\ProgramData\Garmin\CoreService\Downloads\Application. I keep the latest and delete the previous entries.

From another site, the following outlines the changes.

John from PA

White Screen Of Death (RV660)

It finally happen. Driving down the hiway using my Garmin RV660 And the screen just turned white. I have tried shutting it down and doing a factory reset using the power button and nothing works. I connected it to the Garmin Express and it showed updates so I uploaded them, I think. I can't tell but the Express seems to think they updated. There were software and map updates.

DriveLuxe 51 firmware update - May 2024

The DriveLuxe 51 has a firmware update to 6.80 as of May 1, 2024.

Change History

Changes made from version 6.70 to 6.80:

Improved the display quality in junction view.

Error message while trying to install Garmin POI loader

I am trying to install Garmin POI loader on my windows 10 laptop. I go through the process and when I get to the final step, I get the error message " there was an unexpected error during the transfer of the custom POI file". I decided to power up my old VISTA laptop which I have used many times to load custom POIs. Now POI loader won't work on that machine either.

James C. Hoover Jr.

GE v7.21.0.0

GE v7.21.0.0 now ready to download.

Drivesmart 66 for Traffic Only

I have the Drivesmart 66 connected to the app on the iPhone for traffic, but want to handle calls through my car audio.

Every time I start the car, I have to remember to go in and disconnect the phone because it doesn't keep this setting.

Is there any way to make this change stick so I'm only connecting for traffic and no other phone services (texts, calls, notifications)?


May be firmware update available

Last week I noticed my nuvi 2689 (and some older nuvi 265's) had a time zone map update, which I didn't do. Today I decided to do the update for my nuvi 2689 and was advised there was a firmware update. Took about one minute to accomplish and the version number is 8.80.

Depending on your device, you also may have a pending firmware update.

John from PA

ARKON Suction mounts

We have 2x extended reach ARKON windshield mounts, bought because it reaches GPS further out than stock, or others.
Both Wife’s and mine mount too far away on stock unit.

Wife’s is fine: mine: suction cup has degraded. Won’t hold any more.
Couldn’t find same exact unit, But found shorter ARKON unit on EBay.

A 2689LMT in both our cars that we love... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

garmin drivesmart 66 ex POI

I have a new Garmin drivesmart 66 ex. It does not display any of my POI on my route like my previous Germin did. I have loaded the POI as I usually do with the POI Loader..

Also, I cannot find a traffic cable that would connect to it, any suggestions.


Have a safe trip
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