Garmin talk


Alert Distance in File Name

I understand if you put the word GATSO in the POI file name, the Garmin will alert for any points in that file.

It's said that you put a number after that, it will announce at a particular distance; and that's the part I'm not sure I understand.

If I want an alert to sound one mile before such a point, what number do I put in the file name?

Garmin DriveSmart 61 NA LMT-S at $184

Amazon has the Garmin DriveSmart 61 NA LMT-S at $184, marked down from the usual $250. This may be a relatively short sale related to Memorial Day.

See for the details.

John from PA

Resetting Smartnav

I have a issue with smartnav in peterbilt truck.. say's aquiring satellites. . I installed a new antenna. Still no signal

Robert Tschetter

Garmin GPS w/ SyncUp Drive (T-Mobile)

Here's an odd one and, arguable not all that important. Still odd.

I picked up a T-Mobile SyncUp Drive for my car as I'm a T-Mobile customer AND want to use it with my Escort Max360C (radar detector) without my phone being the middle man. The phone being a middle man via bluetooth with Escort's application is kind of a PITA.

I have 2 Garmin GPSes:
- DriveSmart 51 LMT-S

Question for the Future.... GPS in Scandanavia

Just came back from a trip in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland... Via a tour group... Liked the Fjord areas of Norway the best.

I was wondering:

If we decide to do this again in the future, I think I'd rather want to drive around there, staying at local hotels... instead of going with a tour group...

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!

Nuvi 265W / Basecamp

My nuvi 265W is not recognized by Basecamp even though the GPS shows the Mass Storage Mode on its display.
Also a removable disk drive is not shown with Windows 10.

About information : nuvi 265W, Software Version 7.80, Audio Version 1.10, GPS SW Version 4.10b

New Garmin Overlander.

Garmin has announced a new $700 navigation device that includes some offroad features, the Garmin Overlander.

Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon


GE -ready to download.

Garmin BC 40 Wireless Backup Camera

I’ve used the BC-40 with my DriveSmart 65 for about six weeks, and it has worked perfectly until yesterday. After troubleshooting and talking with Garmin Support, it has been determined that the unit has failed and Garmin is sending a complete replacement. I’ll detail the symptoms and troubleshooting steps in hopes that it will help others who may have problems.

Route Calculations

As a proud owner of a "new" driveluxe 50, of course I am comparing waze, google maps, and my garmin.

I've noticed a few things in routing my well known path.

1) As a default, my garmin will route me through the downtown core with a lot of traffic lights.
Garmin 10min
Waze, google 11min

2) my normal route is the route that waze and google pick.
Garmin 11min

Drive updates to improve BC 40 reliability

My DriveLuxe 51 has a software update to v6.10 and there are likely updates for all the Drive models that can accept the BC 40 camera:

DriveLuxe 51 software version 6.10 as of May 6, 2019
Changes made from version 6.00 to 6.10:
Improved the reliability of connections to BC 40 backup cameras.


AS a driver I use my 785 to find places "up ahead" that I can stop for required breaks. Garmin taps it's own library for this information. Is there anyway I can get my custom poi files to also show up in this side window?

Garmin reps transferring calls to sales instead of troubleshooting.

I currently own two new Nuvi 67LM that I bought back in 2017 as my gps unit in my car. Although it is not the best unit, it gets the job done when it works. Lately, with everything up-to-date, both units would randomly reboot during trips and even tell me to make a u-turn on a highway. I spoke to tier 2 garmin rep a month ago when the issue first began.

Downloading Favorites

Is there anyway to download favorites in bulk? I have over 25 and have to click each one to download to my PC if I loose them.

having trouble with Drive51 recognizing my waypoint Symbols from Basecamp

Not sure if this is a Basecamp or GPS question!

With my Saved locations on my GPS I sometimes assign a graphic Symbol. I've transferred these Saved locations back and forth to Basecamp trouble free from my prior 2557LM model and the distinct assigned Symbols stay intact.

Destinations From POIs

Is there a way to set a destination from Points Of Interest?
For instance if I call up Best Western Hotels if will give me several screens of them that are close to my present location.
What I need is one several states away. I know I can enter another state and address to do this but would like to do this from within the opened POI. Is this possible. Using a Garmin 255W.

Destination limits


Garmin Drive Smart 61

Does anyone know the total destinations that can be entered
using the "TRIP PLANNER"?
I put in a trip of 45 destinations and only 31 show and usable on a simulated trip.
Once the 31 are done then I have to go in and select the 14 to complete the trip.

DriveAssist Real Vision - Does it work?

Does anyone have real world experience with Garmin Real Vision feature? Garmin said may only work where applicable. I'm sure mileage may vary. Looks very cool in the Ad you have argument map on destination address.

I believed feature only applied to DriveAssist 50 and 51.

DriveLuxe 51 updates (and all Drivexxx x1 devices!) Now they see Galileo sats

I don't think this has been reported yet. The DriveLuxe 51 has a couple of updates:

Software version 6.00 March 27, 2019:
Change History
Changes made from version 4.40 to 6.00:
-Added support for the new Garmin BC 40 Wireless Backup Camera.
-Enabled Galileo satellite support.
-Improved routing calculations.
-Improved the reliability of connections to Bluetooth devices.

CN NA 2020.20

Am I blind or has no one asked yet when the new 2020.20 map update will come around?

Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.
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