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Garmin GPS

Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets and Ideas

for the Garmin nüvi (nuvi) GPS (and others)

Lots Of Things You Didn't Know

[many ideas may also apply to various nüvi 200, 300, 500, 600, 700,
800, 2X5, 7X5, 8X5, 1200, 1300, 1400, 2200, 2300, 2400, 3700 series units,
the nüvi 1690, nüLink! 1695 & nüvi 5000
,
and possibly
other Garmin road GPSs.
A nüvi 650 was originally used for initial testing.
As of 12/12/08 a nüvi 755T is also being used for testing.
As of 01/27/11 a nüvi 3790LMT will be used for major testing
A smaller separate section for 7X5/8X5 devices has been established.
Other articles may be updated, where necessary, to include 7X5/8X5 instructions.]

-- a continuing helpful instructional and comment Blog --
[there are currently 34 pages containing well over 100 help articles in this project]

Presented by: Gary Hayman
[since October, 2007]


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THE NEWBIE PAGE (NEW) -
          Recommended for new nüvi GPS owners and First-Timers


Page 1 Starts Here

YOUR HOME -
         
Setting Your Primary Home
WHEN YOUR HOME IS NOT YOUR HOME -
         
Using a Temporary Home
HOME TO CHICAGO -
         
Getting There is Half the Fun
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE -- FROM CHICAGO? -
         
From Where You're Not to Another Place You're Not
CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? -
         
Finding my Car at the Shopping
         Mall/Stadium/Disneyland/Airports/Mustang Ranch
GOING STRAIGHT -
         
Off-road/On-road mileage
LONGITUDE/LATITUDE -
         
Convention
 

Page 2 Starts Here

ARE YOU COORDINATED? -
         
Obtaining and Using Coordinates in Your GPS          [Revised]
WHERE AM I? BY THE NUMBERS -
         
Coordinates of Your PRESENT Position
WHERE IS THAT PLACE? BY THE NUMBERS -
         
Coordinates of a DIFFERENT Position
HANSEL AND GRETEL HAVE MOVED -
         
Lamenting the Loss of Breadcrumb Trails
800 -
         
My Choice of Zoom Level
GETTING YOUR ZOOM ON -
         
Adjusting Your Zoom Level
2D OR NOT 2D -
         
Personal Preference for Screen Display
ARE WE THERE YET? -
         
How Long Will it Take Me to Get There? (Not What Time Will I
          Arrive?)
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO EAT - AND MORE -
         
Scrolling Restaurant Menus
GONE FISHIN' BY A SHADY WADY POOL -
         
Ye Ol' Fishing Hole -- A Place You Know
GONE FISHIN' INSTEAD OF JUST A- WISHIN' -
         
Ye New Fishin' Hole -- You've Never Been There
GARMIN AREA 51 -
         
The Secret Area
GARMIN AREA 51 - EVEN MORE -
         
The Secret Area           [July 2011 additions]
YOU DON'T TALK TO ME AS MUCH AS YOU USED TO -
         
Text To Speech (TTS)
NONG, YOU'RE GONNA BACK OF BOURKE, MATE -
         
Alternate Voice For Your nüvi
 

Page 3 Starts Here

 I'VE BEEN SET-UP! -
         
Tourist Trip Management
IN GARMIN WE TRUST! -
         
Just Pulling Away
YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS MORE THAN ONE VIA POINT AVAILABLE -
         
Sort of ...
I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD -- BUT I CAN'T FIND IT -
         
Too Many POIs for Your List
MY TIME'S NOT YOUR TIME -
         
In The Right Time Zone
I CAN'T SEE THE ICONS -
         
Zoom In Please
HOW HIGH AM I? -
         
Altitude Please           [added info January 2010]
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION -
          Using 'Set Loc' and Why         [addendum December, 2009]
 

Page 4 Starts Here

ON THE WRONG TRACK -
         
The Responsibility Rests With You
THE NÜVI MEETS THE MATRIX -
         
Nüvi Comparison Table
Go W, NW, N, NE, E, SE, S, SW! YOUNG MAN -
         
Your Driving Direction
CHARGE! -
         
Automatic Recharging of Your GPS
CHARGE 2! -
         
What a nüvi 750 (Maybe More) Can Do
HERE'S THE SKINNY -
         
A Screen Protector For Your Garmin
NÜVI NEWBEE PROBLEMS -
          Maybe It's Your Settings
REPORTING MAP ERRORS -
          Do Your Bit
SHOW ME THE ROUTE -
          Seeing The Whole Route
I'DE WALK A MILLION MILES .... -
          Your nüvi as a Pedometer
WHEN YOU GOT TO GO YOU GOT TO GO -
          Finding a Rest Area
WHAT'Z YA PHONE # -
          While Driving to Your Garmin POI
WAYS TO VIEW FUTURE TRIP TURNS -
          Your Garmin Offers Several Ways
IMPORTING FAVORITES FROM GOOGLE/MAPQUEST INTO YOUR NÜVI -
          'How To' Techniques For On-Line Imports          [includes Oct 08 update]
MOVING A GOOGLE MAP FIND TO A BETTER PLACE -
         Putting That Favorite On The Road For Your Garmin 
         [Mar 10 Added Info]
NEW GOOGLE MAPS WAY OF GETTING LAT/LON COORDINATES
         Developer Tools or Mapplets of Great Aid          [Mar 10 Added Info]

 

Page 5 Starts Here

USING THE NÜVI TO DISPLAY INDEX CARDS -
         Novel Trip Information Display Aid
OLYMPIC GOLD MAKES A BIG SPLASH ON THE NÜVI -
         A Simple Splash Screen For Lost/Stolen Nüvis
HAS YOUR NÜVI BEEN DISCONTINUED? -
         Oh Where, Oh Where Did My nüvi Go?
FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE GPS (part of the above article)
I GAVE A NÜVI AS A GIFT TO MY 16 YEAR OLD. REALLY? -
         A GPS Gift to a Young New Driver
THE WHITE SOLUTION FOR THE GOOGLE per-PLEX -
         Another Technique For Sending Google Locations To Your nüvi
GROOVY! WITH MY NÜVI ON A SEA CRUISE-IE -
         Taking Your nüvi On A Sea Cruise
NÜVI PROTECTIVE CASE IDEA -
         Does The NFL Know?
 

Page 6 Starts Here

FUN WITH NÜVI TRACK LOGS -
         Uses You May Not Have Thought Of          
          [revised March, 2009][added info Nov 2009]
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THE WHEEL -
         
And Leave The Driving To Your nüvi
         
[version for 300/600 and some others]
YAKATY YAK -- TAKE OUT THE TRASH -
         
Notice for Mac Users
CUSTOM AND NON-CUSTOM ROUTES -
          For Nuvis With Route Capability
SENDING A CHARGE TO YOUR NÜVI -
         
Using the AC Charger To Add Juice           [added info Apr 2010]
HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR NÜVI BATTERY -
          I'm Ever Ready With Hints To Conserve Your Energy
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL NÜVI OWNERS -
          Use All Three Information Areas
WHAT JUST ONE NÜVI USER CAN ACCOMPLISH -
          Correcting a Where Am I?
GETTING FED ON THE ZYDECO ROAD -
         
Setting Your Via Point While 'En Route'
BUT I WANT CREOLE FOOD/TO SEE VERMILIONVILLE -
         
An Extension Of The Previous Article
OHH NOOO!!!, MR. BILL -
         
Why I Don't Do It That Way
 

Page 7 Starts Here

HOW FAR IS IT OVER THAT LAKE ANYWAY? -
         
Using Your nüvi On The Golf Course
THE OFF ROAD MYSTERY -
         
Unsolved
FINDING THE COORDINATES OF A FAVORITE -
         
It's Fairly Easy With A Multitude Of Methods           
          [added info Jaunuary 2010]
WEBUPDATER/GARMIN COMMUNICATOR FAILURES -
         
A Tail Of Woe -- Then Success
 

Page 8 Starts Here

I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE UNDER MY FEET -
         
The Location Isn't Where My GPS Sez It Should Be
PUMP UP THE VOLUME -
         
Jack, Speak A Little Bit Louder Now
BADA BING DOT COM -
         
Using BING Maps To Send A Favorite To Your Nüvi         
          [added info December 25, 2009]
LOWRANCE? NO! GARMIN OF ARABIA -
         
Sun Shielding Your Nüvi          [added info August 28, 2009]
 

Page 9 Starts Here

CREATING ROUTES ON YOUR GARMIN -
         
Using MapQuest May Make It Easy         [Notice Added October 1, 2009]
SORRY, HONEY, YOU ARE NO LONGER MY VALENTINE -
         
Severing Relationships With Your a Favorite(s)
HONEY LEARNS YOUR INTENTIONS -
          Tip For A Quick Way Of Seeing Your Route
SEARCH ME? -
          Web Site Search Engine Installed
YES I CON -
         
Seeing Built In, Favorites, Custom & Other Icons
 

Page 10 Starts Here

MAPQUEST IMPROVES SOFTWARE -
         
Route Setting For Your Nüvi Now Even Easier
MY VIA DRIVES ME LOCO -
         
Via Point Woes
WHEN THE CITY ISN'T THERE -
         
Searching All To Find A Destination
ZIP A DEE DON'T DAH -
         
Can't Use A Zip Code Search In The US
'SET LOC.' INTERMITTENT PROBLEM -
         
Trick/Work Around To Solve Problem
DRIVING WITH A JAPANESE VOICE -
         
(Old Japanese Saying)
COWABUNGA, IT'S CALIBRATION TIME, DUDE -
          Calibrating The nüvi Screen          [added info November 23, 2009]
 

Page 11 Starts Here

BAD EATING INFORMATION FROM MY nüvi -
          Techniques For Eating On The Road
FORCING YOUR NÜVI TO DO IT AGAIN -
         
A Work Around Recalculation
IN WHICH DIMENSION ARE YOU? -
         
2D/3D Briefly Revisited
CAN YOU .WAV WITH LESS FREQUENCY? -
         
PCM 44.100kHz 16 Bit, Mono Is Only One Setting
NAUGH-T, NAUGH-T, COORDINATES -
          A Couple Of Coordinate Games
FOLDERING YOUR MP3S ON YOUR NÜVI -
         
A Work Around To Let You Prepare Mixes Of Tunes And Play
          Them
BATTERY LOW? -
          How To Replace The Internal Battery On A Garmin Nüvi
          [added info April 19, 2010]
 

Page 12 Starts Here

SHOULD I BUY A NUVI WITH ROUTE CAPABILITY? -
          A Poster Wanted To Know
NEW GOOGLE FEATURES FOR LATITUDE & LONGITUDE - 
         
LatLng Tooltip And Marker Can Be Of Great Aid
THE GARMIN 3700 SERIES -
          Thin Is In
COORDINATES, AGAIN -
          People Still Ask
 

Page 13 Starts Here

MAPQUEST DROPS SENDING LOCATION TO YOUR NÜVI -
         
Is This Temporary?
MY TWO ROUTES TO JAPAN ON MY NÜVI -
         
Straight and Great Circle (Previously Undiscovered Feature) 
             [Note added September 8, 2010]
IS YOUR HOME A GPS TARGET?
          You Had Better Watch Out
SOME IDIOSYNCRASIES OF CITYXPLORER MAPS -
          Slightly Confusing?
NEW 3790LMT NOW BEING USED FOR TESTING -
         
Garmin Continues To Make Changes In Newer Models
 

Page 14 Starts Here

THE NEWER NÜVI MODELS -
         
Released Since The 800 Series                 [added info Mar 8, 2011]
USING YOUR 3700 NÜVI FOR MAP AND NAVIGATION INFORMATION WHILE IT IS CONNECTED TO YOUR COMPUTER -
         
Possible Application For Other Nüvis
BUT I WANT TO GO OFF ROAD -
         
Manual is Incorrect
SAVE MEMORY SPACE WITH WISE .JPG (.JPEG) SIZES -
         
Use Your Graphics Program To Adjust
WALLPAPER (SPLASH SCREEN) -
         
The Paste Has Changed
SETTING THE LOCATION OF YOUR VEHICLE -
         
With Some Newer Nüvis
WHERE HAVE ALL THE POI ICONS GONE? -
         
Long Time Passing
WHERE HAVE ALL THE CUSTOM POI (EXTRAS) ICONS SOMETIMES GONE? -
         
Long Time Ago
 

Page 15 Starts Here

NEARER MY ???? TO ME -
          Finding A Location Using The Near Feature And Setting It
SHOW ME THE ROUTE -
         
Quick Tips To See Route All At Once
YOUR OLD A/C CHARGER WILL WORK -
         
Get An Adapter For Your 3700 Series
TRANSFERRING YOUR OLD FAVORITES TO YOUR NEW
GARMIN
-
          Change That File Name
THOSE FUNNY LOOKING NAMED .GPX FILES -
          What Are They And Can They Be Removed?
 

Page 16 Starts Here

SET LOCATION - COORDINATES (OUT & IN) -
          Slight Changes For Some Nüvis
LADY IN THE LAKE -
          Interesting What Your Nüvi Does
THE GOOGLE CASE FOR COORDINATES -
         
Changes In The Wind
MERRILY DOWN THE 3700's THEMES -
         
A Kaleidoscope Of Colors
ENLARGING THOSE SCREEN ICONS -
         
What Do They Look Like?
3790y cityXplorera BARCELONA -
         
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
 

Page 17 Starts Here

GARMIN STRAIGHT TALK -
         
I Walk (Drive) The 'Straight' Line
COORDINATES ENCORE -
         
In Case You Missed All The Others
BUT SIGNOR GARMIN, I NO LONGER WANT TO GO TO THE VIA DEL CORSO -
          Adding And Getting Rid Of Your Via Point(s)
WHERE AM I GOING? -
         
Can My Nüvi Tell Me?
EDITING A NEW FAVORITE - AN EASIER WAY -
          No Computer Allowed
GARMIN TRANSITIONS -
         
How It Effects You And This Blog
 

Page 18 Starts Here

HIT THE HIGHWAY -- BUT I CAN'T -
          - Are You Avoiding Properly?
 

Page 7X5/8X5 - 1 Starts Here
NOTE: This section is specifically for 7X5/8X5 series units.
Most other articles on this WEB site will ALSO apply to 7X5/8X5 series units.

NOW TESTING WITH 650 & 755T -
          Expanding My Coverage
VIVA LA DIFFERENCE -- I HOPE -
          650/755T New Features, Changed Features, Removed Features
7X5T SPLASH SCREEN SIZE -
          There Is A Difference
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE -- FROM CHICAGO? -
         
From Where You're Not to Another Place You're Not          
          (revised for 7X5)
DISTANCE TO AND TIME TO AT THE SAME TIME? -
          Also, A Simple Saved Route
I WALK THE 'STRAIGHT' LINE -
          Direct Distance For The 7X5
WHERE AM I? BY THE NUMBERS -
         
Coordinates of Your PRESENT Position
MOVE YOUR VEHICLE PLEASE -
          A Quick Technique For 'Set Loc.' Using 'Where To?'
SPECIAL NÜVI SCREENS -
          7X5 Series

TECHNIQUES FOR OPERATING AND CHARGING UNIT AT THE SAME TIME -
         
3 Work-Arounds That Make This Possible At Your Computer

[added info November, 2009]

 

Page 7X5/8X5 - 2 Starts Here

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THE WHEEL -
         
And Leave The Driving To Your nüvi
HOW GREEN IS MY GARMIN -
         
ecoRoute To The Rescue
UN-PILING THE ICONS -
         
Spreading Out The Garmin Icons
WEBUPDATER PROBLEM -
          After v.3.0 Upload
UNLV - USING NÜVIS IN LAS VEGAS -
         The Bare Facts of the Strip
YOUR TRIP IS AT YOUR COMMAND -
         
Better Spoken Commands For The nüvi 800 Series
 

Page 7X5/8X5 - 3 Starts Here

LOIS, CAN YOU ASSIST ME WITH THIS LANE -
         
Seeing Your Lane Assists (Junction Views)
EXCELLENT NÜVI 855 REVIEWS -
         
From Writers on Amazon.com
 

Custom POI Page 1 Starts Here

CUSTOM POINTS OF INTEREST (POI) INTRO
GETTING READY FOR CUSTsOM POIs -
          Initial steps                     [comments added 110407]
OH, GIVE ME A HOME -
          Fun Use of a Proximity Alert                     [comments added 110407]
CUSTOM POIs - TO SD CARD OR GARMIN'S MEMORY -
          You Have a Choice
FAST CARS AT RIDGEMONT HIGH -
          Souped-up Speed Alerts
MY POIs -
          Custom POI Favorites
 

Custom POI Page 2 Starts Here

CUSTOM POI RESOURCES -
          Where To Go To Get Information
DON'T MAKE A .WAV -
         
Now nüvi Series 200 Can Have Music, Sound & Voice Alerts
LOADING YOUR CUSTOM POIs -
          Facts You Know, Probably Know & Might Know
THE .CSV FOURTH ELEMENT -
          Expanding The Information In The .CSV File          [added info Aug 29, 2010]
 RUN SILENT -- RUN NO-PEEP -
          Silent and Semi-Silent Alerts
 

Custom POI Page 3 Starts Here

POI LOADER IN MANUAL MODE -
          Setting Speed or Distance
BUT I WANT BOTH SPEED AND DISTANCE IN AN ALERT-
          Can This Be Accomplished Using .CSV Files? Yes! As If By
          Magic!
SUB-FOLDERS THAT JARED DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT -
          Organization Technique That Many Like                  
          [Note added Aug 30, 2010]
ABBA SINGS "WHAT'S THE NAME OF THAT FILE" -
          A File Rename That Does Wonders
I'M TIRED OF USING MANUAL, "TIME AFTER TIME", WRITES CYNDI -
          Cut Down On POI Loader's Manual Processing
 

Custom POI Page 4 Starts Here

THE SECRET (?) SPEED NUMBERS THEY DIDN'T TELL YOU ABOUT -
          Surprise Settings and How To Take Advantage of Them
THE 'PROXEMICS' OF THE TourGuide -
          Hakuna Matata! The Circle Of ... Alert
A TECHNIQUE FOR TESTING A CUSTOM POI ALERT -
          You Don't Have To Be In Your Car
 

Custom POI Page 5 Starts Here

THE POI'S THE THING -
          Seeing Custom POIs At Various Zooms -- Yes You Can!
          [link adjustment December 28, 2011]
ALERT! GEOCACHE POINT NEAR -
          On And Off-Road Geocache Point Alerts With Map Icons For
          nüvis
DID YOU PUT ON THE RIGHT SOX.EXE THIS MORNING? -
          Getting Your .WAV Sound Back
THE AUSTRALIAN BICYCLER'S DILEMMA -
          The Magic Targeted Alert On/Off Switch
YOUR NÜVI AND CUSTOM POI .CSV FILE ON THE GOLF COURSE
          A Follow-on Article For Using Your nüvi On The Fairway   
         
[added info June 14, 2009]
 

Custom POI Page 6 Starts Here

MY WATERING HOLE AT THE STRIP CLUB -
          Hiding A Custom POI
AN ALTERNATE TECHNIQUE FOR PLACING CUSTOM POIs IN YOUR NÜVI -
          Employing A Little Used Method
POI LOADER, POI LOADER, EVERYWHERE -
          Let's Get Rid Of Those Extra POI Loader Copies  
         
[note added October 25, 2009]
CRACKING THE CRACKER BARREL CODE -
          The TourGuide Sez It's Lunchtime
STRICTLY NEWBIE - A LITTLE ON CUSTOM POIS -
          Getting Started
 

Custom POI Page 7 Starts Here

A ROUTE'S LONG DISTANCE SPEED ALERT -
          You Can Have Your Nüvi Alert You Over A Distance Rather
          Than A Point
ADVANCED WARNING -
          Distance Limit
GOOD CHOICE FOR YOUR CUSTOM POI GRAPHIC -
          A Standardization That Will Help
POI LOADER 2.6.1 -- WADDSUP WITH THAT? -
          Internet Dis
'TourGuide' [TYPE B] STILL WORKS WITH 3700 AND OTHER NEW NÜVIS -
          Radius Alert Still Functioning
 

Custom POI Page 8 Starts Here

THE SPEED ALERT CONUNDRUM -
          Shining A 'Clint' Of Light On The Subject
A MUSING ON 36 -
          Do I Have Enough Time To Slow Down After My Speed
          Alert Sounds
SALINA, ZOOM OUT FAR AND STILL SEE A CUSTOM POI -
          You May Be Able To Zoom Out More (or Less) Than You Think
 

Custom POI Page 9 Starts Here

DECENT DOCENT DISCUSSION OF THE TOURGUIDE -
          A Short Scrutiny With Advice
NEWER SOXS HAVE MORE MATERIAL -
          You May Want To [OR NOT] Upgrade 'sox.exe' To A Later Version 
PART OF THIS ARTICLE REMOVED
POI CONTROL -
          A System Used By Many
 
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YOUR HOME
- Setting Your Primary Home


It is recommended that you set your Primary Home into your nüvi. Most have already done this. It is a quick way of having your nüvi map your path from where you currently are -- to your home -- with a minimum of presses.

In case you haven't done this, then the next time your car is parked at your place of domicile:

From Main Menu tap 'Where to?' > tap 'Go Home' > 'Your Home Location Is Not Set' menu appears [If it does not then you MAY first need to delete, from your Favorites, the current 'Home' setting] Use the first or second selection (I would use the second under the above conditions) > tap 'Back'.

[To delete current 'Home' selection from Favorites:

From Main Menu tap 'Where to?' > Favorites > HOME > Edit > Delete > Yes > Back(2)]

BACK-UP TECHNIQUE:

It is always wise to have a Back-up 'Home' saved in your Favorites. As a suggestion, use the identifier 'House' or 'My Place'. Create such a Favorite using the vehicle parking location or your address.

WHY?

Suppose you've been out of town using your nüvi in a rental car and you have changed your real 'Home' for a temporary 'Home', maybe your motel in Schenectady, NY. There is a good reason to do this which I will explain in a later* writing.

[*See: WHEN YOUR HOME IS NOT YOUR HOME
- Using a Temporary Home
]

You arrive back at your home city airport and are shuttled to a parking lot which is not so easy to find in the dark. To return to your house you CAN'T use 'Go Home' because you have set your 'Home' temporarily to that NY motel, but you can quickly tap 'Favorites' and 'House' and the nüvi will route you back home accurately.

Please remember later to delete the old 'Home' (the motel one) and re-establish your actual 'Home'.



WHEN YOUR HOME IS NOT YOUR HOME
- Using a Temporary Home


As mentioned above, if traveling you may want to change your Home to a different location -- for example that Schenectady, NY motel mentioned above. The reason for this is that after your go about your business or tourism (
there's a lot to see in Schenectady)[a nice PR phrase] each day you will want to return to your motel and being a stranger to the area and not knowing the way tapping 'Where to?' and 'Go Home' (to your motel) is an easy way of receiving directions from your nüvi. (*)

METHOD

We will assume that you are in the parking lot of your motel. First it is necessary to delete whatever Home you have previously established.

To delete current 'Home' selection from Favorites:


From Main Menu tap 'Where to?' > Favorites > HOME > Edit > Delete > Yes > Back(2).

Now to
set your new Home (the motel)

From Main Menu tap 'Where to?' > 'Go Home' > ('Your Home Location is Not Set' screen appears) tap 'Yes, use my current location' (2nd choice on the menu)(*) > Back.

(*) You can use the address technique (1st choice on the menu) if you are not parked at your motel -- but it takes a little longer.

DON'T FORGET, when you return back to your 'real' home, to delete the 'motel' home and re-establish your domicile as your home using the same above technique.




HOME TO CHICAGO
- Getting There is Half the Fun


By Road:

Let's say you are planning a trip to Chicago in or on your car or motorcycle to celebrate February 14th. You might even park your car in a garage at 2122 N. Clark St.

Nothing new here. This is how you probably have set up your nüvi 650, 7/8X5T (or other models.) With machine gun quickness and accuracy your road route is plotted by your GPS.

But you could have also decided to walk, bike, take a truck or bus and emergency vehicle or a taxi. The nüvi gives you these other choices (which you may not use very often) in a Preference menu titled 'Vehicle.' To reach it to make any necessary changes:

From the Main Menu tap the Wrench > Navigation > Vehicle Bar > Choose from the list > OK > Back (2).

From the Main Menu tap the Tools > Settings > System > Useage Mode - the 7X5T only permits Automobile, Bicycle & Pedestrian > Choose from the list > OK > Back (3)

Off-Road or Straight Line

Perhaps a more useful setting that you might want to toggle on from time to time is the 'Off-Road' setting. It will come in useful when determining straight line or air miles or when you have to go through areas where roads are not marked on the Garmin map -- or there are no roads at all. (See associated discussion in articles including '
CAR 54', 'GOING STRAIGHT', 'FISHING HOLE', ETC.

[The above photo shows a Denver to Miami Off-Road line. Notice that the line crosses over water.]

METHOD:

From Main Menu tap Wrench > Navigation > Route Preference > Off Road > OK > Back (2).

From Main Menu tap Tools > Settings > Navigation > Route Preference > Off Road > OK > Back (3)

OK -- let's use it. You have already set your route from home to Chicago in your nüvi 650/7X5T GPS. You have seen the wiggly road route. Now switch to 'Off-Road' via the above method and notice the straight line from your house to Chicago. The line may pass over mountains, or bodies of water -- no matter.

Realistically, you might use the technique of Off-Road for short distances with your 'vehicle' GPS or to determine the straight line mileage (
not quite; discussed elsewhere; 'GOING STRAIGHT') between two places. Geocachers and boaters use Off-Road settings for their purposes. Many of those people have other types of GPS units better suited to their needs

Remember, when you are through with the Off-Road setting, return to your On-Road setting of 'Faster Time' or 'Shortest Distance'

METHOD:

From Main Menu > Wrench > Navigation > Route Preference - (you choose) > OK > Back (2).

From Main Menu tap Tools > Settings > Navigation > Route Preference - (you choose) > OK > Back (3)

If you don't, your GPS will not navigate the roads until you do.




DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE -- FROM CHICAGO?
- From Where You're Not to Another Place You're Not

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ADDED NOTICE 2011

Once in the 'GPS Simulator' mode the technique of 'Set Loc' (Set Location) may vary slightly depending upon which nüvi you are using. On older models (Ex: 600 and 700 series and others) it is available at the bottom of the 'Touch and Drag' Map or on the Browse Map while on some newer models (Ex 3700 series and others) it is only available after you first move your vehicle and then touch the Edit icon (three parallel bars) in the upper left of the screen.

In addition, although you
can move your vehicle's location to any mapped area of the screen in older models (Ex: 600 and 700 series)[be it roads, fields, parks, deserts, mountains, oceans, etc.], with some newer models (Ex: 3700 series) the unit may not permit this and jump to the nearest road or do nothing at all.
 

 
 

You might find this technique useful some time. It is slightly tricky because, during the process, you are going to 'NOT do something you are supposed to do.'

Suppose you live in Atlanta, Georgia. We won't give out your address for we don't want you to receive tons of new junk mail. All of a sudden you get this idea to fly to Chicago's O'Hare Airport and rent a car and drive to the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California. Why?
Because you are a wild and crazy guy, you've heard that driving West from Chicago in the middle of Winter is a relaxing experience -- not to be missed, and you do these sorts of things all the time.

But first you want two things:

(1) to see the Garmin road route from Chicago's O'Hare Airport (not Atlanta) to the San Jose Museum of Art.
(2) Find the estimated road mileage and duration of that trip


[
IMPORTANT: Keep your nüvi 650 antenna DOWN throughout this entire procedure.]

[By the Way -- if you are using a GPS that doesn't have an antenna that you flip up and down, for example -- the nüvi 250W (and many more) -- using the built in software to turn your GPS 'Off' accomplishes the same thing as flipping your antenna down. The 'Off' doesn't refer to cutting power to the unit, it just means that your unit is not looking at the satellites and the satellites are not influencing where the GPS thinks it is.]


First, make Chicago O'Hare International Airport a 'Favorite.'

From the Main Menu tap 'Where to?' > Near > A Different City > OK > Enter 'CHICAGO' > Done > select Chicago, IL > Food, Lodging > Down Arrow > Transit > Air Transportation > Air Transportation (you may have to wait a while during the search) > Down Arrow > Any one of the 'Chicago O'Hare International' listings > Save > OK > Back (5) (or just hold it down till Main Menu)

Second, make the San Jose Museum of Art a 'Favorite.'

From Main Menu: tap 'Where to?' > Near > A Different City > OK > Enter 'SAN JOSE' > Done > Down Arrow (2) (scrolling down) > select 'San Jose, CA' > Food, Lodging > Down Arrow > Attractions > Down Arrow > Museum/Historical > 'San Jose Museum of Art' > Save > OK > Back (5) (or just hold it down till Main Menu)

Sorry about all that -- but that's the way your Garmin works in order to set those two points as Favorites. There are a couple of other ways to set them, including if you knew the exact address, browsing a map and zooming in -- but for this example let' s use the above.

The next bit of
skullduggery you want to accomplish is to start your road trip at O'Hare, NOT your home in Georgia. This means that you have to set O'Hare via a 'Set Loc' (set location.) This may be done by...


[ Note: (March 2011) With some of the newer nüvis, the white arrow, that you will read about below, has been eliminated. On these models you simply touch the screen at the 'on the road' position that you want, and a description balloon will usually appear (but sometimes it wont). Once you have activated a balloon, if you desire to transport your vehicle to that spot, you press the Edit (3 bars, upper left corner of the screen) and select 'Set Location'. ]

From Main Menu: tap 'Where to?' > Favorites > Spell > start typing OHARE > select 'Chicago O'Hare International' when it appears > GO > IGNORE THE MESSAGE LIFT ANTENNA TO TURN GPS ON and press OK > Zoom out quite a bit (especially if you are far from Chicago) via the '-' in the upper left corner of the screen > Gently Touch and Drag the Screen till the checkered 'Home Flag' and the small white arrow in the middle of the screen are in the same place (for the technical, 'are concordant') > Zoom in almost all the way using the '+' in the upper right corner of the screen. You may have to adjust the screen along the way to keep the flag and arrow at the same point. > When satisfied that they are, Press 'Set Loc.' Your Garmin now thinks it is at O'Hare. > Back. Remember your antenna is down, your looking for satellites is off (otherwise it will think you are still in Georgia) and your car or car marker now appears at O'Hare.

[Other series units (without flip-up antennas) might try this. First set your unit in Simulation Mode. Then find your Favorite (Chicago O'Hare ...)(you've already established this.) Don't press 'Go' but press 'Map' or 'Show Map' instead. Press 'Set Loc.' at the bottom of the screen. The location of your car marker has changed to O'Hare.]

Almost done.

Press the Menu button and press Stop. This will erase that Georgia to O'Hare road track, which you don't need.

Now let's put in your art museum destination.

[Remember, at this point your GPS thinks that it is at O'Hare]

From the Main Menu: tap 'Where to?' > Favorites > Spell > type 'SAN JOSE' > select or scroll to select 'San Jose Museum of Art' > GO > IGNORE THE MESSAGE LIFT ANTENNA TO TURN GPS ON and press OK a map containing the route with a starting point at O'Hare and an ending point at the art museum appears. By Zooming out you can see it better and study where you are going to be driving.

Let's find out how many road miles it will be and the estimated time to drive.


Tap the 'Turn In' at the Map Screen (lower right side) > Hold down the Down Arrow until it can scroll no more > Read the estimated trip mileage and the trip time. Tap the Back button and you will return to your road map.

Added March 28, 2008

Reader Robert Lazar reports that on his nüvi 780 the technique is a little different [from the 650] and suggests that 780 owners (and maybe other in the 700 series) do this:

Tap on the full turns list (top center of Map Screen). When the list comes up, hit "Show Map". Then on the bottom right of the screen the nüvi 780 will tell you how long (how much time) it will take to get to your final destination total time left). It also shows you the total distance left to go in miles.

Thanks Robert!

Note: It doesn't work with my nüvi 650.

[August 20, 2008, Steven S., Ontario, Canada states that the above technique works with his nüvi 250W]

Let's review what you did:

  • You made two points of interest 'Favorites'
  • You turned your GPS satellite 'looking' capability off by keeping your antenna down -- or putting it in 'Simulation Mode'
  • You made your GPS think it was in a location it wasn't (via 'Set Loc.')
  • Your GPS mapped out a road route from where it wasn't to where you want to go
  • You determined the road mileage for that trip - [2161 miles]
  • You determined the estimated time it would take you to make the drive. [30+ hours]
  • You were able to study your route while you were still back in Georgia enjoying your peach and peanut pie.


Now, when you fly into Chicago all you have to do is to rent a car, tell your GPS to take you to the San Jose Museum of Art (it's in your Favorites) and be on your way.

NOTE: To remove your 'Set Loc.' either pull your antenna up (650) or turn your unit off via the button on top. Also, 'Stop' your route at the Main Menu. For other units that you have set in the Simulation Mode, you can just switch back to Normal Mode.

[PS: There are other ways of doing this on your Garmin nüvi 650, but for now -- this is enough. If I were at home, I would go to http://maps.google.com and get this information much quicker on my computer. But of course, I'm not a wild and crazy guy -- like you.]


(HEAR: 30 sec snippet "Do you know the way to San Jose")
[music revised November 16, 2008]



CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU?
- Finding my car at the Shopping Mall/Stadium/Disneyland/Airports/Mustang Ranch
see end of article


I'm always losing my car for a while at the bigger parking lots, especially if the aisles or sections are not clearly marked with numbers, letters, colors or pictures of cute animals. Invariably two big gas guzzling SUVs park on either side of my petite Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT, hiding it from view making it impossible to find. And besides, the parking lot always looks unfamiliar approaching it from a different angle.

In the past, I tried my car key safety button but that doesn't have the necessary distance response and I have to be right on top of my car before it works. I've even installed a separate pocket activated 'car finder' that honks the horn at the touch of a button. But that too doesn't have the range and it is hard to hear the sound of the melodic Italian horn in a noisy USA NASCAR parking area.

SOLUTION: I now use my nüvi to find my parked car.

Upon parking, I tap the auto on the Map Screen > tap 'Save' > edit On Screen Keyboard to read 'A' (a short name) > tap 'Done' > tap 'OK' - to save to favorite locations > turn my nüvi off and put it in my pocket.

Upon leaving the location to find my 'veicolo' (Italian for vehicle) I activate my nüvi 650,
AND THIS IS IMPORTANT -- SWITCH TO OFF ROAD (which allows straight line travel.)

From Main Menu tap Wrench > Navigation > Route Preference > Off Road > OK > Back (2) > Where To? > Favorites > 'A' (which should be at top) > Go!

I switch to maximum 'zoom in' by holding the '+' down and closely follow the straight line to my automobile.

If you follow this method you will get to your car. Please don't walk over the tops of other parked cars or into ditches and buildings.

Also see 'In The City' comment in yellow box below.

ADDITIONAL TIP: (I'm still working on this so I am not sure) You may find that turning your WAAS/EGNOS ON may help you be more accurate.

METHOD: Main Menu > Wrench > System > WAAS/EGNOS -- turn On > OK > Back (2).

Remember also, when you get to your car, change your OFF ROAD setting back to 'Faster Time' or 'Shortest Distance'.

METHOD: Main Menu > Wrench > Navigation > Route Preference > (you choose -- I like Fastest Time) > OK > Back (2).

If you don't, your GPS will not navigate the roads until you do.

stubborn

IF YOUR NÜVI HAS A CAR LOCATOR FEATURE

I believe that in some of the newer model nüvis, starting with the 700 series, a Car Locator feature is included. When you remove the unit from it's cradle it sets a 'Last Position' in your Favorites area. Now all you have to do upon exiting the stadium/shopping mall etc. is set your unit (look in Navigation > Route Preference) to 'off-road' and choose the 'Last Position' from your Favorites list. A straight line track will be presented to you.

Perhaps you are in the city, blocks away from your car, then it is recommended that you set your nüvi to Pedestrian Mode (rather than off-road)(Look in Navigation> Vehicle) and you will be guided in a sensible walking way to your car along sidewalks.

Remember to re-set your nüvi back to where it was (possibly) -- Car/Motorcycle and Faster Time or Shorter Distance before you drive away.

The 7/8X5T series provides a 'Last Position' setting each time you remove your unit from its cradle (while the power is on.) When you are ready to return to your vehicle just select 'Where To?, from the main menu > select 'Favorites' > select 'All Favorites' > select 'Last Position'. Navigation back to your vehicle will automatically be 'Off Road' straight line. Once you arrive and either establish another destination or stop any route, you will be back in your normal driving settings.

(HEAR: Car 54 Theme - 1:08)




GOING STRAIGHT
- Off-road/On-road mileage


Just suppose you wanted to find out how far it is from where your GPS is now and Straight, Oklahoma [a small town in the OK pan handle between Kansas and Texas. (lat. N 36.86384; long. W 101.42389)] With a GPS like the nüvi 650, from the menu you could

tap 'Where to?' > Cities > Spell > type 'Straight' > Done > Straight, OK [PLEASE NOTICE THE MILEAGE LISTED THERE] > Go!

and a road map will be drawn to your destination.

Tap 'Where to?' > Down > Cities > Spell > type 'Straight' > Done > Straight, OK [PLEASE NOTICE THE MILEAGE LISTED THERE]. A small window will 'eventually' slide out from under the Go button and reveal the road distance (different from the straight line distance I had you look at) and the estimated driving time for completing the trip. This information appears earlier than doing the 650 instructions that follow this box.

BUT...

Now
tap the Arrival (lower left box on your nüvi 650) and a new screen opens -- this screen is called the Trip Information Page. Notice the oval in the top right corner of the screen. This mileage represents the 'actual road miles' NOTICE THAT IT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE MILEAGE THAT YOU SAW IN THE PARAGRAPH ABOVE.

CONCLUSION...
survey
The mileage to a city that appears listed on the
Cities page is the STRAIGHT LINE MILEAGE (OFF-ROAD) while the mileage listed on the Trip Information Page is the ON-ROAD mileage. The straight line mileage will be smaller than the on-road mileage (remember: "shortest distance between two points") if you are NOT in an OFF-ROAD setting (an off-road setting is always a straight line and ergo -- the shortest distance(*).)

You can verify this by switching your settings to OFF-ROAD (method discussed elsewhere.) Now the mileage in both cases will be the same.

Straight line mileage is handy when you want know air distance between cities or over water distance, but I am mostly interested in road mileage. So don't be confused when you first see the mileage listed on the city page --
IT IS NOT THE ACTUAL ROAD MILEAGE.

[(*) having said that -- it is not quite true; for we are measuring a line on the surface of a globe (earth) in 2D and there IS actually a slight curve. But for practical purposes we will say that for our driving purposes (relatively short distances) -- a straight line is a straight line (even though it is part of a great circle arc.) For an involved technical discussion see:
http://www.gis.psu.edu/projection/chapter9.html ]

I NOTICED that in the above listing of cities screen (beginning of article) that there are two entries for Straight Creek, KY -- one at 368.6 miles and one at 424 miles. I'm thinking that unless that city has a split personality and is in two pieces some 59 miles apart -- something's crooked in Straight Creek..



LONGITUDE/LATITUDE
- Convention


The convention that I use on my nüvi 650 for longitude and latitude is 'degrees-decimal' [h ddd.ddddd°](*) (minutes are represented as a decimal part of a whole degree.) It is the third selection on the Select Format screen.

From menu tap 'Where to?' > Down Arrow > Coordinates > Format > 'h ddd.ddddd°' > OK > Back(2). globe latitude longitude

Apply the format once and you basically can leave it alone. I find that this format/convention works with the map conventions I use and is the easiest and quickest for me to enter into my nüvi. Google Maps, which I will mention later**, uses this convention.

[**See: ARE YOU COORDINATED?
- Obtaining and Using Coordinates in Your GPS
]

I believe that many geocachers also use this format. At the moment, I don't geocache but I might look into it for fun.

I will use this convention in later topics here, and show you how easy they are to obtain.

(*)[From:
http://www.louisiana-fishing.org/



"Degrees may be defined as Decimal Degrees, which will be indicated as H, DDD.ddddd, with the H meaning hemisphere, the three capital D's meaning whole degrees and the lower case d's (.ddddd) meaning a decimal part of a whole degree. So in a position stated in H, DDD.ddddd, the position would be in whole degrees and hundred thousandths of a degree."]



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