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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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RECENT ARTICLES & READERS' FAVORITES
[including Revised and Updated]
[most recent at top]
SENDING A CHARGE TO YOUR NÜVI -
         
Using the AC Charger To Add Juice          [Added Info]
POI CONTROL -
          A System Used By Many
HIT THE HIGHWAY -- BUT I CAN'T -
          - Are You Avoiding Properly?
GARMIN TRANSITIONS -
         
How It Effects You And This Blog
THE POI'S THE THING -
          Seeing Custom POIs At Various Zooms -- Yes You Can!  [Link Adjusted]
EDITING A NEW FAVORITE - AN EASIER WAY -
          No Computer Allowed
WHERE AM I GOING? -
         
Can My Nüvi Tell Me?
GARMIN AREA 51 - EVEN MORE -
          
The Secret Area          [Added Info]
NEWER SOXS HAVE MORE MATERIAL -
          You May Want To [or NOT] Upgrade 'sox.exe' To A Later Version
          PART OF THE ABOVE ARTICLE REMOVED
BUT SIGNOR GARMIN, I NO LONGER WANT TO GO TO THE VIA
DEL CORSO
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          Adding And Getting Rid Of Your Via Point(s)
DECENT DOCENT DISCUSSION OF THE TOURGUIDE -
          A Short Scrutiny With Advice
SALINA, ZOOM OUT FAR AND STILL SEE A CUSTOM POI -
          You May Be Able To Zoom Out More (or Less) Than You Think
COORDINATES ENCORE -
         
In Case You Missed All The Others
GARMIN STRAIGHT TALK -
         
I Walk (Drive) The 'Straight' Line
3790y cityXplorera BARCELONA -
         
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
ENLARGING THOSE SCREEN ICONS -
         
What Do They Look Like?
A MUSING ON 36 -
          Do I Have Enough Time To Slow Down After My Speed
          Alert Sounds
THE SPEED ALERT CONUNDRUM -
          Shining A 'Clint' Of Light On The Subject
MERRILY DOWN THE 3700's THEMES -
         
A Kaleidoscope Of Colors
OH, GIVE ME A HOME -
          Fun Use of a Proximity Alert                        [Added Comments]
GETTING READY FOR CUSTOM POIs -
          Initial steps                        [Added Comments]
'TourGuide' [TYPE B] STILL WORKS WITH 3700 AND OTHER NEW NÜVIS -
          Radius Alert Still Functioning
POI LOADER 2.6.1 -- WADDSUP WITH THAT? -
          Internet Dis
GOOD CHOICE FOR YOUR CUSTOM POI GRAPHIC -
          A Standardization That Will Help
THE GOOGLE CASE FOR COORDINATES -
         
Changes In The Wind
LADY IN THE LAKE -
          Interesting What Your Nüvi Does
SET LOCATION - COORDINATES (OUT & IN) -
          Slight Changes For Some Nüvis
THE NEWER NÜVI MODELS -
         
Released Since The 800 Series                        [Added Info]
THOSE FUNNY LOOKING NAMED .GPX FILES -
          What Are They And Can They Be Removed?
TRANSFERRING YOUR OLD FAVORITES TO YOUR NEW GARMIN -
          Change That File Name
YOUR OLD A/C CHARGER WILL WORK -
         
Get An Adapter For Your 3700 Series
SHOW ME THE ROUTE -
         
Quick Tips To See Route All At Once
NEARER MY ???? TO ME -
          Finding A Location Using The Near Feature And Setting It
USING YOUR 3700 NÜVI FOR MAP AND NAVIGATION
INFORMATION WHILE IT IS CONNECTED TO YOUR
COMPUTER
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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?
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Long Time Ago
NEW 3790LMT NOW BEING USED FOR TESTING -
         
Garmin Continues To Make Changes In Newer Models
SOME IDIOSYNCRASIES OF CITYXPLORER MAPS -
          Slightly Confusing?
IS YOUR HOME A GPS TARGET?
          You Had Better Watch Out
MY TWO ROUTES TO JAPAN ON MY NÜVI -
         
Straight and Great Circle (Previously Undiscovered Feature)
                    [Note added Sep 8, 2010]
SUB-FOLDERS THAT JARED DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT -
          Organization Technique That Many Like 
                    [Note added Aug 30, 2010]
THE .CSV FOURTH ELEMENT -
          Expanding The Information In The .CSV File           [Added Info]
MAPQUEST DROPS SENDING LOCATION TO YOUR NÜVI -
         
Is This Temporary?
PLEASE WRITE AGAIN -- TEMPORARY NOTE
          ...
COORDINATES, AGAIN -
          People Still Ask
THE GARMIN 3700 SERIES -
          Thin Is In
BATTERY LOW? -
          How To Replace The Internal Battery On A Garmin Nüvi
        [Added Info]
NEW GOOGLE FEATURES FOR LATITUDE & LONGITUDE - 
         
LatLng Tooltip And Marker Can Be Of Great Aid
SHOULD I BUY A NUVI WITH ROUTE CAPABILITY? -
          A Poster Wanted To Know
MOVING A GOOGLE MAP FIND TO A BETTER PLACE -
         Putting That Favorite On The Road For Your Garmin
          [Added Info]
NEW GOOGLE MAPS WAY OF GETTING LAT/LON
COORDINATES
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         Developer Tools or Mapplets of Great Aid         [Added Info]
FOLDERING YOUR MP3S ON YOUR NÜVI -
         
A Work Around To Let You Prepare Mixes Of Tunes And Play
          Them
NAUGH-T, NAUGH-T, COORDINATES -
          A Couple Of Coordinate Games
HOW HIGH AM I? -
          
Altitude Please          [Added Info]
FINDING THE COORDINATES OF A FAVORITE -
         
It's Fairly Easy With A Multitude Of Methods      [Added Info]
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION -
         
Using 'Set Loc' and Why        [Addendum]
ADVANCED WARNING -
          Distance Limit
BADA BING DOT COM -
         
Using BING Maps To Send A Favorite To Your nüvi  
         [Added Info]
CAN YOU .WAV WITH LESS FREQUENCY? -
         
PCM 44.100kHz 16 Bit, Mono Is Only One Setting
IN WHICH DIMENSION ARE YOU? -
         
2D/3D Briefly Revisited
STRICTLY NEWBIE - A LITTLE ON CUSTOM POIS -
          Getting Started
FORCING YOUR NÜVI TO DO IT AGAIN -
         
A Work Around Recalculation
THE NEWBIE PAGE -
         
Recommended for new nüvi GPS owners and First-Timers
(7/8X5) EXCELLENT NÜVI 855 REVIEWS -
         
From Writers on Amazon.com
BAD EATING INFORMATION FROM MY nüvi -
          Techniques For Eating On The Road
COWABUNGA, IT'S CALIBRATION TIME, DUDE -
          Calibrating The nüvi Screen         [Added Info]
FUN WITH NÜVI TRACK LOGS -
         Uses You May Not Have Thought Of       [Revised][Added Info]
DRIVING WITH A JAPANESE VOICE -
         
(Old Japanese Saying)
(7/8X5) TECHNIQUES FOR OPERATING AND CHARGING UNIT
AT THE SAME TIME

         
3 Work-Arounds That Make This Possible At Your Computer
          [Added Info]
A ROUTE'S LONG DISTANCE SPEED ALERT -
          You Can Have Your Nüvi Alert You Over A Distance Rather
          Than A Point
'SET LOC.' INTERMITTENT PROBLEM -
         
Trick/Work Around To Solve Problem
ZIP A DEE DON'T DAH -
         
Can't Use A Zip Code Search In The US
WHEN THE CITY ISN'T THERE -
         
Searching All To Find A Destination
CRACKING THE CRACKER BARREL CODE -
          The TourGuide Sez It's Lunchtime
POI LOADER, POI LOADER, EVERYWHERE -
          Let's Get Rid Of Those Extra POI Loader Copies   [Note Added]
MY VIA DRIVES ME LOCO -
         
Via Point Woes
YES I CON -
         
Seeing Built In, Favorites, Custom & Other Icons
SEARCH ME? -
         
Web Site Search Engine Installed
MAPQUEST IMPROVES SOFTWARE -
         
Route Setting For Your Nüvi Now Even Easier
DON'T MAKE A .WAV -
         
Now nüvi Series 200 Can Have Music, Sound & Voice
          Alerts           [Revised]
(7/8X5) LOIS, CAN YOU ASSIST ME WITH THIS LANE -
         
Seeing Your Lane Assists (Junction Views)
HONEY LEARNS YOUR INTENTIONS -
          Tip For A Quick Way Of Seeing Your Route
CREATING ROUTES ON YOUR GARMIN -
         
Using MapQuest May Make It Easy         [Notice Added]
AN ALTERNATE TECHNIQUE FOR PLACING CUSTOM POIs IN
YOUR NÜVI
-
          Employing A Little Used Method
SORRY, HONEY, YOU ARE NO LONGER MY VALENTINE -
         
Severing Relationships With Your a Favorite(s)
LOWRANCE? NO! GARMIN OF ARABIA -
         
Sun Shielding Your Nüvi         [Added Info]
PUMP UP THE VOLUME -
         
Jack, Speak A Little Bit Louder Now
I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE UNDER MY FEET -
         
The Location Isn't Where My GPS Sez It Should Be
YOUR TRIP IS AT YOUR COMMAND -
         
Better Spoken Commands For The nüvi 800 Series
WEBUPDATER/GARMIN COMMUNICATOR FAILURES -
         
A Tail Of Woe -- Then Success
YOUR NÜVI AND CUSTOM POI .CSV FILE ON THE GOLF
COURSE
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          A Follow-on Article For Using Your nüvi On The Fairway
         [Added Info]
THE OFF ROAD MYSTERY -
         
Unsolved
MY WATERING HOLE AT THE STRIP CLUB -
          Hiding A Custom POI
HOW FAR IS IT OVER THAT LAKE ANYWAY? -
         
Using Your nüvi On The Golf Course
OHH NOOO!!!, MR. BILL -
         
Why I Don't Do It That Way
BUT I WANT CREOLE FOOD/TO SEE VERMILIONVILLE -
         
An Extension Of The Previous Article
GETTING FED ON THE ZYDECO ROAD -
         
Setting Your Via Point While 'En Route'
WHAT JUST ONE NÜVI USER CAN ACCOMPLISH -
          Correcting a Where Am I?
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL NÜVI OWNERS -
          Use All Three Information Areas
HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR NÜVI BATTERY -
          I'm Ever Ready With Hints To Conserve Your Energy
CUSTOM AND NON-CUSTOM ROUTES -
         For Nuvis With Route Capability
(7/8X5) UNLV - USING NÜVIS IN LAS VEGAS -
         The Bare Facts of the Strip
(7/8X5) WEBUPDATER PROBLEM -
          After v.3.0 Upload
(7/8X5) UN-PILING THE ICONS -
         
Spreading Out The Garmin Icons
(7/8X5) HOW GREEN IS MY GARMIN -
         
ecoRoute To The Rescue
YAKATY YAK -- TAKE OUT THE TRASH -
         
Notice for Mac Users
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THE WHEEL -
         
And Leave The Driving To Your nüvi
          [version for 300/600 and some others]
(7/8X5) KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THE WHEEL -
         
And Leave The Driving To Your nüvi
(7/8X5) SPECIAL NÜVI SCREENS -
          7X5 Series
(7/8X5) MOVE YOUR VEHICLE PLEASE -
          A Quick Technique For 'Set Loc.' Using 'Where To?'
(7/8X5) WHERE AM I? BY THE NUMBERS -
         
Coordinates of Your PRESENT Position
(7/8X5) I WALK THE 'STRAIGHT' LINE -
          Direct Distance For The 7X5
NÜVI PROTECTIVE CASE IDEA -
         Does The NFL Know?
(7/8X5) DISTANCE TO AND TIME TO AT THE SAME TIME? -
          Also, A Simple Saved Route
(7/8X5) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE -- FROM
CHICAGO?
-
         
From Where You're Not to Another Place You're Not          
          [7X5 version]
(7/8X5) NOW TESTING WITH 650 & 755T
          Expanding My Coverage
(7X5) VIVA LA DIFFERENCE -- I HOPE
          650/755T New Features, Changed Features, Removed Features
(7/8X5) 7X5T SPLASH SCREEN SIZE
          There Is A Difference
THE AUSTRALIAN BICYCLER'S DILEMMA -
          The Magic Targeted Alert On/Off Switch
DID YOU PUT ON THE RIGHT SOX.EXE THIS MORNING? -
          Getting Your .WAV Sound Back
ALERT! GEOCACHE POINT NEAR -
         On And Off-Road Geocache Point Alerts With Map Icons
         For nüvis
GROOVY! WITH MY NÜVI ON A SEA CRUISE-IE -
         Taking Your nüvi On A Sea Cruise
THE WHITE SOLUTION FOR THE GOOGLE per-PLEX -
         Another Technique For Sending Google Locations To Your nüvi
A TECHNIQUE FOR TESTING A CUSTOM POI ALERT -
          You Don't Have To Be In Your Car
ARE YOU COORDINATED? -
         
Obtaining and Using Coordinates in Your GPS          [Revised]
THE 'PROXEMICS' OF THE TourGuide -
          Hakuna Matata! The Circle Of ... Alert
THE SECRET (?) SPEED NUMBERS THEY DIDN'T TELL YOU
ABOUT
-
          Surprise Settings and How To Take Advantage of Them
I GAVE A NÜVI AS A GIFT TO MY 16 YEAR OLD. REALLY? -
         A GPS Gift to a Young New Driver
HAS YOUR NÜVI BEEN DISCONTINUED? -
         Oh Where, Oh Where Did My nüvi Go?
FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE GPS (part of the above article)
        -----
OLYMPIC GOLD MAKES A BIG SPLASH ON THE NÜVI -
         A Simple Splash Screen For Lost/Stolen Nüvis
I'M TIRED OF USING MANUAL, "TIME AFTER TIME", WRITES
CYNDI
-
          Cut Down On POI Loader's Manual Processing
ABBA SINGS "WHAT'S THE NAME OF THAT FILE" -
          A File Rename That Does Wonders
USING THE NÜVI TO DISPLAY INDEX CARDS -
         Novel Trip Information Display Aid
BUT I WANT BOTH SPEED AND DISTANCE IN AN ALERT-
         Can This Be Accomplished Using .CSV Files? Yes! As If By
         Magic!
POI LOADER IN MANUAL MODE
-
          Setting Speed or Distance
RUN SILENT -- RUN NO-PEEP -
          Silent and Semi-Silent Alerts
LOADING YOUR CUSTOM POIs -
          Facts You Know, Probably Know & Might Know
CUSTOM POI RESOURCES -
          Where To Go To Get Information
MY POIs -
          Custom POI Favorites
CUSTOM POIs - TO SD CARD OR GARMIN'S MEMORY -
          You Have a Choice
FAST CARS AT RIDGEMONT HIGH -
          Souped-up Speed Alerts
IMPORTING FAVORITES FROM GOOGLE/MAPQUEST INTO
YOUR NÜVI
-
          'How To' Techniques For On-Line Imports
WAYS TO VIEW FUTURE TRIP TURNS -
          Your Garmin Offers Several Ways
CUSTOM POINTS OF INTEREST (POI)
          Intro
WHAT'Z YA PHONE # -
          While Driving to Your Garmin POI
WHEN YOU GOT TO GO YOU GOT TO GO -
          Finding a Rest Area
I'DE WALK A MILLION MILES .... -
          Your nüvi as a Pedometer
SHOW ME THE ROUTE -
          Seeing The Whole Route
CHARGE 2! -
         
What a nüvi 750 (Maybe More) Can Do
REPORTING MAP ERRORS -
          Do Your Bit
NÜVI NEWBEE PROBLEMS -
          Maybe It's Your Settings
HERE'S THE SKINNY -
          
A Screen Protector For Your Garmin
CHARGE! -
          
Automatic Recharging of Your GPS
Go W, NW, N, NE, E, SE, S, SW! YOUNG MAN -
          
Your Driving Direction
NONG, YOU'RE GONNA BACK OF BOURKE, MATE -
          
Alternate Voice For Your nüvi
THE NÜVI MEETS THE MATRIX -
          
Nüvi Comparison Table
ON THE WRONG TRACK
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The Responsibility Rests With You
I CAN'T SEE THE ICONS -
          
Zoom In Please
YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS MORE THAN ONE VIA POINT
AVAILABLE
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          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
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE -- FROM CHICAGO?
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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
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO EAT - AND MORE -
          
Scrolling Restaurant Menus
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