Sunday, March 18, 2012

Recovering speed data from your Garmin nuvi

Using GPS for speeding tickets

Feel like you got an unjust speeding ticket? Your GPS may or may not get you out of it. But it is fairly easy to recover speed data from a Garmin nuvi. Here’s what you need to do…

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Here’s a list of posts covering a wide range of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about auto GPS receivers: read more

Handheld GPS FAQs

Here’s a list of posts covering a wide range of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about handheld GPS receivers: read more

My GPS won’t speak street names

I bet I’ve answered this dozens of times in our comments, so this is a long overdue post. Not that many years ago, most auto GPS units didn’t speak street names; you’d hear “turn right in 1/4 mile.” Nowadays, most models have text-to-speech capabilities and will say something like, “turn right on Oak Street in 1/4 mile.” read more

What to do about GPS reception problems

GPS satellite reception problemsIs your GPS not locking onto satellites? There’s usually a simple solution that works for both auto and handheld GPS units, but first, let’s look at why this is happening.

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14 tips for your new handheld GPS

HIll Walking in the English Lake DistrictIf you got a new handheld GPS, I’m hoping the weather is nice enough for you to get out and play with it. Here are some tips to help get you off on the right foot:

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Ten things to do with that new auto GPS

Auto GPS giftWas Santa nice to you? Did you get a new GPS for your car? If so, here are a few tips for using it:

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Loading multiple maps to Garmin devices

Multiple-Garmin-mapsLoading supplemental maps (such as the free topos from GPS File Depot) to Garmin units often confuses people. If you use MapSource or MapInstall to load a map, it works fine. But load another map, and the first one you sent is overwritten. Here’s how you get around this…

Older Garmin units

For older models, select the portions of the map you want to send to the unit, then use the drop down Map Selection box and choose another map, as shown below. Select the portions of this map that you wish to transfer to the device. Rinse and repeat. Once you’re finished, transfer the maps all at once. Unfortunately, if you decide the following week that you need another map, you’ll have to repeat the process again.

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Archived trip logs on Garmin nuvis

Garmin-nuvi-trip-logs Most newer nuvis can record your trip log (AKA tracklog, and yes, that’s where this site’s name comes from). But did you know you can go back and view 200,000 points worth of data? Well, it’s all there, under Garmin/GPX/Archive.

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Five tips for nuvi newbies

nuvi-satellite-screen These may be old hat to regular readers, but I’m sure there are a ton of nuvi users out there who don’t know most of these tips. So for all you nuvi newbies out there:

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