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Old 04-10-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
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Garmin 478 users/owners thread

I've had my new 478 now for a few days and went to register it at garmin.com and see that they are providing me with a free map update. cool.

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Free Map Update

Thank you for registering your product.

Our records indicate that you are eligible for a free map update for the device below. Follow the screen prompts to take advantage of this special offer today.

Unit: GPSMAP® 478

Serial Number:

Map Update: City Navigator® North America NT 2010 Map Update

Expiration: Free update expires May 10, 2009 *

*You have 30 days to take advantage of this free map update. After 30 days, this map update will be available for purchase from our online store.

Customers outside the US and EU will be responsible for any additional taxes and customs fees.
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I was wondering on just how I was going to make routes on my computer without a dvd and now this is my ticket I was looking for!

edit: as it turned out, at this time the dvd wasn't yet available so I did the download option instead.

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useful threads on the 478:

Garmin's 478 webpage
https://buy.garmin.com/support/produ...productId=402#

Garmin FAQs:
https://buy.garmin.com/support/searc...e=GPSMAP%20478

Update 4.00 out for 478
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446679

XM Navweather and Garmin 478
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=442973

can u reverse a route ?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=109127

Best Motorcycle mount for the Garmin 478 ?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=444920

Garmin GPSMap 478 Question or Two...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=374862

Garmin 478 and Blue Tooth
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=450782

If you're on a mac then you need to see this thread!
Garmin Mac Software

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331421

378 or 478 ?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=374963

Garmin 376c Discontinued? (but shifted towards a 478ish talk)
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=462452

GXM 30 antenna getting wet
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=469508

XM weather radar in Canada - How far north can it be received?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=463364

376C lost my GXM 30
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=461562

Garmin 378 Audio Out Noisy
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=457927

GXM 30 Cable length?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453457

GXM 30 problems
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=477423

Inland Lakes and waterways DVD, preprogrammed cards, blank 512 data cards
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=493874

478 usb problem / garmin return
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511521

looking for a 478?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=550471

got a dead battery? try this:
http://forums.gps.org.nz/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=4131

Garmin 478 is discontinued...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=541282

Can't find the satellites as fast anymore? maybe it's the coin battery?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=364208
http://www.gpsinformation.org/forum/...php?f=4&t=4701
or here:
http://csobeech.com/Garmin-Internal-Battery.html

updates to 2011 maps
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=584008

478 Caution
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=643412

XM Navweather and Garmin 478
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=442973

Garmin 478 quick connect/disconnect
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=602679

no DVD
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=592842

I would like weather on my 478, how ?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=591314

Completely clearing the memory of a 478?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=583018

Dead GXM-30 antenna's (Can you fix them?)
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=580347

Garmin 478 and aquiring satellites
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=570267

Where do you have your Garmin GXM 30 mounted
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572560

What replaced the Garmin 276C and 478?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=643287

Offroad/enduro mounting for GPSMAP 478/276c
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=659804

Q: good screen protector for 276c/478
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=660891

the "Master Reset" button:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=183

Is your GXM30 software up to date ? :
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...0#post16032980
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:14 AM   #2
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Just a warning before you jump in. The new updates starting with CN2009.1 are only viewable on Mapsource 6.14.x and beyond, or Roadtrip (Mac). A search will provide insight into why this may not be a good thing....
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:55 AM   #3
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Just a warning before you jump in. The new updates starting with CN2009.1 are only viewable on Mapsource 6.14.x and beyond, or Roadtrip (Mac). A search will provide insight into why this may not be a good thing....

It is getting better with every update to Mapsource though.


I love my 478 btw.
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:54 AM   #4
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garmin software for mac

I just downloaded the latest version of roadtrip (bobcat) for the mac and base camp.

list of all mac related garmin software:
http://www8.garmin.com/macosx/index.jsp

and this is the thread Brian (GarminMac), an engineer for Garmin on their Mac software team started to help us out and get feedback to help further develop the mac based garmin software. If it wasn't for him, I would have looked much harder into buying another brand of gps.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331421
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:15 PM   #5
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This thread was a pretty good 478 summary thread.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:33 AM   #6
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This thread was a pretty good 478 summary thread.
oh yeah, that's a good thread, I'll be stuck there for awhile! I already learned a few things from the first few pages! cool ..... thanks for sharing that link!
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:02 AM   #7
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I've had my new 478 now for a few days and went to register it at garmin.com and see that they are providing me with a free map update. cool.

==============================
Free Map Update

Thank you for registering your product.

Our records indicate that you are eligible for a free map update for the device below. Follow the screen prompts to take advantage of this special offer today.

Unit: GPSMAP® 478

Serial Number:

Map Update: City Navigator® North America NT 2010 Map Update

Expiration: Free update expires May 10, 2009 *

*You have 30 days to take advantage of this free map update. After 30 days, this map update will be available for purchase from our online store.

Customers outside the US and EU will be responsible for any additional taxes and customs fees.
==================================

I was wondering on just how I was going to make routes on my computer without a dvd and now this is my ticket I was looking for!

edit: as it turned out, at this time the dvd wasn't yet available so I did the download option instead.

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Garmin's 478 webpage
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=148&pID=402
Thanks for the tip on the map download. Works great.

Love the 478 so far.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:37 AM   #8
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Little trick I figured out (it's probably in the owner's manual, which I don't have and haven't read the pdf).

Press "Find" twice to automatically route "HOME."

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Old 08-10-2009, 05:32 AM   #9
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Little trick I figured out (it's probably in the owner's manual, which I don't have and haven't read the pdf).

Press "Find" twice to automatically route "HOME."

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Yep, quite a few of the Garmin's do that. Even the 2820 does it also.
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Little trick I figured out (it's probably in the owner's manual, which I don't have and haven't read the pdf).

Press "Find" twice to automatically route "HOME."

Jamie
I was missing one when coming from my 76C. On the 76C if you press "find" twice it takes you to the "find history" page showing all the addresses, waypoints etc that you've looked at in the past (the last 50 I think).

I was annoyed that the 478 didn't have this feature, that you had to scroll through the find menu to get to it.

But, if you hold down the "find" button on the 478, it'll take you immediately to the "find/goto history" page.
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Question 478 No sound from external speaker?

Upgraded to 478 from 276. Love it, But.... Used in car with the speaker/lighter plug voice prompts do not play. If I switch to earphone sound setting like on m/cycle, and put my earphones in works fine. Tried another power/speaker cable same thing. Yes, have the sound turned up on screen brightness/sound screen. I am assuming should be set to line out on sound page but have tried both. Any ideas? Does having WAAS enabled or xm radio (which I have on m/cycle only, no antenna in car) change anything? Thought would try here before call Garmin.

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Upgraded to 478 from 276. Love it, But.... Used in car with the speaker/lighter plug voice prompts do not play. If I switch to earphone sound setting like on m/cycle, and put my earphones in works fine. Tried another power/speaker cable same thing. Yes, have the sound turned up on screen brightness/sound screen. I am assuming should be set to line out on sound page but have tried both. Any ideas? Does having WAAS enabled or xm radio (which I have on m/cycle only, no antenna in car) change anything? Thought would try here before call Garmin.
Hm. I had/have very nearly the same problem with my 478.

When I got the unit and plugged it into the car, the voice prompts worked. And then they didn't. I fussed with the cable for a bit and then the prompts came back, for a short time, and now they don't work again.

Garmin has agreed to send me a replacement cable (on an eBay purchased GPS, no less) so I'm hoping that will fix the problem.

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Need a stock antenna

Howdy gang,
While riding some singletrack in Baja, I bottomed my front suspension and unnoticed by me, my front brake line looped over my 478 antenna and stayed that way for awhile. I got the brake line off and didn't think anything else about it UNTIL I noticed I didn't have an antenna. I guess it must have loosened it up.

So now I need a new or used stock antenna. I tried google searches and ebay searches and none lead to a source for a stock antenna. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance.
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Howdy gang,
While riding some singletrack in Baja, I bottomed my front suspension and unnoticed by me, my front brake line looped over my 478 antenna and stayed that way for awhile. I got the brake line off and didn't think anything else about it UNTIL I noticed I didn't have an antenna. I guess it must have loosened it up.

So now I need a new or used stock antenna. I tried google searches and ebay searches and none lead to a source for a stock antenna. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance.
Seems like it's available from Garmin for about $60

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