Garmin Nuvi 500 Crashes

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by NorCal.matt, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    when i worked with garmin on my issue. the one support guy did admit to me the latest firmware still needs some work and i took this as garmin is still working out bugs on these units (500, 550, zumo 200)
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  2. tbirdsp

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    I've been doing Mapsource for 10 years (started on a Win95 computer), since before there even was Google Maps. I'm so used to Mapsource I find Google Maps a pain in the ass. My current computer is so ancient (2002) it won't even run Google Earth.

    I know I'm in the minority though :lol3

    I haven't messed with that new-fangled Basecamp either:gerg
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  3. eakins

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    i also don't find mapsource to be that difficult. so you know i'm also in PC IT. is there really a normal windows convention? i find programmers to be all across the board. yes some are deep up MS's ass and do it exactly their way, but i've used plenty of icon heavy apps that are downright strange.

    mapsource, if anything else looks like it was compiled 10yrs ago in visual look, but is still functional. no fancied buttons. once you learn what all the features do and how you implement them it pretty straight forward. i think that can be said for any program. the learning curve is a million times faster than trying to master photoshop and all the things that app does.
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  4. xymotic

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    Yeah, well the f*cker @ Garmin told me to try Mapsource as a workaround :baldy And that was after 3 hours on hold on three different calls.
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  5. xymotic

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    They told me paved roads are 'unsupported' in basecamp and that basecamp was intended for hikers. Huge croc as far as I'm concerned, it's actually just "broken":deal
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  7. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Old thread I know but I'm having the same issue. Created a route in BC, less than 200 waypoints, transferred to Nuvi 500 (tried various ways, via BC and directly in explorer to both main memory and expansion card), when I try to import the custom file, GPS unit crashes.

    I cannot get MS to work - new computer and the wankers at Garmin expect people to keep copies of any upgrade files instead of just making them available on their web site like every other organization that supplies software does (doG I detest Garmin with a passion) so MS is out - has to be BC or nothing.

    I have spent more time with this shitty unit trying to get routes onto it the past couple years that I am just about ready to give up for good - Garmin software is without a shadow of a doubt, THE shittiest software I have ever had the misfortune to use - both ON the unit and on the PC.

    I have seen reference to Road Trip - I did a search but couldn't find this on the Garmin site (shocker) - is this another mapping product or ?

    Also....where does the GPS unit read the list of Custom Files etc. from - I've go so many listed and I have no idea where the files are or where the registry is kept ?
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  8. tarezo

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    After more than a year of trying really hard to like the Nuvi 500 I have to admit that I never should have bought it. It crashes, it doesn't let me reliably import routes, I have spent many hours on the phone with Garmin without success. Anyone want to buy mine?
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  9. devo2002

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    I love my Garmin for simply adding an address and hitting go. No more, no less. the basecamp software for mac is complete shit and the devices software is retarded. Do I really need to spell the state before you give me a choice to select? Tens of hours I've tried get it to accept my routes, I've tried every which way and gave up recently.

    When I feel zesty I will get a delorme...
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  10. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Amen.

    The shittiest software I have had the misfortune to use.

    It IS a great little unit for routing you to somewhere but trying to import AND use routes is futile. Sometimes they work but most times they don't.

    Basecamp and Mapsource are a complete fucking joke - the UI is simply awful (cue BC/MS lovers chiming in on how great they are - you know who you are Greg...)

    For the love of God, why can't a. someone find a way to import Streets and Trips route info into the GPS (and yes I know I can technically do it via third-party software but it sucks DD) OR b. have the UI from S&T be used in BC/MS.
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  11. devo2002

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    my $1 motion x gps app for iphone is far superior
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  12. TheBikeinator

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    I've learned to peacefully co-exist with my Nuvi 550. Importing routes (almost) always works if I: (1) Create the route on Mapsource, (2) Plug the Nuvi in, wait for it to boot up and let the green bar go all of the way across, (3) Hit the Transfer button on Mapsource and let it find the Nuvi. If it doesn't find it, unplug the Nuvi, plug it back in, wait for the boot-up cycle, then try again. If not found repeat until it does. (4) Transfer the route, (5) Unplug the Nuvi and let it load up the 'normal' GPS stuff. (6) Import the newly transferred route. (7) If another route is to be loaded, power the Nuvi off before plugging it back in.

    I found that if I vary from the above steps, I may or may not be successful. Also, I cannot do more than 1 route at a time and I have to completely load each route before going to the next. It's a pain, but it usually works. I complained to Garmin tech support about the tedious process, but they more or less said "that's just the way it is".

    Mapsource is a similar story - I get along with it, but I usually split-screen with Google maps so I can find the roads I am looking for while I'm building routes.

    Speaking of routes, I find the inability to turn off auto-routing on the Nuvi a pain. I can meticulously build a route, but if I accidentally get off-route it tends to throw away my route and build a new one to its liking! Only way I've found to (somewhat) get around that behavior is to make lots of waypoints, which seems to make it try to get you to your nearest waypoint, then continue on your route. I think the Nuvi line is intended for users who want to get from point A to point B without caring how they go. Zumo lets you turn off auto-route - but it's considerably more bucks than the Nuvi. For now, I'll limp along (and complain)...
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