Is it possible to put other software on this unit because the original software is to confusing to use and doesnt always pick the best route, i believe its running some form of windows software sticker on the back says "Win CE .NET 4.2 Core"
the only way to update the maps etc is thru adding to the SD card, but surely this could be connected to a PC, there is a TMC? for something to connect into, any idea's?
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If you have issues with the navigation software in your unit you can always go to the web site and check for firmware/software upgrades that are designed to make your unit work better and faster with the internally loaded maps.
If your maps are not up to date then you can always request and get a map software update but that will cost you about 50 bucks.
The most common reasons are thus 1) You do not have the right PORT and BAUD set Consult the manual for the software. 2) You are noit in a location where the sky is visible to the unit) move outside and away from buildings or electrical items 3) Your battery power is too low to get a fix
If reinstalling on the same computer with your original cd doesnt' work then I suspect that your registry has gotten corrupted somehow.
I'd find another computer and try a totally new install to see if that works. This registry stuff is a headache. If it works on a different computer then I'd go into the registry and remove all traces of Palm and ique and start all over. Always make a backup of your registry before messing around with it. If the original CD worked before then there's no reason to download newer versions unless you are wanting to solve some other problems. Don
There should be a small reset switch on the back of most garmin gps units. with the unit on, depress the reset switch with a pen tip or small object until the unit shuts off and restarts. It may take a little longer to pick up the satellite but it will reque the unit and unlock the navigation screen.
You need to test the SD card to make sure it's reading OK. Next step if it is OK, reformat the card and copy the files from the original cd that came with the unit, on to the SD card and that should fix the problem. If the SD card is defective, just get a new 1 or 2 gig SD card and copy the files on that card. It's ALWAYS helpful to have an extra SD card as a backup. If you don't have the original cd, I have the original as well as the new N30 version software for the Nav-Cam 2007. Joe
There are two solutions to your problem. #1, It's possible your power cord is too close to the GPS Antenna on the back of your unit. Moving the cord away from the top of the unit should solve this problem... this is in cases where you get a "few" Satellites, but not enough to generate a "Valid" GPS Signal.
#2, The SD card and/or the Software is corrupted. In which case, you'll need to reinstall the software from backups. It's not uncommon for this to happen, as the unit typically sits in a blazing hot car interior. There is usually one file that causes a lot of troubles... and it typically gets corrupted when the unit is still "Navigating" to a route when the machine is turned off. That file is located in the Favorites Folder under User Data (DestinatorApps/Destinator/UserData/Favorites) The file within the Favorites Folder you need to get rid of is "FAVORITES.INI". The file isn't all that useful... the GPS unit will function without in and generate a new one after rebooting the unit. If you're worried about deleting it, you can always copy it onto your computer (I don't recommend putting it back in the GPS though).
The best way to prevent this problem in the future is to make sure to "Cancel" Navigation before turning your unit off. Good luck.
Unfortunately the only way to get the screen that I have found is from Garmin, and their price is not too silly because the screen is quite a significant part of the cost of the unit. To replace yourself is probably simple enough, but there will always be the chance that then it doesn't work, with garmin at least they should include that in the price.
Best other option would be to pick up a second hand (maybe broken) one yourself - try local repair shops - they may have a box of them. Cannibalising a screen between two identical units should not be hard, although you may need some special screwdrivers or keys to open the unit - doubt it would be anything you can't get at a local hardware store.
If you can get a screen and want to try this, please take some photos and post them and we can try and talk you through the procedure. it will usually be little more than swapping a connector, and possibly some mountings that are glued on that need playing with - hardest part is usually getting the bits to stay in place when you put it back together.
Hope this helps, post again if you need more :)