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I have a new garmin 705. Once the unit is connected I cant get any of my computers, Mac or pc to open the file formats gpx or tcx

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Please CLICK HERE to download program to open TCX format..Select your operating system from there.

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Have you installed the software that came with the garmin?

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My Garmin 705 is frozen with the garmin logo. Cant get pass that. Any ideas?

Open unit disconnect battery and speaker wait 3-4 min Re connect battery while opened .This should reset and clear any faults .reassemble

Mar 21, 2013 | Garmin Edge 705 Handheld GPS Receiver


Backup and Restore Favourites on Garmin Nuvi Satnav

If your garmin nuvi satnav becomes faulty it may have to be reset or indeed scrapped. Either way you lose the places saved in your favourites folder.

If you have backed them up to your computer it's a simple matter to restore them to your reset nuvi or to a new one.

To Backup Favourites in GarminNuvi Satnav

Instructions for PC:
  1. Connect the Garmin nuvi satnav to your computer
  2. Go to the Start menu
  3. Choose My Computer (or Computer for Vista and Windows 7)
  4. Right-click the Garmin nuvi drive and select Open
  5. Double-click the Garmin folder (For nuvi 1xxx series units skip this step)
  6. Double-click the GPX folder
  7. Right-click on the Current.gpx file
  8. Choose Copy from the right-click menu
  9. Right-click on any blank area on the desktop
  10. Choose Paste to put a copy of it on your computer's desktop
Instructions for Mac:
  1. Connect your garmin nuvi satnav to your Mac
  2. When you see the Garmin nuvi mounted to the desktop, double-click on it
  3. Double-click on the Garmin folder (For nuvi 1xxx series units skip this step)
  4. Double-click the GPX folder
  5. Click once on the Current.gpx file
  6. Go to the Edit menu at the top of the screen
  7. Click Copy "Current.gpx"
  8. Click any blank area on the desktop
  9. Go to the Edit menu again
  10. Click Paste Item
Now, if for some reason you need to put the file back onto your garmin nuvi satnav, you will need to send it over to your satnav using a program. For the PC, you will need MapSource which can be downloaded at:

To send the file back to the satnav using MapSource on a PC:
  1. Connect your Garmin Nuvi satnav to the PC
  2. Go to the Start menu
  3. Highlight All Programs (Or just Programs for Vista and Windows 7)
  4. Highlight Garmin
  5. Click MapSource
  6. Click on the File menu
  7. Select Open...
  8. At the top where it says "Look in:", select Desktop
  9. At the bottom where it says "Files of type:" select GPS eXchange Format (*.gpx)
  10. Click on the Current.gpx file
  11. Click Open
  12. Click on the Transfer menu
  13. Click Send To Device...
  14. Select the GPS in the Device drop-down list.
  15. Click Send
Currently MapSource does not work with the Mac operating system so you'll either need access to a windows computer or a windows environment on your Mac to send the file back to your satnav.

on Feb 23, 2011 | GPS


Garmin POI, GPI, GPX, GDB and CSV and how not to be confused

GPX or CSV file can be converted to the proprietary Garmin format GPI format (Garmin Points of Interest) format using the Garmin POI loader v2.54 OR use the one bundled with the Garmin Map Source v6.15.11 at the time of posting if there is also a BMP file of the same filename then this will be added to the Waypoints Symbol.
If you put all your POI that you want to be added to the Garmin POI then place all them in the same folder prior to starting the POI Loader and they will be placed into sub-menus otherwise it will select the single file entries only.


However the Garmin Mapsource can't open this GPI format it is specifically for the SATNAV Device only open GDB, MPS, GPX and LOC files can be opened as standard. There are two ways that I know of that will convert this GPI back into CSV or the POI format if required you might like to open the POI content in the Map Source program.

First this can be done using GPI2GPS it does however cost 15 EUROs or its older brother GPSConvertor for an extra 20 EUROs will convert to all formats for all makes of device including Tom-Tom, Garmin and many others.

Secondly you can convert POI file in CSV format directly to GPX (exchange format) using the excellent GPXtoPOI Convertor v1.1.8 then import directly into the Map Source if you also want to use BMP that has been downloaded in Map Source you can replace the 8 default custom waypoint symbols located on your computer with your own or from the Tescos.ZIP file in this example that contains the CSV and BMP.


You can open these symbols with a graphic editor and use them as templates for creating your own symbols.You can add up to 64 custom waypoint symbols. These symbols must be in .bmp format and must be named numerically from "000.bmp" to "063.bmp." Custom waypoint symbols can be 16 x 16 pixels (small) or 24 x 24 pixels (large) and up to 32-bit color

Also check out my other POI tip HERE for help on how to create your own BMP's for use with your Garmin using Adobe Photoshop


It will also convert any GPX format into CSV format for use with the POI loader using the other button on the menu maybe this program would be best called GPXtoCSV instead to avoid confusion


And this one I saved for last If you want to transfer images from the Garmin use xImage and have your Garmi SATNAV connected.


For a full list of all POI sources then visit the Gamin POI Source another great website full of loads of useful tools is

If you are unable to use xImage it means that you unit is not compatible for example the Nuvi 250 will not be found and you may see this window


on Apr 18, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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Can I download addresses from excel it computer to my garmin nuvi 205w?

Yes, but not directly. Most (if not all) of the Garmin Nuvi GPS units can not import files (import means the ability convert from one file type to another for direct use by the gps) such as those created by MSOffice, or other text, bin, etc. There are a few very specific file types that can be read directly, but the most common type is .GPX or "GPS eXchange Format" or .LOC which is sometimes called "location format" from EasyGPS/ Most GPS brands and models can use these formats without trouble.

To use GPX or LOC, you will need a program that will take your spreadsheet files and convert them into one or the other. For more info on these file types and programs that can do this conversion, look here and here. I use ExpertGPS (the free version of this program, EasyGPS may work, too) and GSAK to manipulate GPX files and Garmin's POI Loader to send to my GPS from computer via USB cable. POI Loader is free, but ExpertGPS and GSAK are shareware (but are available to license fully for a very modest fee).

I hope this helps!

Apr 15, 2012 | Garmin GPS

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Garmin Edge 705 will not turn on. Initially thought that the battery had died, I have changed the battery but it has made no difference. I also tried soft and hard resets but the screen stll stays blank....

Is it recognized when connecting to a PC? If not, try connecting whilst holding the stick in the 'up' position. If it is recognized, try copying all files to a folder on the PC, format the drive, and copy back.

Jun 03, 2011 | Garmin Edge 705 Handheld GPS Receiver

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Unable to get satellite connection for nuvi1390


There is a possibility that the antenna is defective or another component of the device. You may need to reach out to Garmin Technical Support for repairs or replacement, however, you can try the steps below to try and resolve the issue.

-Perform a hard reset (this will delete any settings you have on the device. After you perform the hard reset, you want to put the GPS unit outside for about 30 minutes or until it acquires a signal. Afterwards, you want to hook it up to your computer and make sure all the software is up to date.

To perform a hard reset, unplug it from any power source and turn it off. Press and hold the bottom right of the GPS screen continue to hold while you power on the device. Once it is powered on, you should get a prompt asking you if you wish to delete the data. You want to press Yes. Next, leave it outside in a safe place to acquire a Signal. If you want to backup your favorites, see below.

You can backup your favorites by doing the following.

In order to back up your Favorites:
1. Using a USB data cable, plug the device into a computer
2. Double-click the My Computer icon (Mac users can skip this step)
3. Double-click the nuvi drive (Mac users can find this on their desktop)
4. Double-click the Garmin folder1
5. Double-click the GPX folder
6. Copy the current.gpx file
7. Paste this file to another location on your computer
Once you save a copy of the GPX file on your computer, you have successfully backed up the waypoints within your device. Now you can RESET it.
To restore these Favorites on your device:
1. Using a USB data cable, plug the device into a computer
2. Double-click the My Computer icon (Mac users can skip this step)
3. Double-click the nuvi drive (Mac users can find this on their desktop)
4. Double-click the Garmin folder1
5. Double-click the GPX folder
6. Copy the current.gpx file saved to your computer
7. Paste this file to the GPX folder
8. Unplug the device from the computer
At this time the favorites you backed up should be restored on your device.


May 15, 2011 | Garmin GPS

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Unlock the maps? I updated with 2009 Garmin CD. It says cant' unlock maps

To retrieve unlock codes you need to have your satnav registered with garmin. If you haven't already registered it connect the satnav to your computer and go to and click Register your garmin device. Follow the prompts. You'll be asked to create a username and password. Write them down and keep them safe. You'll need them anytime you need to update your maps or solve problems in the future.

Retrieving your unlock codes:
  1. Log into your myGarmin account
  2. Select Manage Maps
  3. Select Details
  4. The unlock code is located under the Installed Maps.
Creating an unlock code file for PC:
  1. Plug your Garmin device into the USB port
  2. Double-Click on My Computer or Computer located on the desktop
  3. Right-Click on the Garmin or nuvi drive
  4. Click Explore
  5. Double-Click on the Garmin folder
  6. Right-Click in a blank space in this window
  7. Move your mouse over the word New
  8. Select Text Document
  9. Press Enter / Return on your keyboard
  10. Double-Click on the New Text Document. This will open the New Text Document in a window called Notepad
  11. Type the unlock code that is listed in the Manage Maps section of your myGarmin account in all upper-case letters with no spaces
  12. Select File
  13. Select Save As
  14. Change the Save As Type to All Files
  15. Type gmapprom.unl in all lower-case letters for the File name
  16. Select Save
  17. Close the Notepad window
  18. Delete the New Text Document file
  19. Disconnect the GPS device from your computer
Creating an unlock code file for Mac:
  1. Open the TextEdit application located in the Applications folder on the Mac HD
  2. Click Format
  3. Select Make Plain Text
  4. Type in the unlock code that you retrieved from your mygarmin account. The unlock code should be in all capital letters and with no dashes.
  5. Click Save As and name the file as gmapprom.unl (Note: Be sure to uncheck the box If no extension is provided, use .txt)
  6. Copy the gmapprom.unl file to the GARMIN folder on your device. (Note: Save the file directly to the Garmin mass-storage device if connected)
Enabling maps on the GPS device:
  1. Touch the wrench icon on the Where to/View map screen
  2. Touch Settings
  3. Touch Map
  4. Touch Map Info
  5. Select the checkbox next to the maps to be enabled on the device

Sep 04, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Hi I have a garmin nuvi 765 that just stopped working

I called Garmin and they had me do a restoral and it solved my problem.
If you have a lot of favorites and you want to keep them you will need to save them first to reinstall later.
To save your favorites: Plug in your unit to your PC. Open an explorer window and navigate to the drive associated with your Garmin. Double click on Garmin and you will see a sub folder named Garmin. Click this folder and click on the GPX folder. Copy the current.gpx file to your desktop. Be sure you rename it.. They had me rename it to current1.gpx
Now, unplug your unit from your PC and shut your Garmin off…. Then hold the bottom right of your touch screen and turn the unit back on while holding the screen…. Follow the prompts… I cannot recall each, but answer yes to you all…
Once you are back on the main screen (Where To and View Map) plug your unit back to your pc so you can bring your favorites back.
Navigate to the drive that is associated with your Garmin and copy the current1.gpx file from your PC desktop to the GPX folder… you should now have two; one called current.gpx and the one you just pasted called current1.gpx…
You are now ready to go and try it out in your car… Mine worked and all my favorites where there as well.
Hope this works for you as well

Jan 20, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 765T GPS Receiver

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Connect your Garmin to PC with USB cord. Open Garmin/GPX folder and copy the current.gpx file to pc and rename it to temp.gpx. Then copy the temp.gpx back to the new Garmin/GPX folder. Unplug Garmin. Turn off/on and your favorites should be back.

Oct 25, 2009 | Garmin Nuvi 760 Handheld GPS Receiver

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Cant delete gpx files from 705 edge memory. done all usuall stuff on pc, even tried deleting gpx folder but routes still appear in saved rides when unit re-powered up. any ideas anyone?

Only one idea ... Perform hard reset. Garmin devices have often data corruption issue, that can only be solved by return to factory settings :
Device powered off, press and hold mode and Power on buttons for 10 seconds, then pulse press lap/reset button.

You will be asked for confirmation, confirm, your device should be OK then.
Also update the firmware, you'll get last fixes for data corruption ... (does not mean there are none remaining ...)

Jun 24, 2009 | Garmin Edge 705 Handheld GPS Receiver

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