Hi, my garmin always shows half mile left of actual position, when i entered the actual coordinates of my position ( got the ref from another gps), garmin actually plotted a route ( from the the garmin's present position) to the coordinates ( which is my actual position, correctly showed up in garmin map). So is it a map problem or a unit problem ?
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The Garmin nuvi's were designed as automotive navigators and not really designed to be used as marine or outdoor GPS units with the exception of the nuvi 550 which is an all around GPS. The Garmin handhelds are recommended for marine and off road recreational use but it is possible to navigate if you know the coordinates of your fishing spot. To enter coordinates: Touch Where to? > Coordinates and touch a box to enter a coordinate. You can also refer to the manual for more information. nüvi® 215
If you know the proper geographic coordinates of your destination, You can easily navigate around your destination using the longitude and latitude coordinates or other coordinate formats.
Touch WHERE TO on the screen,
Touch COORDINATES from the list,
Touch FORMAT to change type of coordinates. Because different maps and charts use different position formats, the nuvi allows you to select the correct coordinate format for the type of map you are using,
Enter the coordinates and touch DONE.
That is how you find a position using the coordinates, but you have to be very familiar with coordinates to be able to use it.
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You need to make sure your GPS unit and Google maps are using the same map datum. In your user manual: http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/eTrexLegend_OwnersManual.pdf Page 44, Setup Options, Units, Position Format: I suggest setting to: hddd.ddddd as this is the digital format and easier to read
In Google Maps, right click - Drop Latitude/Longitude marker and this should show the co-ordinates in digital degrees. Alternatively, you can hit the SEND button in GoogleMaps, and it will send the marked location to the GPS via the Garmin website. You may have to install the Garmin plug-in into your browser first, but it's well worth it.
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Since you probably have been using this device, you know it will automatically receive and lock in on the coordinates from at least three satellites if you move outside to a large cleared area, and power up. I could list all the steps to manually set all the coordinates, and that would take a couple of pages. Download the entire 56-page manual at this site, and refer to the pages below:
At the GPS position and you want to save it, select the car image (or what ever you use for your position) then Save. Then you will be prompted to enter the Name then Done and then Save to Favorites? Select Yes.
Enter the address, if it is found, then select the car image. The rest just follow no. 1 above.
Enter the coordinate. If it is found, then select the car image. The rest just follow no. 1
I would suggest that you go to a web site that will take those co-ordinates that you have, enter them and then get or have the program show you the other co-ordinates that you need and can use, Also you may want to check in the sub menu on the gps unit, sometimes some of them have the ability to switch to different co-ordinate system, but this is sometimes, not always. Hope this helps
If you know your coordinates, enter them on the position screen.
Use the track pad to highlight the coordinates on the position screen. Press "enter". Use the track pad to change the digits to match your current position. Place the GPS where it has a clear view of the sky and wait. If you have a power cord, plug it in as it may take as much as half an hour. Do not move the GPS while it is trying to acquire. The antenna should be vertical.
If the GPS still doesn't acquire, it may have lost the satellite almanac data, which has changed since that unit was manufactured. I could not find a software update on Garmin's website for that model, however, it is possible to transfer the almanac data from another garmin. Post a follow up message here and I can give you more instructions if needed.