What's up with my T**t**?

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  • jta
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    I was fiddling with my satnav last week and must have pressed a wrong button because it suddenly became a telephone as well, I found myself speaking into it rather than the phone in my hand.

    Some more uninformed fiddling seems to have stopped it doing that now.

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  • ram
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    I don't have all your problems, because i look on a map for basic directions, then on line for the final directions ( through housing estates etc.) then print out the final directions.
    I don't have Sat' Nav' or an internet enabled phone. ( I already have a computer that does all that, ) and line rental, so no need to pay twice for internet services.
    If you can afford a Sat' Nav', you can afford a map of U.K.
    Looking at a map, i NEVER go the wrong way, ever.

    But if you need a Sat' Nav' then you have to get one. ( and pay the price -- phone and connections )

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  • theartfullodger
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    Many of us feel just like that about many (different) politicians.... probably all UK MPs if asked enuf people.....

    My current car tw*t-nav works well most of the time but on the M6 every time wants to take me off onto junction r/bout, then straight back onto M6...

    Computers eh? It's not if they go wrong, but when...

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  • JK0
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    I gave my old T**t** to a friend five years ago, and coincidentally today I went with him to Chalfont St Giles to pick up a car. I was not pleased to see we would be using my old satnav to find the way.

    Why the thing took us into Reading from Woodley, I will never understand. I kept telling my friend we were going in the wrong direction, but he insisted on continuing until I told him to turn round. If it was still my satnav, it would have gone out of the window.

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  • Logical.Lean
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    I have a Garmin, but frequently I lend it to my wife. It's never ever locked up or froze.

    But I also use NAVFree On my cheap nasty samsung galaxy ace, and you can't really beat it on price. Okay on Long Runs you can be sitting on the motorway with the words GPS signal Lost, but I've never had an issue around town. It clearly does not use satellite, but more likely uses the location of mobile transmitters, of which there are more in town.

    I tend to plan long journey's in advance, with a print out of the last 5 miles and ignore the sat nav until I'm lost. Once drove from Liverpool to Cardiff to Leominster via the A roads to avoid the longer M62, M6, M5, M50 and it wasn't until I was 5 miles from my journey end that it stopped trying to force me to Go East instead of south.

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  • fad460
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    Could't agree more.

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  • JK0
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    Hmm. Even if you were my best friend Hippo, I doubt you'd let me install software on your machine. I have one computer (of three) that connects to the internet, due to similar deliberate redundancy.

    I'd be perfectly happy to continue to use the program that came with my satnav. It seems to me this has been made not to work precisely so I'll go and buy another satnav.

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  • Hippogriff
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    Originally posted by JK0 View Post
    They have successfully made my Garmin redundant after only 3 years, despite me paying for lifetime updates.
    I have only skimmed this... that's my caveat. But... I read it as if you have successfully made your Garmin redundant. Can't you do what is suggested, get the update program successfully installed onto another computer and give it a shot?

    My apologies if that's abrasive... you just sound so emphatically sure you've been badly treated, when it appears as though all avenues have not been investigated.

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  • JK0
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    Just noticed what I wrote in 2012 after getting the thing:

    Originally posted by JK0 View Post
    Thanks PinkLL. I ordered one of these Garmins in the end:

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165685

    It's about twice what I paid for the T**T**, but promises free lifetime maps and traffic. I guess I will find out in due course if that is really the case.

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  • Bird
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    Yeah, that's annoying. Sounds like web chat though. Try talking on the phone. They might be more understanding and supportive. Maybe...

    Or, they'll give you credit for your Garmin to replace it with another one that works with your computer.

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  • JK0
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    Thanks Bird. Actually I have been discussing the map updates with Garmin online help. The program I originally used to update the maps no longer connects even though I reinstalled it.

    Now you have to install a program called 'Garmin Express'.

    However, downloading this to my computer, it will not install. Garmin's diagnosis? See below:

    Dear JK0,

    Thank you for contacting Garmin Europe.

    I am more than happy to help.

    Unfortunately, the only thing I can suggest is using different computer as there may be problem with your operating system itself.

    I apologize for inconvenience caused.

    If there is anything else I can help you with then please let me know. Alternatively you can search for a solution here: http://www.garmin.co.uk/support

    Please help us improve the service we offer you by taking our Customer Support survey. Please click the following link:

    https://www.garmin.com/Feedback/se/533892595EADF49A

    Kind regards,

    Jakub


    Garmin Europe

    Give a Garmin this Christmas: www.garmin.com/holiday


    __________________________________________________ ____________
    What a joke, eh?

    They have successfully made my Garmin redundant after only 3 years, despite me paying for lifetime updates.

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  • Bird
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    I have a Garmin. It was the top model a year ago when I bought it, and I've been using Garmins for several years now.
    The power cable acts as the traffic navigator.
    You can leave the whole thing in place if you're not worried about theft, so nothing to physically install and re-install.

    Regarding map updates, I don't think it's that critical and you shouldn't need to do it for at least a year.
    based
    Regarding the software issues, Garmin has excellent customer support. Just call them and they'll walk you through everything. They're not located somewhere in Asia either. It's US based normal speaking people.

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  • JK0
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    Originally posted by JK0 View Post
    Thanks. I just tried to do that, but there was no option to pick. I have deleted all Garmin files, and will live with the consequences.
    Well, that was silly of me.

    I'd now like to update my Garmin, and Garmin Express won't install. I've tried updating windows, and God knows what, but no luck.

    BTW, I plugged my Garmin into the car yesterday for the first time in maybe 6 months. It had the same problem as that blasted Tomtom. It couldn't find any satellites.

    Anyone know a make that is happy to be unplugged? (Give me strength)

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  • Ericthelobster
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    Originally posted by JK0 View Post
    I just tried to do that, but there was no option to pick.
    Sounds very odd. What program is this? I have Garmin Express, which gives me the following (from the 'gear' icon on the toolbar):

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    And/also/or, have you tried looking in the "Startup" folder in your Program list?

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  • JK0
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    Originally posted by Moderator2 View Post
    You should have the option to stop it so that it doesn’t run as a background task, then you can run it as required from the start menu. That’s what I generally do, just run it when I connect the Sat-Nav to the laptop to update maps etc.
    Thanks. I just tried to do that, but there was no option to pick. I have deleted all Garmin files, and will live with the consequences.

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