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post #1 of 22 Old 06-03-2016, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Check your GPS!

If you find your GPS to be slow and sluggish, taking forever to calculate take heart. There may be a solution if you have a microSD card slot. I bought my Garmin 1390 4 years ago for $80 with lifetime map upgrades. Originally the GPS wasn't that fast but hey, it works great for $80. Then three years ago I did a map update and it slowed down. Two years ago I tried to do a map update and couldn't, I really didn't need it so I just put it out of my mind. Recently I decided to waterproof it and called Garmin. Turns out that my GPS was so full it couldn't connect. Garmin had me delete some voices and got into the unit with Garmin Express. However the new maps would only let me install east coast, mid america or west coast. After installing the east coast my unit was faster than ever. I ordered an 8GB microSD card and reloaded with all the maps on the microSD. This is now the fastest GPS I have ever owned. By having all the maps on the microSD it calculates instantly.

To check your GPS hook it up to your PC and check it like a HD for space.

So if your GPS is slow and you have a microSD slot, the 8GB card is like $3 and it will work better than it ever has. Should apply to any GPS brand

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Great suggestion, thanks! I'm moving my music to an SD card and removing unused files in the process. I'll move the maps over, too.
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Great suggestion, thanks! I'm moving my music to an SD card and removing unused files in the process. I'll move the maps over, too.
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If you would come back after you move your files and let us know the end result, with the brand and model you have, it would be greatly appreciated!
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Will do.

I'm working with a ZUMO 660 LM and 8 gig SD card. I'm converting my AAC music files to MPEG3 at the moment (since the ZUMO doesn't like the Apple stuff) and then loading the GPX files for our ride (PA to UT loop) onto the card.

I had used the ZUMO in the Everglades last year - loaded the BlueWater Garmin maps for North America - and it worked okay. I eventually moved to a marine unit but the ZUMO stood up to the salt pretty well.

I did notice that it was slow to calculate routes the other day so your suggestion is really timely.

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This is the same idea of using a SSD to install your OS on your PC and using another HDD for data storage. Makes it run a hell of a lot faster.

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my garmin has enough storage to hold the replacement maps, so i delete the original and replace it with the downloaded copy
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My Garmin Nuvi 765T is a 2010 model and the newer maps are too big to be stored in the internal memory. I got a nice fast SD card for it last year and it does seem to be faster.
An added advantage is that with a 8GB card I can now have the entire map and 3D buildings and points of interest on the unit instead of having to pick a region and no 3D stuff.
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Will do.

I'm working with a ZUMO 660 LM and 8 gig SD card. I'm converting my AAC music files to MPEG3 at the moment (since the ZUMO doesn't like the Apple stuff) and then loading the GPX files for our ride (PA to UT loop) onto the card.

I had used the ZUMO in the Everglades last year - loaded the BlueWater Garmin maps for North America - and it worked okay. I eventually moved to a marine unit but the ZUMO stood up to the salt pretty well.

I did notice that it was slow to calculate routes the other day so your suggestion is really timely.
The more music on your SD card the slower your 660 will startup. This gets noticeable if you have 16 gigs of music on the card.

FWIW the Zumo 660 now needs an SD card if you are loading the maps for all of North America. I don't think the OP's tip makes any positive speed difference on the 660 but then I have had an SD card in it pretty much since I bought it.

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My Garmin Nuvi 765T is a 2010 model and the newer maps are too big to be stored in the internal memory. I got a nice fast SD card for it last year and it does seem to be faster.
An added advantage is that with a 8GB card I can now have the entire map and 3D buildings and points of interest on the unit instead of having to pick a region and no 3D stuff.
i have the same model, as i stated i deleted the on board map (after backing it up) and put the downloaded updated map in it's place.
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The more music on your SD card the slower your 660 will startup. This gets noticeable if you have 16 gigs of music on the card.

FWIW the Zumo 660 now needs an SD card if you are loading the maps for all of North America. I don't think the OP's tip makes any positive speed difference on the 660 but then I have had an SD card in it pretty much since I bought it.

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Don't know. I do know the Nuvi uses a linux platform. I can assume that the Zumo probably does as well, I see no reason for them to have anything else because it would just be a bigger support issue. Something every company is trying to avoid.

That being said the reason I moved ALL my maps to the microSD drive is to make sure that the swap file linux creates on the main drive isn't hindered. Well that and my main flash drive wouldn't really hold all the maps. If the unit is trying to pull information from the map files and use the swap file and they are on the same flash drive it just takes longer to calculate. Hence when it's re-calculating and gets the map from one drive and the swap is on the other you see a much faster calculation.

But most of what I am seeing on my Nuvi may be how slow the internal flash is. I have no way to know. The Zumo may have a much faster flash. The Nuvi apparently does not.

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