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post #1 of 10 Old 08-27-2016, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Zumo 590 - any experts?

This thing is making me nuts in some respects.
The ads all show a purdy topo map in shaded relief and it is stated you can load other maps. Found a website that has free topo maps compatible with BaseCamp and they loaded fine. Saved to GPS fine, Zumo shows maps in myMaps and they're checked.
So how the hell do you show them? I can't for the life of me figure that out and I've been using these things since the original Street Pilot. I've tried unchecking the stock maps and I get a blank screen for my efforts.
Second thing is my other Garmins with the same map shows the POI icons all the time which is kind of nice. I like to keep attractions and gas on so I am aware when I driving that there's a potential rest spot or something of interest nearby. You tap the screen on teh Zumo and then the magnifying glass and then you can select ONE poi type and it will show those on a static map. I want them to be on all the time - anybody know if this is possible?
I'll be on the phone with tech support Monday but it's usually a alot less painful to get teh answers from actual users.

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You can check Zumoforums for a definite answer.

I don't use the topo maps so don't have a definitive answer. I think you may need to de-select the other maps as they will get priority.

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You can check Zumoforums for a definite answer.

I don't use the topo maps so don't have a definitive answer. I think you may need to de-select the other maps as they will get priority.

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Tried that - I got a blank screen.
Any idea on the POI icons?

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Go to ZUMOFORUMS all of the expertise is there.
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Tried that - I got a blank screen.
Any idea on the POI icons?
I never use the POI's on the maps (I shut off the one that shows you POI's ahead on your route.) I will take a peak at it on my way home today if I don't get sidetracked.

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Second thing is my other Garmins with the same map shows the POI icons all the time which is kind of nice. I like to keep attractions and gas on so I am aware when I driving that there's a potential rest spot or something of interest nearby. You tap the screen on teh Zumo and then the magnifying glass and then you can select ONE poi type and it will show those on a static map. I want them to be on all the time - anybody know if this is possible?
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Can help on the maps, but for imbedded POIs try:

Settings / Map & Vehicle / Map Layers / Up Ahead Places

The Up Ahead Places needs to be checked and the hit the right arrow next to it and you can do some limited selecting.


For customized POI's I think you have to use POI Loader.
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Can help on the maps, but for imbedded POIs try:

Settings / Map & Vehicle / Map Layers / Up Ahead Places

The Up Ahead Places needs to be checked and the hit the right arrow next to it and you can do some limited selecting.


For customized POI's I think you have to use POI Loader.
Yeah that's what works on my auto GPS but apparently not on my Zumo as nothing happens. It will give me a list - but no POI icons on the map

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Yeah that's what works on my auto GPS but apparently not on my Zumo as nothing happens. It will give me a list - but no POI icons on the map
Mine is a 590 too.

With Up Ahead Places checked and hitting the right arrow, I get a list of three POI's. I think that's all you can have on the 590. Mine happen to be Gas Stations, Rest Areas, and Lodging. If I tap any one of the three it will give a longer list (plus a search function, I haven't fiddled with it) and I can replace the one I tapped with another from the list. The ones I am using have a grey plus sign, the others have a green plus sign.

Also, I think under Settings / Map Tools the Up Ahead box needs to be checked too. At least mine is.

I am running software version 3.30 and firmware 3.05.20. Which I recently updated so maybe I should make sure mine still work.

Sounds like you might need to contact Garmin. And/or check out the Zumo Forum.
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I've used a G 590 for about 2 yrs. The built in map sys is a N.Am. street map, and it has the vast bulk of Forest service roads. Garmin sells a DVD of NW TOPO and other regions. You own the license unlike all the downloadable map sys. So, I have the Topo maps on my HDD and I have installed it into G Base Camp and the Z 590. In the 590, I can select either the street or the topo map sys but not both. I can use either map sys for route planning in Base Camp. Findings:
First, A route planned in Topo in BC and used on the device in either map sys will work but the magenta line will usually be displaced somewhat. Second, the Topo will show contour lines everywhere and Nat'l Forests will be green, everthing else white; there is much less detail than with the street map sys. Third, I eventually found use of the Topo map sys resulted in nav errors like the device freezing and requiring a hard reset. Fourth, all the forest roads with two numbers or four numbers are in the street map sys and all I lose with using that is the contour lines. Fifth due to the level of detail presented, I can't use contour lines for nav unless I also have a paper map, and I always have paper maps and have taken lat & long cell shots a few times and plotted the result on a paper map (this is a datum issue because the world wide datum for the GPS constellation is WGS 84 and the Lat & Long you get from the Zumo will not plot correctly if the paper map is based on some other datum). Finally, I stopped using the Topo map sys because it had problems and offered no advantages. The device tells you where you are on the planet but without a map you do not know your positions in relation to any fixed point like an intersection of two roads. You can put the device into on off road mode and use it to nav to a lat Long position but it will go as the crow flies and will not stick to roads. If you ride on a road with a WGS 84 datum map in the device, it will show you on a road moving somewhere. If you use the updated lifetime map in the device, the device will show you where you are on the map. It will show you what lane you are on on the fwy, but you know where you are. If you are out in the boonies where you have never been before, you can't check or verify your position from the device with out a decent paper map: you will cross streams, go over bridges, and make turns and all that is on the paper map, and it could be correctly displayed on the device but only if it has the correct, compatible map sys. Trust and verify. You've heard of the woman (man) driving into a lake following the GPS. The GPS position was correct to a foot or so, the map in the device was not. Most of us cannot orient ourselves to a lat and Long without a map. Mariners do it as they have no choice but not without charts. Lubbers never use lat and long for orientation because it is hard and cannot be done without a paper map, AND, if you had a paper map that just displayed lat and long, you would have to have overlays containing the terrain, roads, and places or not know where you are in relation to the things you can see. If I was going to use a topo sys in the Zumo, I'd get the map sys from Garmin.
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