Updating my sat nav
The free PC based software can be downloaded from here, `My Tom Tom for new devices and Tom Tom Home for older devices.
Overall Garmin is one of the best brands to choose when looking for a new garmin sat nav and their wide range of products can work with just about any budget, but that does not mean they do not have their issues.
If you have lost your USB cable you can get a replacement. Within Garmin Express, selecting 'Install All' under the 'Updates' tab is the safest option.
If all goes to plan, not only will the latest maps for your sat-nav be installed but also the latest device software, Bluetooth updates, voice updates and so on. Register your sat-nav by entering your email address when requested to do so. I recommend that you only use Express if you have a good and reliable broadband connection as some of the maps files are very large and take several hours to download from Garmin. During the update procedure and depending on your device, you may be asked to disconnent your sat-nav from your PC and reboot it (turning it back on).
If your sat-nav is over 3 years old, I would recommend the onetime update only.
Often (but not always), at three years the battery in the sat-navs start to deteriorate and as the lifetime map updates are not transferable to a new device, sometimes it can be more cost effective to replace the sat-nav with a new device rather than update it.
For those with newer devices these changes have made it much simpler, for others it can still be a painful process with numerous calls to Garmin technical support.
Even with several years of updating various models of Garmin sat-navs, I have found the experience torturous at times.
It is important to let this procedure complete - don't be tempted to switch on/off your device even if it looks like nothing is happening.
If this happens, you will need to contact Garmin on 1890 930 081 to have the problem resolved. The only difference is that you have to purchase the map update from Garmin's website first and then use Express to apply the update.
You have an option to purchase either a one-time map update which currently costs €59 or lifetime map updates which costs €89.
If your device has no line-of-sight, it means that the GPS satellites are unable to reach your device.
If that’s the case you could be in a low valley or be suffering from what is known as rain fade.
You buy a micro/SD card preloaded with the Ireland/UK maps, you insert it into the side of your device and off you go.