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Ted
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      02-18-2004, 05:20 AM
I have a GPSMAP 76 that I run with a cigarette adapter in my new
truck. All my cigarette plugs are hooked to the ignition so the unit
auto powers down when I stop. I usually forget to power it back up
resulting in the loss of some potentially cool track logs.

Why doesn't Garmin have an option to disable this annoying feature
so users like me can have uninterruptable power that reverts to the
internal batteries? Laptops do it, why not Garmin's?

Yes, I've thought about rewiring the cigarette plugs. This involves
opening up the complex dashboard, potentially breaking small plastic
snaps, etc... Maybe I'll do it in a few years, but not on a brand new
vehicle.

Ted
 
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      02-18-2004, 06:09 AM

"Ted" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> I have a GPSMAP 76 that I run with a cigarette adapter in my new
> truck. All my cigarette plugs are hooked to the ignition so the unit
> auto powers down when I stop. I usually forget to power it back up
> resulting in the loss of some potentially cool track logs.
>
> Why doesn't Garmin have an option to disable this annoying feature
> so users like me can have uninterruptable power that reverts to the
> internal batteries? Laptops do it, why not Garmin's?
>
> Yes, I've thought about rewiring the cigarette plugs. This involves
> opening up the complex dashboard, potentially breaking small plastic
> snaps, etc... Maybe I'll do it in a few years, but not on a brand new
> vehicle.
>
> Ted


Disabling the power down option is a feature in the GPSMAP 60C . . . . . .

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Ben Eenhoorn
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      02-18-2004, 10:35 AM
Ted wrote:

> I have a GPSMAP 76 that I run with a cigarette adapter in my new
> truck. All my cigarette plugs are hooked to the ignition so the unit
> auto powers down when I stop. I usually forget to power it back up
> resulting in the loss of some potentially cool track logs.
>
> Why doesn't Garmin have an option to disable this annoying feature
> so users like me can have uninterruptable power that reverts to the
> internal batteries? Laptops do it, why not Garmin's?
>
> Yes, I've thought about rewiring the cigarette plugs. This involves
> opening up the complex dashboard, potentially breaking small plastic
> snaps, etc... Maybe I'll do it in a few years, but not on a brand new
> vehicle.
>
> Ted


Mine gives me 30 seconds before it powers down in these instances,
wherein I can press any button to keep it on. Perhaps it's a feature of
new firmware?
 
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Carsten Kurz
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      02-18-2004, 11:35 AM


Ted schrieb:
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> I have a GPSMAP 76 that I run with a cigarette adapter in my new
> truck. All my cigarette plugs are hooked to the ignition so the unit
> auto powers down when I stop. I usually forget to power it back up
> resulting in the loss of some potentially cool track logs.
>
> Why doesn't Garmin have an option to disable this annoying feature
> so users like me can have uninterruptable power that reverts to the
> internal batteries? Laptops do it, why not Garmin's?


Some units switch over to battery power, some seem to shut down. It
would indeed be interesting to know why Garmin handles it differently
for certain units.

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      02-18-2004, 08:30 PM
Ted <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in news:kps5309p5gmq2e7c19vbp5qsh1qr6jlk7j@
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> Why doesn't Garmin have an option to disable this annoying feature
> so users like me can have uninterruptable power that reverts to the
> internal batteries? Laptops do it, why not Garmin's?


What would be very nice is an option to stay powered up, and an option to
automatically power up when external power is restored... for automotive
use, that seems painfully obvious.

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      02-18-2004, 09:33 PM
> > Why doesn't Garmin have an option to disable this annoying feature
> > so users like me can have uninterruptable power that reverts to the
> > internal batteries? Laptops do it, why not Garmin's?

>
> What would be very nice is an option to stay powered up, and an option to
> automatically power up when external power is restored... for automotive
> use, that seems painfully obvious.


That is what the 26x0 Streetpilots do though they do not have batteries so
power gone is GPS off.


 
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      02-19-2004, 12:22 AM

On Tue, 17 Feb 2004 21:20:58 -0800, Ted <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> I have a GPSMAP 76 that I run with a cigarette adapter in my new
>truck. All my cigarette plugs are hooked to the ignition so the unit
>auto powers down when I stop. I usually forget to power it back up
>resulting in the loss of some potentially cool track logs.
>
> Why doesn't Garmin have an option to disable this annoying feature
>so users like me can have uninterruptable power that reverts to the
>internal batteries? Laptops do it, why not Garmin's?
>
> Yes, I've thought about rewiring the cigarette plugs. This involves
>opening up the complex dashboard, potentially breaking small plastic
>snaps, etc... Maybe I'll do it in a few years, but not on a brand new
>vehicle.
>


Many Moons Ago, Garmin units did not shut off when external power was
removed. People complained because they would forget to shut off the
unit themselves, and would come back to their car next morning to
find dead batteries in the unit.

I for one am glad that the unit shuts down, but I also think it would be
nice if they had an option in the setup menu to shut that off for the
people who would rather have it that way.

 
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Carsten Kurz
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      02-19-2004, 01:48 AM


Joe Stella schrieb:

> Many Moons Ago, Garmin units did not shut off when external power was
> removed. People complained because they would forget to shut off the
> unit themselves, and would come back to their car next morning to
> find dead batteries in the unit.


And what would be so bad if the unit had dead batteries when it can
still be powered by the car?

They could as well complain about the unit not shutting down when
powered from battery only ;-)

Some Garmins do this, some not. Don't know where Garmin draws the line.
If they did it due to these complaints, it would be somehow logical they
implemented the shutdown on external power loss only for the
automative/routing series.

Magellans beep upon power loss, but continue to work.

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The Steven
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      02-19-2004, 01:59 AM
> What would be very nice is an option to stay powered up, and an option to
> automatically power up when external power is restored... for automotive
> use, that seems painfully obvious.


That's a feature I'd like to see!

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      02-19-2004, 02:01 AM
> I for one am glad that the unit shuts down, but I also think it would be
> nice if they had an option in the setup menu to shut that off for the
> people who would rather have it that way.


Hello, Garmin.... Are you listening?

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