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agesilaus

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We have a 890RV for more than a year and it has been mostly satisfactory and very useful. Several months ago it failed an update and has been braindead ever since. Nothing I tried would fix the problem including a reset to factory.
I finally got on YouTube and searched and found that there is a pc software package that will repair glitches and do updates on most Garmin devices.
Garmin Express

It will update your unit and even seems to have some new cursors. No sitting in your vehicle trying to get it done just connect the Garmin to the computer via USB. It took and astounding 7-8 hours to fix mine but now it works again. Look in YouTube for videos


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You should use Garmin Express for every update. Have been using this for years. When you plug your Garmin receiver into your computer it should automatically go to Garmin Express to check your update.

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Yeah it was news to me, I watched a multi episode tutorial on the 890 on YT, when I bought the 890. It was good for the features but never mentioned Garmin Express.

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Is there another way to update your Garmin without using express?

The other useful feature of Express is it will tell you how many updates are waiting for your GPS - assuming you have registered it.

And there was a new update to Express in May I believe.

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Trackrig wrote:

Is there another way to update your Garmin without using express?

The other useful feature of Express is it will tell you how many updates are waiting for your GPS - assuming you have registered it.

And there was a new update to Express in May I believe.

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True but that method is what rendered my Garmin inoperative other than showing a very basic map. Major highways only and no search functionality. I tried maybe 25 times to update the latest maps, and it would go thru the update download and install with reboot but never actually did the map update.
I tried different areas and WiFi spots. One was excellent at -80 DB but nothing worked until the express. Since it took 8 hours I assume it completely rewrote all the software and maps. And the cell signal here is much weaker at -100 DB

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