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post #1 of 32 Old 06-07-2019, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Navigator VI Problems

I bought a brand new Nav VI from Amazon back in December and have had nothing but problems with it. Garmin reluctantly agreed to an exchange so off it went today. Hopefully, I will have the replacement by next weekend for my next ride.

Problems: 1. Battery would not hold charge; 2. Would freeze like a Windows PC sometimes and mostly did this when I stopped and restarted bike - even taking it out of the cradle and doing a hard restart would not bring it back - had to remove battery; 3. Used it in a rental car for about a week and when I returned, every time it would start up it asked me if I wanted to switch to Automobile Mode despite my having the unit in Motorcycle mode and performing several hard resets - again, had to remove battery to get it back to normal; 4. Sometimes when I cancelled a route by pressing the red X on the screen, it acted like it cancelled but the screen would freeze to the exact location where I pressed the X. Once when it did this, about 20 miles down the road it out of the blue started again giving me turn by turn directions again but the screen was still frozen.

Unit had the latest updates and maps.

Oh well. I guess I got a lemon and Garmin is doing the right thing but Garmin sure dragged their feet on authorizing an exchange - I thought I was going to have to do the Amazon "swap".



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post #2 of 32 Old 06-08-2019, 04:23 AM
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I had a similar problem with my V and it was caused by the memory card. I assume your maps are on the device and not the memory card?
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post #3 of 32 Old 06-08-2019, 05:55 AM
Updating mine seemed to have fixed my problems, some similar to yours.
I thought for sure I had a lemon too, but so far so good.
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I assume your maps are on the device and not the memory card?
Same memory card that I had used with three Nav Vs and the only things that I store on the card are my current custom GPX routes.

Never had an issue with any of my Nav Vs.



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Mine will occasionally reset itself while I'm navigating a route. Doesn't seem related to any condition. Just happens once in a while for no reason. Happened to me yesterday while I was on NM 104, probably the 2nd loneliest road in America. Saw 10 cars between Tucumcari and Las Vegas

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I have no clue how the memory card works. I just stuck in any old memory card and i cant find it anywhere in the menus to format it or whatever. I just saw a portion where it said i have 8gb of space left

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Where do you guys store your NAVI units? Do you leave it in the bike installed and connected? or do you take it out when you stop and put it in the pannier?




Did you guys ever used that feature where you say you want to ride an hour and it creates a map for you to drive?

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On the bike; the windscreen blocks removal.

Never used that feature.

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I have no clue how the memory card works. I just stuck in any old memory card and i cant find it anywhere in the menus to format it or whatever. I just saw a portion where it said i have 8gb of space left
You just need to create the correct directory on the memory card to place the GPX files - I don't know what the directory should be named for the IV but for the V and VI it is /Garmin/GPX/*.gpx.

Easier to do this from your computer and it does take a little bit of computer savvy to do this but if you have formatted drives and created directories before, it shouldn't be difficult.

Might want to do a search as there are numerous threads out there already on this subject.
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Where do you guys store your NAVI units? Do you leave it in the bike installed and connected? or do you take it out when you stop and put it in the pannier?
Leave it on the bike unless I will be away from it for a while or don't trust where I am leaving the bike. Take it in the hotel with me at night - always.



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Did you guys ever used that feature where you say you want to ride an hour and it creates a map for you to drive?
Never used it. Sounds interesting but around here that can get me in trouble with traffic.



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