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Calling all Sat Nav Wizards out there.

Does anyone know if it is possible to get an old Sat Nav fitted with a modern
Satellite-detection circuit?
I want to bring one of my Garmin Quest's up to modern standards of detection efficiency.
Why you ask?
My new Garmin Zumo550 is so woefully inadequate in so many ways compared to my ancient Garmin Quest that I want to upgrade and recondition the Quest and use the 2 side by side.
The Nuvi is better in the car and for walking, but the Quest is better for the bike for a lot of the time.
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GOOD question: I have 2 StreetPilot 2610 GPS's, one on each V, and bought my wife a new Garmin Zumo (???) for her car, for Christmas. Hers is neat, but I miss the altitude and some other functions the 2610s do.

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Does anyone know if it is possible to get an old Sat Nav fitted with a modern
Satellite-detection circuit?
I want to bring one of my Garmin Quest's up to modern standards of detection efficiency.
Why you ask?
My new Garmin Zumo550 is so woefully inadequate in so many ways compared to my ancient Garmin Quest that I want to upgrade and recondition the Quest and use the 2 side by side.
The Nuvi is better in the car and for walking, but the Quest is better for the bike for a lot of the time.
Thanks.
Ted.
Ted,

This may sound foolish, but have you inquired at Garmin? I suspect, though, that you're a victim of technical progress - the dreaded "new and better" - as are we all.

Even better, I wish I could adapt one of Garmin's marine GPS, sorry, Sat Nav (a term I learned from "Top Gear"), for use on the bike. I have an old GPS V, and three larger marine versions on two boats and they're much more versatile than the typical motor vehicle genre.

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I think you are completely out of luck here. The modern chipsets are much more energy efficient and I bet are completely electrically incompatible. You might get a better answer on a dedicated GPS forum like http://www.gpspassion.com.

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I think you are completely out of luck here. The modern chipsets are much more energy efficient and I bet are completely electrically incompatible. You might get a better answer on a dedicated GPS forum like http://www.gpspassion.com.
Thanks Steve.
I will try that.
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Sorry to say this but The Zumo 500 on my V is doing a fine job for what it was design for-IMHO.


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Sorry to say this but The Zumo 500 on my V is doing a fine job for what it was design for-IMHO.


I agree Fastoman. Apart from an invisible display in bright sun it does indeed do a good job as a very basic navigating device.
BUT! When you have got used to the multi-function versatility (and always-visible screen) of the early Garmins, the progress by Garmin is backwards big-style.
Big disappointment after spending a lot of money.

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Check it there are software upgrades available. I got a nuvi 550 instead of a 500. The maps and software is a little different wich make it better for off road navigation. I skipper the zumo 220. I do not believr bluetooth support and larger buttons are worth the price diff.
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Check it there are software upgrades available. I got a nuvi 550 instead of a 500. The maps and software is a little different wich make it better for off road navigation. I skipper the zumo 220. I do not believr bluetooth support and larger buttons are worth the price diff.
I am intrigued about the "larger buttons" on the Zumo 220.
I missed that when I was comparing it to the Nuvi550 which I bought.
I have a problem with the touch-screen "buttons" on the Nuvi. With my fat winter gloves I cannot use the zoom buttons as the contact area of the glove finger-end is just too large. It works with my thin leather summer gloves.

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