GPS Navigation

User’s Manual

Safety and Regulatory Information Important Safety Notices and Warnings

Precautions and Notices

When using the GPS Navigation For Dummies device, it is your responsibility to make sure you are operating the device in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations. It is the sole responsibility of the driver of the vehicle to operate the vehicle in a safe manner and not become distracted by the navigation device. You should not operate the controls of the navigation system while driving, nor place the device where it obstructs airbag operation. The supplier and distributor of the GPS navigation system shall not be liable for any accident.

For your own safety, don’t operate the controls of the product while driving.

Compliance with federal, state, and local laws Before mounting this product in your vehicle, please check your local and state laws. Currently, state law from California and Minnesota prohibits drivers from placing the suction mount on the windshields. Other dashboard or friction mounting options should be considered and used. The manufacturer, supplier and distributor of the GPS Navigation For Dummies device do not take any responsibility for any penalties, fines, and/or damages from ignoring the local and state laws.

Global Positioning System The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellitebased system that provides location and timing information around the globe. GPS is operated and controlled under the sole responsibility of the government of the United States of America, who are responsible for its availability and accuracy. Any changes in GPS availability and accuracy, or in environmental conditions, may impact the operation of your device. We cannot accept any liability for the availability and accuracy of GPS.

Use this product prudently. The product is intended to be used only as a navigation aid. It is not for precise measurement of direction, distance, location or topography. The calculated route is for references only. It is the user’s responsibility to follow the traffic signs and local regulations along the roads when you get off the car, don’t leave your device on the dashboard or the car glass that is subject to direct sunlight. The overheating of the battery can cause malfunction and/or danger. GPS is operated by the United States government, which is solely responsible for the performance of GPS. Any change to the GPS system can affect the accuracy of all GPS equipments. GPS satellite signals can not pass through solid materials (except glass).When you are inside a tunnel or building, GPS positioning is not available. A minimum of 3 GPS satellite signals is needed to determine current GPS position. Signal reception can be affected by situations such as bad weather or dense overhead obstacles (for instance, trees and tall buildings). The wireless devices might interfere the reception of satellite signals and cause the reception of the signal to be unstable. For better signal reception, it is recommended that you use a car antenna.

Copyrights For Dummies, the Dummies Man logo and related trademarks and trade dress are registered trademarks of Wiley Publishing, Inc. Any use of such trademarks by Maylong Group is under license. These trademarks may not be used without the express permission of Wiley. Let’s GO! is a registered trademark of Maylong Group LLC in the United States and/or other countries. © 2007 Maylong Group LLC




Getting Started

Compiled table of contents

The first thing you probably want to do when you get your new device is to go on a trip. However, you first need to unpack your new friend from its box and familiarize yourself with a few basics. Unpack your device box and identify the contents. You should have:

1. Device: This is your actual navigation device. Its main features are a touch-sensitive LCD screen, one SD card slot, and one volume control switch.

2. Cradle: This fits around your device to hold it so that you can attach a bracket to it.

3. Mount stand: The bracket fixes the device on a car.

4. Vehicle charging cable with 12V cigarette lighter adapter: This is the normal way of providing power to your device when it’s in your vehicle.

5. USB data cable: Connects your device to a Windows PC.

6. SD card: Contains map data. Note: Before using GPS navigation For Dummies device, you need to insert the storage card included with your package. Don’t remove the card during GPS operation.

7. User Manual: You’re holding this in your hot little hands. Please check which optional accessories are included in your kit with your retailer.



Using your navigator right out of the box If you’re the type of person who wants to use your new toys without having to read all about them first (and who isn’t?), the following steps should get you started without needing to know too much more. However, the rest of this guide is here to explain everything else you need to know about your new GPS Navigation For Dummies device. To get started, follow these steps: Step 1: Install the GPS Navigation For Dummies device on the vehicle windshield. Check your state and local transportation related laws before installation. Currently, California and Minnesota prohibit drivers from installing suction mounts on the vehicle windshields while they are operating the vehicles. Other installation options are recommended. Here are some tips:

1. Select a safe spot on the windshield for the installation. A good spot is on the lower left corner.

2. Identify all the items for the mount kit.

3. Clean up and dry a spot on the windshield and the suction cup.

4. If there is a plastic sheet on the bottom of the suction cup, take it off before the installation.

5. Bend the mount stand appropriately.

6. Push the suction cup into the clean spot on the windshield.

7. Push the lever on the mount stand toward the windshield.

8. Plug the vehicle charge cable into the device.

9. Attach the device to the mount kit installed on the windshield. 10. Plug the other end of the vehicle charge cable into a vehicle power outlet.

Step 2: Perform the configurations. Press, hold, and release the Power switch button on the GPS Navigation For Dummies device to turn ON the device. Step 3: Acquire GPS satellite signal. Usually, it takes a few minutes to receive the GPS signal the first time when you power on the GPS Navigation For Dummies device. Keep the device outdoors in an open area and away from trees and tall buildings. The Green GPS icon is displayed when the GPS signal is acquired. The Red GPS icon is displayed when the GPS signal has not been acquired. For more information about the GPS satellite signal, please visit . Step 4: Set up navigation if you’re using the device for the first time. When you first get your device, the factory defaults for the navigation application are in place. When you press the Let’s GO! button to start your first navigation, your device will guide you through several screens, making sure that you set up certain important features before you get started. If you ever completely reset your device (see the “Resetting your system” section) this will happen again. You will be prompted to select a language. The language selected will change not only the audible commands that you hear during navigation, but also the text displayed throughout the user interface. However, do remember that you may change the language selection at any time.



To choose a language

1. Click on the flag of the country representing your desired language.

2. On the next screen, choose the desired voice type to be used for the voice commands during navigation.

For English language options, you can choose from three options: • Female: Female voice speaking English for the navigation voice guidance. • Male: Male voice speaking English for the navigation voice guidance. • Text-to-speech (TTS): Speaking the street name as part of the voice guidance for navigation. For the first two options, the GPS Navigation For Dummies device only says the general instructions (for instance, turn right). When using text-to-speech, the GPS Navigation For Dummies device says the exact street name for driving instructions (for instance, turn left on Main Street).

Your GPS Navigation For Dummies device automatically determines the time through the GPS signal. However, a screen requesting that you set the time zone will pop up on first use. The time zone you choose can be changed at any time.

1. Select your time zone from the list. You can change this at any time.

2. Press the Confirmation icon.

Next, a screen that displays a safety warning will be shown.

1. Please read and consider this important safety warning.

2. Press the I Agree button if you accept the warning message. Note: The safety warning message will be displayed each time when the navigation application is started.

Step 5: Familiarize yourself with the functions. Touch the Let’s GO! button to start the navigation to your destination. Touch the Settings button to customize the options for the navigation software application. Touch the Map button to browse the map and locate an address on the Map. Touch the Back button to exit the Navigation application. Step 6: Let’s GO! From Navigation Main screen, touch the Let’s GO! button to start the navigation to your first destination. Usually, it takes a few minutes to receive the GPS signal the first time you power on the device. Your device must locate three satellites to function. If you move your device over a long distance (for example, if you move it a couple of hundred miles without using it) the device may need a few minutes to acquire the GPS signal again).



Taking a look

Significant icons

If you need to know what all those buttons and plugs on your GPS Navigation For Dummies device are, this is the section for you.

When using your device, you will see icons throughout, to help guide your choices as you move around the application. The following table shows you what each icon looks like and how to use it and/or what it signifies.

1. Charger Indicating Light 2. Saving Power Switch 3. GPS Antenna 4. Speaker 5. SD Card Slot 6. Earphone Jack 7. Reset Key 8. USB Connector 9. External GPS Antenna Connector 10. Volume Switch 11. Unit Power On/Off 12. DC Jack




Menu icon

Open a menu with various options.

Back icon

Go back to the previous screen.

Let’s GO! icon

Start the navigation operation to find your destination.

GPS signal icon

Availability of the GPS Signal. Green: GPS signal avaliable Red: GPS signal not available

Search icon

Open a search screen.

Confirmation icon

Apply settings. Select/deselect all.

Device location icon

Indicates the current location of the device.

Charging the device

Let’s GO!

Before installing the device into the vehicle or performing any operation on the device, you can charge the device by using the vehicle charger or AC power adapter if available.

GPS Navigation For Dummies guides you to your destination. You can generate your route with an easy-to-use and intuitive interface, plan your trip to suit your personal preferences, and find and save interesting destinations before you begin your trip.



Navigation main screen The Navigation main screen has three buttons: Let’s Go! Select your destination in several ways. Map Browse the map and locate an address on the map. Settings Select options for routing, map, and other system features.

Understanding the Navigation screen The Navigation screen displays the route and the surrounding area map. The GPS position icon identifies the current position of the device. The red arrow indicates the direction of your next turn. The upcoming turn or maneuver and distance is shown in the upper left corner. Additional information is displayed on the left side, such as the estimated time of arrival and the distance to your destination. You can tap the information area on the left of the display twice to find information and increase the view on the map. When you approach a turn, you hear the voice guidance at the appropriate time.

For one-way streets, the allowed direction of travel is indicated by a red arrow. When in the Navigation main screen, it is possible to switch to Map Browsing mode in order to browse your current surrounding map. Simply touch the map and the GPS Navigation For Dummies device switches to the Map Browsing mode. While in browsing mode, you continue to hear the audible guidance for navigation. When you’re finished browsing, touch to return to the Navigation main screen.

Entering new destinations The GPS Navigation For Dummies device has intuitive ways for entering new destinations. You can search for an address, browse Point of Interest (POI) directories, or choose locations on the map. Using the touch-screen keyboard When a touch-screen keyboard is displayed, touch a letter or number to enter what you desire. You can switch between letter and number mode by touching . If at any point you want to delete characters, press To add a space, touch .


You can also search before you narrow down the search to just one result. To do so, press A result list will be displayed.


Your GPS Navigation For Dummies device offers a convenient, interactive look-ahead search function to prevent misspelling. Only keys that lead to a search result can be pressed; all others are locked.



Finding an address From the Let’s GO! screen 1. Touch the Search Address button.

2. The Address window is displayed.

3. Touch the State/Prov. Text Bar to select a state. 4. Touch the City Text Bar to enter a city. 5. Touch the Street Text Bar to enter a street. 6. Touch the No. Text Bar to enter a street number. 7. Touch to access action options on the address as shown in the figure. 8. Choose from the following actions: • To navigate to the location, press • To use the location for planning a route, press the Via button • To save the location as a bookmark, press

1. From the Let’s GO! screen, touch . The Search Places screen is displayed. Note that the address in the text box is the current location used for the search.

2. To set a Nearby location other than the current GPS location, touch . Enter a new address for the POI search.

3. Select the desired POI category and subcategory. A list of places is shown.

4. Select a place by touching it. A screen with a set of action options is displayed.

5. Choose from the following actions: • To navigate to the selected place, touch

• To show the location on the map, press

Finding Points of Interest (POI) The Points of Interest (POI) search allows you to quickly find places, such as gas stations and restaurants. These places can be near your current GPS position (the default) or you can search at a specified address by touching Nearby? to enter the specified address for the search. If there is no GPS signal available, the last GPS location is used for the POI search.

• To use the place for planning a route, touch

• To save the place as a bookmark, touch

• To show the place on the map, touch

• For detailed information about the place (if available), touch

Finding a destination by spelling the name You can also find a place by searching for a keyword. To do this, follow these steps:

1. In the Search Places screen, touch . 2. Enter the search keyword (atleast three characters and touch 3. A list of places is shown, if available. 4. Select a place by touching it. 5. Choose an action from the resulting menu.




Choosing a destination on the map Another way to enter a destination for the navigation is to select it on the map. Browse your surroundings and choose any street address to set it as your destination.

1. In the Navigation Main menu, touch

2. Touch any place on the map to select a location. The name of the selected location is shown in the Info Box.

3. Touch


to access action options on the address.

Finding your stored destinations An easy way to use your GPS Navigation For Dummies device is to search for and store the destinations before you take a trip. You then have quick access to these destinations when you need them. Use your saved and favorite destinations for guidance. You can choose among your bookmarks, previously saved trips, and presets (for example, your home or place of work). 1. In the Let’s GO! screen, touch .

2. The Favorites screen is displayed.


Using Stored Destinations

Touch the Bookmarks button to list the stored destinations.

This device has several easy features that help you quickly navigate to destinations you’ve already entered so you don’t have to look them up again. Recently used destinations 1. In the Let’s GO! screen, touch on the screen.

. A list of recent used destinations is displayed

2. Touch a destination to access action options on the destination address.

3. Choose an action by touching a button.

Storing Destinations If you want to save a destination

1. Touch the Bookmarks button from the Action screen.

2. Follow the screens to save the destination as a Bookmark.

Home and Work You can save your Home and Work street addresses as for quick access as a  destination. Trips Touch the Trips button to create and save a preplanned trip.

Menu options during navigation To access options during navigation, touch the Menu icon from the Navigation screen and the Guidance Menu screen is displayed.



Here you will find the following items:

To browse, follow these steps:

 lt. route button: With this option, you can choose to block the calculated A route for a given distance (for example, 0.5 mile) and force an alternate route. Simply tap on the icon that shows the desired distance to block. Your route is recalculated, and the previous route is discarded for the given distance.

1. Use your finger to browse the map. The selected position is identified by a cursor.

Waylists button: Opens the list of the turns along your route.

3. If you want to return to the tracking or navigation mode, press the Back icon.

Bookmarks button: Save your present position as a bookmark. Volume button: Adjust the volume of the voice commands. S earch Places button: You can redirect your route by choosing a point of interest (POI), for example, a gas station. S ettings button: Change the settings as described in the “Customizing Your GPS Navigation For Dummies Device” section.

Using the map

The map is the core component of your GPS Navigation For Dummies device. When your GPS connection is working, the device centers on your current location by default. You can browse the map, display information about the different locations shown on it, and choose them for routing and navigating. The map has two basic modes: tracking and browsing modes. In the tracking mode, the map follows your actual position (GPS position), displaying information about your geographic position, your speed, and so on. As soon as you tap or touch the map, you enter the browsing mode, which allows you to move around the map by touching and and also move to the right or left of the current viewing area by touching and dragging the map.

2. To zoom in or out, press


. As soon as you press one of the icons, the zoom

slider is displayed to enable smooth zooming.

zooms your view out and


your view in.

Touching an icon on the map opens an overlay window with information about the selected item.

Customizing Your GPS Navigation For Dummies Device You can configure your GPS Navigation For Dummies device to suit your needs. For routing related settings, you can, for example, choose to avoid or allow toll roads or highways or select your mode of transportation, such as a fast or pedestrian mode. You can also edit several display settings, such as 2-D or 3-D mode, day or night mode, POI icons to show on map, and so on. To start configuring, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Navigation Main screen, touch

2. Touch one of the Settings category buttons to continue.




Changing General Settings Touch the General Settings button and choose among these options:

Language: Change the language for navigation voice guidance.

Time zone: Select a time zone you’d like.

Units: Change units of measurement between miles or kilometers. About: Show navigation system software information for future updates.

Changing Map Settings Touch the Map Settings button and choose among these options:

Place Icons: Select the POI category icons displayed on the map. Day/Night: Set the map display mode by touching the button to toggle between night, day, and automatic modes. By selecting

, the map display changes to night mode depending on the

pre-defined time.

2-D/3-D: Select 2-D or 3-D mode for map display.

Maps: Select a map database version. If you have map data for different regions on your memory card, tap on the name of the desired region (for example, London). All available maps on the memory card will be listed. Choose the desired region by simply tapping on its name.

Track up/North up: Change the map perspective: • Track up: Display the map with traveling direction pointing to the top. • North up: Display the map with north always at the top.

Changing Route Settings Touch the Route Settings button and choose among these options:

Transportation Option: Choose between vehicle and pedestrian.

Fastest/Shortest Route: Select route preference.

Toll Roads: Avoid or allow toll roads for the route.

Highways: Avoid or allow highways for the route.

Ferries: Avoid or allow ferries for the route. After you complete the settings, touch to return to the Settings screen.

Volume Touch the Volume button to adjust the device speaker volume. The device speaker volume can be adjusted by pressing the Volume adjusting button on the side of the device.



Optional Features

Reading ebooks

The following sections go over optional features that your GPS Navigation For Dummies device may support.

Your GPS Navigation For Dummies device supports the TEXT format. To read ebooks on your GPS Navigation For Dummies device, follow these steps:

Listening to music

1. Tap

This device supports these music formats: MP3, WMA, and WAV. To listen to music on your GPS Navigation For Dummies device, follow these steps:

2. Tap your desired file. You can scroll through the ebook.

3. Double tap the exit icon on the upper right hand side of the screen to return to the Media screen.

1. Tap

2. Double tap file folder to the desired music file and double tap the music file to play it.

3. Tap the exit icon on the upper right hand corner to return to the Media screen.

on the Media screen to bring up the music screen.

Viewing photos GPS Navigation For Dummies supports these photo formats: JPEG, BMP, GIF, and PNG. To view photos on your GPS Navigation For Dummies device, follow these steps:

on the Media screen to bring up the ebook screen.

Watching your video player GPS Navigation For Dummies supports these movie formats: AVI, DVIX, XVID, WMV, ASF, MPEG1, and MPEG2. To watch videos on your GPS Navigation For Dummies device, follow these steps:

1. Tap

2. Double tap file folder to the desired video file and double tap the video file to play it. 3. Double tap the exit icon on the upper right hand side of the screen to return to the Media screen.

on the Media screen to bring up the video screen.

1. Tap

2. Tap your desired file you will see a photo. You can scroll forward and backward to view other photos.

3. Tap the exit icon on the upper right hand side of the screen to return to the Media screen.

Adjusting the System Settings

on the Media screen to bring up the photo screen.

If a picture is too big or the device does not support the format, you will see a dark screen or a circle with a question mark, indicating the device can’t read the picture.

To adjust the Settings, just tap the System icon on the main screen to bring up the System screen.



Adjusting the backlighting To adjust the brightness of the screen

1. Tap

2. Choose among these options • Under the Backlight icon, tap the minus sign to reduce the backlight, and tap the plus sign to increase the backlight. • Under battery icon, tap “” to select the duration of auto power off the backlight. • Under AC power icon, tap “” to select the duration of auto power off the backlight when using the AC adapter.

to bring up the Backlight screen.

Checking your power Tap

to bring up the Power screen, where you can check your battery strength.

Adjusting your volume To adjust the volume

1. Tap

2. Tap the minus or plus signs to adjust the volume of your speaker.

to bring up the Volume screen.

Setting Date and Time

Reviewing system Information and calibrating

To adjust this function:

Tap to bring up the System Info screen, which (as you may expect) gives you some information about the product. You’ll see three buttons: Factory setup, GPS reset, and Calibration.

1. Tap

to bring up the Date & Time screen.

2. Tap

and tap the icons to either side to adjust the date.

To calibrate your device, follow these steps

3. Tap time.

and tap the icons to either side of the hour and minute bars to adjust the

1. Tap Calibration.

2. Press the cross centers as requested until your device is recalibrated.

Setting the language To set your language and skin:

1. Tap

2. Tap the icons to either side of the display to select the language or color display.

to bring up the Language screen.



Appendix Downloading files into the GPS Navigation For Dummies device U Using the USB plug and play: Connect the device to the PC via a USB cable. The device supports the USB plug and play. A connection should be made and the device can be accessed from the PC as a removable USB disk. U Using the USB-SD card adapter: You can use a USB-SD card adaptor for transferring the files on your PC to the SD card.

Troubleshooting If your GPS Navigation For Dummies device isn’t working correctly, this section guides you through some of the more common problems. Resetting your system Resetting your system is similar to restarting your computer. Occasionally, you may need to reset your device. For example, you should reset your system when it stops responding or appears to be frozen or locked up. To reset your system, press the Reset button on the side of your device. Power problems If your device can’t be powered on when using battery power U Make sure the power switch on the side of the device is already in the ON position. U Check if the remaining battery power is too low to run your device. U Connect the vehicle charger or AC adapter (if available) to your device.

Screen display problems If the screen doesn’t respond with the device power ON, try the following in order until the problem is solved: U Connect the Vehicle charger or AC adapter (if available) to your device. U Verify that the Backlight Setting is appropriate. U Reset your device to see if the problem is fixed. USB Connection Problems If you have USB connection problem, try the following in order until the problem is solved:

U Make sure that your device and your computer both are turned on before trying to establish a connection. U Make sure that the cable is securely plugged into the USB port on your computer and on the device. Connect the USB cable directly to your computer. U Reset your device before connecting the cable. Always disconnect your device before you restart your computer.

GPS Problems When the GPS signal isn’t available after the device is powered on for over ten minutes, try the following in order until the problem is solved: U Make sure that the device is in an open area and severe weather conditions aren’t going on. U Exit the Navigation application and restart the navigation application by pressing the Let’s GO! button from the main screen. U Reset the device.



Voice is too low or no voice from the device speakers U If an earphone is in the earphone jack, you will not be able to hear a voice from the device speaker. Simply unplug the earphone from the device jack. U To turn up the volume, press the Volume Switch on the side of the device. U Check the Volume Setting on the device to make sure the voice is not muted. Maintaining Your Device Taking good care of your device will ensure trouble-free operation and reduce the risk of damage to your device. U Keep your device away from excessive moisture and extreme temperatures. U Avoid exposing your device to direct sunlight or strong ultraviolet light for extended periods of time. U Don’t place anything on top of your device or drop objects on your device. U Don’t subject your device to sudden and severe temperature changes. This could cause moisture condensation inside the unit, which could damage your device. In the event of moisture condensation, allow the device to dry out completely before using it again. U The screen surface can easily be scratched. Use only the stylus or your fingers to tap on the screen. U Avoid touching the device with any sharp objects. U Never clean your device with it powered on. Use a soft, lint-free cloth moistened with water to wipe the screen and the exterior of your device. U Don’t use paper towels to clean the screen. U Never attempt to disassemble, repair, or make any modifications to your device. U Disassembly and modification of the device could cause damage to your device and even bodily injury or property damage and will void any warranty.

Battery, Charger, and Safety Precautions About Charging U Use only the charger supplied with your device. Use of another type of AC adapter or Vehicle Charger will result in malfunction and/or danger. U The AC adapter input rated 100~240V AC,50/60Hz, 0.35A, output rated +5V DC / 2.0 A,DC Car Charge input rated DC input 12V DC output 5V, 2A. About the AC Adapter and the Car Charger U Don’t use the adapter or the car charger in a high moisture environment. Never touch the adapter when your hands or feet are wet. U Allow adequate ventilation around the adapter or the car charger when using it to operate the device or charge the battery. Don’t cover the AC adapter or the car charger with paper or other objects that will reduce cooling. Don’t use the AC adapter while it is inside a carrying case. U Connect the AC adapter to a proper power source. The voltage requirements are found in the user’s manual. U Don’t use the AC adapter or the vehicle charger if the charging cable becomes damaged. U Don’t attempt to repair the unit. There are not spare parts inside. About the Battery U Use the recommended battery. This unit contains a non-replaceable internal Lithium Ion battery. The battery can burst or explode, releasing hazardous chemicals. To reduce the risk of fire or burns, don’t disassemble, crush, puncture, or dispose of in fire or water.



Important Instructions for Service Personnel Only U Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. U The battery must be recycled or disposed of properly. U Use the battery only in the specified equipment. There is a risk of explosion if the battery is replaced by an incorrect type.

U Dispose of the used batteries according to the laws and instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions An address can’t be found for the navigation destination. Please follow the steps below to narrow down the root cause: U Make sure that the Nearby address is correct. U Enter the address following the format on the address entry screen. U Make sure you have correctly spelled the address. If you don’t know how an address is spelled, simply enter the parts of the address about which you are certain – for example, “Brook” for Brooklyn in New York. The map contains an error/POIs are missing. If you find an error in the map data (for example, a street is missing completely), visit for information about reporting the error. I am experiencing problems getting a GPS fix. If you have problems on getting the GPS satellite signal, please make sure the device is in an open area.

Where can I get technical support? Visit to find technical support information.

Also, you can the call customer service line 866-751-2313 or 248-651-9781 to get technical support or send and email to [email protected] Where can I get software updates? Visit for software update information. Where can I get updated maps? Visit for getting updated maps.