Re: Power Garmin Nuvi with generic USB cable
I'm always tinkering with POI files and do an occasional disk defrag on mine
so I like being able to switch back and forth between MM mode and GPS Mode.
I would normally just plug my nuvi in using the mini-USB to USb cable that came
with it when I want to fiddle with the files on the unit.
When I want to switch to GPS mode,
I eject or safely remove hardware with the netbook, if the nuvi is plugged in.
Unplug it and let it power off.
Put my netbook into low power "Standby", ("Start", "Turn Off Computer", "Standby")
I let it go into Standby mode. The OS is "asleep" now, so it doesn't see new devices
get plugged into the USB ports, but I think the USB ports still have power.
Plug the nuvi into a USB port.
Wait. The nuvi will boot up into MM Mode, but if I wait a bit longer, I think it gets
tired of waiting for a handshake from the OS/laptop, and it will reboot into GPS mode.
Then once it's in GPS mode I press the power button on the netbook, and wake it up.
I now have GPS mode and can use my laptop to charge the nuvi, while adding addresses
or whatever I want to do in GPS mode.
Works for me.
I think your idea works as well, probably for the same reasons. There might be a
danger in just pulling the power out of the nuvi, while it's visible to your computer.
You might corrupt the files/file system on it by unplugging it, before issuing an eject.
Something to consider. I've screwed up flash drives for the same reason.
I have one of those universal vent mounts but use it solely for my flip phone.
I bought one of those dashboard sandbag things for the nuvi, but we sit it on top
of the ashtray below visual, and so far it seems to work pretty well there.
It's not a sprint(er) (unless you make it one), it's (hopefully) a marathon.
RV - 2018 Navion 24V + 2016 Wrangler JKU