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Question: Tomtom XL GPS cannot take GPS coordinates???????????

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23 May 2011, 18:50

I lost my Garmin GPS while on the road and thought I'd give a tomtom a try. However when I try to input GPS coordinates I can't find a way to do it. What use is a GPS that won't take GPS coordinates?  What use is a GPS Device if you can't put coordinates in? I would never have bought this if I had known. If this is the way it is I really reccomend a Garmin.G

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  • sallor225

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    24 May 2011, 03:11

    Check for your model here. Some models do not support using coordinates.

     

    http://us.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9755/kw/using%20coordinates

  • StephenGPS

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    10 June 2011, 09:39

    I also cannot find the option on my TomTom XL?!?!?!?! What on earth were these people thinking supplying a GPS device that does not take GPS co-ordinates?!?!?! I bought mine months ago and needed to use the co-ords recently, so there is no chance of swopping it out. I will never buy a TomTom again if this is the case, surely GPS co-ords are a basic feature?!?!?! Kind of like supplying cars without wheels....

  • gomez Author

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    10 June 2011, 15:35

    I understand your pain. I will not buy another tom tom product either. If you can't put GPS coordinates in a a GPS unit, then what use is it?  I reccomend Garmin.  I just hope this Tom Tom is lost, stolen or just broken by me so I can get somethingt that works. Good luck

  • Kex
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    10 June 2011, 18:42

    Not all models are the same, by my XL model absolutely CAN accept GPS coordinates. It takes five seconds from start to finish (if you're slow).

     

    When in driving view (with the map displayed for driving):

     

    - Tap on map to get to Main Menu.

    - Tap "Navigate to ..." icon.

    - Find icon marked "Latitude Longitude" (it may be on the second screen, depending on model).

    - Tap that, and enter coordinates. You're done.

     

    Since I have two different models of the XL 340 (one LIVE and one TM), it's safe to assume that this model has the feature. If you have an XL or XXL model that does not seem to support the feature, please list it here (without ranting if possible, it gets tedious after a while) so that those that want that feature will know to avoid that model.

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    10 June 2011, 18:59

    Anyone who does like his/her TomTom device(s), please feel free to ship it (them) to me.  I will take the pain for you FREE OF CHARGE.

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    21 June 2011, 20:58

    I have an XL350 TM and it does not accept lat / long input.  I love the traffic info and TTS but would have bought something else if I'd have known that I could not put coordinates into my device.  The best I can do is to hook it up to my computer, download the route from an online map service and then select the finish point and save it as one of my Favorites.  Yes, it is as complicated as it sounds.

     

     

  • gomez Author

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    21 June 2011, 21:25

    Yes I know it sucks. You would think TomTom would at least say on the box some **bleep** like "You don't need GPS coordinates for it to work,  in fact they won't work!!! " At least you would get some warning instead of making you feel like an idiot for buying it. TomTom is for suckers.

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    21 June 2011, 21:26

    That is absolutely useless, much like a Tomtom GPS.

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    31 August 2011, 18:32

    is there any can of program u can buy and upload to my tomtom to be able to type in gps coordinates?

  • Kex
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    31 August 2011, 18:57

    Which model do you have? It's usually very simple to do:

     

    1. Tap on the map when in Driving View, which will take you to the Main Menu.
    2. Tap on the Navigate to icon, which will take you to the navigation menus.
    3. Find the icon for Latitude Longitude.
    4. Enter co-ordinates there.

    You don't need any program to be able to do this. It's available by default.

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    31 August 2011, 19:00

    Here's a radical suggestion - check that the product you are purchasing will do what you want it to do.  Don't make assumptions as they can end up being very costly.

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    31 August 2011, 23:15

    The models with "EASY Menu" were provided for people 80 and above like Spider 362. It just didn't: seem "politically correct" to put that on the out side of the box.  ( Just kidding Spider ).     Or was that Spider 326 ---- can't remember --- memory they say is the first thing to go.....:smileywink:

     

    This is another post that will catch some flack I guess.

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    31 August 2011, 23:54

    Traylaw,

     

    May I suggest you dig out the tin hat, kevlar vest and the sandbags??  I think I can hear incoming!!!!!

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    1 September 2011, 00:02

    Yea I thought I heard a cry in the distance ( --- Rounds Out! ---)

  • gomez Author

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    1 September 2011, 01:40

    It would be nice if there was a relevant contribution. Sorry there was nothing on the box that said "Does not accept GPS coordinates".  Bummer

  • Kex
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    1 September 2011, 01:54

    Gomez, I would consider that just about every question relevant to this topic has already been answered at least once.

     

    You have not mentioned what model you have. A link was posted by sallor225 in the second post on page one. It's impossible to help you any further without that information.

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    1 September 2011, 06:28

    sorry its a XL 350 but it turns out that the option im looking for isnt there. it was a gift my mom didnt know. i was just curious if there was something i could upload on my gps to be able to type in coordinates. honestly i just wanna geocache i do not have much use for a gps anyways 

     

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    1 September 2011, 14:39

    The XL 350 does have coordinates according to this: http://us.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9755/kw/using%20coordinates  But in looking at the reference manuals, it appears they do not. Sorry folks, a downside of the Easy Menu.

     

    Here is a link that provides a way to go back to the pre-Easy Menu system (be sure to do a computer backup first). Don't know if coordinate use is enabled however, but most are happy with the results.: http://www.tomtomforums.com/tomtom-one-start-ease-xl-xxl/22302-how-get-more-menu-options-models-easymenu.html

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    1 September 2011, 19:55


    Traylaw wrote:

    The models with "EASY Menu" were provided for people 80 and above like Spider 362. It just didn't: seem "politically correct" to put that on the out side of the box.  ( Just kidding Spider ).     Or was that Spider 326 ---- can't remember --- memory they say is the first thing to go.....:smileywink:

     

    This is another post that will catch some flack I guess.


    I resemble that remark... Bah. Humbug, (jump, spit, bite, chew, swallow)

     

    Don't mess with a spider... :smileymad:

  • Kex
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    1 September 2011, 20:18


    Traylaw wrote: ... The models with "EASY Menu" were provided for people 80 and above like Spider 362. It just didn't: seem "politically correct" to put that on the out side of the box. ...

    It would be pointless to put this information on the outside of the box:

     

    1. Spider362 can't read anything without his glasses.
    2. Spider362 never knows where his glasses are, so he can never put them on to read boxes in stores anyway.
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    2 September 2011, 17:57

    sallor225 thank you for your help and being mature on here :)

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    3 September 2011, 04:18

    Well thank you! Hope all this chit chat has been of some help. I never use the GPS coordinate feature myself, but perhaps someday I may try it for geocaching.

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    3 September 2011, 04:42

    Sallor, I'm old and decrepit and tend to drive right by my desitnation when I use Addresses or Cross Streets, so I go on Google maps and place a lat/long marker at the entrance to the parking lot and enter that for my destination which takes me right there.

     

    Yes, I know there could be more than one entrance to the lot, but I try to pick the one on the road I think I'm coming in on.

     

    Works pretty good for me...

     

    Of course, that can't be done if I'm already on the road.

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    3 September 2011, 05:04

    I do see value in that (I may be older than you, that is if you truly are). Also, I just realized that the Easy Menu models don't seem to have the quick "Map error" selection. I suppose that also uses coordinates to fix the position. The take home message here is: we can't answer the questions if we don't have all the information. Just saying I have an XL gives us little to go on. The answer has to be "It depends".

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    7 November 2011, 11:58

    A way arround this is enter the coordinates on the TomTom Route Planner website, send it to your GPS before you hit the road. In the car select the spot from the list.

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