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    • scurr
    • By scurr 19th Mar 17, 7:57 PM
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    Sat nav doesn't recognise postcodes, can you help?
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    • 19th Mar 17, 7:57 PM
    Sat nav doesn't recognise postcodes, can you help? 19th Mar 17 at 7:57 PM
    Hi, I'm new to satnavs, having always used my phone up til now. I expected to be able to just put in a postcode but it doesn't recognise them. Any idea why?
    It's a Garmin Drive 50 LM
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    • rich13348
    • By rich13348 19th Mar 17, 9:38 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 9:38 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 9:38 PM
    Hi, I'm new to satnavs, having always used my phone up til now. I expected to be able to just put in a postcode but it doesn't recognise them. Any idea why?
    It's a Garmin Drive 50 LM
    Originally posted by scurr
    Is the sat nav brand new. Is the postcode you are using new. You may need the software updating to get any new ones. Is the postcode of a remote area?
    • Teapot55
    • By Teapot55 19th Mar 17, 9:46 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 9:46 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 9:46 PM
    They can be pernickety if you don't put the 'space' in eg W1 1AA not W11AA.

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    • Nodding Donkey
    • By Nodding Donkey 20th Mar 17, 6:46 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 6:46 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 6:46 AM
    Use Google Maps
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 20th Mar 17, 8:08 AM
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    • #5
    • 20th Mar 17, 8:08 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 8:08 AM
    WE had this problem with the same model. Do not put the post code in the box on the top of the screen, instead tap the "where to" box and then put the post code in the post code box, leave the other boxes empty and press go. This works every time for us.
    • mellor46
    • By mellor46 20th Mar 18, 1:02 PM
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    • 20th Mar 18, 1:02 PM
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    • 20th Mar 18, 1:02 PM
    Hi. I hope this simple fix might help anyone out there who has the post code problem. My daughter was moving up to Scotland and had only used the sat navin London. I spent an hour on the phone to Garmin ref the sat nav not accepting Scottish [ or welsh post codes. ] then the penny dropped.
    Tap on where to. if the country name above the post code box says England you need to tap change country and start typing the United Kingdom. and accept. Like magic all UK postcodes now found.
    I hope this might help other users with the same problem. Mike.
    • elverson
    • By elverson 20th Mar 18, 1:53 PM
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    • 20th Mar 18, 1:53 PM
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    • 20th Mar 18, 1:53 PM
    Just use Google Maps on a smartphone instead. It's updated more frequently.
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 20th Mar 18, 3:24 PM
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    • 20th Mar 18, 3:24 PM
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    • 20th Mar 18, 3:24 PM
    Just use Google Maps on a smartphone instead. It's updated more frequently.
    Originally posted by elverson


    Yeah, with realtime traffic information, diversion routes, accurate ETAs, satellite imagery, etc.
    • soolin
    • By soolin 20th Mar 18, 8:55 PM
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    • 20th Mar 18, 8:55 PM
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    • 20th Mar 18, 8:55 PM
    Just note that the OP is a year old now and has been bumped by a newbie.
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    • JP1978
    • By JP1978 20th Mar 18, 10:55 PM
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    Just note that the OP is a year old now and has been bumped by a newbie.
    Originally posted by soolin
    Lets hope that the OP isnt sat in his car waiting for help still.....
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 21st Mar 18, 12:08 PM
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    We have this satnav. As M...46 says do not put post codes in the box on the top right of the screen, this is for town names.
    Press where to and enter the post code in the box, that will get you there.
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