The ads are tiny little boxes that appear on the screen ONLY WHEN YOU'RE STOPPED. They are not very obtrusive , in my opinion, and vanish the instant that you start moving. So, your friend won't be distracted by these ads. They're hardly noticeable. BTW, there is only a single box (ad) that appears on the map, not multiple boxes and its very small. Seems to be mostly for Best Western motels (so now I'll NEVER stay at one), and it vanishes as soon as you start moving.
The chip goes into the USB port. It is on the upper left hand side (looking at it). I don't have the extra memory. You can select various maps that can hold all the info. I live in Texas so I select the map area that covers me. When you download you can see the various maps and just load what you need. If you are going on a trip that takes you from the west coast to the east coast you might need the extra storage. Since you ordered it you are covered. Just insert the memory before you download. Every time there are new maps available you will get a notice on your computer to download them. This is two or three times a year. Lifetime downloads are free.
I do not know why Garmin expects the average user to know what files can be deleted and how to do it.
If you have a Windows machine, you can do what I describe below. First of all, try to use a computer that does not have Garmin Lifetime Updater installed because it would probably try to initiate an update when you connect the unit to the computer.
1) Using the USB cable that came with the unit (or any other USB cable that fits the connection point on the unit) connect the unit to any USB port on the computer
2) Click Start - Computer (depending on which Windows you have it may say My Computer)
3) in the window that pops up find Garmin and double click on it
4) Double click on the Help folder; several subfolders of different languages will come up
5) Delete those folders whose language you feel are not needed
6) Click on the back arrow to get back to where all the main folders on the unit are shown (this is what came up after you did Step 3)
7) Do steps #4 and 5 on the Voice folder.
You could also trim the Text and Keyboard folders in a similar manner, although the file names are abbreviated and you have to decipher which language each is.
I did trim a lot of files, but I still needed to insert a memory card. I think claiming free lifetime map update is false advertising if you have to add, at your own cost, hardware to the unit to be able to download the update.
I had the dotted lines across the screen appear after a map update. You can NOT make them go away. It was like an entire row of dead pixels, all white. Not too noticible during the day, but an extreme distraction when driving at night. Called Garmin, they emailed me a postage paid shipping label & they sent me another (refurbished) unit in about 10 days. Smooth sailing so far.
yes, that option is there but you have to ask it for options and then it asks you for different route selections. Even last night, I tried entering an address and when I drive past that address, my GPS doesn't ask me to take a U turn and go back to my destination. Instead, it just follows my car.
The cord needs only to be plugged in for charging purposes or to use the traffic notification feature. Otherwise unplug from cord carry it around using the gps internal battery as power source. Hope this helps.
many times the lifetime traffic and maps only refers to the maps in North America. There are options on the Garmin website to buy additional maps (Northern Africa, Southern Africa, Egypt, etc) for an additional fee usually around $99.00.
You can stick the "black round thing" anywhere on the dash board. Then you can attach your garmin mount like attaching to windshield. Make sure you decide where you want it on the dash board (once you stick it, it is kind of stuck there for ever). Remove the thin film on the white tape (hard to remove). Once removed, it's very sticking. Before sticking it on the dash board plan ahead. Good luck!