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I Want to Punch My Garmin Zumo 450 In the Face… Again

I Want to Punch My Garmin Zumo 450 In the Face… Again

Zumo 450 - not working againIf you happen to be playing along at home and following closely on some of my travel photos – like stalkerazzi close – you may have noticed that sometimes the GPS isn’t powered on when I’m traveling.

Sometimes this is intentional. But, sometimes… it isn’t. It is during the latter times that I want to punch my Zumo 450 in the face.

I’m not certain what the magic combination of actions is for the electronic hate machine to decide it will stop working. But, based upon my research I’ve come to the following hypothesis: It happens when it feels like it.

  • If you leave the GPS in the cradle on the bike – it may or may not turn on the next time you hit the power button.
  • If you take the GPS out of the cradle – it may or may not turn on when you hit the power button.
  • If you try the GPS in a different cradle –  it may or may not turn on the next time you hit the power button.
  • If you plug the GPS in to your computer – it may or may not turn on.
  • If you really “need” the GPS – it may or may not turn on when you hit the power button.


I have discovered a fix.

  1. Go on a riding vacation to a far away place.
  2. Use your smartphone and its GPS feature to locate an auto parts or hardware store.
  3. Walk to said store and wait around for it to open.
    Please note: This step must take at least 45 minutes and delay your desired departure time for the day’s ride.
  4. Buy a set of allen keys that includes one the diameter of a hair.
    (that you didn’t bring on vacation with you, natch).
  5. With your newly purchased allen wrench, remove the Zumo 450’s battery for a second and then button the GPS back up.

Now, hit the power button.

VOILA! The GPS will “magically” turn back on.


While this will get the Zumo 450 working it will not fix the feeling of wanting to punch it in the face.

Yes, my Zumo 450 is old and discontinued. And no, I do not “need” it to navigate. It just becomes a matter of principal that drives me up the wall when the flippin’ thing decides it doesn’t feel like working.

I wish I could say that it was just my particular unit that was possessed by the devil but unfortunately another Zumo 450 owner tipped me off to just removing the battery to reset it.

And so, my saga with the GPS continues…

The GPS Blues: My Zumo 450 is Trying to Kill Me

The GPS Blues: My Zumo 450 is Trying to Kill Me

Preface: I generally do not use my GPS to navigate on my motorcycle. For the most part I use it to just log my ride and be there as a backup if I am looking for something specific like gas or a hotel. It is a rare occasion that I ever leave the house with a route programmed in to it to go somewhere. I still prefer to use paper maps and scribbles on paper. It’s my system, it works for me.

A few nights ago I decided to buy the Roadside America Attractions and Oddities POI download for GPS. At $20, it seemed like a good investment in finding the goofy stuff I love.

Garmin Zumo 450But, here I sit… a sad panda. I think my Zumo 450 GPS has moved beyond being an irritant. It is now trying to kill me.

I went through the simple and straightforward process of buying the Roadside America download. I plugged the GPS unit in to my computer, clicked download and… nothing. No error messages, no nothing. I went through the motions like a lunatic (expecting a different result) about 10 times.

So, after poking around on the device, restoring it to factory settings and ultimately downloading the POI file to my car Nuvi instead, it turns out the the Zumo 450 does not have enough space to download the 52MB .gbi file.

I looked around the web to see if I could find something that would allow me to convert the Roadside America .gbi to another format which could then be “massaged”. I tried GPSBabel but got no joy. Sonofa!

Patience isn’t my strong suit. I took a deep breath and tried to put all thoughts of punching a hole in my iMac away. There had to be a way to make this work, right? I mean, it isn’t rocket science.

I grabbed a 16GB SD card off my desk and using Spot it Out’s instructions loaded the files on there. Surely this had to be the answer! I popped the card into the Zumo and… my Zumo doesn’t recognize the data. I got nothing but an infuriating “No Extras Loaded” message when I went to the Extras option on the GPS.

Aaaaaarrrgh! You have got to be flippin’ kidding me!

Just for giggles, I tried another SD card. This time a 2GB version. Same result. No Extras Found.

Mr Rooney Screaming

For cryin’ out loud! I realize that the Zumo 450 is an older now retired unit, but c’mon. At this point I was pretty well incensed and ready to meltdown. I may or may not have let out a scream like Mr. Rooney did when they towed his car away.

I broke down and sent an email to the retailer Spot It Out to see if they would supply me with a different file format. ::crosses fingers::

If you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear ’em!