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Almost every time I put in an address it tells me that the address doesn't exist! What makes it even more frustrating is that it won't even show you the general area of the address if it did exist.

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Hi kGeorge

You haven't revealed which model of Prius you're driving and the 'package' you have. Apparently, you have the NAVigation system. I suggest you post in your Avatar and Signature more detail about WHERE you are and year and equipment of your Prius. Other forum members will be able to address your questions somewhat better if we know which model and how equipped.

As to your question. The Prius NAV system is VERY persnickety about how you enter address information. If your 'live map' is working - showing your highways and streets and your progress along your route, the GPS system IS working.

Here's a link which can assist you in learning how to use the NAV system along with the Manual. This is an online DVD which works best if you have a fast Internet connection - like DSL. Good Luck learning to use your NAV system:

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Thanks. And sorry I'm new to forums. What is a 'signature' and an 'avatar'?

I live in Canada (Vancouver) and my Prius is a 2006 with the top-of -the-line package that's offered in Canada.

Thanks again.

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No problem. In the header above, click on "Profile" and you will have blanks you can use to indicate your avatar and signature.

The Avatar is the info which appears to the left - mine has the cat picture and other info. - the picture can be anything you want although there are some size requirements.

The "Signature" is what will appear at the bottom of each posting you originate or to which you respond. It is filled in on the appropriate blanks in the "Profile" section.

As I mentioned before, if you see streets and highways and movement of the symbol representing your Prius on your display, the GPS is working. Even though I'm on my second Prius with NAVagation systems, I still sometimes have some trouble inputting addresses... so it will take some 'learning' and practice to successfully enter addresses. It really is not very instinctive.

I hope the link to the online NAV system will be helpful - it was for me.

There's another helpful forum PriusChat.com - and there's a helpful web site which also contains a more "English" manual written by John: Take a look at:

http://john1701a.com/

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You will find some places where it will tell you it does not exist, because it has not been updated for that area. For example, we go paintballing at 9030 Somerset, in Bellflower. Well at least 2 years ago, Somerset in Bellflower was named Compton Dr. or something. So when you put in 9030 Somerset, it doesn't find it in Bellflower. We resort to putting in Somerset in Paramount (right next door when Somerset DOES exist) and figuring it out from there.

If you can get there once, I suggest using the "mark" option on your NAV, and that will mark it, regardless of where you are--however, it will only use the streets that it knows, not any "new" ones that aren't even on the map (but are new in the sense of a new home complex, etc.).

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Often if the NAV doesn't have the address (house/building number) but finds the stree, it will offer you a range that it can accept for the street you designated.

But consider that by the time the map data gets to Toyota, it can be a few years old. Same is true with the POI information.
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Hi, guys,

It may just be me, but when I try Charles' link to the on line DVD I just get : "Page cannot be found" (& I DO have DSL). Is there something missing or something extra in the link's address line?

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Thanks very much everyone. I'm hoping that prius will be providing us with updated DVDs occassionally?

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For the GPS problem... did you check to see that you have the correct region selected? On my 2004, there are many regions to select from. I've found that if it is set on the wrong region, it won't pickkup the New England addresses, even though I know they are in there somewhere. On the 2004, you have that Change region option on the same screen as the rest of the nav options. It's in the upper left corner above the map of North America.

In contrast to a previous post, I find entering the address to be fairly easy. In terms of speed of entering addresses, I always enter the city first, then the street, then the number. By entering the city first, that automatically narrows down the street options and gives you a succinct list of streets to choose from. Once the display shows that there are 10 or fewer options to select from, I hit 'list' so the available streets (or cities) pop up and I don't have to type more letters. The only place I have to poke at the 'keyboard' is when I'm, entering a destination name like 'Sam's' or 'Ben & Jerry's". The data entry on apostrophes, ampersands and spaces between words can be inconsistent (or maybe it's me). Once you've entered the destination, it can be quickly pulled up from the 'previous address' list. The programed buttons (at the botton of the display screen are the most challenging to program, but it only took me a couple minutes to figure it out...

Driving in parts of Rural New England, usually the directions and POI's are fairly accurate if you are within 15 miles of a major road. Once you go further afield than that, it does become a bit sketchier. (Never believe what it says about the 'Big Dig' in Boston. The roads are totally different.)

If you are using the voice activated feaures, I find mine responds more accurately to a deeper voice pitch...and if you are looking for a place to pick up a bottle of wine on the way to wherever, for some reason, the folks at Toyota decided to leave "liquor store' out of the available places to call for!

Toyota does have updates to the nav database, but they charge you for it. I got a 'free upgrade' they year after I bought it, but I think it was some type of programing issue on toyota's part that they were correcting.

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Hi, guys,

It may just be me, but when I try Charles' link to the on line DVD I just get : "Page cannot be found" (& I DO have DSL). Is there something missing or something extra in the link's address line?

Ken (in Bolton,Ct)
Ken, it's not you. Charles posted a bad link.
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