TomTom ONE Tricks

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TomTom ONE Tricks
TomTom lets you change the GPS navigation voice. (yellow car, a honda Japanese sport car model image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.com)

The price of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices has dropped enough that nearly anyone can afford one. TomTom is one of the widely available GPS brands on the market. TomTom uses IQ Routes -- "smart" directions to your destination, routing you around traffic, construction and other potential problems. Arm yourself with six helpful tips and tricks to get the most from your TomTom ONE GPS.

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First Use

When you first purchase your TomTom ONE, you need to acquire a satellite signal so that the device can locate your exact location on the map. The easiest way to do this is to start your GPS while in a parked car. Place the device on your dashboard or mounted holder and allow to download for around 20 minutes. Once the initial link is made, the time it takes your GPS to acquire satellites should be much quicker.

Choice of Voices

If you don't care for the voice that comes with the TomTom ONE, you can download additional voices for free. Choose the accent and gender you enjoy listening to. You'll listen to the voice as the GPS gives you directions, so pick one that sounds pleasant. TomTom even allows you to download various celebrity voices. You can download additional voices by going to the TomTom website and clicking on the Voices category.

Find Red Light and Speed Cameras

The TomTom ONE has different software options available. You can download features that will alert you to cameras installed at red lights or for tracking speed, for example.

Get Rid of Bugs

If you pick up a bug when installing new firmware from your computer, simply download an older version of the software to take your GPS device back to an earlier version. Report the bug, and wait until any problems are worked out before downloading again.

Add Points of Interest

The TomTom ONE comes with a set number of local favourites already installed. This includes anything from local amusement parks to restaurants to hotels. You can increase the points of interest in your area through the TomTom ONE Home feature, which you can access when the TomTom and your home computer are linked with a USB cable.

TomTom Won't Start

If your TomTom One won't start, or it's acting really buggy and you want to reset it to factory new, you can do a hard reset. All of your user information will be lost during a hard reset. You will need to reset favourites, voices and install any additional software again. In general, most TomTom ONE models have a small pin hole near the location where you connect your GPS to your computer. Simply take a small pin or end of a paper clip and push into the hole. Hold for around 30 seconds to reset your device.

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