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    The most reliable dashcam - not looking for cheap

    I will try to start doing that! I will also take my DR500 out of my totalled car and install it in my new car with a new microSD, and I'll try to check it often. Thank you. I am grateful for some things: No one was injured In both cases the drivers stopped and handled it in a polite...
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    The most reliable dashcam - not looking for cheap

    Ok, which model is the current one? I really don't want something under $100. Come on, couldn't they spend a little more money to use higher quality components? I could live without GPS maybe. As for the microSD: it was a Transcend high-speed (10 or whatever), 64gb. I don't think it...
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    The most reliable dashcam - not looking for cheap

    It stopped recording 3 weeks ago. It didn't give me any kind of audible alert like, "hey, I'm not recording anymore". Power was on, LEDs were on, but it wasn't recording. If the LEDs are on and it's not recording due to some problem, it should audio alert me saying, "please check your...
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    The most reliable dashcam - not looking for cheap

    I've been on this forum for a couple of years. My current dashcam is / was a Blackvu 500. I had it installed during two accidents. Both were 100% not my fault. In the first accident, I was lightly rear-ended, and with the video, the other driver's insurance company didn't even discuss it...
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    My BlackVue DR500GWHD let me down

    I had a minor accident last night. I was 100% not at fault. The other guy was going fast, in reverse, not looking, and backed into me. I was completely unhurt, but my car is totaled. I pulled out the microSD and looked today and it had stopped recording about 3 weeks ago. It didn't give me...
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    Do the 600 and 500 use the same power supply and mounting?

    Thanks Smoking Rubber. I will wait. I'm finding that with the latest software, my 500 is working quite well. My only complaint right now is that I need to somehow get my Android tablet to play MP4s. I'm looking for the options on that. My Android tablet is actually an old B&N Nook Color...
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    Do the 600 and 500 use the same power supply and mounting?

    Thanks for the info Alex. I might just upgrade to the 600, even though my 500 is working ok right now. As my city is being turned into a dumping ground for the unemployed illiterates of Central America, our roads are getting crazier.
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    HOW TO: Change the GPS battery in the DR500GW-HD when date is 1970

    Thanks Alex. It ran pretty easily. I had to do: winetricks mfc42 to get it to run. I did that and it created a file BlackVue/config/settime.bin which contains binary data, which I assume is the current time. But I don't understand why I would need to set the time. It has access to GPS...
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    HOW TO: Change the GPS battery in the DR500GW-HD when date is 1970

    Good advice Hillbilly. I have soldered a little bit before and I understand the basics: you want to minimize the amount of heat you get into the components, which are all somewhat heat sensitive. However, I just now upgraded to the latest software on it, and it now works! GPS works and speed...
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    HOW TO: Change the GPS battery in the DR500GW-HD when date is 1970

    Hi Hilbilly, you're right. I watched that video and it looks like I could do it easily. Worst case I mess it up and I have to buy a new cam anyway. I found that I can get that battery from Digikey (major supplier of parts here in the US) for about $2. I'll also need a soldering iron and some...
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    HOW TO: Change the GPS battery in the DR500GW-HD when date is 1970

    I can't remember exactly the last time I pulled it out and looked at the video. I should do that. But I do know that the speed always shows up as 0 mph now, which is not good. I assume it gets the speed (and the time) from the GPS and so this means the GPS isn't working. I asked in another...
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    Formatting the SD card in the Blackvue 500

    Does anyone have experience formatting the card under Linux (Ubuntu)? I don't have easy access to a Windows or Mac computer here. What format is it and are there any special requirements? Thanks
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    Do the 600 and 500 use the same power supply and mounting?

    I have a 500, which takes good videos, but the GPS and time no longer work. I think it's a hardware problem and I need to replace it. Everything is already professionally installed in the car. What I am wondering is, if I get the 600, can I replace it without replacing the mounting and...
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    Looking to replace my Blackvue DR400G-HD

    I am also asking the same question as the OP. I have a Blackvue 500. It worked great at first, but now the GPS and clock don't work, and it runs very hot. I don't know if the GPS issue can be fixed by a firmware upgrade or not. I will try to upgrade the firmware but if that doesn't work, I...
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    HOW TO: Change the GPS battery in the DR500GW-HD when date is 1970

    My 500 no longer has working GPS or time. Do you think the problem is the battery? Or do I need to upgrade the firmware? If the battery is the problem I'm going to buy a new camera. Trying to change the battery is going to be too much effort for me.
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