RAD500G Updates?

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So I downloaded the Cobra Software from their website to update my RAD500G, which has some really old data in it... and the app crashes every single time. It says I need Windows 7, so I dug up a Windows 7 PC and tried that, nothing. Tried a Windows XP, a Windows 8 and Windows 10. All are failures.

The DB includes cameras that were purposed but never passed, doesn't include the slew of red light and speed cameras that were installed in the last year, and is telling me about speed traps in areas that have never had speed traps.

Ideally I wish I could just modify the DB myself so it would be accurate, but I have not found any information on how to do that either....

Has anybody updated the RAD500G Successfully? Or did I just purchase a total flop?
 
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Welcome to RDF! I saw this post earlier, but was hoping someone could offer you some help to your questions. A few hours went by and I thought, "No responses yet? I'll try to help". I think you may be one of the first legitimate RDF members that has needed assistance with a Cobra in quite some time.

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First I'll address your question as best as I'm able. A disclaimer: I'm not experienced with the Cobra detectors, and can't say I'm enthusiastic about them based on community testing data. That said, I looked around to see if I could find anything of use to help you out. It seems that documentation is a little sparse.

I found these links, which I'm betting you've most likely seen, but I'll post them just in case you haven't.
Since there isn't a lot to go with, I'd recommend calling their technical support. Maybe they'll have some tips for you, or even a fix for getting their software to run on specific versions of Windows.

Now, for a quick soap box speech...

I do my best to stay out of talking people out of specific detectors or brands of detectors, but I'll make an exception here as I genuinely wouldn't want to see you get burned with that unit. The Cobra's are typically very poor performers based on community testing. Their detection range is often times so poor that they won't alert you until after the police have acquired your speed, even when the police are stationary and their radar is transmitting constant on.

Here's some testing that Vortex did on their $200 model, the SPX series. The map overhead photos are labeled with markers indicating where on the test course specific units alerted.


I suppose if you are a more conservative driver and aren't as worried about speeding, but rather would prefer the unit simply for its reminders about RedLight cameras, Speed Cameras, and etc, then it could feasibly be of value to you. The problem then is back to what you've identified yourself, being that the GPS database is not current, with the last update being more than a year ago.

You may want to supplement the GPS RedLight Camera and Speed Camera alert with another solution such as the Waze app (owned by Google). If you prefer a dedicated hardware device for GPS alerts, there is also the SpeedCheetah, though they are pricey. Another possibility is to look at one of Escort's Passport Max series detectors. I suggest the Max as the minimum I would ever recommend in a product from Escort. The Max II has GPS, BlueTooth, and very good false filtering. You can get the camera alerts built in. Also, by pairing your phone to the detector, it will pull the latest up to date locations from their online GPS database and alert you to the newest cameras. There are also other high quality detectors from other manufacturers at a similar price point. The Uniden DFR9 offers free lifetime GPS database alerts, and has great detection range for its price point. If you watch the forum, members will highlight sales events where you can get good deals on the unit.

Please let us know how things go for you. I wish you the best, and hope that you're able to get the GPS updates situation sorted.
 

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Snipped the long reply but wanted you to know I was replying direct.

What do you think about the Uniden R3? Looking here Radar Detector Product Reviews | Vortex Radar it seems to be the #1. I wouldn't be opposed to picking it up if I can sell the Cobra on Facebook to somebody.
I think that's a good plan. The R3 is a slightly more technical RD than say an Escort Passport Max series. What I mean is there are more options to configure. However the members on the forum can give you advice for tuning it depending on your driving habits and your geographic and LEO demographic.

The R3 is a fantastic detector. I just gave mine to a coworker as I purchased the just-released R7. The R3 is no slouch. It's saved me multiple times, in even some of the toughest scenarios (I/O detections about 3.5 miles out, around a bend, and two mountain crests away). There are a few R3's for sale right now by members who have upgraded to the R7 that just came out. They are in a section "For Sale / Wanted by Members", at or below $300 USD. FYI You can't yet see that section as it's for members who've hit 50 posts or more, or have donated $35 for a Premium Membership. Once you have 50 posts or are a premium member, those forums will be visible to you here.

I think it may be beneficial to have you create a post in the General Radar Detector Discussion section. There is a sticky post that has a questionnaire that you can copy and fill out. This has some questions that help us understand the type of driver you are (driving habits) and the area you generally drive in. This is important for us as members close by are familiar with tactics and threat types that you may encounter. Some detectors are better than others at detecting specific types of RADAR (for example, MRCD/T & Gatso, Low Powered K Band such as the Stalker Patrol K Band, KSI Falcon HR, Stalker RP-1, or tactics used such as moving I/O, etc. The goal is to get you the quietest detector (best false filtering) but without compromising you on detecting legitimate threats you face. For example, Escort radar detectors are pretty good set-it-and-forget-it detectors, but they achieve their quietness by introducing a delay to K band detections; it's a compromise. Other detectors like the Radenso Pro M are great at false filtering while not filtering out Low Powered K Band, which could be a must-have feature if you live in MRCD/T & Low-Powered K Band territory.

I'd definitely recommend you create a post in the general radar detector section and copy the questionnaire template from the post here: How to Ask for A Radar Detector recommendation:

It will help us give you the most relevant recommendations.
 

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I think that's a good plan. The R3 is a slightly more technical RD than say an Escort Passport Max series. What I mean is there are more options to configure. However the members on the forum can give you advice for tuning it depending on your driving habits and your geographic and LEO demographic.

The R3 is a fantastic detector. I just gave mine to a coworker as I purchased the just-released R7. The R3 is no slouch. It's saved me multiple times, in even some of the toughest scenarios (I/O detections about 3.5 miles out, around a bend, and two mountain crests away). There are a few R3's for sale right now by members who have upgraded to the R7 that just came out. They are in a section "For Sale / Wanted by Members", at or below $300 USD. FYI You can't yet see that section as it's for members who've hit 50 posts or more, or have donated $35 for a Premium Membership. Once you have 50 posts or are a premium member, those forums will be visible to you here.

I think it may be beneficial to have you create a post in the General Radar Detector Discussion section. There is a sticky post that has a questionnaire that you can copy and fill out. This has some questions that help us understand the type of driver you are (driving habits) and the area you generally drive in. This is important for us as members close by are familiar with tactics and threat types that you may encounter. Some detectors are better than others at detecting specific types of RADAR (for example, MRCD/T & Gatso, Low Powered K Band such as the Stalker Patrol K Band, KSI Falcon HR, Stalker RP-1, or tactics used such as moving I/O, etc. The goal is to get you the quietest detector (best false filtering) but without compromising you on detecting legitimate threats you face. For example, Escort radar detectors are pretty good set-it-and-forget-it detectors, but they achieve their quietness by introducing a delay to K band detections; it's a compromise. Other detectors like the Radenso Pro M are great at false filtering while not filtering out Low Powered K Band, which could be a must-have feature if you live in MRCD/T & Low-Powered K Band territory.

I'd definitely recommend you create a post in the general radar detector section and copy the questionnaire template from the post here: How to Ask for A Radar Detector recommendation:

It will help us give you the most relevant recommendations.

Sent!
 

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So update to this..... while the box even said that the database could be updated, it seems Cobra will not be updating it at all.

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I'd pretty much assume that you will never be able to update this product.....which makes it worthless! :D Off to purchase the R3 I go.
 

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So update to this..... while the box even said that the database could be updated, it seems Cobra will not be updating it at all.

View attachment 116722

I'd pretty much assume that you will never be able to update this product.....which makes it worthless! :D Off to purchase the R3 I go.
Strange. You'd think they'd at least release 1 database update per year at minimum just as normal maintenance.
 
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Man that's dirty as. Cedar at thier finest it seems :(
 

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