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Old 03-29-2009, 06:38 AM   #31
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:51 AM   #32
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Update:

Went out for a longish ride on my XR650L on Saturday and began having issues with the power connection to the Oregon. The vibration seemed to break the connection every so often for just the slightest moment -- but enough time so that the Oregon kept telling me a USB cable was detected and asking if I wanted to go to mass storage mode. Very annoying. I ended up unplugging it and running on battery power with the backlight off (which, incidentally, worked fine in direct sunlight, and was still just barely legible in shadows).

When I got home I tried plugging the Oregon into my computer for power (with a different cable) but could not reproduce this intermittent power-loss issue. I think the problem is in the plug on the Powerlet-USB cord, not in the Oregon itself.

It would also help to get the adapter that converts the cable to a power-only one so the Oregon doesn't ask if mass storage mode is desired. This way even if power is interrupted momentarily, the unit shouldn't put up dialog boxes requiring user input.

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Old 06-23-2009, 10:56 PM   #33
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Update:

Went out for a longish ride on my XR650L on Saturday and began having issues with the power connection to the Oregon. The vibration seemed to break the connection every so often for just the slightest moment -- but enough time so that the Oregon kept telling me a USB cable was detected and asking if I wanted to go to mass storage mode. Very annoying. I ended up unplugging it and running on battery power with the backlight off (which, incidentally, worked fine in direct sunlight, and was still just barely legible in shadows).

When I got home I tried plugging the Oregon into my computer for power (with a different cable) but could not reproduce this intermittent power-loss issue. I think the problem is in the plug on the Powerlet-USB cord, not in the Oregon itself.

It would also help to get the adapter that converts the cable to a power-only one so the Oregon doesn't ask if mass storage mode is desired. This way even if power is interrupted momentarily, the unit shouldn't put up dialog boxes requiring user input.

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With the imminent release of the Oregon 550, did you have any success with this problem?

Still happeneing/ Find a way to resolve it?
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:41 PM   #34
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With the imminent release of the Oregon 550, did you have any success with this problem?

Still happeneing/ Find a way to resolve it?
I fixed the problem by cutting off the MiniUSB plug on the end of the Powerlet cable and splicing on one from a known-good MiniUSB cable. It works fine now and has survived heat, dust, mud, and heavy rain without issue.

Other people, I've heard, have bought the Garmin car power cable for the Oregon (it's different from the Colorado one, FYI) and spliced a Powerlet plug on in place of the cigarette-lighter plug, while retaining the step-down electronics built into the cigarette-lighter plug.

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Old 06-25-2009, 02:26 AM   #35
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I fixed the problem by cutting off the MiniUSB plug on the end of the Powerlet cable and splicing on one from a known-good MiniUSB cable. It works fine now and has survived heat, dust, mud, and heavy rain without issue.

Other people, I've heard, have bought the Garmin car power cable for the Oregon (it's different from the Colorado one, FYI) and spliced a Powerlet plug on in place of the cigarette-lighter plug, while retaining the step-down electronics built into the cigarette-lighter plug.

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Excellent - thanks for that mate.

Got an Oregon 550 on pre-order at the moment - will be fiddling around with it in a few weeks time. Might be forced to PM you when the time comes for installation tips.

Supposedly the back light on the new 550 and 550t are brighter than in previous models.... coupled with the nuclear power plant ill be rigging her up to that is a Yamaha WR250R, I shouldn't have any problems with screen visibility.

I note in your earlier posts that the visibility issue on the Oregon isn't all that bad when wired up to a bike... which is good because that was nearly a deal breaker for me.

Thanks again, and if you have any more pointers, Id be interested to hear them!
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:02 AM   #36
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I note in your earlier posts that the visibility issue on the Oregon isn't all that bad when wired up to a bike... which is good because that was nearly a deal breaker for me.
Screen legibility has not been an issue for me at all as long as the Oregon is plugged in. On a sunny day it does fine unplugged with the backlight turned off too.

I've got to say that I've been very happy with the Oregon. It's exceeded my expectations.

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Old 06-25-2009, 07:20 AM   #37
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Screen legibility has not been an issue for me at all as long as the Oregon is plugged in. On a sunny day it does fine unplugged with the backlight turned off too.

I've got to say that I've been very happy with the Oregon. It's exceeded my expectations.

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Cheers!

It was your comments like this in a different thread (The Colorado thread) that persuaded me in the end.

Its very bright over here in Western Australia... we get heaps of sun all year round and the weight of reviews roundly condemned the screen brightness. However it appears as if the majority of those condemning the screen were using the Oregon on purely battery power.

From the photos you've posted in another thread, and based on the above comment, it looks like this problem is ameliorated somewhat by running direct from vehicle power.

Also the 550 has (supposedly) a better back light.
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Old 06-27-2009, 03:38 AM   #38
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i bought the 200 after loosing my 60cs off the bike.

i find its a huge improvement. I mainly ride desert's so its just popping in a waypoint and straight lining. So i don't use much of the routing side of things.

I run it off recharegable batteries and have no real complaints about the screen.
The battery connections are a lot better than the 60cs and don't rattle loose with the vibes from the bike.

I didnt bother with the 300 or 400 as topo maps arent available for the areas i ride and i dont think id use any of the other feature.

the adding waypoints is simple, due to the on screen keyboard. All works with gloves on.

all in all. i'm very happy.

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Old 06-27-2009, 11:04 AM   #39
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Love mine

I have the 400t and love it. I use Energizer Rechargeable 2500mAh NiMH batterys. They last @ 5.5 hours at full backlight. That gets me 11 hours before I need to use the charger. I use the Energizer quick charger and have full battery in 15min.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:17 AM   #40
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Oregon 400T user also. It's been great. Wired the Garmin plug for the Oregon into the bike's power. Mounted unit using RAM components. Their holder for the unit is awesome...nice and tight, no slipping or rattling. Not an off-roader but it's been through two huge downpours on the road without issue.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:23 PM   #41
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Oregon 400T mounted on my WR250R. Gps did take a dump on me. Just faded out when I turned it on. I hope the replacement will last longer.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:59 AM   #42
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Oregon 400T mounted on my WR250R. Gps did take a dump on me. Just faded out when I turned it on. I hope the replacement will last longer.
Similar set up to what im looking for on my WR250R (Will be going the Touratech mount for extra security, and will be mounting the new Oregon 550).

Any more photos with her working?
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:59 AM   #43
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I ran into a deal at BestBuy on a 400t.
My 885T went tits up and I got the Oregon 400t and a cheapy Nuvi for the truck.

I ordered a hardwire kit and Ram mount from GPSCity.com. (GREAT service BTW). I have not been home yet to mount it all.

I have been playing with the Oregon in the big rig and bought the new City Nav NT. I promptly learned that topo is almost impossible to disable, so I copied it over to the PC and deleted it off the Oregon. I updated the software to 3.10.

The screen and interface is easy enough to read and navigate. I even was able to put my 6 most used icons on the first page. The ceramic antenea is not the best in my big rig, but if I walk around or move it closer to the windsheild it works great. I assume it being on the LuCy4 it will hold signal well. I'll know in a day or two.
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Old 08-31-2009, 01:53 PM   #44
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I ran into a deal at BestBuy on a 400t.
My 885T went tits up and I got the Oregon 400t and a cheapy Nuvi for the truck.

I ordered a hardwire kit and Ram mount from GPSCity.com. (GREAT service BTW). I have not been home yet to mount it all.

I have been playing with the Oregon in the big rig and bought the new City Nav NT. I promptly learned that topo is almost impossible to disable, so I copied it over to the PC and deleted it off the Oregon. I updated the software to 3.10.

The screen and interface is easy enough to read and navigate. I even was able to put my 6 most used icons on the first page. The ceramic antenea is not the best in my big rig, but if I walk around or move it closer to the windsheild it works great. I assume it being on the LuCy4 it will hold signal well. I'll know in a day or two.
what was the price you found for the Oregon 400T?
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:38 PM   #45
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okay I own an 60CX , and I had a Colorado which I sold to buy the 60 as the display was not great without full backlight plus tourtech did not make a mount for it. Anyway my 60 will most likely go in for service and I want a Oregon as a backup unit. I own the topo 08 and topo 24k, so I do not need them preloaded. I do want to be able to plug into external power. Will a 200 work for this or do I really need a 300?
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