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Old 06-16-2013, 08:08 PM   #8446
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Thanks for the reply folks.
Well, I'm not impressed. This unit is messed up for sure, after a single 2 day ride on dirt roads. I've got it mounted to a ram mount, and 1 ear plug under the cover failed to stop the "unsupported battery" warning, and shut downs. Then near the end of the second day, the screen calibration issue started.

I just installed 5.0 (from 4.9) and did a master reset before, and after the upgrade, and it's still acting the same. The screen is uncalibrated enough to make it difficult too select items I want, and the screen calibration program gets stuck in a continuous loop - after pressing the dots as needed, I see a brief flash of the display setup screen again, and then it goes back into the calibration program. Have to shut it down to get out.

No screen protector on the unit, and I'm inside (no sun).

I hope Garmin hooks me up, and fast, but I still wonder if I can trust this thing to get me along the CDR starting in 3 weeks...
Your problem sounds strangely like the problems seen in the very first Montana's released. Where/when did you purchase your unit?
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:23 PM   #8447
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I just installed 5.0 (from 4.9) and did a master reset before, and after the upgrade, and it's still acting the same. The screen is uncalibrated enough to make it difficult too select items I want, and the screen calibration program gets stuck in a continuous loop - after pressing the dots as needed, I see a brief flash of the display setup screen again, and then it goes back into the calibration program. Have to shut it down to get out.
I had this same issue - infinite loop in screen calibration mode.

Call/contact Garmin support - they replaced my unit.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:15 AM   #8448
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I had this same issue - infinite loop in screen calibration mode.

Call/contact Garmin support - they replaced my unit.

Yup, mailed off this am to Garmin for replacement.
Hopefully, the replacement will prove more robust than the previous, or my CDR ride may get interesting.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:17 AM   #8449
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Your problem sounds strangely like the problems seen in the very first Montana's released. Where/when did you purchase your unit?
I bought it from the 'bay - completely unused - this winter.
Battery was manufactured in '11.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:50 AM   #8450
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I bought it from the 'bay - completely unused - this winter.
Battery was manufactured in '11.
Almost all of the batteries were Mfg'd in 2011 but if your unit S/N was one of the original models it's pretty nice of Garmin to honor the warranty on a two year old eBay unit.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:59 AM   #8451
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Almost all of the batteries were Mfg'd in 2011 but if your unit S/N was one of the original models it's pretty nice of Garmin to honor the warranty on a two year old eBay unit.
is there a serial number/date list someplace?
And indeed, Garmin is treating me well.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:15 AM   #8452
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So, got my Montana 600 finally. Something I wonder about. It's mentioned an ear plug in the battery compartment to keep the battery from coming loose. I noticed in mine there is some foam already on the cover and backing of the compartment. Did they make a change in the design to fix that issue?
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:18 AM   #8453
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is there a serial number/date list someplace?
And indeed, Garmin is treating me well.
No list but this link to earlier discussions here might be helpful....
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:40 AM   #8454
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A little guidance please!

I am leaving to ride the TAT next week. I have tracks entered for every leg except Oregon and Nevada, so I ordered them from Sam. They come as a ".gdb" file via email. Would someone be so kind to walk me through the sequence of key strokes to ge the data to my Montana. Thank you in advance!
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:41 AM   #8455
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No list but this link to earlier discussions here might be helpful....
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:47 AM   #8456
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I am leaving to ride the TAT next week. I have tracks entered for every leg except Oregon and Nevada, so I ordered them from Sam. They come as a ".gdb" file via email. Would someone be so kind to walk me through the sequence of key strokes to ge the data to my Montana. Thank you in advance!
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1. Create a new List in BaseCamp

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:03 AM   #8457
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Mine was 28t 000xxx
Yes...a very early S/N.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:07 AM   #8458
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So, got my Montana 600 finally. Something I wonder about. It's mentioned an ear plug in the battery compartment to keep the battery from coming loose. I noticed in mine there is some foam already on the cover and backing of the compartment. Did they make a change in the design to fix that issue?
The later units have a thicker pad of foam at the end of the battery compartment opposite of the contacts. But, I think you'd be well served to still put an earplug in there or some tap on the sides of the battery at the contact end.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:08 AM   #8459
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So, got my Montana 600 finally. Something I wonder about. It's mentioned an ear plug in the battery compartment to keep the battery from coming loose. I noticed in mine there is some foam already on the cover and backing of the compartment. Did they make a change in the design to fix that issue?
Yes, the newer ones have the extra foam. If you get no un-announced shutdowns you are good to go. If you do still have issues, try two plugs.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:17 AM   #8460
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Yes, the newer ones have the extra foam. If you get no un-announced shutdowns you are good to go. If you do still have issues, try two plugs.
Even with the extra foam you still see shutdowns. I spoke to a couple of guys this weekend who experienced that exact situation. Just put an earplug under the battery cover and be done with it.
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