Garmin Montana

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by AugustFalcon, May 18, 2011.

  1. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    +1

    Very good point on first point but direct wire to battery with fuse in line next to battery is just about bullet proof for harm but not loss of power.
  2. Pete O Static

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    I would agree with exactly what you both have said however a relay is very simple to bypass in the unlikely event it ever failed.
  3. Bill Murray

    Bill Murray Been here awhile

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    I have been experiencing similar white screen problems (currently with the version 3.90 firmware). I plan to take special note of how I am handling power-ups and power-downs, with the rugged mount, to see if I can identify a pattern.
  4. duc916pilot

    duc916pilot kiwimike

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    I have just got my KLR on the road again and using my new Montana - first ride, everything worked as it should, very happy indeed. Second ride, I was riding same type of logging roads and thinking what a great device the Montana is - and then glanced at the darn thing and it had turned off! Turned it back on again and select "map" and it would switch off again. This kept happening until finally it started to work properly again, and no, we were in an open area at the time and reception would not have been a problem. The battery was showing a full charge, the GPS is in the Rugged Mount direct wired to the battery.
    I am at a loss, really need to have confidence in the unit as we are going on the CDR in August and will be relying on the Montana as our main unit. The other guys are even less GPS literate than I am.
    Was wondering - possibly there were too many maps enabled? Wrong profile maybe, it was in automotive profile (I was experimenting with different profiles) and we were in a place where the map did not show a road, seems hard to believe that would shut it down.
    Anyone else experienced such problems?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks, Mike
  5. Pete O Static

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    Earlier in the thread there were discussions regarding "non compatible battery" messages. I had this issue and when the message would come up, the unit would shutdown shortly afterwards. Sometimes while riding, with it in a powered rugged mount, I would miss the message and find the unit had powered off. This may be what is happening to you. This was most common on bumpy surfaces where the Montana's battery could move around. Try wrapping some tape around the battery to create a shim and stop the battery from moving within the compartment. I will bet that will resolve your issue.
  6. guns&coffee

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    I found using an ear plug in the case works well for keeping the battery still.
    Still looking for a decent topo map.:huh
  7. _cy_

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    so OSM maps are routeable but not searchable by address?
  8. kbroderick

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    They have some addressing data but it is neither complete nor entirely accurate.

    The CNNA data, in my experience, is similar to Google Maps—it's not entirely accurate but usually close enough (i.e. plus/minus a property or two).
  9. Callahan

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    Garmin TOPO U.S. 24K DVD - pic a region
  10. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    Hi All,

    Well, I just got my 600 after weeks and weeks of deliberating and reading EVERY SINGLE POST in this thread at least twice!

    I finally got it to show the maps I thought it should show, that I knew were on the card. It would only show MetroGuide no matter what else was enabled. Turns out after many tries at using Mapsource to upload, renaming the gpssupp.img, etc. I finally figured out that when I uploaded a *gdb named BMW rides, which I thought was just routes and TOPO USA, that it in fact had a few map tiles from Metroguide along with a couple thousand of the topo tiles!!

    Sheesh!

    Moral: Be VERY deliberate and check every screen and drop down menu before compiling and uploading maps!!

    One question I have for which I have never found an answer (OK, well maybe I skipped a few posts), is whether or not you can turn off the tracking?

    Another is whether there is a way to delete the BirdsEye imagery and a couple of maps that I'll never use which were included? Not because of memory, but I just don't like to have to page down a list just to find the half dozen maps I have put on the unit. Almost all of my maps would show up on the first page if I got rid of the extraneous ones. I'm afraid they may have been compiled in the BaseMap because I can't seem to find them listed.

    Also, A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE EXPERIENCED POSTERS HERE!! I have spent probably 40 hours learning from this thread and snipping many, many posts into a text file for a reference to keep forever. :clap
  11. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Track visibility is easy - go to Setup/Tracks/Track Log and set it to "Record, Do Not Show" and while you're there, set "Auto Archive" to Daily. This is not a necessity, but most people use that setting.

    Birdseye maps can be removed with the gps plugged into the computer in Mass Storage Mode, by going to the \Garmin\Birdseye folder and deleting the maps. It may be worth backing them up first, in case you change your mind later. You can also delete Birdseye maps by using Basecamp, but not if they're on the uSD card, at the moment.
  12. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Over eight months ago, I politely asked the Montana Team to increase the size of the zoom control buttons on the map page and to place them on opposite sides of the map so that they could more easily be used with gloves on. Well, today I had my heavier gloves on and could not zoom in on the map. I know, I know...you can simply touch the screen and jump to browse mode and the zoom controls are larger and spaced further apart. But, the basic map screen was bugging me. Sooooo, I've developed the TouchScreen Glove™. Here's a photo of the prototype. I've already filed my patent so don't get any ideas of going down to the local hardware store and buying a sheet of silicone rubber dots and affixing one to your favorite glove with some Super Glue. I'll be looking out for ripoff gloves out there. :eek1

    [​IMG]

    Works really well :D

    Cheers,
  13. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    Thanks,

    I also found two preloaded shortcuts that purport to turn off or on track logging. I'll have to play with them.
    I got the BirdsEye Maps off, I was just looking in the wrong folder because I thought they were photos.

    Now, I wonder if I can delete the 400 different language voice samples besides regular American English (and maybe British English for variety). I really don't need my Montana speaking to me in Farsi:lol3

    I looked in that folder, but until I understand which file type does what I'm leery. There is 427 Mb of voice files in there and I want that space!!!:huh

    I'm still trying to get MetroGuide V8 to autoroute by using Metrowizz, but it didn't work. Guess 'llI have to pay for Metrogold. I really don't get near cities often, and even without autorouting MetroGuide is good enough for me.

    Otherwise, I've been using TopoUSA since 1995 and out here in Idaho it still works just fine. It didn't work real well when I was navigating to Henderson from Vegas to go see Ricor about their rear shock replacement for the F650GS, but later at home I looked at MG V8 in the area and it would have got me there just fine.

    Anybody here get MG V8 to autoroute by using MetroGold before I waste $6? :rofl

    Thanks
  14. Emmbeedee

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    I deleted all those extra language files off all my gps units. If you decide you do want them back, you can use WebUpdater to choose which to download once again.
  15. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    And when you find one of us with the ripoff glove are you going to use the same finger? :rofl
  16. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    So do you know exactly which files you kept to make a few of the voices work?



    Interesting about WebUpdater, I thought that was just for the new software versions. Is it obvious how to do that?

    OOOOOOOH, I just can't WAIT for the new version with AUTO RECALCULATION TURNED COMPLETELY OFF!

    FOREVER!!!!!!
    :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
  17. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Yeah, that's the ticket. It could be our Montana TouchScreen Glove™ Club Solute! Wow! Two inventions in one day. And I thought my Engineering days were behind me.

    Cheers,
  18. Pete O Static

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    Rocky

    If you get tired of the generic American or British english, you can try some of these for fun. I have Arnold Swarzenegger in mine because I am riding a BMW. :)

    http://www.pigtones.com/garmin-voices/
  19. Emmbeedee

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    It's very obvious which are the language files you can remove. They are all in one directory.

    And re: WebUpdater and languages - once you run WU, it may tell you you have the current version, ask if you want to re-install that version, and/or check for additional files which will be languages and possibly an updated basemap. That kind of thing.
  20. guns&coffee

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    I'm using the 24K micro and it doesn't show Jeep trails that are on 24K USGS.
    Is the DVD different?