Garmin Montana

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

  1. Pine Sol

    Pine Sol Been here awhile

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    wait a minute......

    ok, so upon first thought, it looked like all was good, but i went out for a ride, and found that the streets were not there, as seen here... at 500m, i should be able to see everything....
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  2. Motomochila

    Motomochila Mad Scientist

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    Anyone experience trouble with recharge with a Shorai battery? I've had two failures, both on touratech mounts; one on my KTM 690 and today on my GSA. In Vienna on a euro- tour for three months and the 650 takes a dump with "non supported external battery" WTF now? :huh
  3. Pine Sol

    Pine Sol Been here awhile

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    downloading-installing-open-street-maps

    ok, so i have followed all the steps, added it to the gps, named it, but when i turn on the gps, i am unable to see the map?

    what am i missing?

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    thank you.
    edward
  4. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    The BASEMAP is severely crude and should not be used for navigation purposes, as it does not contain anything beyond major highways, and they are incredibly crude and inaccurate in their representation.

    The BASEMAP is only intended to help you locate places on the map screen from very high zoom levels, nothing more.

    If you want a detailed and accurate street map, you will need to install one.
  5. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    What is the size of the OSM *.img file on the GPSr? (You added an image, so I can see it is 1.5 GB.

    What are your map setup settings for detail and zoom set to?
  6. Pine Sol

    Pine Sol Been here awhile

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    when i first bought it, i turned it on, and it had streets and cities on north america (at least i think it had, i dont recall adding any maps to it)
  7. Pine Sol

    Pine Sol Been here awhile

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  8. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    I'm having the same problem. Wonder if your came with SD Card? The person who sold it to me didn't include his.
  9. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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    Just saw on Facebook software 5.2 is out, though the only thing mentioned is that they updated the Icelandic keyboard. I guess that warrants a point number increase... :wink:
  10. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Garmin does not include uSD cards with the Montana, or any other GPS. Vendors may include special packages with uSD cards, but the only maps above and beyond the BASEMAP that garmin ships with the Montana are the 100k Topo map, and it is pre-installed on the GPSr, not on an uSD card.

    I suggest some reading here to help you in a productive direction.
  11. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Just stick an earplug or two into the battery compartment. All Montanas have that problem, sooner or later. It's not serious.
  12. motoreiter

    motoreiter Long timer

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    It's not serious until the battery jiggling around breaks off the battery contacts. I'd put some padding in the battery compartment sooner rather than later.
  13. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    The battery can't jiggle around that much, afaik. I've never heard of the Montana breaking any contacts. The contacts to the Lithium aren't the breakable kind, anyway. The AA connections, on the other hand probably could be broken but I don't hear of many [people using those unless it's an emergency.

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  14. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    What does that piece of tape do?
  15. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Micro memory storage..... I think.
  16. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    You may find this post interesting :)
  17. pro5mark

    pro5mark Adventurer

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    I beg to differ. I posted this in another thread but I'll post it here also.

    I'm on my second Montana and I'm starting to think that the unit is just not built for the abuse of an off road bike. I have it set up with the rugged mount on three different bikes, two road bikes and a KTM 690E. The first unit was fine till I used it on a week long expedition on the 690. The second unit just failed after a couple hours of light dual sporting on the washboard Michigan back roads.

    Both units that I've had work fine as long as they are in the mount but as soon as I pull the unit or it looses power to the mount it dies immediately.

    The pictures below shows the same fate of the both units that I have had. This unit only has one pin broken (originally had 4 pins), my first unit had all four pins broken off. This unit also has a foam block installed at factory and the battery fits very snugly, to the point where its hard to get the battery out.

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  18. dvmvm

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    Looking at the pictures, it seems to me that it might also have been caused by putting in the battery backside first and then the contacts. Or gettirg it out at the contact side first.
    Especially the newer Montana's have a thicker foam at the back of the battery compartment, which makes it difficult pressing it in at the backside. Even I was tempted to press it in at the contacts, but luckily I never did.

    Summar:
    Always put in the battery at the contact side first, then press the back in. And get it out with the backside first!

    I don't mean to say that this is the cause of the broken contacts, but a warning on this forum is fear enough I think.
  19. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Is it even possible to insert the battery this way? The end of the battery with the contacts has two recessed notches that must engage protrusions in the Montana case. I am dubious if it is even possible to press the battery down past these, and I do not think I will press the issue with my Montana. :)
  20. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    I've been using the AA batteries with a 690E and off-road riding for near 2 years....the stock Montana battery doesn't tolerate the vibration and I had numerous shutdowns even after stuffing the battery with earplugs, etc.
    The AA's will last for months if you're using the powered rugged mount...and no more shutdowns....