Garmin Montana

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

  1. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    hmm, that's what stuff usually looks like in a rigid mount. i bet it would have survived if the mount were flexible.

    i dig seesing the mud crusted up on the screen. that's how they're supposed to look ! :D
  2. Antikid

    Antikid Been here awhile

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  3. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    I had one of those mounted to the stem on my mountian bike. In December I was road an obsticle I should have avoided, fell and cracked my sternum on my Montana. No damage to the Montana. I got an extension to move themount out farther. And chest protection.
  4. Antikid

    Antikid Been here awhile

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    here is the video of when I smashed it, and then the next day when I made it! This is one of the longer steeper hill climbs and the very top is super steep.

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  5. hugues

    hugues Adventurer

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    Is there any way to have the Montana 680t connect to Garmin Connect? I know the device itself cannot do so. Is there a bluetooth dongle or other trick to doing so? Cheers
  6. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Boy I wish there was a way to do that.
  7. River-Runner

    River-Runner Been here awhile

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    I'm planning for a summer trip to Idaho and have about 1500 miles now saved in tracks. I'll probably have another 200 miles when done. Is there a limit in the number of tracks, track points, I can put into the Montana? 64K card.

    Is there a quantifiable limit on the number of open tracks for the Montana? Does the system bog down with more tracks open? Have not tried this / loaded above about 1,000 miles of tracks.

    I want to make sure I'm within limits before I take off.

    Thanks.
  8. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    I'm not going to be much help.
    I thought there's a 200 track limit the guru's will show shortly.
    Probably know this but take paper maps.
    On the first day of my trip from KY to AK my zomo died.
    I did finally get it to come back on so I had a rolling map anyway.
    Good luck have fun.
    Fred
  9. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I don't know the numbers, but whatever the limits might be, they have been no issue for me. I routinely plan ~2500 mile trips with maybe 30-40 primary and backup tracks. I think I have seen tracks with 10k points, but I find 2k/150 miles works well.

    I think there is a limit to how many you can have open aka "Show on Map", maybe 25-30. The real limit for me is how much patience do I have to go in and enable them one by one. On the units I have had something happens sometimes that causes all tracks to revert to Hide on Map.

    Logic dictates that performance will be degraded with more tracks open, but I have never really noticed it.

    I am sure at one point I had at least 200 tracks loaded on the unit because I tended to just keep everything there.
  10. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    From tom at GPS City: "The track log will hold a maximum of 10,000 points within the internal memory.
    You could have 1 track with 10,000 points or 200 tracks with 50 points each.
    More tracks and points can be used by loading them to a microSD card using Basecamp.:


    Notice he is talking about the track LOG. I think this means that you can only load this amount, i.e, Show on Map. You may have hundreds of other tracks on the SD card. However, there is a practical limit because you cannot search for tracks in Track Manager, you must scroll through them. For me, about 30 tracks is the limit. Most of my tracks have only about 500 to 600 points, so I can enable about 20 at a time. I could be wrong about this as I have never encountered this limit.
  11. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    Garmin specifications are maximum saved tracks: 200tracks and 10,000pts/track
  12. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    I guess Tom is wrong then.....this post was several years old. We still haven't answered the question of whether this limit applies to internal memory only, i.e. you can have one track of 10,000 points in the track log, and/or you can have 200 tracks of 10,000 points each saved.....saved where? I'm sure you can put as many tracks as you like on the SD card, but will the Montana show all of them on the map?
    As I said, I've never even gotten close to whatever the limit is because I always load and unload tracks for each trip. Without the ability to show/hide all tracks, which we have been bitching about ever since the rollout, about 20 is the most I'm willing to show/hide at one time.
  13. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Under the title of interesting - because unless you do a side-by-side test you would never know.

    Today, I helped a friend setup his new M610. I have a an older (2012?) M650T.

    After copying a complete backup to a hard drive, I went through the M610 to get rid of useless files and folder he never intends to use and free-up disk space. I then copied over some profiles, poi files, screen images and such from mine to his.

    I restarted the M610 and looked around and sure enough things did not transfer across exactly - close in most cases - but since the M610 has different menu options not everything was picked up by the M610 as expected. Not much you can do here, just go through the new menu options and hit the desired settings (same but different). In addition, there are some differences with how the two handle *.img file recognition, but this only seems to affect CNNA image files.

    For some reason, I just expected that user software things (interface) would not have not changed with the new M610-M680 series - when you have a good thing, why change, right - just add the larger disk and Glonass and all is good. This is not the case - someone just had to change the menu options just enough to say - it is NEW, but not really - piddly stuff - just in drop-down name, sequence or order?????????

    Anyways, after getting things working I have to say that I am still happy I have my trusty old M650T - but would only like to add the Glonass (as I could get full satellite signal on the M610 in the deepest recesses of his basement, where my M650 could just keep searching till I exited the darkness.)

    I guess I will just have to cross spelunking from my list of future GPS activities, if I am going to keep my M650T.

    I try to learn something new every day!
  14. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    My wife's Montana 650 had the outer shell break in the area of the power button as has happened to others in this thread and in a Montana thread I admin on Facebook. So this morning I called to arrange for a refurb and the nice lady on the phone was impressed with the long list of units I have registered to me in MyGarmin, and said since I'm such a good customer that they would cover the switch problem under warranty!

    Wow, I have liked Garmin units for a long time, and extolled the virtues of the tech support and helpdesk people before, but this is amazing.

    The only thing that could make this better is if they sent a 680 instead.
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  15. Ruidoso Ron

    Ruidoso Ron Adventurer

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    I used to work with one of the two founders, before they founded Garmin. He is the "Gary" in Garmin. All I can say is that he was one of the most genuine and fine gentlemen that I have ever known. I am not surprised that he, and his company have done well.
  16. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    Did the Montana Wiki get moved? Looks like it's no longer a free site so hoping that the info is somewhere to be found.
  17. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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  18. River-Runner

    River-Runner Been here awhile

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    Is the Montana update from 2.7 to 2.8 working ok for folks?
  19. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You must have a newer Montana, like a 610 or 680. The 600 and 650 are way past 2.8.
  20. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    There's an update for the 600-650 series:

    Changes from version 7.20 to version 7.30:
    Fixed possible shutdown when creating automotive routes with certain maps

    Use WebUpdater or Garmin Express to get it.