Garmin Montana

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

  1. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    :hmmmmm I don't have that problem at all. Where To? -> Coordinates seems to work just fine on my v3.64. Sounds like you might have an indexing issue. You might try removing all personal data do a Master Reset and then reload your data if you have any on the Montana.

    Cheers,
  2. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    First ride with the montana, hooked to my bluetooth system (Sena) worked perfect!
    Iwell, the sena does cut off the word "point" for .5 miles while the bluetooth system switches from MP3's to SR10 (interface Montana is plugged into)
    Love my own personal layout of labels (that's what the Montana is all about!)

    Love the GPS, but hate Basecamp (so far). I need to spend more time on Basecamp before I bad mouth it.

    The one thing I noticed is waypoints are always around 25 yards off the side of the road. Probably zooming in more before placing points will stop this problem.

    I threw together a 50 miles of back roads, with maybe 10 waypoints (took 15 minutes and I don't know basecamp yet)
    I thought the GPS had changed my route, until I got home and compared the track to the actual route on PC. It was perfect.
  3. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I think I figured out why the coordinate search didn't work: my waypoint memory was full, and I bet that the search process requires a waypoint to work. Today I did a reset to get rid of the excess of waypoints and now coordinate search works just fine. No hesitation at all.
  4. Rick001

    Rick001 Never too old

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    Have a question that I hope you guys can answer.
    I have Topo Australia & NZ maps for turn by turn navigating, and have also installed Shonky Top maps on sd card as they are better for 4wd tracks.

    Can I set it up so that I have the Topo map automatically showing in Motorcycle profile, and Shonky when in Recreational profile?

    This damn thing is smarter than I am, but most technology is...
  5. Emmbeedee

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    You can do better than that: create two new profiles and call one of them Topo Maps and call the other one Shonky Maps, and go to each one and set it up the way you want. That way you don't modify the basic profiles, and you can modify the new ones to your needs. They'll be easy to find cause their names will tell you what they are for.

    To create new profiles go to Setup/Profiles, click on + Create New Profile at the top, you'll find a new profile at the bottom of the list called Profile X, select that, then select Edit Name, then once you've named it go back and select it again from the list and select "Move Up" as often as it takes to get it to the top, or at least higher on the list.
  6. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    From what I understand, when you create a new profile, it takes the setting that are currently active, and saves it to the new profile. So if you are already set to motorcycle, and other settings you like first, when you save the new profile you will already be close to what you want :)
  7. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    And, once you have your Profiles setup you can take the customization one step further by creating Shortcuts that will not only activate a Profile, but will configure your Map Page, initialize Settings (like clear your Track Log, Show it on the Map, etc.) and start an Application (like shift to the Map Page or start Geocaching app).

    Shortcuts is really an inadequate name - they can, in one touch, activate a Profile, change many Settings and start an Application. As an example, I have a Shortcut that does the following:
    1. Calls a custom Profile that arranges my Icons on the Main Menus/Drawer, set the Map's I want to use, applies a few System settings, sets up Routing, Tracks etc.
    2. Applies a few (6) more settings that Profile's don't store and then
    3. Shifts to the Map page.

    If you haven't already, I invite you to look over my Annotated Owner's Manual.

    Cheers,
  8. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Just got myself a Montana 650 during the Cyber Sale and I am setting it up & transferring maps using my Oregon 450T as a guide.

    Question: In the MAPS that come as default maps there is a map called " Cape Flattery, WA (WEST), Cape Flattery, WA (EAST). I have deleted all the other default maps, but when connected to my computer I cannot find these maps in any folder......how can I delete these? What would be the file name for these default maps?

    J
  9. Emmbeedee

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    Those could be in the BirdsEye folder or they could be in the file called gmapsupp.img. But why not just copy the files somewhere, then remove them from the gps? No need to delete them, imho.
  10. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Can you list all of the something.IMG files on your Montana? By the way, you should probably leave the gmapbmap.img (Basemap) on the unit.

    I'm finding it really interesting that folks are getting new Montana's with these rather random maps installed on them.

    Cheers,
  11. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    I just have the maps I added (1-gmapprom & 5-gmappsupp) plus the default gmaptz (time zone map) and gmapbmap (world wide base map).

    A search of *.img yields only the above maps.

    I am speculating that the Cape Flattery map is some sort of example map for the Marine profile, but I cannot locate them?

    When I try a search with Cape*.* I get nothing????.....but that map is there somewhere?

    J
  12. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Sorry if this is the stupidest question ever but incase there are some particulars to the Montana I will ask it here. I just bought a Montana 600. Should be to me on Monday. It's my 1st gps. I plan on buying the NA city Navigator and some Topo maps. Which is the best format to buy these in? DVD, SD, download? Just wondering if there are any pros/cons of each format.
  13. marco polo

    marco polo Long timer

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    I just got a Montana 600 last Friday. After loading DVD maps onto my Mac and then onto the GPS, I was having trouble downloading the one free update from Garmin (constant crashes), so I phoned Garmin Tech Support. In the process of verifying what maps were loaded on the GPS, I discovered all sorts of Birdseye imagery for parts of Europe and some USGS maps for some U.S. National Parks. This led the tech support guy -- and me -- to conclude that I somehow had a re-furbished unit, though it was sold to me as new. I then contacted the seller (GPS Central, an authorized Garmin dealer). They said that they received it as a new unit from Garmin and that they don't even open the box. They immediately said they'd replace the GPS and the DVD maps, so I sent them back to them on Monday. I'm waiting for the replacements. The guy at GPS Central was surprised in that he said Garmin had not even made re-furbs available, given how new the Montana was.
  14. marco polo

    marco polo Long timer

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    Get them on DVD.
  15. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    DVD, that way you have a hard copy in case of a computer meltdown (or upgrade). You'll have an extra step to load them onto the GPS as opposed to getting the sD but it's not hard to do. You also then have the option of only loading the parts you really want (eg; the topo).
  16. TowPro

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    All the Montana (at least the 600 which is what I just bought) are coming with these same birdseye views on them. They are not refurbished. I read here reports of guys seeing this after Garmin stopped the assembly line to fix a problem with the screen calibration.
    I am surprised the Garmin Tech did not know this.
    I know mine had stuff for France, England, maybe something in Switzerland, I think there was a couple for USA, saw something about grand canyon on it as well.
  17. marco polo

    marco polo Long timer

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    No, the Garmin guy did not know this. Mine had Grand Canyon and parts of Austria and Switzerland (Birdseye). Why would Garmin put these on? To entice people to subscribe?
  18. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Ok now I feel DUMB :shog....DUMB

    .....still moving along the learning curve I guess.

    I created a USA 100K Topo image for the West 1/2 of the US mainland and have not used it before........and guess what.....when I created the gmapsupp.img file......... I started the map tile selection at (you guessed it) Cape Flattery and thus the gmapsupp.img was internally named using the first map tile selected.

    Once again ........I have answered my own dumb question..............on the positive side this might help out others who create gmapsupp images from BaseCamp for micro SD cards.

    Live and learn :eek1 ....sorry for wasting space!

    J
  19. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    They are probably on there for testing the screen. A bit of Europe and a bit of NA imagery is intended to entice us to visit there and them to visit here. Yes - No? :D
  20. Emmbeedee

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    Our new Montana 650 we bought a couple of weeks ago had those same maps on it, and it was not a refurb.