Garmin Montana

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

  1. SteveAZ

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    The easy stuff :D
  2. GazGaz

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    When i bought it from a mate he gave me the wrong cable. He didn't have the original and didn't tell me. So here i am thinking it is the unit but just a simply cable. So always use Garmin cables guys:deal
  3. biker128pedal

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    I had that happen with waypoints a NUVI 500. I had to delete then one at a time in he GPS. Never had it happen with the Montana. I wonder if it is a random fault on a chip.
  4. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    As mentioned above, your OS's file manager should be able to do it. If you use a Mac though, be sure to empty the wastebasket before disconnecting the Montana otherwise the file may persist on the device.
  5. GazGaz

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    I have topo maps on garmin SD card, but i want to install it onto my montana. I tried Mapstall and said it can't find any unlocked maps!!! It works on card so how do i intall it directly onto the unit?
    Thanks
  6. wbbnm

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    I think you would have to buy either a DVD or download version to use MapInstall to put on the Montana. Since these maps are not locked to a specific GPS unit, you might be able to buy a used version pretty cheap.
  7. GazGaz

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    So the one i bought on a Garmin SD card wont allow me to load it onto the unit? That's ridiculous!!!
  8. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Mapsets purchased on SD cards are locked to the card; however, they are not locked to a specific GPS unit, so you can move them between units. That's the one advantage.
  9. mcnut

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    I'm not sure that is correct now, maybe 5-10 years ago. It is my impression all recent Garmin TOPO offerings are (except the SD version) are locked to a specific unit.

    Bruce
  10. wbbnm

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    Well it has certainly been more than 5 years than I bought any Topo maps. I thought the locking was just for City Navigator and was imposed on Garmin by Navtech? who created the maps.
  11. GazGaz

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    You right can use the card in other units. My T4A is on card aswell but it comes with install files for the the PC. Once you install on Pc you can transfer to unit. The topo doesn't have install files. So i installed T4A on the unit which is only 700mb and using topo on card which enables me to switch between maps. The topo maps 2.1GB are much more detailed in every way compared to street maps for South Africa. Don't know if it is the same anywhere else?
  12. mcnut

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    Firstly to be a little more specific I was referring to DVD (no longer offered) and download formats, not the Garmin SD which can be physically transferred between units. It was my understanding the the same reason for the restriction on CN (road data supplier NavTeq forced the issue) was also applied to TOPO when Garmin used NavTeq road data to update the TOPO map series. The TOPO 24k from it's introduction and the TOPO 100k within the last 5 years.

    From the TOPO 24k & TOPO US 100k web pages:

    http://www.garmin.com/en-US/legal/map-download

    "Use with 1 Device Only
    This product may be unlocked and used on 1 compatible device. If you want to use this same map on subsequent devices, you must purchase a new map for each device.

    Data downloaded to a microSD/SD card is associated with the device you select during the download process. Please purchase additional quantities for additional devices."

    Bruce
  13. Rocky TFS

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    This is why I have never purchased Topo maps from Garmin with the exception of Topo USA 1998, which was not locked, and is still more accurate than many newer versions, at least out here in the West. All my 24K topos come free from GPSFileDepot.com. They are not routable, but that does not bother me as I don't trust autorouting on dirt anyway.
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  14. Ride Far

    Ride Far Been here awhile

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    Hey all, I’m stumped. This may be a dumb question but searching isn’t clarifying things so lemme ask…

    I run my Montana 650 in the Garmin Powered Mount on my DR650. 30,000 miles with that setup, works great.

    Now I’d like to use the Montana on my FZ1 now and again. So I wired up a fused USB power port to battery.

    It charges the Montana but doesn’t seem to power it. Plugged in, all I get on the Montana screen is the charging symbol and the name Garmin. Manipulating the touchscreen and power button elicits nothing. Cannot access maps, Where To, etc.

    The same thing happens in my kitchen, using any of three Garmin-supplied cables that I have into an AC outlet. The unit only charges with no access to maps, etc. I’ve owned the Montana three years but never noticed that until today, trying to figure out the dealio.

    Is there some trick to powering and using a Montana with a USB cable that I’m missing?

    I know powering a GPS with a USB isn’t ideal but for occasional duty on the FZ1, I figure it should be OK. Don’t want to have to shell out for another powered mount, and moving the powered mount from DR650 to FZ1 is impractical.

    Thanks for any help!
  15. biker128pedal

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    I put a connector on the powered Garmin rugged mount on my DR. Buuuuut I broke down an just got a second mount for the Vstrom. It's bolted to a shelf. And two non powered mounts for he bicycles.
  16. fluff34567

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    hi all,

    I have noticed many times that when I view any track logs on basecamp or mapsource I always have these annoying direct track points between locations and it appears to form part of the track, also if I am sitting somewhere for a while the recorded track is jumping all over...

    I didn't notice this when I first had the 600

    is there any way I can switch the direct lines off somewhere?

    a screen shot so you see what I mean.

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  17. wbbnm

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    I can think of a couple of possible reasons for the strange points. First would be bad GPS reception. But this normally only happens in narrow valleys. But maybe your receiver is getting bad and cutting out.

    Second if you turn the GPS off and drive someplace, you will get a straight line between the two points.
  18. TossingLead

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    Ride Far go in to the setting and put the USB setting to Spanner.
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  19. Rocky TFS

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    Right. If you don't save each track that forms a separate section, and then clear the track before riding off on a new track, you will get this result. The GPS assumes you were riding between consecutive points that may be hundreds of miles/kilometers apart.
  20. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I get some scattered points when I turn off the Montana, go inside, and turn it on once or twice to check options for the next day's riding. Happens less with a tent.