Garmin Montana

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

  1. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Making a route
    Needed to keep me on said route

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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    looks like a great time to use tracks
  3. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    I don't know your specific route which of course can make all the difference in the world, but I've so far been able to create multi hundred mile routes with no more than a handful of waypoints. I start with the end points and see what happens. Then I add a mid point to force it to use a road I want. If needed I keep splitting the segments in half. Usually after adding 3-5 additional waypoints the route is exactly as I like. I'm doing this in basecamp. Convert the route to a track and upload both to the GPS.

    Creating a route 1 turn at a time has never worked well for me. It's lots of work and the GPS usually screws it up, anyway.
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  4. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    +1 I have found it works better to put the intermediate via points in the middle of a road segment I want rather than at intersections.
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  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    So @Grinnin, did you figure this out yet?
  6. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Q 2, yes; Q 1, no.

    Q 2, backlight vs. battery save, you're correct and I had them both on. (I wasn't "confusing" them; I didn't know that battery save existed although I must have seen it years ago.)

    Q 2 grew out of Q 1 -- does the backlight change intensity in bright sun? I doubt that it does, and it just doesn't matter to me any more. I can read the map very well, rain or shine or direct sun.
  7. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    Anyone know what they're charging for out-of-warranty repair (replacement) these days?

    I got home last night after a bike ride and there's a hole where my power button used to be :bluduh
  8. fpalbrecht

    fpalbrecht Adventurer

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    It's $160ish. Replacement with like new refurbished unit. Mine was about 2 months past warranty and they replaced it anyway!

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  9. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    I'm waaaaay past two months.... thanks!
  10. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I’ll trade you a 276C for it.


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  11. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    If your talking about the unit the way it is pre-replacement I'll consider it... If I'm sheeling out $160 it won't make sense. I am pretty much using it 99% on my bicycle and it's ok on there but since the unit is going to be "down" one way or the other I'm going to see if I can put one of the other old units on the bike... if that works... well...
  12. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    My offer was for your Montana the way it is.
  13. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    I have a new Montana that I'm trying to set up the same as an existing Montana.
    Where in the directory structure can I find the file that the custom settings are saved in??
  14. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    There’s no one ‘settings’ file. You need to copy over the \Profiles and \Shortcuts folders as well as \Gpx to get close to your previous setup, then adjust the rest.


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  15. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    Thanks
  16. Triplog

    Triplog Adventurer

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    Thanks Shu and Emmbeedee, Unfortunately I can't try the suggestion. My Montana was acting weird ( 5 mile route taking 7 minutes by car, 85 minutes in Motorcycle profile and 7 minutes in Walking profile!!!) so after talking to Garmin I shipped it back to them. They have lost it (claim they never got it even though I have a signature on delivery) and are now telling me they won't have a replacement unit in until October 6th (they received mine on 18th Sept and told me it would be a 2 day turn-around). To say I'm less than impressed and just a bit furious would be an understatement.
  17. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    What country are you in?


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  18. Triplog

    Triplog Adventurer

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