Garmin Montana

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

  1. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    I saw that with a bad USB cable. removing the cable, factory reset, and turning off spanner mode seemed to have fixed it
  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    The Montanas used to do that often, but it's been years since it was fixed in a firmware update. Is yours in need of updating?

    This is from the 'Wisdom and FAQ' thread:

    The Dreaded White Screen:This does not seem to be happening much any more, but it's still worth mentioning. When your Montana is on a powered mount like the "Rugged" or the "Automotive" mount, and the power is lost when you turn off the ignition key or switch, if you don't click on "Stay On", the gps would partially shut down, then get stuck on a blank white screen.

    Most people would pull the battery to shut down, then restart the unit. While software updates have made this problem much more of a rarity these days, if you do see these symptoms, do the following to fix the problem properly:

    1. Take the unit off the powered mount
    2. Hold your finger on the power button for about 20 seconds. Eventually you will see the screen go black.
    3. Restart the unit by pushing the power button or replacing it on the powered mount

    This problem was happening often to many people, but in my experience when you follow the instructions listed above, you'll not see the problem again (unless your software is way out of date, that is)
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  3. LeeU

    LeeU Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your assistance I'll give it a try. I was using my 12v auto plug on my motorcycle when this occurs, never happens with the auto hard mount.

    LeeU
  4. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I gave this Montana thing a try, I think I am going to go back to disposable Nuvi's

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  5. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    whew, I kinda wanna see the video from that oopsy
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  6. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Wow. May be a new screen will bring hit back to life. I wonder if Garmin would do their exchange. The cost is less than a new one. May get a 610.
  7. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    Garmin will swap out with a refurb’d unit for around $165. I sent a very nice letter asking to please exchange my 650 to a 610...which they ignored.
  8. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    So did they give you a refurb 650? I did the swap with a NUVI 500 once.
  9. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I have a new screen on the way from China for $85. Online videos make it look like a simple repair.
  10. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I wish there was video. 3-4th gear Superman. I discovered a few bent things on the bike that need to be repaired before tomorrow’s ride.
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  11. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    I'll opt for the $165 when I get around to it.... You get what is darn close to a brand new unit... Heck, my initial purchase several years ago (~5) was a refurb and the issue I'm having is that the power button is gone so I don't have a choice but to replace it... but it's plenty beat up at this point and might as well get a new case, etc. for a bit more $$$ and not have to do any more work than boxing it up... and also not worrying about screwing up a do-it-yourself repair...
  12. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    Do you have a link to the refurb deal? I bought mine second hand, do I get that deal?
  13. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Cabela has the Montana 680t on sale for $349. I am very seriously considering upgrading my 600. I was told the sale goes on until 11/29.

    KR
  14. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    Contact Garmin, pretty sure they’ll service anything. Not sure I’d spend the money on a 680 if your 600 is working but if you don’t have a Montana and have been waiting, pull the trigger on that deal
  15. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    it's pretty dang easy. these things have tons of dead space in them, compared to other electronics nowadays. get a torx screwdriver set, a few guitar picks, and a magnifying glass if you need it. no biggie.
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  16. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Check 'Garmin out of warranty' then look up your model.

    Probably best to register it in your name even if you bought it used. Log into mygarmin.com to do so.


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  17. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    I’ve replaced my screen with one from China and it was easy and good two years later.


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  18. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    Thank you. Looks like it is $160. I already ordered the replacement screen but next time I will go that route. Bookmarking that link now.
  19. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    Looks like the others pointed you in the right direction.

    With past units (I've had at least five or six garmin replacements - both out-of-warranty and in-warranty with the only difference being that one is no cost and the other a fixed cost) they didn't give a rat's gehind about registering or anything else... just contacted them with the unit serial number and they issue the RMA...

    As far as purchasing a refurb unit dealers typically offer them up a year or two into the product life cycle and significantly lower cost than a new unit. They cosmetically are new and with this unit (my only touch unit) definitely a fresh touch sensor although I wouldn't be surprised if the display was new too since the manufacturer provides them to garmin as a unit and I doubt garmin has the ability/desire to replace them seperately. I've done very well with the refurbs I've purchased...
  20. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Good luck on the new screen. But seeing your pictures, I wouldn't be shocked if there was more wrong with the unit than just the obvious damage to the screen.
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