Garmin Montana

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

  1. MJS

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    Fixed it for you.:beer
  2. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Thank you! :thumb
  3. CSpringsRider

    CSpringsRider Been here awhile

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    Thank you, Emoto and MJS. I can give this a shot now.
  4. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    Hmm.:hmmmmm Just got a refurbed 650 back from garmin and tried what had worked well with the 600. No joy with the 650 :(.

    I connect it via the OTG USB to my galaxy A3. The phone recognises that the Montana is attached. It gives me options to transfer files, transfer images, charge phone etc but when i choose transfer files it just turns the montanas power off and discommecets the phone. Bizarre.
  5. wbbnm

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    Sorry it isn't working. It is vaguely reminiscent of my experience. But I would lose power to the Montana after about a second. My hypothesis was too much current draw. That may be your problem except that the current maybe doesn't go up until you start to transfer a file.

    I think I have solved my GPS control issue by getting an OTG uSD card reader so I can at least do stuff on that card. After I got the reader, it occurred to me that I could probably have taken the card from the Montana and stuck it into the phone.

    Two things I believe I am going to occasionally want to do is rename my topo map files so I cans switch between east and west US. And second I might want to transfer a track file created by Osmond to the Montana.

    I suspect the files are not compatible. At least Mapsource cannot read the Osmond files. So as a winter project I am teaching myself how to write code for the Android to convert the file. The learning curve is massive, but I am making progress. I think I actually converted a file today.
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    what file type are you referring to ?
  7. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    conspiracy theory goes here ;-)
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  8. markbvt

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    Late to the party, but I also just move a single AMPS rugged mount from bike to bike. It's got a RAM ball attached, and a Powerlet plug on the (shortened) cable. I don't need the cable for anything but power, so I sealed off all other wires when I cut the cable short. Since I have Powerlet sockets and RAM handlebar mounts on all my bikes, it's an easy matter to take the Montana mount and its RAM arm and put it on whichever bike I'm planning to ride -- and when I'm done I usually take it off the bike anyway, since I don't use the GPS for commuting or most day rides.

    Also, unrelated side note... when I visited the parents at Thanksgiving, my dad asked me to fix a route that was malfunctioning in his Zumo, and I had to use the PC version of Basecamp to do it (I've always used the Mac version). I suddenly understood why so many people hate Basecamp. The PC version is terrible. Lacks quite a bit of basic route-editing functionality that the Mac version has always had. WTF, Garmin?

    --mark
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  9. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    I can most likely buy a Montana 600 for 220$, I will use it on my future ADV bike as well as my MTB.
    Is it worth it?
  10. biker128pedal

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    Yes but depends on what you want to use it for. I use my 610 in the car on the bicycles mountain and road and on both motorcycles. Also hiking. If it does not have maps you will also need a those. I track and save information to Basecamp.
  11. wbbnm

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    Sounds like it might be used. You ought to ask what maps are loaded onto it and if they are the DVD version, you should ask for the DVD.

    And you are almost surely going to need Basecamp or Mapsource (both free) to do route and track planning.

    I also use my 600 for trail riding, adventure riding, and for navigation in my old truck both around towns and on long trips.
  12. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    Thank you, I got it for 200$, it comes with maps. Stupid question but can it do traffic from the FM band like my NĂ¼vi?
  13. markbvt

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    No, it doesn't have a receiver for traffic data.

    --mark
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    Get the Garmin rugged mounts. I went crazy and have wired one on both motorcycles and unwired clamp type on both bicycles.
  15. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    SOLD! I have a rugged mount for sale,....
  16. Emmbeedee

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    You had a Monterra, didn't you?

    Good price, that Montana.

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    LApilot Been here awhile

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    [QUOTE="I have a rugged mount for sale,[/QUOTE]

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  18. rickcj7

    rickcj7 Been here awhile

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    What's the latest download and version of city nav for my Montana?
  19. falcn

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    Montana 610: Maybe I missed this, but the guidance text at the top of the driving map is now useless. It just says Continue to "Street Name" and when I have 4 or 5 exit options with no street NAME signs, only Route X/Y South, Route M/N W - I'd like the field to say WHICH EXIT by the highway sign. Anyway to get this field to be useful?

    Edit: I just changed one of the data fields to be Automotive Turn - so I will test that and see if it is what I want.
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  20. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    What's up man? I am already spitballing plans to make it back out your way.

    I am sure someone more knowledgeable about the Montana will come by soon but what map are you using. I think the directions will change depending on the map. City Navigator vs OSM vs....