Garmin Oregon.....Thoughts/Reviews/Opinions?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Piston, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Cool. I just wnated to know if there was something else out there that was easier. Thanks for the reply.
  2. cyberdos

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    man, this really sucks. GPS shut off again today. I was looking for a place. Put in the address and after it found it I was scrolling back to the map when it shut off. Turned it back on and looked under 'recent finds' and the waypoint that I'd found wasn't there. Had to look for the address again.

    :scratch
  3. byways

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    Hmmm ... That is bad. I'm feelin' your pain, and hoping I don't go through something similar with mine once the snow melts and the mud dries.
  4. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    I had a problem in the past with it shutting off like that on my Oregon 200. I cannot remember what would set it off though. I think it might have been helped with a firmware update.
  5. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    I was thinking that as well but I've got the latest firmware on the unit. :dunno

    I'll give Garmin a call tomorrow and see what they say.
  6. cyberdos

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    Garmin says it's possibly corrupted maps and that I should reinstall them. If no luck that they'd replace the unit. Gonna reinstall the maps and see how it goes.
  7. byways

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    Best of luck, but defective maps sounds unlikely.
  8. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    I did do a search before I made this post. I had a montana and you can not turn off the auto zoom, I hated that. Can you turn off the auto zoom on the oregon

    Thanks
  9. Emmbeedee

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    Um, of course you can turn off Auto Zoom on the Montana. And on the Oregon too. It's only the Automotive gps units like the Nuvis and Zumos that you can't turn off auto zoom.

    Here's my Montana and my wife's Oregon, showing each has that setting.

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  10. ratthing

    ratthing refrigerated cybercanine

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    I've had my Oregon 300 for a while now, but haven't used it all that much. I'm generally pretty good with technology (I work in IT), but even after research, trial and error, this thing frustrates me to no end to the extent that I don't use it as much as I want.

    I only have City Navigator NA and the base map on the GPS unit and have tried both Base Camp and Map Source to load routes. Every time I put a route on the unit, it either forces a re-calculation of the route or treats the route as a track.

    This last short trip I tried the create track in BC/Mapsource->export->convert to route (using WinGDB3) dance, but the GPS treated it like a track and never alerted me to course changes. All the waypoint flags were there and visible. I resorted to putting switching to pedestrian route mode and re-calculating the route, since I was just doing A->B navigation. This would be a complete hassle with a complicated multi-stop route, though.

    Are these two issues (force route recalculation and treating a route like a track) just an Oregon 300-ism? Does the Oregon 450 (or other Garmins) have these issues?

    Any advice (or clue bats) appreciated.
  11. byways

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    Wish I could respond to your issues, Ratthing. But I've just joined the crowd with my own ...

    Used my new 450 on the bike for the first time today. What a POS! Continually shut off, flickered like it had a loose wire (yeah, the USB hard-wire issue ...), and proved totally unreliable for moto use.

    Used it the other day in my 4Runner to verify that tracks I'd loaded from BaseCamp worked. Everything worked fine.

    So the lesson appears to be that the Oregon is a bad choice for motorcycle use.
  12. cyberdos

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    If you only have the base map on the unit it's going to be pretty useless. You're going to have to buy some maps for it to be of any real world use to you. I've never used a 300 but my 450 with CN does a pretty good job.

    Byways-
    how are you connecting the gps? is it by cig lighter? Curious about the shutting off issue as I was having the same thing happen to my unit but only when I was trying to calculate routes. I was having some issues with my cig lighter not staying put, but that had to do with the size of the well(for lack of a better word) of the lighter itself than anything else. I simply put an o-ring on the cig lighter for it to stay wedged in there tight and I haven't had any issues with it since.
  13. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Love my usb powered 300 on my bike...

    If any were going to fail, it'd be this one...

    The back is garked to hell from branches and thorns...
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  14. Emmbeedee

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    After you create your route in Basecamp, make sure you change your activity type to "Direct", then send the route to the gps. Your 300 behaves no differently than any other current Garmin gps; the whole Oregon series, Dakota, 62/78, Montana and Colorado all recalculate routes unless you change the activity to Direct before sending it.

    Also, if you use the Direct activity type then once the route is on the gps, you are able to edit it, and insert/delete waypoints, reverse the route, none of which is possible if you use other activity types.

    Here's the setting:

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  15. byways

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    cyberdos, it's hard-wired to the KLR's battery. RAM mount. Plenty of vibration. The old Garmin V I used previously also cut off, but then I learned of the fix that involves just taping the batteries together to keep the connection tight.
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    Nordieboy ... That is interesting. Is yours hard-wired to the battery?
  17. bkg123

    bkg123 Been here awhile

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    I purchased the Oregon 450 a year ago, the Montana was just bigger then I wanted on my handlebars. I experimented with the power connection a little bit and came up with this simple fix. I have a piece of 1/16" dense packing foam cut to shape to form a small pocket in the bottom of my Ram mount

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    I glued a strip of velcro on each side of the mount, and have a strip of velcro strap that wraps all the way around the Ram mount. I pull it just tight enough to keep things from vibrating, and the velcro keeps the power cable routed off to the side.

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    I have about 6-7000 miles on this arrangement right now, wet, dry, dirt, highway with no problems at all.
  18. byways

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    Hey bkg123, thanks for posting that fix.

    While riding, when I held the USB connection in place with slight backwards pressure, the problem didn't occur. So I am assuming that's the source of the problem. Works real well in the cage, tho; can even read the screen :-)
  19. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    Thank you for posting this. I think that it helped me with my situation. I was having a hard time getting some routes to load and was having to use tracks instead. The tracks may be better anyway. I have to try it out first. I heard about direct routes, but did not know where to change the properties of the route.

    I kept getting the "route must have less than 50 points for road navigation" error. I have the Oregon 200. Do the newer x50 handle this better? How about the new models of Oregon that they just came out with not long ago?

    I did get to tracks to load but I also have to use off road routing. With on road routing I get the error. I will have to see how this works for me.
  20. Emmbeedee

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    Almost all modern Garmins will not accept routes with more than 50 via points if you're using On Road routing. Direct allows more - 250 possibly? Not sure. The exception is the Zumo line - the 350 in particular will break long routes into bite sized (50 via point) chunks.

    There's a lot more info on Routing here: Routing with Garmin's Montana/Oregon/62/78/eTrex XX - I started the thread but Snooker's the expert. I rarely use On Road routing, though I play around with it when I have time.