New Garmin Montana

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

  1. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Anything released to the public should not "brick" one's GPS. These guys know better, but they simply don't care. There's no excuse for what Garmin has done and continues to do. I've been a professional software developer for 20 years. I'm familiar with the concept of Beta software.
  2. spyderryder

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    Searched Google and the thread and can't find my answer. Just did 3 days on the snow in northern Maine and the Monatana was awesome. We had 3 along on the ride. However, each of us was frustrated that when we stopped, the map would jump around to different directions, it would not lock in the direction of travel. We were running north up or automotive mode for the display. Is this normal?
  3. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    This was in reply to an earlier post but it looks resolved now. Yes take out the SD card in case it gets corrupted, and it should help the device to boot up if it has conflicting files on it


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  4. Jon_PDX

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    You're welcome.....

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  5. marco polo

    marco polo Been here awhile

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    Just spoke to Garmin Tech Support this morning. They were well aware of the problem. They will exchange my Montana for a new unit. Here in Canada, that means sending it to their support centre just outside Montreal (Garmin sent them an e-mail, with a copy to me, directing them to supply me with a new unit in exchange).

    I think I've learned a lesson about Beta firmware. :D
  6. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    The Montana's seem to have an inordinate amount of "drift" when stationary. But, since you are in North Up & Automotive Mode the map should not be flipping around - just your cursor. In Track Up, the map will be flipping around when you are stationary - as you would expect.

    As one reference point, on my Montana in North Up the map does not flip around - just the cursor.

    Cheers,
  7. Pete O Static

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    That is the same place Garmin referred me to for a unit exchange regarding the " unsupported battery issue". I had to contact them first and nobody would answer the phone, return a message or respond to an email. I finally gave up and wrapped the battery in electrical tape.

    I sincerely hope you get better service than I did.
  8. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I've had at least four exchange gps units with Raytech and they have always been prompt and courteous with me. And I didn't even have to revert to my mother tongue, French, with them.
  9. marco polo

    marco polo Been here awhile

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    We're both talking about Raytech, and yes I've dealt with them before (several years ago) concerning my 276C. At that time, the service was very good. They responded to phone calls, and did what they said they would without any fuss and quickly too. Guess we'll see what happens this time.
  10. bighopper

    bighopper Been here awhile

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    Just took the leap & ordered a Montana 650 @ $499.95cdn from GPSCITY, I am hoping this wasn't a mistake with some of the troubles I see people are having...time will tell.
  11. marco polo

    marco polo Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't sweat it at all, especially the discussion of troubles related to installing Beta versions of the unit's firmware. Just stick to the official release firmware (check it online with Garmin's WebUpdater) and you should be fine.
  12. spyderryder

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    Oops, meant track up. Seems strange to me. Don't remember my Zumo or a 378 doing the flips on track up when stationary
  13. spyderryder

    spyderryder Adventurer

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    Would WAAS reduce the drift and the flips?
  14. TowPro

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    Other GPS's used something called Pinning to prevent jumps while sitting still.

    But I thought automotive was track up, and north up was just that. Mine is out on the bike so I can't look at it right now.
    Something else I miss from my Delorme is when you zoomed out to a certain point, it always switched to north up.
  15. BobM

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    The Garmin 60CSx was the same. It had an additional setting when you selected between North Up or Track Up. With Track Up you then specify the Zoom Level at which the change takes place. Zoom in closer and you are in Track Up, Zoom Out and you have North Up.

    I relied on this setting a lot and have requested Garmin to consider it for future release.

    I have a simple principle with newer model GPS's. They should have EVERY feature of my existing one, plus more :-)
  16. rickcj7

    rickcj7 Been here awhile

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    Is there a setting for the map to come on automatically after a set time? like the Nuvis do, my gps just shows the main menu untill you push the map icon.
  17. EmmEff

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    This is something I don't understand about Garmin either... how can they remove functionality on new(er) model GPSes?
  18. Pete O Static

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    Yes, it was Raytech that I was dealing with. Another inmate was also having the same issue with them at that time also. Perhaps it was isolated. I hope so.
  19. Pete O Static

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    I actually wish Garmin would drop more of the features or functionality and focus more on developing a stable, reliable navigation platform.

    I would rather be able to have more control over routing, converting tracks to useable routes, either on or off road, touch screens that work and a firmware that is stable. I don't care much about picture viewers, audio books or mp3 players or on what day I am most likely to catch a fish.

    I still get routed to a gas station only to end up at the town library which has been standing at that location since 1890. Once they have the basics mastered, then perhaps they can start adding features and more functions.

    Having said that, I like the Montana so much more than any of the other Garmin units I have had on my bike but they all have suffered from the same common denominator.
  20. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    I certainly can't argue there.

    To be fair, this is probably more of an issue of the map data (which they license from another vendor), rather than a routing problem.