New Garmin Montana

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

  1. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    You could just put the unit in Direct Routing Activity mode (Setup->Routing->Activity Mode) and then put either the compass on your Map Dashboard or use the Trip Computer with the Compass Dashboard. You can also setup the Compass Dial to display Course Deviation

    Cheers,
  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Thanks for the offer - it's going to be a huge task so any help is appreciated. Not too sure how we'll approach it but I think this thread will still be very useful in the discussion of what goes to the "Wisdom" thread.
  3. woodsatyr

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    You should be able to continuously update/modify the first post of your thread anytime you want to add info to it. That's the way we do it on our other vBulletin boards. Great idea btw. If I can help in any way, let me know.

    Somebody mentioned the earplug fix... reminded me that I did that to mine and have had no trouble with that since.

    I'm currently prepping routes in Basecamp for my Trans Lab trip. I think I may be getting the hang of Basecamp now. I get it. I think. :rofl I actually like it too. It's pretty easy to manage everything on the Montana.

    Next weekend I get to use the Montana on the DRZ in the mountains. Can't wait!!!
  4. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Glad to hear your Montana's behaving now! Thanks for the offer - we'll keep it in mind. Starting to think it might be useful if people choose an area to focus on, and work on that.

    Hey Dan, this is your baby too! :1drink What do you think of this? We could have a DRTBYK Dan Area in the Wisdom thread.
  5. Callahan

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    Obviously some individuals have control over thread/s, called moderators.

    It would be great if they, the thread moderators or site controller, made you a moderator and allowed you access to only this new thread that you are trying to create. Furthermore if they do change the access allowability then you could appoint/allow access to only a couple/few of some other post'rs here that have regularly offered and replied with short concise and correct information, to assist you with the effort that will be involved to keep it updated. Say when you are away multi-day testing a Montana then they could keep the rest of us inline on target.

    Hey 9Dave are you ready this thread.
  6. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    How does one control the volume on this thing?

    I tried hitting the power button and got the backlight control. No volume. I tried it with headphones and with the automobile mount. No luck.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks!
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    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Is there a way to download the latest bets software on a Mac? Their requirements say PC only.
  8. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Yes you can install the Windows Beta version on your gps with a Mac but it's a little complicated.

    Save the PC version, rename it from .exe to .zip, expand it to a directory on your computer then using the Finder, look for the file called gupdate.gcd and copy that file to the Montana's \Garmin directory then reboot it.

    That should do it.
  9. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    You only get the volume slider & mute button if you have something plugged in to the Audio Out jack.

    Cheers,
  10. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I'm happy to contribute. Much of what I know about the Montana is in this thread. I'm just a little concerned about trying to make a wiki out of a Forum.

    Cheers,
  11. SLACKER

    SLACKER Been here awhile

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    GARMIN MONTANA 650T TOURATECH COMBO
    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/...?sid=0e9d3bc9c86a4447a8f8e38d12bad3d50fa7ced0

    I bought this 650T a few days ago and decided I would prefer Zumo 660..................Touratech does not accept gps returns unfortunately....................It includes everything in the link above as well as the maps
    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/...?sid=0e9d3bc9c86a4447a8f8e38d12bad3d50fa7ced0
    I paid $829- plus $79- = $908- and will sell for $725
    It was delivered on May 9......................the warranty has not been activated, so the buyer will have that benefit............I can scan and post a receopt if wanted:deal
  12. FatChance

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    Dan - Doesn't the volume control also work with the automobile mount?
  13. Emmbeedee

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    It's supposed to - the mount has a speaker built in.
  14. RFlagg42

    RFlagg42 One hoopy frood....

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    I noticed you keep almost all of the wiring that came with the Montana mount, wrap it around the base of your ram mount, and have the SAE plug at the end. Is there any reason why you couldn't cut almost all of that off and end up with the SAE plug in the first 6 inches.

    I've also seen some pics in the past several pages where people where talking about which pins in the mount were for power and for ground. Are some people completely removing the wiring harness that came with the mount and re-attaching a 2 wire SAE plug directly to the mount.

    This is something I need to do in the next few weeks and wasn't sure how to go about it.

    Thanks in advance,
    Eric
  15. Emmbeedee

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    I cut the cable as short as I could while leaving the audio connector intact. Still leaves a lot of excess cable, as you noticed.

    I don't really care about the extra cable. It might come in handy someday. If the SAE connector up at the bars quits, I have enough cable there to go all the way to my second SAE connector down under the seat.
  16. Callahan

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    Hey guys,

    So if we can listen to the GPS sound like the Mrs with, turn left, turn right, damn you missed the turn go back,,,,,,,,,,,can we add songs for listening to while waiting to get yelled at ?

    There should be plenty of power for this if running powered while in the mount.
  17. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    The issue is that Dave has no way of giving me or anyone else control over one thread without giving control over all threads and I clearly don't want that kind of power. It might corrupt me. :eek1

    But as others have said, as long as we have control over the first few posts (and I've put placeholders there) then we can keep editing those posts with the best info there is on the Montana.
  18. Callahan

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    Noticed that one post already got removed. That is a good card to have in your back pocket.
  19. Emmbeedee

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    There's no way to get the Montana to sing to you but there are plenty of alternatives - Scalas, Senas, whatever. Yesterday I experimented with listening to the FM radio on my G4, then podcasts on my iPhone through the Scala and was surprised at how well it worked.

    If you wired the audio output cable from the Montana cradle to the input on a Scala, for instance, that should work nicely
  20. Callahan

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    Double jack it with one from Montana and one from MP3 ?