New Garmin Montana

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

  1. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Just to be clear, you should not have to move your data. I would suggest reformatting the µSD Card and then you could try reloading your data to it. But, since the Montana is working OK in this data configuration and you're on the road, maybe just leave well enough alone for now.

    Hope you have a great ride.

    Cheers,
  2. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    Man, I am so on the fence with this thing. I keep getting the urge to sell my 478 and buy a Montana. Then I come in here and see issues like Traveling Strom and the wind just goes out of my sails.

    Want touch screen, want more memory, want better antenna, but dammit I don't want to be a beta tester.
  3. cablebandit

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    How many hundred/thousands of satisfied people are out there for every dissatisfied one. I had some early issues but the firmware updates have me as stable as can be now. My unit has almost 10,000 miles on it at this point and seems to chug along just fine.
  4. dacrazyrn

    dacrazyrn ED RN Adventurer

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    DING!!! No Prob here
  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    +2 here.
  6. KTM Explorer

    KTM Explorer Dirt Whore

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    Garmin Montana on the KTM::

    I have a RAM bar mount unit with the non-powered cradle. Works great. Wanedt to change to the Garmin Rugged Mount to provide power at all time to the unit - bought one.

    Bought a 4-hole RAM ball mount to (theoretically) bolt on to the 4 hole rugged mount....................bzzzzzzt!......... no go. :huh2 holes line up but the other two are a further distance away.

    What do I need to purchase to hook the Gar rugged mount to?

    THX!
  7. cablebandit

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  8. KTM Explorer

    KTM Explorer Dirt Whore

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    Excellent. Just ordered one up from GPS City -
  9. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    I went through my share of frustration with this thing, but I did not have any of the really bad issues. Most of the frustration had to do with autorouting. (still does) Mine had 3.90 from the store, and I have never seen a white screen, uncommanded shutdowns, etc., just some odd behavior now and then, which is mostly gone with 4.20.

    I love the screen, the programability with profiles, the mounts. Bottom line is get one, be patient, and learn what it actually does as opposed to what you think it should! It could be that it just won't do what you need, but I doubt it.

    Plan on a about a week to get it to work well enough to use, and a couple of months of learning to get it to really sing for you......(and re-reading all 300 pages of this forum...:lol3)

    The maps you decide to load have a HUGE impact on how well it works. Choose carefully.
  10. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Anyone else here using a Montana with a Scala intercom, where the Rugged Mount cable is wired into the Scala? The reason I ask is that I sent an email to Garmin asking this:

    Hi, I was wondering if there would be any way to address this problem: I have a Montana 650, with the Rugged Mount audio cable into a Scala G4 intercom and I always miss the first words of whatever's said, since the intercom's voice activated, but not instant.

    I really like my Scala but this part does not work particularly well. It would be much better if the gps could send a wake-up call to the intercom a couple of seconds before the real message is sent.


    Garmin replied this way:

    We don’t often add features for a single individual, although I’ll add this one to the review pool when we next sort them. We’ll probably need a little more information if/when that happens (how long of a beep?, how long should we wait until speaking?, how loud of a beep?).

    This really seems like a bug in the G4. The G4 looks like it is treating the MP3 hardline as if it were an intercom instead of a standard audio input. I guess this works alright for MP3 players, as long as you don’t pause the MP3 player too long. I only ask that you check with them as it seems like they’ve got an option for this for the intercom modes (voice connect vs channel button connect).

    End quote

    So, anyone else have this problem, and willing to add their voice to the request?
  11. woodsatyr

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    I have that setup. I haven't tried it yet though. I didn't think about that part. That is an important feature for sure.

    I think it only needs to be a 1 sec pause after the triggering sound. I will typically holler "hey!" when I want to activate the comm unit. Would a beep be enough to activate it?

    I can probably take the DRZ out this weekend and give it a test. I haven't hardwired the mount on my FZ yet (that I ride to work everyday).
  12. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    The wired circuit I plugged the Montana cable into isn't activated via the typical means, it wakes when a signal comes from the device which is plugged into it. It'll work well if you have a music player plugged in because that will keep the circuit alive, but the Montana is quiet while the directions are not being sent, so that part of the circuit on the Scala goes back into listening mode. Asleep, kinda.

    So as far as I can tell the only thing that can wake the Scala is an advance signal from the Montana.

    Oh, and if it's the G4 you have, a "Hey" will not wake it. You need a long sound with a higher ending note, according to Scala. So a "sooooooWEE!" is required. "Pig Pig Pig" is optional.

    The Scala Q2 is activated with a pop sound, but not the G4/9. I was ready to give up on our new G4s this Spring until I found out that little bit of wisdom. Being used to the Q2 for the last two years meant that I tried all kinds of pop sounds but it never woke the G4 and I assumed incorrectly that they were faulty.
  13. woodsatyr

    woodsatyr Kitty Boy

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    Ahhh, mine is the Q2. I'm actually quite disappointed in it so I opted for the Sena. I ordered it today so I'll have it for my trip.

    So... if the Q2 and Q4 are awakened differently, and there are other brands/models out there that who knows how they're awakened... that's kind of a tough one for Garmin to accomodate (I would think). I think it's awesome that they're game to ponder it at least.
  14. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    Is there a way to skip waypoints in a route? Example is; I go from waypoint A to B. I stop at B for a while and turn off the GPS. I get back on the bike and turn on the gps and click map. I go off riding to waypoint C and notice a few miles from waypoint B that it is trying to get me to make a u-turn and go back past B before going to C.

    I did a small day trip today and noticed this while going down the road and had to remember my route in my head since it kept wanting me to go back to the previous waypoint. Hope I make sense.

    Thanks
  15. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    This seems to be a an issue specific to the actual intercom system, and the way they are designed to prioritise signals.

    I have the Camos Bluetooth system, and with my old TomTomRiderII I only heard the end of a long message.

    This was because the Camos sensed an incoming signal from the TTR2, the faded down the music from the iPod, but, by the time it faded the music down and faded up the sound from the GPS, the message was finished, a very annoying issue

    It seems it is not just Camos that tries to make this transition 'pleasant', it may seem pleasant but it was the reason I stopped using the GPS audio, it turned my music off without giving me any useful information.

    I do not believe it is the Garmin problem, but your Scala

    Cheers
    TS




  16. Emmbeedee

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    I think you describe the problem well, but I also think that if some kind of signal from the gps woke the channel, it would work better. In my situation, the problem happens even if no music is playing.
  17. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    What if you plug the audio out from the Montana into a Bluetooth dongle and then pair the scala to the dongle? Would that take care of the priority issue?

    When I pair my G4 as a headset to my zumo 550 I don't remember missing any GPS directions.

    I don't have a Bluetooth dongle at this time or I would try it.

    Jon...
  18. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    Also, any such beep would have to be switchable on the Montana so you would not get that beep when using the Automobile mount or other some other external speaker.
  19. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Settings->Routing->Off Route Recalculation = OFF will allow you to do whatever you want while you are routing with no effect on the route.

    Cheers,
  20. PeterS

    PeterS Loves big headlights...

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    Hello,
    I like the new Montana very much, but I'm having trubbles with the shortcuts.

    I made a few new profiles from one of the original Montana profiles as described in the FAQ thread.
    In every new profile i have shortcuts to other new profiles and one shortcut back to the original profile.
    All shortcuts in all profiles work, except the ones to the original Montana profile....
    What am i doing wrong?

    Cheers,

    Peter