New Garmin Montana

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

  1. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Hope that helps.

    Cheers,
  2. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    YES! It helps tremendously! Thanks so much.:clap

    Typically, I only use the Windoze file system to delete a bunch of files when I know I want a "clean slate" in the GPX directory, or to archive Routes, Waypoints, or Map images. I always add routes and waypoints from BaseCamp.



    (Another vote for Dan's free Montana.......when will Garmin EVER acknowledge your contribution to their bottom line!):rofl
  3. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    Hmm, yes I still use the SD card

    I will take it out and try it without

    I don't mind eating humble pie as long as the frustration level is removed

    Thanks for the tip


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  4. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    TS, no guaranty that it will help but reducing the number of variables might help reduce some stress.

    Cheers,
  5. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    I think I may have a lot of " variables" in there anyway

    When they swapped units in England they copied over all the old data so maybe when I get to Almaty in a few days I might do a purge of everything, after a backup of course and start afresh

    As I will be with new maps of Kyrgystan and china, both OSM, it may make a difference

    Cheers anyway Dirtbike. As much as I hate it now, I can see its potential, I just did not expect to have to pay to be a test pilot


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  6. gots_a_sol

    gots_a_sol Been here awhile

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    Dodged a bullet today. I had passed under small downed tree and one of its branches managed to hit the release for the rugged mount :eek1 (there was bark/bits of leaf stuck around it)

    Fortunately it landed in my lap. I'll be making up a tether tomorrow.

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  7. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    Well that failed spectacularly

    I made a route and moved it to the unit then when I started to ride it said there were no routable roads.

    I only had the Kaz maps on SD card LOL, so I will try again after I install the Kaz map to the main unit


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  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    One additional question - are you using a custom Profile?

    Cheers,
  9. gots_a_sol

    gots_a_sol Been here awhile

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  10. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Thought I'd share a positive experience, just returned from a long multi-day trip and my Montana ran flawlessly :clap. This is my first long dirty bike outing with firmware v4.20; no reboots, no white screens, no SD problems, no issues at all, none....Used most of the deep feature set while on this trip; planned/adhoc routes, tracks, wireless transfer, multiple profiles, multiple maps, where to, etc.

    Garmin, how about that long enhancement list if your reading?
  11. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I'd be concerned about that wire thingie damaging the screen sometime. When I look for a clip, I make sure it's one with no sharp edges. Currently using this as my lanyard clip.

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  12. gots_a_sol

    gots_a_sol Been here awhile

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    Well if the clip is clipped to something, there should be no issue with it coming into contact with the screen.

    I have some 3/4" buckles like this somewhere, but I can't find the damn things

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  13. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    I found them in a local Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS).
    I use them to hold on my tank bag.
  14. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    The thing that happens with a larger clip or one with sharp edges is that you forget and shove the gps into a pocket, brief case, tank bag etc and that clip, tied to the gps, just might find a way to get pushed into the screen and scratch or break it.

    Back when I had my first GPSMap 60C, I had it in a pocket with a pair of reading glasses and sharp edges on the glasses left some real annoying scratches on the screen, so I've been paranoid ever since. For the Montana, I have a soft camera bag which fits it well, and I never put the lanyard/carabiner into the bag with the gps.
  15. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    Hi and yes

    But after so many master resets I started to use the default Auto one cos it was at the top of the list

    I thought my profile may be faulty but the Auto one also had map rendering errors and freezes, so I figured it was universal


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  16. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    What I should have mentioned with the above is that what failed was removing the SD card

    It had the OSM maps on it, so of course the unit had a route with no tout able roads on it

    I had to stop and reinsert the SD card again just to get out of the city lol

    Dirtbyke I did read your pm and will respond when I get laptop Internet


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  17. gots_a_sol

    gots_a_sol Been here awhile

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    I have already bought the buckles, I just can't find the things right now.
  18. RawJaw

    RawJaw Adventurer

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    I have searched and searched ... anyone have pics of how you ran the Rugged Mount wiring through the dash of a 990 in a clean way?

    Sorry for being a pour search artist.


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  19. gots_a_sol

    gots_a_sol Been here awhile

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    Hmm, this is quite an expensive piece to be scratching up.


    Better?

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  20. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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    I think I found a new and interesting way for the Montana to make me want to test REI's return policy. I created a few (14) tracks using Google Maps then saved/converted the KML files to GPX. I loaded one GPX file with all the tracks onto the Montana and they came up. No problems yet. About halfway through Day 1 (of 10) of driving (yes, four wheels instead of two :(: ) the battery was getting low, so I plugged in a USB cable (no car cradle). The Montana was in Serial mode rather than Spanner so it promptly shut down. When I started it back up, my tracks were gone. Not just hidden on the map, but GONE! :kboom Days of planning and 10 days worth of tracks, GONE. F___ You Garmin! :gun2

    I called Garmin to see if they had any ideas or could lead me in the right direction since this is a new failure to me. Garmin's customer disservice wanted me to see if Basecamp could see the file. My Linux netbook doesn't have Basecamp, but I could see the file in the folder on the Montana using Spanner mode and connecting it as a mass storage device. The Garmin guy parroted the only action he knew how - "Check the file in Basecamp" "Check the file in Basecamp" *Squak!*. When he asked, "Can I be of any more help?" I simply said "Apparently not." and hung up.

    I tried copying the file to my netbook, renamed it and copied it back to the Montana. The tracks are back, for now! I'm still thinking about REI's return policy.