New Garmin Montana

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

  1. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I was able to elicit the crash. I actually went back to v4.20. Leaving for M10 in 2 days. Mother brothers. That was close.

    Dear Garmin,
    I hate you, (I love you), I hate you... if you'd have called 4.40 a beta release, all would be forgiven, but noooo..... therefore: :fyyff

    Massive thanks to the usual suspects for the heads-up, and the easy access to the 4.20 file, and clear instructions for the downgrade. :bow Deep breath. Everything's gonna be allright. I think I threw up there a little bit for a second.
  2. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Well said Doctor..I kind of felt some chunks in the back of my throat as well. :(:

    Also leaving in 2 days, gulp, close one...
  3. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Good thing that Track navigation is outstanding. Sure hope they don't screw with that to much. Although, I would like to be able to switch off the Altitude Transitions when navigating a Track. This is great for trail riding but not so useful and somewhat distracting when you're doing longer/faster surfaces and have Waypoints along the track you DO want to see announced.

    Cheers,
  4. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    Ok got an issue....unit crashes when I try to call up a Route I created in Basecamp

    650T using City Navigator NT off an SD Card

    Route sent directly from basecamp to the GPS.

    As soon as the map loads the unit crashes..

    Whats the problem?
  5. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Which map were you using in BC to make the route?

    If not the exact same map, routes will not function properly in the Montana.

    Best practice at this time is to create all routes in BC with Direct Routing between waypoints, Send to Montana, and then allow the Montana to create it's own Driving/Riding/Pedestrian/Etc. route connecting those waypoints.
  6. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    Thanks, that may be the problem I have two GPSrs and two versions of CN NT I may have been using the wrong one...
  7. bighopper

    bighopper Been here awhile

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    I have been on the road since Tuesday 4th, and so far haven't had any crashes. I am running the latest update to the Montana (loaded just Monday...now that's trusting Garmin) & created all my routes in BC (Latest version). I think I have 10 days of routes loaded. What I found interesting is that once I started driving & using the first route all the other routes seem to be in order of my driving & I don't remember that being the case when I loaded them on the Montana.
    But I must say I am happy it is working so good, & the plus is the roads I found on Google Earth have been fantastic, I just love Montana, Idaho, Washington. Once this ride is over next Friday at Home, I think I'll do another with my riding buddies the last week of September, & hopefully beat the really iffy weather :evil.
  8. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    OK guys, I have had the 600 since last year and have had no problems using it and the rugged mount on the bike. I am now looking at a mount for the truck. The suction cup mount on my truck windshield will put the unit too far away to reach. My question is... Will the mount/holder detach from the arm to the suction cup?? I want to end up with something similar to the rugged mount that has a speaker built in to it. Something I can attach to a ram-style arm with a speaker. GH
  9. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Yes, I had to snap the two together when I opened the box.

    Don't have it here with me to measure the ball socket size, but I am sure it is probably the Garmin standard size.
  10. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    In the stock picture it looks like the ball on the arm snaps into the bracket that holds the Montana. I guess the best case scenario would be.. the suction mount being able to attach to something 90 degrees to the display. The Montana mount looks a lot like the auto mount I had for a Nuvi 660. The range of adjustment was limited. GH
  11. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    What about this?
  12. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    We use the Montana's Automotive mount on the Garmin beanbag. It's not pretty, but it works.
  13. atlas cached

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    Is anyone else able to successfully [Delete] or [Make Favorite] any [Archived Tracks] from within [Track Manager]?

    Each time I do either, they are removed from the [Archived Tracks] list, until I exit and re-enter [Archived Tracks], where they are again listed.

    I am also experiencing the exact same behavior on my Oregon x50 GPSr(s) with v5.90 - May be related to new Garmin Adventure Software.
  14. Jan from Finland

    Jan from Finland Registered

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    What's the maximum size in pixels for the custom maps at Montana?
    I was told that it is 1024x1024 but I accidentally made a bigger and it works!
  15. atlas cached

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    Images over 1 mega pixel (1024x1024 pixels, 512x2048 pixels, etc.) will be rendered at a reduced resolution on the unit. If this is causing a problem for your map, you can split the image and use multiple jpegs inside of one kmz file.
  16. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    I have been using a Garmin beanbag in motorhome, van, & car for years with Nuvi. I love it. Sets on dash, van console, hand it to pasanger to make changes (would never use it while driving).

    Just waiting for Garmin to finish designing the Montana to replace Nuvi.
  17. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Atlas, that is sort of the way it looks in the very small picture of the mount I found. I don't care for the ram ball mounts. I will probably use a Z-Technik arm like I have on the bike. Is there anyway you could post a picture of the mount without it snapped onto the ball? The best solution would be attaching the mount to the plate of the Z-Technik arm. Thanks for your help. GH
  18. BogeyMan

    BogeyMan Been here awhile

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    What I'd like to see is a configurable option for power off time when external power is removed.

    I use the Montana on my dirtbike and due to vibration at highway speeds, I frequently see the message "external power lost, powering off in 30... 29... 28...". Then t "finds" external power again and the message comes back on. This happens a lot.

    It would be nice to be able to configure the GPS to say ignore power losses for less than 30s or less than 1 minute.

    Of course the other issue I have to fix here is make sure that it's not actually power to the cradle that's being interrupted at highway speeds.
  19. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    It most likely is your Lithium battery moving in the compartment. Put some tape on the sides of the battery at the contact end or use a foam earplug on top of the battery this will keep the battery from vibrating and you will not have those "power/battery" issues.

    Cheers,
  20. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Sounds like a reasonable request to me!