New Garmin Montana

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

  1. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    RTFS, there are 15 posts/page... :norton

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  2. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    Depends on your personal settings. I'm set to 10/page right now.
  3. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, new (soon to be) Montana 600 owner here. My Montana and CNNA 2013 DVD have shipped but I don't have them yet. I do have a MyGarmin account for my 2720 and 60CSx devices.

    I am trying to get caught up on this entire thread, am on page 53 now and saving posts as notes with good info to refer back to when I get to play with the Montana, but I wanted to jump to the end here and ask this question.....

    I'll likely use the Montana the majority of the time on my road bike, but think the Birdseye imagery would be cool to have. I see that it is currently priced at $19.99. I don't know if this is a Black Friday sort of deal or not, but would like to get it at that price vs $29.99 obviously.

    Can I go ahead and buy it now and download the images to my PC or do I have to wait until I get the Montana in hand and registered?

    Even when I have the Montana in hand, can I download bulk Birdseye images to the PC and then just move them over to the Montana as needed? Say, if Im going on a trip to NC, move those from the PC to the Montana and then after I get back home from the trip, delete them from the Montana to regain space but still have them on the PC to copy down to the Montana at a later time if wanted?

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  4. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    I just put up the BirdsEye page at the Montana wiki.

    DO buy the BirdsEye subscription NOW while it is on sale, and skip the 'Device Activation' until you have received your Montana and registered the unit.

    While waiting for your Montana, make sure you read these FAQ.

    Once you have downloading BirdsEye imagery in BaseCamp, and send that data to your Montana, BaseCamp will encrypt the maps so they will only function with your GPSr. Once they are on the Montana, COPY these *.JNX files (located in the Montana\Garmin\BirdsEye\ or uSD\Garmin\BirdsEye\ directories) to a safe place on your computer. You can then quickly move these files to/from your computer and Montana as needed. If you were to try and re-send from BaseCamp after your one year subscription expires, BaseCamp will not encrypt them properly.

    You can place sub-directories in the \Garmin\BirdsEye\ directory to help organize your BirdsEye *.JNX maps.

    You may want to get a 32GB uSD card if you are going to use a lot of satellite imagery, as space gets used up quickly.

    Enjoy your new Montana!
  5. HTSRocker

    HTSRocker Long timer

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    How can I use the USB port on a computer while connected to the Montana and still use the device at the same time.
  6. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    I just received a Tempe sensor from GPS City after it had been back-ordered many weeks. Is there a way of identifying a "new" corrected unit vs the older model my model# or serial#?

    Otherwise I suppose I'll have to do the multi-day test procedure.

    So far my Tempe sensor seems to be working properly in terms of measuring ambient temperature correctly and reporting to my Montana.
  7. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Setup->System->Interface->Garmin Spanner, when you plug your Montana into a USB port you'll get a "Yes-No" screen asking if you want to be in Mass Storage Mode. If you say "No" you will be just using the USB ports power to charge the Montana.

    Cheers,
  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Wait. I've never quite understood what was happening during the "mass storage mode". I hit no once, and I couldn't get anything to load. From then on, I just say yes, and it behaves as it should. Not sure what Mass storage mode is...
  9. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    When the unit is in Mass Storage Mode it's just like connecting any other USB storage device to your computer. When the Montana is in MSM you can read/write data to it but you cannot use the functions of the Montana.

    When the unit is not in MSM but is connected to your computer you can use the Montana's functions and the USB connection just provides power to the Montana.

    Cheers,
  10. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    So with the 60CSx and 2720, I used to download the firmware updates and keep them on my PC so if one was quirky I could roll back to an earlier one. This option is no longer available with the Montana and Garmin WebUpdater? How / is there a method of rolling back firmware if needed?

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  11. Yossarian™

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    http://garminmontanagpsr.wikispaces.com/Firmware#Firmware History
  12. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Mass Storage Mode demystified!
  13. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Clearly I never thought to look it up:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  15. Windrock

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    New on here. Great information. I am coming from a Garmin 76CSx. Used it for years and decided to upgrade to the Montana. Love it too.

    One thing I noticed and don't know if it has been addressed but has to do with tracking and tracks.

    On the 76CSx It was great to page over and actually see that you were tracking by looking at the Radio Buttons at the top of that screen. On - Off Simple.

    I have the shortcuts setup on the Montana and set to a Favorites on the Main Menu.

    Now it is difficult to tell which state you are in. Track On or Track Off. I personally would like to have the shortcuts on the main menu but they will not stay highlighted on that page. Only in the dashboard do they do that.

    Also, The Tracks that you have captured should stay on the screen all the time. Not just when you turn Tracking On. Once you turn tracking off, they disappear until you turn tracking on again,

    And last, Have they addressed the SHOW ON MAP when you load tracks from Basecamp to the Montana. PITA do constantly remember to select SHOW ON MAP. Would be nice if the default was SHOW ON MAP and you could choose to turn them off instead of on.

    Thanks
    Ron
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    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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  17. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    my maps are 1 year old. Today I ran into a place where the road changed (road actually moved 10 miles out of the original position) and I could easily have gotten lost .

    So its time.

    Garmin nuMaps Lifetime Update Card for North America
    and
    Garmin MapSource City Navigator North America and Mexico NT DVD 2013

    (I don't need Mexico, or even Canada).

    Do I understand this correct, just buy the Numaps lifetime and it will let me download 4 revisions per year for the life of my Montana?

    I don't need the DVD, I have no idea why I didn't buy this the first time (From GPS city 1 year ago).

    Edit: FYI, Garmin wants 4 cents more then GPS city for the same update.
  18. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You have to already have this:

    City Navigator North America

    before you buy this:

    Garmin nuMaps Lifetime Update Card for North America

    IE, if you don't already have CNNA, you can't apply Lifetime Updates.
  19. Windrock

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    Hmmm, let me try this statement again......

    Thought the Montana would do 200 tracks? Another words if all the tracks you loaded from Basecamp were set to SHOW ON MAP then would you not be able to see 200 of them?

    Now to clarify what I am talking about here is when you do load Tracks from BC onto the Montana they are automatically set to NOT SHOW ON MAP. You have to go and change them individually right?
  20. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    So my Montana 600/ CNNA DVD / 16GB microSD card should be here in the next day or two.

    I've read this thread through till about page 114 and my head is smoking. I see that early there were reasons to save maps / info on internal or the card due to the way Montana and BC played with each other but those issues have been resolved in firmware releases.

    So....is there any best practice now on where I load CNNA or my routes/tracks/user data?

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