New Garmin Montana

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

  1. Mudcat

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    I have been very satisfied with City Navigator and I never felt a need to update it. I don’t think I want lifetime updates; my experience is, the less I have to do with Garmin’s web site the better.
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    Thanks for the link; I’ll look at those free maps. But what I see me having is City Navigator and possibly a 24k topo map for specific areas.
  2. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    And is that what you wanted????:rofl

    The more I use this thing, the more I suspect it of having a mind of it's own beyond what they coded into it!
    Beam me up, Scotty.:norton
  3. Emmbeedee

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    Not what I wanted, but I kinda expected it. I don't think it has a mind of its own though, I figure it just thought it was a new map.
  4. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    So, much like all GPX files on the Montana, each time it boots and detects any modification, the file is re-indexed and made visible in all profiles.

    You would think they could leave this step out for maps, as the user gets to decide which maps are enabled/disabled, unlike other files on the Montana (GPX, etc), which most of us have been begging Garmin for the ability to enable/disable also, for quite some time...
  5. Jon_PDX

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    I too wish it did not re-index after boot.

    I suspect they chose the way they do it to avoid the "I just installed a map and it does not show up" support call.

    Jon...
  6. FatChance

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    I have two Garmin gps units (Montana 600 and eTrex 20) so I got CNNA on a uSD card because I could use it on both units without purchasing two separate licenses. If you have only one gps, get CNNA on DVD.
  7. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Speaking of topo maps, I have an old version 3.02 of US Topo.

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    Do you all think it will work on the Montana?

    Is it even worth installing?

    Jon...
  8. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    How old is that? What year?

    It will work, but many users have reported painfully slow search functions and routing functions with older Garmin topo maps on Montana.
  9. Jon_PDX

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    Atlas,

    All I remember is I got it when I got my GPSmap 60C. The copywrite on the bottom of the box says 1999-2002 and I suspect I got it before 2000 so it's pretty old.

    Maybe I'll load it on the computer and look at my local riding area to see what trails are missing.

    Jon...
  10. Jon_PDX

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    Almost forgot....... I do remember that I always had to have the CD's in the CD drive to work with it which was a hassle but from what I remember there were no unlock codes required.

    Maybe they are all that way, I have no idea. But it sure was a hassle to have to load the disks (there are three of them) if I wanted to even view the map segments in MapSource.

    Is the 24K or 100K that way too?

    Jon...
  11. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Now that you mention it, I do have an ancient set of Topo CD's around here somewhere, and the last time I used them I do remember having to put the correct CD in the drive before I could read the Map information.

    Current release DVD's install to your HDD and do not require the DVD be inserted each time to function.

    Oh, and SKIP the Topo 100K. Garbage.

    This a great 24k map for your area.
  12. Jon_PDX

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    Thanks for the link and info. I'll check it out when I have more time. Need to get some rest (I work nights).

    Jon...
  13. Emmbeedee

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    If you decide it's worth trying to install the mapset to your computer, copy all the cd contents to a directory on your computer and install from that; that way you won't have to keep the discs in the drive.
  14. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    I have been using this version of TopoUSA in all my GPS's since 1999. I had no problem loading it into the Montana from Mapsource, and I still prefer it to many newer products because of the wealth of POI's which I am interested in like old mines. My impression is that many newer topo products have deleted POI's which existed in this one. I can't be sure because I don't own any newer Garmin topos. I've gone the free state map route from GPSFileDepot for the 24K maps.

    There IS a way to get the data onto the HDD and make Mapsource recognize it:

    Install Topo USA normally and make sure Mapsource will read the maps from the CD.

    Create a directory called My Documents-My Garmin-Topo-East, West, and (Alaska/Hawaii, if you want them too) or wherever you like.

    Copy the CD's image files into those folders as appropriate.

    Run Regedit, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garmin\Mapsource\Products (in XP)
    or in Win7: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Garmin\Mapsource\Products

    Export a copy of \Products for safety.

    There will be numbered subfolders there, open each and look at LOC. It will say (drive letter) E:\East...or\West, or \Alaska, etc.

    Change this value to the appropriate folder you created above, including correct drive letter. (I left Alaska and Hawaii as E: since I'll never use them. (Right click, select Modify, type in new value))

    Voila! The next time you run Mapsource it should read maps from the HDD, which is about 10 times faster than the CD.

    This came from http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=61356
    which also shows the alternate method listed below.


    Here is the other method
    https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId=%7B4ef102a0-1ab6-11dc-657f-000000000000%7D


    Now, once you have gotten this all to work properly in Mapsource, Basecamp should also recognize the maps with no further issues. (I said should :huh ) Apparently you can also do this for Basecamp, but I don't have the correct registry key and I still want both Mapsource and Basecamp on the computer anyway.

    I've been happily using this old Topo for 13 years for 95% of my backcountry exploring and don't see much reason to spend money on new. I simply refuse to use autorouting in the backcountry when my life may be at stake....I insist on creating and vettting the routes or tracks at home with the use of varied resources (such as Google Earth).

    Hope this helps.:D
  15. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    OK, I finally got time to experiment: I added an aready existing *img file from the HDD to the Sd card using just Windows Explorer. When I ejected the Montana and turned it on, in ALL the profiles the only change was that the new map had been enabled.

    So it must be MapInstall that re-enables all maps in all profiles when adding maps.:huh

    I also later deleted the new map using the above method and none of the profiles changed....(not that that's surprising)
  16. johnpitts01

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    I Went out on the super Tenere today with the 478 on board

    I have been riding around with the Montana in the car.

    Simply stated; if you have one keep your 276/376/478.

    I forgot how good everything about the 478 is. I dont think I would ever be happy with the Montana for the Adventure riding I do with our small group. It just doesn't compare. Not even close

    I will keep the Montana and continue to use it because it is so versatile and i will use it for paved road only rides. And I will continue to hope they can work on the Montana so it can provide the full functionality of the 478.

    But for our adventure rides the 478 will be on the bike.

    JB
  17. Emmbeedee

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    Thanks for checking that. I must admit, unless I'm creating a new Mapset, I generally have no reason to use MapInstall so I don't.
  18. DockingPilot

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    Wow, this thread has been idle for 12 whole hours ! :lol3
  19. MizzouRider

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    Weird, I know.
    I actually got all my routes and tracks loaded yesterday. No issues.
    I imagine I'm just utilizing 5% of the Montana's capability, but its working so far.
  20. Jon_PDX

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    Thanks everyone for all the feedback regarding my older copy of US Topo :thumb

    I'll play around with it on my days off.

    Atlas,

    WOW that's quite a download you linked to. Unzipped it and it installed in BC without any drama. Took a quick look at some of the saved rides in the woods I have been on and the detail looks good.....thanks for pointing me to the map. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the Topo I have on CD.

    Rocky,

    Good info on installing the disks on a PC. I have both (PC and Mac) and have pretty much switched over to the Mac now but know all about RegEdit under Windows. I suspect I can accomplish basically the same thing on my Mac. So I appreciate the time you took to write up the info :thumb.

    At the very least I can just copy all the CD data into one location as EmmBee suggested which will still be faster than reading from CD.

    Jon...