New Garmin Montana

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

  1. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Several months ago, I was looking for a bluetooth device like the previously mentioned one for several different applications. It seems to me there was nothing out there that worked consistantly (if it worked at all... is pairing all that difficult?)


    I gave up.

    Has bluetooth technology and product range improved lately or do I just need to take a chance and hope for the best?
  2. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    My Montana often either fails to connect to my pc (pc has unrecognizable usb device or fails completely) or if it does connect sometimes the gps decides to turn on and then disconnects from my pc. I have re-installed drivers etc....Generally, after a few/many attempts I can get a connection to last long enough to transfer files etc.... but it's troublesome.
    Anyone else have this issue?
  3. Beer'o'clock Baz

    Beer'o'clock Baz ?

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    hey fellas
    Im having touch screen problems with my 650t can someone advise what is the fix- if there is one and what post number its on thanks - tried screen recalibration not sure if im doing it right it just goes on forever
    p.s I will never buy a montana again nothing but trouble over and over i hate it - sorry rant over again :cry:rofl
  4. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    What kind of touch screen problems? Is it an early unit? Some of those were problematic but Garmin was replacing them quickly when requested. When was the unit purchased?

    Another touch screen problem was caused by the screen protector. With the SP on, and in the hot sun, the unit would make its own selections. Is there a protector on yours? If so, take it off and see if that cures the problem.

    Why don't you just get rid of it if it's bothering you that much? You won't find anything better right now, though.
  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You're right. Hadn't noticed that.
  6. Beer'o'clock Baz

    Beer'o'clock Baz ?

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    sorry - when touching the screen icons some you touch straight on others you press about a cm below in portrait to the right in landscape - this has only started in the last few weeks - unit was bought end if april last year and software is up to date - screen protector has always been on - I actually went a couple of months without any problems thought finaly :D I do like the features of this gps but man it has problems - I have just removed screen protector and still has issue
  7. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You might have an early unit. Have you called Garmin?
  8. Beer'o'clock Baz

    Beer'o'clock Baz ?

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    I will go back to place of purchase this week - thought it wouldn't be early unit if bought in april and there very popular here - thanks for your help :clap
  9. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Sorry, I have no idea why your shortcuts don't work, but rather than make subtle changes to a particular profile via shortcuts, I prefer to have multiple profiles reflecting the use, and shortcuts that take me to the profiles.

    That works really well for me.

    I can see the last four of your shortcuts working well in the 'shortcut to profile' model.
  10. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    My shortcuts that I added are also intermittent. Two like yours, Track up and Automotive mode works on occasion but not always

    Nothing comes to mind as to why it works on occasion but not others very annoying
  11. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

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    It was easy to pair the transmitter and helmet. I put them both in pairing mode and the pushed the button on my helmet to sync them. That was it.

    Chad
  12. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    That works for me. I will give it a try.

    Thank you.
  13. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

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    I hope it works for you.

    Chad
  14. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    I put together a quick route on map source Friday, and took the bike out on Saturday. Couple of questions;

    The Montana shut off a couple of times. I would hit the power button and it jumped right back in place, no problem.
    Is this the loose battery issue? It happened twice. One when I was on the smooth blacktop. If its the loose battery, does the foam plug go above or below the battery? Or, is this possibly just a loose connection in the mount?

    Second, it shows me on the screen how many miles to destination, but does not give me a ETA, or distance to next turn, can I add those fields to the map/route screen? I know these are probably answered elsewhere, put I'm not all that proficient at searching out answers. Or, I'm just a lazy bas&@rd..
    Thanks
    Jeff
  15. Bonerov

    Bonerov Damned dirty ape

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    You can add whatever fields you want to your dashboard. The Wiki has the best instructions for doing so, and is well worth the read. Not sure about the ear plug, as I've never had my Montana shut off, but I would assume it goes between the battery and the battery cover.
  16. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Good to hear. I'll check it out. I was playing with the Montana yesterday and noticed 6 blank boxes to add fields. I just couldn't get past that to add anything.
    Thx
  17. Emmbeedee

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    Here's where I place my earplug:

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    Hasn't shut off once since I placed it there.

    Also, WRT the Data Fields - if you can't just click the field to add a value or change the existing one, hit the Menu button, and unlock the Data Fields. It's a good idea to lock them once you have the screen set up as you want it. Also, you can add many more screens in the Trip Computer menu. Just page down as often as necessary to do so.
  18. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    MBD, you are a wonder! Now I've had this thing nearly a year and I still didn't know that!:lol3

    Actually, on mine I need to hit the Insert button to get the next empty page, then tap an empty field and put whatever you like in there.
  19. Emmbeedee

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    I guess I must have hit the insert button to get those extra screens so long ago I forgot how they ended up there.
  20. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    Could be either one. Definitely put an earplug in there as Emmbeedee showed, in fact put in two for good measure! You didn't say whether you have power direct from the battery or switched. I prefer direct, since it eliminates several potential problems and I don't seem to have any problem remembering to remove it from the mount when I get home or into camp. I generally don't leave it in the mount even for lunch stops unless far from civilization.

    The unit is incredibly sensitive to current variations or micro-second interruptions, so checking every connection and making them as secure as possible is a very good idea.:clap