New Garmin Montana

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

  1. woodsatyr

    woodsatyr Kitty Boy

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    There is no update option on that page because it's already unlocked.
  2. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Do not use express with the Montana for maps.

    Use MapUpdater
  3. woodsatyr

    woodsatyr Kitty Boy

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    :rofl

    My original request for assistance in reverting back to the older version was because of the error message I received while using MapUpdater (it says it can't install the update because there is not previous version installed). That's why I want to try to revert back to the older version so I can try to rerun the update in the hopes that it will install correctly.

    I'll be searching for those dvd's today.
  4. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    I've been using a Zumo 660 for a couple of years now, and have come to enjoy the "avoid highways" feature, especially when routing-on-the-fly during a trip. Montana seems to lack that feature. Are there simple workarounds?
  5. TrotterD

    TrotterD Geek

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    Hello, hope you are well.

    The Montana has the feature your are wanting.

    Open the draw ^ then choose Setup -> Routing -> Avoidance Setup

    Then you can enable the following avoidances:-

    U-Turns
    Toll Roads
    Interstate Highways
    Major Highways
    Unpaved Roads
    Carpool Lanes
    Ferries

    If you click on them it will place a green to next to them so that the routing will avoid them. :freaky

    Hope this helps

    Regards

    Dave
  6. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    Yes, that does help! Thanks. I was mislead by the features matrix (see #37):

    http://www.gpscity.com/compare/mont600&mont650&mont650t&zumo660lmt
  7. TrotterD

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  8. tridor

    tridor Adventurer

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    I tried using my montana in the car and hooked up the usb cable to a cigarette adapter. The screen only shows the usb symbol and nothing else. How can I get it to work as intended drawing power from the car?
  9. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Were you using a generic USB adaptor/power supply?
  10. gots_a_sol

    gots_a_sol Been here awhile

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    I had a cheap Nuvi before the Montana and it wouldn't operate when using just a normal usb cable/cig adapter (just showed the usb picture on the screen). It would only work with the Garmin supplied power cord.

    I'm going to assume the Montana is the same.
  11. iustin

    iustin n00b

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    Hi, from my experience with my Montana, it has two modes:


    • if connected to a computer USB port, it switches to a "real" USB mode (showing a Garmin logo)
    • if connected just to a charger, it switches to charging mode (showing the gauge)
    So it seems that is has some sensors on the USB port. I haven't tried yet, but I would guess that "charging while being used normally" is doable only via a special mount (either automotive or the rugged one); these connect to the small contact bits on the case, not to the USB port.


    Also, the USB port seems very flimsy, so I wouldn't try to use it during a ride, since it might become damaged due to vibrationÂ…
  12. iustin

    iustin n00b

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    Wow, that feature matrix seems to be quite incorrect. As far as I know, the only difference between the 600 and 650 is the camera, but the site shows many more. E.g. I think that the whole "Fitness" section is the same across all Montana versionsÂ…
  13. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    I have used my Montana on the road with only a USB powered connection (no mount) many times. I suspect tridor is using a Generic cable or needs to change Setup > System > Interface > to Garmin Spanner.
  14. tridor

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    I am using the usb cable that came with the montana and a powerlet usb type A socket charger. I will give the change in setup that Atlas suggests.
  15. MitchG

    MitchG Iron Collector

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    Pretty sure you're correct with this. The 62s needed a special adaptor as well. You could not run off a generic charger, but you could with the Garmin charger/adaptor or the unit specific one from Powerlet.
  16. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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    Have been reading here about the different ways to buy maps from different inmates. Downloads, SD Card, CD. The reason I bought the CD is because they are the only ones that have lifetime updates available. You can't do that with the SD card or Download. From what I understand.

    As far as TOPO maps. I have yet to find a trail that is on a TOPO that is not on my CNNT. I don't see the need for the topo personally. The CNNT maps are that good...
  17. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I like having topo maps because they show the contours of the terrain, and that lets me pick more interesting roads. If I am just following my nose, I can glance at an upcoming side road and see if it goes through a valley or across a wide flat area, or up a hill, etc. I enjoy that extra level of info, but as you say, it isn't strictly necessary.
  18. tridor

    tridor Adventurer

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    I tried the settings Atlas suggested and it worked perfectly. The unit now asks it it wants to do mass storage and when you decline it works off the usb charger like normal.........thanks Atlas.:clap
  19. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    When I first got mine I tried the USB port to charge on the fly and failed miserably... ended up waiting until I got the rugged mount, wish I had that setup advice from Atlas then.:deal
  20. team ftb

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    I see the links to the heart rate monitor vid on GPS City buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut has anybody actually ever tried the HR monitor function? If so what was needed and how did it perform?