New Garmin Montana

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

  1. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    Not sure what is going on, BUT, at the end of each route or find calculation my 650t crashes. New issue possibly related to 4.9???
  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Have you tried a Master Reset to cure the problem? That's what I would try if the problem is repeatable.
  3. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    Just did a master reset after installing the latest 4.9....will give it a try it certainly can't hurt!

    Update, master reset did NOT help. :(
  4. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    OK....tried another master reset just minutes ago after awakening with this on my mind. All now OK.
  5. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Went out on my first real world try with new GPS.
    On my bike ...no hiking.

    Had only two problems one was 5 minutes into the ride the unit shut off.
    Pushed power button and it booted right up.

    Second problem high on a hill next to a cell phone tower the unit lost satellite connection...I had to shut the GPS off then on and everything was fine.
    The only reason I brought up the tower is I have a nuvi 2595 for the truck.
    When I get close to a 'certain' cell tower it locks up white screen and the only way to get it back up and working is to let the battery die overnight then turn back on in the morning and it's ok.

    Both problems happened once and no more.

    One thing learned lock the Montana into landscape or portrait it switches back and forth too much when riding.

    I made up three routes for my ride for a total ride of about 200 miles.
    High water turned me around at one point went around that spot and the gps picked up the route on the other side.
    Worked real well on this no recalculating box to look at it just picked up where it left off.

    I have a few questions ...
    First whats your thoughts on the lost power and lost satellite problems?
    2nd can you change the font size for cities?..I tried all the settings I know and it changes everything but city font.
    3rd when in nuvi dashboard I thought you would get a speed limit just like in car nuvi units?
    4th is there a contrast setting in the Montana?

    4.90 firmware
    CNNA NT 2013.1

    So far I like the Montana takes some getting used to but I'll get there.

    Thanks
    Fred
  6. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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    Lost power may be a 'loose' battery. I've heard of some reported issues with this. Fix is to put a piece of cardboard under the battery cover to hold the battery tighter in place.

    No thoughts on the other issues, but was that a Lightspeed tower by any chance?

    Edit - On second thought...

    I'm pretty sure I see a speed limit in my Nuvi dash, but I think you have to be in an area where the speed limit is in the database.

    There's a brightness (tap the power button), but I'm not sure of contrast....
  7. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Thanks Lee
    Not sure of the tower type...typical type for this area pretty beefy tower antennas look like rows of bars on 3 sides.
    If I get a chance I take a photo of one.

    Maybe I need to update CNNA for speed limit?

    Thanks for the info
    Fred
  8. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    USAIR mentioned having a lost satellite reception problem. I now have had this happen to me about a half dozen times in the last week or 2. It's weird, the display just hangs there and I have to jump out to the main menu then when I go back to the map display it's working correctly.

    Now I know there was some sunspot activity recently that was causing reception loss, but I have to wonder if there isn't a glitch in 4.90 that's causing my map screen to just sit there in la la land. I never had this happen when I was on 4.60, but I never noticed losing sat reception back then either, but that could be because the screen didn't hang there so I just never happened to be looking at the unit when I did lose reception.
  9. JT

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    Freeware called "Treesize" will add option to rightclick menu and show you all folder sizes so you can see what's taking up all the space. Be sure to turn on the option to see hidden files in "folder options".

    http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/
  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Try doing a master reset, a few others here had that issue and the reset fixed it.
  11. SteveAZ

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    Assuming you are using AA's, lost power is typically vibration on batteries. It's important to solve this since if you hardwire, which will prolly solve the shutting off issue, but there's still vibrating contacts, little micro-arcing can screw up the contacts for the batteries. I prefer to hardwire and remove the batteries. The Li-ion shouldn't have this problem though.
    As mentioned it does but only on streets with speed limits in the database. A lot of streets in their latest CNNA don't have them, even some pretty major streets.
    These types of displays do not have hardware-based contrast settings. Most TFT LCD's wouldn't benefit from them anyway. Hardware based contrast is generally found in cheaper STN LCD's that pretty much need them.
  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Yup, it shouldn't, but it does. Still have to wedge something in there to stop the power cycling.
  13. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

    First as far as the batteries the unit was in the rugged mount on the bike when all this stuff happened.
    When the unit turned off the screen just went blank...not into the count down mode and then off.

    And most of the streets I was on today should have speed limit database.
    I have seen speed limit on these streets on my Nuvi in my truck.

    And the screen was just fine to my eyes could use a little contrast ...just a nit pick.
    The only thing I had trouble seeing was the city names I had to struggle to see them.

    And I am comparing my new Montana to my old Zumo 550.

    Which the Zumo died the end of the first day of my 2011 trip to Alaska.
    Lost all my tracks lost all my routes and had to navigate the trip using paper maps.
    I did finally get the Zumo to function I could see where I was ans zoom in and out using the buttons. (touch screen was dead).
    Most annoying thing was the fuel gauge warning came up every 240 miles.
    Then had to pay Garmin $150 to fix....I did not hurt this unit.(but it sure hurt my wallet)

    Anyway....so I am liking the new Montana.

    Thanks
    Fred
  14. Emmbeedee

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    A foam earplug works much better for that purpose than cardboard.

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  15. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Thanks for the info I'll give the ear plug a try.

    Rain here today spent the day installing the new solid state hard drive.
    And all the software so... I think I am back in business.

    I installed all maps and my system gave no problems.
    So...so far so good

    Fred
  16. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    I understand the idea of backing up the Montana files to a computer, and then being able to restore them later to the Montana if the need arises.

    However is there any way to back up profiles, shortcuts, tracks, and/or maps in a way that you could restore them on a road trip WITHOUT having a computer?

    I have a uSD card that I have not used yet but don't see how I could use it as a backup, without some sort of computer involved. Please explain the philosophy on this best practice.

    At the very least I want a way to get my tracks loaded again in case something goes very wrong. Thanks.
  17. Emmbeedee

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    You can't do much without some kind of computer but some people use their smartphones or tablet computers to do some of what you're asking for.

    I like the idea of having a backup uSD card with my maps, tracks and routes on it, as well as manuals and other information I might need like the manual for my Scala radios. I keep that backup card taped to my Montana's battery.

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  18. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    By the way...
    I backed up all my files using Basecamp.
    When I got my computer back up and running I clicked File>Restore>BaseCamp 2013-04-23.Backup <-----(this is file name in basecamp)

    This works great up and running in no time.

    Fred
  19. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    I was going to go another route and use a galaxy note 1 as a GPS unit but decided on the Montana. Pulled the trigger and ordered the bundle from GPS City today. Now to read all of Emmbeedee's Hall of Wisdom posts.
    Stupid questions to follow once I get the GPS. :lol3
  20. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Very wise.

    You, not me.

    :hide