New Garmin Montana

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

  1. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Reset on the Montana is about as benign as it can be. You'll lose some minor settings like Tones will turn on, if they were off, but you won't lose Profiles, tracks, routes or waypoints, or anything important.

    My wife managed to reset her Montana the other day by wiping the screen while it was booting and it only took her 10 minutes to get it back to what it had been.

    It'll come back from a reset in Recreation profile, so it might look different for that reason, but just change Profile back to your preferred choice.
  2. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Hook Montana up to your PC and open file explorer save your profiles under Garmin/Profiles.
    I usually just save everything on the Montana (the whole tree) as a backup just in case.
    Although I have never needed it.

    You should be able to find your profiles you setup easy.

    Fred
  3. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Yes, Map Speed = Fast.
  4. OKDQ

    OKDQ Been here awhile

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    I'm trying to set up my new Montana 600. I customized the Motorcycle profile by adding some shortcuts etc to the main screen. Now when I use the "Where To" or "Go Home" function, then stop the navigation and "x" out of the map screen it reverts to the Automotive profile instead of staying on the Motorcycle profile.

    I set all the various mount profiles to motorcycle trying to make it stick, but still reverts to automotive profile when I "stop navigation."

    Can anyone tell me how to make the unit stay on the motorcycle profile 100% of the time...unless I manually change it? I am running 5.30, if that makes any difference.
  5. Emmbeedee

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    Your shortcuts must be set to switch to the profile. Go to Setup\Shortcuts, choose one which has that effect, select Edit and look to see if you have a profile chosen in the "Profile" area. For shortcuts where all you want to do is have an action without a change of profile, you need to make sure nothing is in the Edit\Profile field.

    Choose "None" and it should stay in the current profile.
  6. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I just figured out from spec sheets that the VIRB camera and the Garmin Montana and Monterra all seem to take the same model of Lithium Ion battery. This way if the camera battery died while on a ride, you could just take the Montana or Monterra battery out and switch, and the gps would recharge the dead battery.

    This works out well if you already have the gps wired into your bike!

    I also have two other Montana batteries already from the two warrantied gps units we sent back.

    Sure hope the spec sheets are right.
  7. OKDQ

    OKDQ Been here awhile

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    That was the problem, thank you for the help. This thing has so many options it's mind boggling...well, at least to my feeble little pea brain. :lol3
  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    They are. :)
  9. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Yup! :D
  10. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    That's good. I wondered if I'd ever get any use out of those extra batteries.
  11. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Somewhat Montana related.....

    Is anyone planning on getting the VIRB camera when they come out?

    I was planning on upgrading to the newer GoPro until I found out about the VIBR camera. So I'm holding off to see how it and the Montana work together compared to using a smart phone with the GoPro. Especially since the Montana and VIBR both use the same batteries.

    If there is already the thread about the Montana and VIRB camera feel free to point me to it.

    Jon...
  12. Emmbeedee

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    Look for a thread called 'As Contour Exits...'

    I plan to get the Elite model.
  13. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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  14. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Nah, I got 2 Contour Roams. The Virb doesn't offer anything I want that the Roams already do. It'll probably be a long time before I need to replace them.
  15. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Yesterday and today and I did a little ride down to North Bend, OR and back from the Seattle area (785 miles). The Montana and the 5.3 firmware continues to work perfectly for me.
  16. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    I think I have racked up about 1200 miles on 5.3.
    So far no problems and map set to fast.

    Fred
  17. cablebandit

    cablebandit Web Adventurer

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    I just had the "acquiring satellites" error for the first time this weekend on 5.3 set to fast map. I also lost the speed limit field once again.
  18. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Speed limit depends on if there is data or not...I wouldn't worry about that.
    But loosing the satellite different story.

    Where were you?
    Was the sky in clear view?

    A few times mine would lose satellite when I was close to certain cell towers but it hasn't done that in a love while.
    Probably something the cell towers has changed...wasn't the Montana's fault.

    Fred
  19. cablebandit

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    I'm well aware of where and when speed limit data is available. on 5.2 I had it on 5.3 I had it after 2 master resets, then it disappeared and hasn't been back.

    I'm not overly concerned about the limit's being shown. But knowing that they should be and are not is mildly annoying. The bigger issue is the satellite lock.
  20. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    I should know this, but I just don't do that much with preloading tracks, etc..
    I just downloaded into my Montana some tracks for a ride this weekend.
    I noticed that the Saturday track has 5,000+ points. I just haven't kept all these numbers straight. How many points can I have in a track? 500?
    When I pulled up the track on the Montana, it just shows a very small portion of the track.
    So, if I need to reduce it from 5,000 to 500, I use the filter button on the Basecamp file.. Right?
    What is the best way (that will keep me on the track) to filter it?
    Hopefully I wont be losing that much (90%:eek1) of the track.
    I know this is out there (if I search) I just have very little time.. Very sorry, please don't flame me..
    Jeff