retired 60CSX

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by PatrickG450, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. PatrickG450

    PatrickG450 point, aim and twist

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    So I cant see the screen, getting old sucks...........I blame the background of the 60 as it is brown and hard to see when the sunlight is NOT on it. I know it is old and discontinued, looks like the Garmin GPSMAP 64st took it place.

    ANy reviews or good recommendations on what they went to?
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  2. wbbnm

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    I used a 60cx for several years and agree with the visibility problem. I went to a Montana about 5 years ago and have been happy with it.

    When I had the 60 I learned that if I wanted to see the screen badly, I would orient the bike so the sun was behind me and come to a stop.

    Also the RAM ball mount gives you some flexibility in orienting the unit so you can see the screen.
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  3. Countdown

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    What Bill said above, plus:

    64 is non-starter it doesn't have 12V power so can't back light while riding.

    78 & Montana are new standards.

    Brown background? It is settable to lots of colors and depends on the map you are using.
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    I used a GPSMAP 64 on a few long trips this summer, and it worked well. I put the display to full bright, and it was powered by the car kit (cigarette lighter adaptor). I'm switching to USB power tho as it's more compact: https://www.3brpowersports.com/
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    I assumed the OP was talking motorcycle use. USB power may work in a car but WILL fail on a motorcycle, lots of documentation.

    78 (identical to 64 operation) with robust 12 V power is no-brainer hand held size choice.
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    I was talking motorcycle. So now this thread will degrade into a pissing contest over the mini USB power plug receptacle just like it did in this thread: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-official-garmin-62-and-78-thread.617828/

    I wrapped the power cable with parachute cord up tight against the Ram mount to keep it from bouncing around. Problem solved. I rode in rain, didn't hurt it. I wanted a GPSMAP 64, not a 78, or Montana, etc. ...and it works for me.
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  7. 2old2Bbold

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    Also had a 60CSx and had the same problem seeing the screen. Went to a 7" Galaxy Tab A running Osmand+. Solved all of those issues. :D

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  8. Countdown

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    So are you recommending that the OP go with a 64, an external USB power supply, and some parachute cord over a 78 or Montana that just hooks direct to battery 12 V with robust connector?
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    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    I found a like new 60 CSx on Craigslist for $100.... it'll replace my aging and trustworthy 60 when it dies.....
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  10. PatrickG450

    PatrickG450 point, aim and twist

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    Yep that is what I am talking about and that is what I do as well. Got worse as the eyes decided they needed help........not it is just frustrating.
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    Yea I tried diff settings, no luck. Did go with night for a bit but my background is brown, I am assuming it would be better if it were white to add more contrast. I have City Navigator loaded on there (Lifetime) along with an old roads and rec.

    If there is something stoopid I am doing, well at this point I can take the abuse if you can offer a solution.
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  12. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    You should buy that 60CSX on CL for $100. I have had mine for probably 10 years now. Agreed the USB power option on new Garmin's for bike power is weak link, round 4 with rubber seal on plug is far superior for DS riding. My gps Internal AA battery terminal finally broke so I'm on external pwr only. Only issue is when in hit starter my 12v supply drops lower most of the time and gps shuts off so I have to turn gps back on after bike is started, it's a pain but I deal.
    I also got a backup 60CS last year off eBay. (Not the X) usually my son has that on his bike.
    Don't like small screen on old eyes but I like the button controls instead of touch screen - best of all with the old units is easy to use with gloves.
    I'm sticking with those.
    Go buy that like new 60CSX,
    If not pm me the info and I will



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  13. Countdown

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    Yes, I tested settings and it only changes background on non-map pages.

    I have a friend that forces "Night" which is Black background and then sets all Tracks to White but then I don't think he can see roads.
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  14. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Does the 60 have Map themes? If so, that will change the look of the map.

    Might want to try setting your backlighting to full brightness.
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  15. PatrickG450

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    I have never see map themes, is that like some sorta setting? The back light is all the way up.
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  16. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    It is, but I found the owners manual to yours online, ( http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/GPSMAP60CSx_OwnersManual.pdf ) and I do not believe you have them. You could try enabling or disabling "Land Cover" on your map setup page. I have no Idea what it is, but if it is like shading, maybe it will help.
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  17. PatrickG450

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    Interesting.............


    I will give it a try and report back, thanks!!!!
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  18. PatrickG450

    PatrickG450 point, aim and twist

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    Well thanks but.........


    naw still have a brown back ground.......did not do anything that I can tell
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  19. 2old2Bbold

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    Just turned on my 60CSx to check the color. Didn't remember it being brown. I would say it's more yellow than brown with red main roads, black streets, maroon small streets,green for parks and blue water. But mine has a CN bootleg card in it. It's not the colors that bothers me. The screen is just too small.
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