Zumo 450 dead?

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  1. Mudcat

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    My Zumo went crazy and I think it has deleted all user data. I can’t tell for sure, the software has gone nuts and the unit is not responding properly.
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    Garmin can fix these, right?
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    And should I try to do that?
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    I have been very happy with the Zumo 450, I am going to miss it. But it has only lasted about 2 ½ years.
    I ride a lot of very rough roads and I assume that is a factor in the Zumo’s malfunction.
    If I were to replace the 450, I’d want something very similar but hopefully more rugged.
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  2. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Yes you can send it back to Garmin and they will rebuild it or replace it for a flat fee.

    You might try going to the Garmin page and try reloading the firmware first ??

    Marc
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  3. Mudcat

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    Thanks for your help. I called Garmin and they want me to do a software update. If that doesn’t fix my issues, then we can talk about fixing the unit.
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    I suppose I should start looking at new units. Am I right in thinking the Zumo 220 is very close to what I now have? It does Tracks I believe
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  4. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    When you get a new one send me your 450, I could use another one. :lol3

    Marc
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  5. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Happened to my Zumo 450...send it in to refurbish with a free(??) map update for $180.-, that was then! Still love my Zumo 450 but it couldn't accept drawn "Tracks" from Mapsource. So now the Zumo 450 sits side by side with a Montana 650 who uses newer BaseCamp in lieu of Mapsource...lotsa learning but fun. Get your Zumo fixed!
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  6. Mudcat

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    I hope what I have can be fixed. I don’t see anything about the newer GPS’s that is better then what I have. The more dirt oriented one’s are too small for me to read easily
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    Boy, I sure miss my Zumo 450 :deal
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  7. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    I had a 450 fail on me once. It completely lost its mind and Garmin was not able to fix it. They sent me a new one. :clap

    I run one on my KTM 450EXC and have for years without failure. I like the big screen and the dual controls.

    So far it is my favorite GPS of all times. I have a 550 also and only use the blue tooth for tunes when on the road.

    Best of luck and I hope the software update fixes it.

    BTW: I can draw a Route (not track) in Mapsource and download it to the 450 with no issues. ????

    Marc
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  8. Mudcat

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    Thanks but I am having trouble doing that. And I don’t think it’s software, I think I have an electrical short of some sort.
    Yesterday I tried recalibrating my screen. When I touched a dot I got a message that my map was out of date and the unit froze up. :D<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  9. Mudcat

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    I spoke with Garmin this morning. They can no longer fix the Zumo 450, it’s a discontinued unit and they don’t have parts for it.:eek1 They gave me a name of another Company that may be able to fix what I have. I’ll try but I may have to buy a new unit.
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    I was thinking I had the 450 only 2 ½ years but I was wrong, it’s been 3 ½.
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    Anyway, I have had the opportunity to use a Nuvi 550 and I was disappointed in it but I didn’t use it for very long. Maybe I just didn’t give it a chance. I kept missing my 450
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    The Zumo 220, if it does Tracks, might be the one for me to get but it sure appears to be a Nuvi to me.
    The Zumo 550? but I’d be buying a lot of capability I would not use.
    Any opinions?
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  10. Emmbeedee

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    Have you looked at the Montana line? No Bluetooth or media player, but a whole lot more instead. Check out the New Montana Thread to find out more.

    The Montana screen is 4" diagonal, and can be used in portrait or landscape mode, as seen below.

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    And if you like the Nuvi/Zumo type display, the Montana can do that in either orientation too.

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    Here's another screen shot.

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    Nothing better than this right now.
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  11. Mudcat

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    Thanks, I’ll look closely at the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Montana</st1:place></st1:State>. The Zumo 220 is not exciting me but I really learned how to use my 450. It was a struggle at first, I’d hate to go through that all again but maybe I need too:eek1
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  12. Abenteuerfahrer

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    Emmbeedee...

    How did you get this: auto; motorcycle or recreation..me likey likey having the map, speed; heading, elevation, etc on the right side on my Montana 650

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  13. Emmbeedee

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    That's the 4 Data Field Dashboard. You can have that in any profile you want. What's especially nice is that clicking the little arrow hides those data fields very quickly if necessary, as well.
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  14. VStromNC

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    I've had my Zumo 550 since introduction- about 4 to 5 years, not sure but I bought an extra handlebar ram mount and swap between my Vstrom and KLX450R. No problem so far and the unit has taken a beating. I did have to replace the cradle after a hard getoff on my KLX450R up in the mountains. No problem as I found another one from an inmate here.

    I am interested in the Montana and will only consider it if it does MUCH BETTER off road than my Zumo 550. When I am on the street, I linkup my Bluetooth phone and BT transmitter to pipe music and cell phone to my ER1.

    Seriously, what does a Montana do better than a Zumo in off road?


    Thanks.

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  15. Emmbeedee

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    Check the "New Garmin Montana' thread for information. DRTBYK (Dan) posts often there, and he's gone from a Zumo to the Montana. I've never had a Zumo.
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  16. Mudcat

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    The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Montana</st1:place></st1:State> sounds pretty nice. I have only read up to page nine in the <st1:State><st1:place>Montana</st1:place></st1:State> thread so there is more for me to learn. What concerns me is the Map; I believe I need City Navigator for most of my riding. I want that on my home computer and as the main map on the GPS. A topo map could be handy at times for me.
    I read parts of the manual for the Zumo 220, I think it’s a Nuvi. I may as well buy an inexpensive GPS for now and maybe I can get my Zumo fixed.
    I am going on a long ride this morning and I am sure going to miss it.:cry I am back to making up route sheets, SOB, and no Next Turn. :(:
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    The Nuvi’s have USB plugs, will I be able to shorten the power cable on it? I’ll want to shorten it and put a BMW plug on one end. The power cable will only be about 8 inches long.
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