Garmin Montana

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

  1. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Several Youtube videos on Montana screen/digitizer replacement.
    Screen likely available on Ebay.

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  2. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    Question to you Jedi Montana users out there:

    Just uploaded City Navigator to Garmin 680T.
    I have loaded the MABDR tracks onto the Montana. How do I check if the tracks are on the device?
    Online searches say to go to "Track Manager" on device (albeit I didn't find anything for the 680T specifically).
    I don't seem to have that in my menu.
    Would like to confirm I have tracks loaded.
    Thanks in advance.
  3. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I think the 680 went to an "Activity" model and the Track Manager is not as prominent as on earlier models. You may need to do this "Select an Output Format for Saved Tracks" setup as described in the manual screen shot below. You definitely want GPX type in your saved data. FIT is not as useful. Once you've done that, you may see the Track Manager.

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  4. tedhartshorn1

    tedhartshorn1 n00b

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    Big Bear Run !!!
    Doing my first Big Bear Run next weekend. I’ve done a couple of LA B2V’s and used roll charts. First time out with a GPS. Garmin 680t. The site for the run has a Jerry Counts “set up“ for other devices, not the Garmin 680t. Don’t want to hold up the line. Any help is appreciated. Ted. Tedhartshorn@mac.com
  5. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    Got it! Just had to slow down and get it sorted.
  6. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Countdown's setup page should be good enough to set your Montana from, as long as it's his Garmin 78 setup, not the 60/76 model.

    Check this message wrt saving your tracks in gpx format. It's just a couple of posts up this page.
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  7. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Some of those instructions may help @tedhartshorn1 but I would be flummoxed applying the Garmin 78 instructions on the Big Bear site to a Montana.

    Instruction 1, "Welcome Message", looks like it will work on the Montana. I never knew this was an option.

    Instruction 2, "Backlight Timeout and Style", is mixed. Backlight can stay on all the time with powered mount, but I couldn't find how to set the style to "Grid 12 Items". I have no experience with the 78 to even know what the intended result is.

    Instruction 3, "Menu Sequence" may work on the Montana with a slightly different method, but I'd just move Track Manager to the Main Menu instead.

    Instruction 4 is about removing pages you don't need. I haven't actually tried this, but is it necessary on a Montana?

    Some of the other instructions do apply and should be easy to translate to a Montana. Not all.

    These are the instructions: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ClubExpressClubFiles/849383/documents/Big_Bear_Run_2013_GPS_info_1_485531293.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIB6I23VLJX7E4J7Q&Expires=1529268285&response-content-disposition=inline; filename=Big_Bear_Run_2013_GPS_info_1.pdf&Signature=d90M6LIRlwXB0X+GhqoGediO7aM=

    The instructions don't say Big Bear Run anywhere on them, but that's the page you get from "GPS Setup Information" on this page: http://bigbeartrailriders.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=849383&module_id=254847
  8. knyberg

    knyberg @kristian_z28

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    Does anyone have the .gpx file for the Hardway from 2018 Big Bear Run or know where to get it? I was out of town but still want to ride it and practice for next year. Thank you.
  9. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    A few other places to try to get the tracks.
    ADV GPS Tracks West forum, dualsportmaps.com, GPSXchange.com, ADV West Regional forum
  10. dstutz

    dstutz Been here awhile

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    I've been using Garmins for a while buying second hand BMW navigators (been through a II, III and IV) and just bought a new Montana 610. I loaded the OSM generic routable (new style) maps from http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/ as well as trying some topo maps in a couple regions from here: http://www.gmaptool.eu/en/content/usa-osm-topo-routable. I used basecamp to create a route with those maps and sent it to the unit. When I load it up on the unit, the route is just a series of direct lines going to each waypoint that I used to create the route. While I was recently on a trip I tried to route to a location and it just drew a straight line to it that moved with me and gave me distance to "target". As I said I have a lot of experience with Garmin's and mapsource/basecamp so the difference is the Montana and trying to use OSM maps. Any ideas what I did wrong that both of those OSM mapsets are not routable on the unit but worked ok in Basecamp? For the trip I converted the routes to tracks and was following that but I lacked any distance/time to destination stuff that was a little less than useful.
  11. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    Check that all the settings on the GPS are ok. You will want it to lock on roads. There are a few other settings that may cause that. Sorry, i can't think of them right now.
  12. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Is your profile set to Direct as opposed to Driving or Motorcycling? In the route box in BC it’s displayed in the upper right side of the screen.
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  13. MJS

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    Not sure what you're doing but I am using a 610 in Russia with OSM and I don't have any problems with routing. Either from BC or on the fly. Do make sure the route type is not set to direct.
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  14. dstutz

    dstutz Been here awhile

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    In BC, it's motorcycle. The route looks fine there, it was snapping to the roads properly as I was dropping waypoints the way it always works, this is how I was able to convert to a track as a backup plan which got me through the trip fine. It's just after sending it to the Montana and loading it there that it's all straight lines. I went through some of the settings on the Montana after unboxing it but don't really recall any routing settings so unless it's set to direct out of the box I didn't change it. I'll take another look through the settings on there though. Admittedly I was doing all this the night before leaving so I didn't have a ton of time to dig into it.

    https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/web...UID-6F528B44-B42C-4BF0-8A36-27059DB8ECCD.html <---here are the routing settings

    Anyone know if the "Activity" is set to direct right out of the box? I definitely didn't change any of these the other day. I'll take a look when I get home from work today and test out. Really hoping it's something simple/stupid.
  15. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Set the route to direct in BC, transfer it to the Montana, change the profile on the Montana to Motorcycling or Driving and recalculate.
  16. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Or in BC prepare the route, convert it to a track, send the track to the Montana and then navigate the track.


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  17. dstutz

    dstutz Been here awhile

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    LOL, wow, I'm such an idiot. Yeah, the Montana was set on direct routing out of the box. Just set it to motorcycling, loaded up one of the routes and it looks fine. Also tested going to a POI and it calculated a route. I figured it was going to be something stupid/simple. Thanks!
  18. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Glad the fix was so trivial! :thumb
  19. ADW

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    Don't forget to set the routing preferences on the Montana, specifically the Avoidances. My buddy's new Montana was set to avoid a bunch of things and it was making some really weird routes because of it.
  20. PoleRbear

    PoleRbear Been here awhile

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    Does anyone have issues typing addresses? If I want to navigate to a certain address, first I get asked for a country, then city, and so on. And here’s my problem. I want to find an address in San Jose, CA so I type “San Jo” and three cities pop up but no San Jose. I go back to input more letters and complete the name but then it shows that there are no such city. What am I doing wrong? I’m new to this, tried searching this thread and Google but I can’t find any answers. I’m using CN US 2018 on SD card. Thanks
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