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  1. Okay, I would like to do more of the locationless caches, but having to search through more than 500 logs to make sure I am not duplicating a previous find is rather tedious and time consuming. For example, lets say I am looking for a pink elephant statue for a pink elephant statue locationless cache. (not real just example) Nearly all the locationless caches stipulate that each location can only be logged once--in other words only one log per pink elephant statue. Is there a faster way to do a search through the existing logs to find if your pink elephant statue has been logged already? Coordinates are never exactly the same when logging these locationless caches. Even if you are trying to log a pink elephant statue that has been logged before, chances are the previous finder logged slightly different coordinates than you. Any quick way of searching here or does everyone just spend tons of time searching through all of the old logs? Thanks Dave
  2. I have a Legend and a friend just bought a Vista. When my friend and I were walking side by side towards a geocache my navigation page on my Legend showed the pointer pointing in the same direction with very little fluctuation. With my friends new Vista, with the compass turned on, the arrow on the Nav page was jumping all over the place. It would sometimes swing all the way around while we were walking in a straight line towards the cache. Once he turned off the compass, his Vista's Nav page behaved like my Legend. Is this normal for a Vista? I was considering upgrading to the Vista to get the compass but it seemed like it was more of a hindrance than a help. We considered the possiblility of a metallic source interferring with the compass so we tried holding the Vista far away from our bodies as we moved. It made no difference. Still the arrow jumped all around? Vista owners, is this normal? What good is the compass? We seemed to have the same problem when we stood still and just turned the Vista around in circles. Instead of re-orienting itself using the compass, the arrow seemed to bounce around alot. After several minutes, it still was bouncing around. Very annoying.
  3. Genophylus It's not just the Vista. My Legend shuts down the EXACT same way that you describe with your Vista. The other day I had it shut down three times on me during a very bumpy bike ride with it dangling from my neck AND there was a weak signal. It's never happened in a moving vehicle. Can't explain it but it does not bother me too much because it isn't very common. Dave
  4. I'm in WA state and I have not gotten a WAAS signal either. But when I look at these maps we are well within the POR area. I have tried going to a big, wide open area where I could see the horizon all the way around but still no luck. I have only had the GPS for two months.
  5. Here is what happened: I transferred an 8MB mapset to the Legend without a problem. When I tried to go over 8MB it said that there was no more space but I WAS able to transfer 8.1MB. BUT then when I panned around the downloaded map on the Legend I found a couple of "holes" in the map where counties that were part of the mapset were missing! So I figured that the thing had run out of memory during transfer. I kept lowering the number of counties in the mapset and transferring until I got no more "holes" in the map. I had to go all the way down to 5MB. Strange? Then just out of curiosity, I transferred an 8MB mapset to the Legend and then transferred it back to the computer. The transfer back created different "holes" or missing counties than were on the Legend! In other words, after I transferred the mapset back there were 3 missing counties out of the mapset out of 38 but these were not the same missing counties that were on the Legend! Bizarre enough? Dave
  6. I have the 3.1 firmware and have had no problems, so I'm not going to upgrade the software when Garmin's website says that the new version (3.2) only: "Corrected problem that potentially rounded northing/easting values when entering or editing waypoints in UTM-based grids." I learned long ago with computers that if it ain't broke, don't fix it! Although now it sounds like it is broke, I don't think upgrading the firmware will do anything. I am using a version of Mapsource that is a few years old that I bought used. Perhaps the older version of Mapsource has a difficult time calculating the exact size of the maps that I am downloading.
  7. The manual for my Legend says "The eTrex Legend accepts up to 8 MB of map data from (Garmin CD Roms)" I have tried to download maps from the Roads and Recreation CD but I don't get anywhere near 8 MB. I can't even get 6 MB. Why is this? Are they including the basemap in that 8MB? If they are, they are being dishonest about it accepting 8 MB of data! Dave
  8. I have a Legend and a Mac also. Try using: www.MacSimpleGPS.com I have used this program without any "tweaking" at all to upload waypoints.
  9. My Legend ALWAYS shows me to be slightly off the road to one side or the other when I'm driving down the road. I figured this was normal since these things are not 100% accurate.
  10. Try this one: www.MacSimpleGPS.com
  11. I've only had my Garmin Legend for a few days now. I knew I would have problems with software being a Mac user but I decided to download the Beta of MacSimpleGPS and give it a try in order to load geocache locations on to the Legend. Very simple. I just plugged my Garmin into the serial port on my old Mac using a serial adapter (round serial to square serial) that I already had for my digital camera. I downloaded some geocache locations from this site and then hit "send" from inside MacSimpleGPS and it worked. No problems. No having to change settings on the GPS or computer No headaches. Very Mac-like product. Can't wait for the final version! Dave
  12. Thanks for the help everyone. Sorry for mentioning the French company thing. Everyone is free to choose if they want to support a French company or not. I really just wanted to know which unit had the better base map. Thanks Dave
  13. I am getting my 1st GPS and am considering either the Sportrak Pro or the Garmin eTrex Legend. I am interested in Geocaching and maybe some use in the car for trips. Here is what I have come up with so far: 1) The Sportrak is slightly bigger and has a bigger screen but has a lower res. screen. 2) The Sportrak is less likely to lose a signal in the woods than the Legend? True? 3) The Sportrak has 23 MB of xtra memory compared to the Legend's 8. 4) Magellan is a French company. 5) One review of the Legend said that the tiny but highly detailed screen was hard to read because the words are too small. True? 6) The Garmin can more easily fit into a pocket and costs less. 7) You are more likely to get your rebate from Garmin than Magellan. 8) Garmin is NOT a French company. So which one has the more detailed base map of the United States? I see that the Sportrak Pro has a 9MB base map but I can't seem to find anywhere how large the base map on the Legend is. The only info I can find says that the Legend has 8MB of xtra space but does not say how large the base map is. Thanks for any help. I did do a search here but could not find any info that directly compared the base maps of these two units. Dave
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