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  1. The 750t arrived a few hours ago and is still charging. The battery "pack" is two AA NiMH cells fastened together with plastic clips... not sure why, but not a problem. The Unit switched on as soon as I plugged in the charger (as the manual said it should) and showed numerous "birds" almost immediately, along with displayed accuracy of 9-10 feet from indoors. I figure I will just let it charge fully (not sure how long it will take with the included AC-USB charger), and then head out to see what it will do. The display is fantastic... clear and easy to read. There are a ton of features, so I will be spending a lot of time learning all of them.
  2. I initially figured the camera features would not be all that useful, but after watching some of the videos and reading up on the various features, I figured the 750t (with the discount) would be something I can enjoy for more features and functions. Granted, the learning curve will be somewhat steeper, but the Oregon looked like the best choice for me, with the 750t being the most versatile. I plan to start out "simple" (if that is possible) and then do more as I learn more. This will be a huge step ahead in technology for me.... made me realize how "old" the 76CSx really is. It is being shipped out this evening and will probably arrive here by next week. I may pick up some accessories later on. As always, thanks to all for the ideas and assistance. I will post up some results once I get started with the new Oregon.
  3. Checked with several places in the area and nobody had the 750t; Bass Pro had a 700, but not much else. Dick's Sporting Goods had no GPSr's at all... the guy there referred me to Best Buy, which had no handheld units. Looks like it is time for a 750t.
  4. The IPX7 standard is probably good enough for my needs, as I have never dropped any electronic device into any sort of water (I have now officially jinxed myself ). The Oregon 7's are looking like a very appealing; I could easily "grow into" the added features, At least it would not become obsolete in the near future (there I go... jinxing myself again). The online comments I have seen, here and elsewhere, show a positive consensus... it looks to be a winner, and most likely what I will go with.
  5. It does not look like he caches, so probably not important. The geocaching functions are quite far down on my list of priorities, as is a built-in camera. Most of my use is for hiking, motorcycling/bicycling, and occasional outdoor use in potentially wet weather (why the 78sc looks interesting to me). I looked online to find a nearby dealer, and there is one very close to where I will be tomorrow (Ithaca, NY area); I will stop in and take a look. My only concern (which may be unfounded) is that the 78-series appears to have been around a number of years. The good news is that I would not be a "guinea pig" if I buy one. The down side may be the possibility of something new coming along to replace the 78-series in the near future, although that would probably be more expensive. Many thanks for the assistance and ideas so far... will keep checking here and will post up my results.
  6. Update: I just received an e-mail back from Garmin, and my 76CSx is (as expected) definitely not repairable, but I had to at least ask them. They are offering a 20% discount on the purchase of a current Garmin model, with the details to be worked out on the phone. Once they receive the old/failed unit, they credit the 20%. This may work out to be a decent deal as, while I do not use the handheld GPSr a lot, I am finding I am using it more lately (until it quit, that is ).
  7. I still have a GPSMap 76CSx, which failed yesterday after many years; I am debating its replacement. Also have GPS in the dash of my Ram 2500 and a Byonics GPS that I use with my ICOM IC-7100.
  8. The 78-series does look interesting, but I am not sure if I would "upgrade" just yet. Having just loaded the newest mapping software in 2010, I expect my 76CSx to be good for a while, although new toys are always fun, and very tempting. And now, six years later, my old, faithful 76CSx appears to have exceeded its useful life. The MicroSD card will not stay locked in place and the display is acting strangely. Is the 78cs still the latest and greatest direct replacement?
  9. The 78-series does look interesting, but I am not sure if I would "upgrade" just yet. Having just loaded the newest mapping software in 2010, I expect my 76CSx to be good for a while, although new toys are always fun, and very tempting.
  10. My first was an ICOM GP-2 back in the early 1990's; it did basic stuf and the five channel receiver was OK, but mapping was not included. It was great for rescue/EMS work, though.
  11. I still use the (oldie but goodie) GPS MAP 76CSx and love it. Never any problems in the few years I have owned it, and am even considering keeping it for many more years (the bug for new gadgets usually bites, but not in this case). My wife just received a new nuvi 255w as part of the incentives for a car loan on her new Jeep; the Jeep already came with an in-dash nav system, so she does not need another GPS, and may sell it. If she does, she said she may want a small handheld Garmin to take with her when walking (I do believe she may be a potential GPS geek ). Back to the '76CSx, that thing is amazingly simple, comprehensive, and accurate. I haven't even tested its ability to float yet.
  12. The disk came directly from Garmin ("G International" on the package.... made me want to call them and say, "whattup, G?", but that's another story ), and I just found the place on their web site (MyGarmin) where I can purchase the unlock code. I must have been missing something there on my first attempt....... one odd thing happened when first installing the update - a Windows Installer error appeared (not sure what that was all about, so I re-booted the computer and tried again, and it worked OK. Maybe that had something to do with the original problem, or maybe I did miss something on the MyGarmin web site. Thanks to all for the assist here; as always this forum is the best!
  13. I just received the CN 2008 Upgrade CD for my GPS MAP 76CSx and installed it, but cannot unlock it. There was no code included in the package, and I cannot get an unlock code online. I logged in to the "MyGarmin" web site and got nowhere. Of course, there is no phone support with which to contact a real person until Monday. At this point, the CN 2008 program is useless to me. Is there something else I need to do in order that this "upgrade" be made to function? In the meantime, I rolled back to my previous City Navigator (v8) program.
  14. I chose the 76CSx because of the button layout, buoyancy, and the deal I got when purchasing; it has worked perfectly and never let me down. Sensitivity is amazing, even in the house. The entire USA can be loaded onto a removable MicroSD card, and that is a big convenience for me.
  15. Rich, I have been using a 76CSx while motorcycling and it has been great for autorouting; I also use it as a backup in the Jeep and it outperforms the Alpine unit that DimestoreChrysler installs at the factory. You will love it.
  16. Info One would think that such companies would be a bit more careful.
  17. I had some problems with the Belkin USB-Serial adapter with some devices (Yaesu FT-8900R transceiver) but not with others (Yaesu VX-7R and FT-817ND transceivers), so I bought a PCMCIA-Serial adapter from Startech.com and it works extremely well. I had to update the driver to one they e-mailed me in order that my laptop PC would be compatible, but it works without any problems. Check them out for all sorts of interconnection devices. Here is a link to their I/O products for desktop and laptop PC's: Click Here.
  18. This is definitely the same problem that people have with EZ Pass transponders. Here is a link to a list of known "offenders"... mostly GM with a Subaru SVX also included.
  19. I doubt there will be many used 2 GB MicroSD cards around for a while, but will bet that the prices on them will come down in the next month or so as they become more popular. Amazon.com has some listed in the ~$100.00 range. I plan to pick up one of those before I go on vacation.
  20. I just ordered my free upgrade online and should have it in hand within a couple of weeks. After the upgrade disk arrives, Garmin's web site recommends going here for help with unlocking the upgrade.
  21. I have a Sony VAIO too. Try this to turn off that feature: 1. From your START menu, select CONTROL PANEL. The Control Panel appears. 2. Double-click the MOUSE icon. A dialog box appears. 3. Click the POINTER OPTIONS tab. 4. Uncheck the box in the SNAP TO panel. 5. Click the OK button to close the dialog box. 6. Try it now (you may have to reboot). -Chris I checked that, and the "Snap To" box is already unchecked....... other than that problem, I kind of like the VAIO..... As for the SA2007, I probably will order it this week.
  22. Try that on a Honda GoldWing 1800.... the speedometer and odometer are usually off by as much as 6-8% above actual speed/distance. The only known fixes are slightly larger rear tire or an electronic device which can be installed to correct the calibration. If your vehicle uses a drive in the tranny to feed a speed sensor, there may be a differnt gear available to recalibrate the speedometer/odometer, but the newer vehicles require use of a DRB scan tool to recalibrate the speedometer. Either f these fixes may cost more than they are actually worth to the individual vehicle owner. If you have a built-in Nav system (Chrysler products use one built by Alpine), you will notice there is no speed reading on the display; having such a reading available via GPS would send everybody bto their dealer to complain about the speedometer (in)accuracy, creating major headaches for Chrysler dealerships.
  23. A few years ago, my GPS showed me as being near Worcester, MA (near my old stompng grounds) when in fact, I was near Rochester, NY. It also showed my average speed as more than 900 MPH, and that was in a 6-cyl. Jeep - if I had been driving a Hemi back then, maybe it would have been a bit more believable . The first chance I got, I called Garmin tech support, and they advised me to send the unit in under warranty for replacement. The new one showed up and I never had that problems again. Several months later, there was some discussion here about this sort of rare and odd occurrence; seems that it can happen, even if the GPS is not faulty/defective..... not sure of the exact reason. Maybe somebody here can recall the details and better explain this concept.
  24. What I have been doing (yes, I am a geek of sorts) is checking the voltage of the batteries with the old reliable Fluke 8020A with the batteries still in the device. This gives me a reasonable idea of how the batteries are doing. Being a ham radio guy as well, I guess I come by the geek thing honestly. Even my motorcycle has a voltmeter installed (Honda Marine unit that munts perfectly on the right lower fairing . Inquiring minds just need to know..........
  25. The Vista has been sold....... check received and unit shipped on 8/7/06.
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