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  1. Croesgadwr - Sorry, I didn't mean to put you on the spot :) I did start reading this thread thinking "hmm, do I have to worry about this on my own eTrex" because Tr_s (not you) originally framed it as a widespread, serious defect.


    But after turning and twisting my 20's own D-ring every which way, and looking for more information, well, there ain't much out there.


    And thanks for the vaseline tip. Worried or not, better safe that sorry. I used a bit of plumber's silicone grease and it does make the ring turn easier.

  2. ...a bit harsh....

    Completely understandable. I'd be very annoyed if mine broke.


    But I've tried to give mine a mighty twist and can't figure out how I'd could break it if I wanted to. Maybe take a screwdriver or some other tool to over-torue it. Twist it backwards, maybe. If I have any complaint about the thing is that it's too small to get a good grip on sometimes -- but that small size actually works AGAINST applying too much torque.


    And in spite of Croesgadwr's saying several people have gotten free replacements from Garmin, I can only find one reference (yours) from anyone who actually broke theirs. So either you and your friend got a rare device -- or applied some novel way to open the back -- or other folks who broke theirs aren't complaining here (or on other product reviews sites and forums where I looked).

  3. ...a friend's 20 now broke as well - More support to that this is a systematic design failure.

    Hmm... how many now do we have real reports of breakage so far? Not "I think it's a bad design" or "It's hard to torque that thing down" - but really "It broke!" kind of reports?


    Regarding Garmin's support, probably having you return it to the reseller is the most time and cost effective for all concerned.

  4. Thanks for the pointer, Robert - I didn't think this class of problem existed in GPX...


    I always figured if something in a GPX file broke only a few programs while most others still worked, it was fair to blame those programs for not being robust enough -- but if something broke the majority of programs it was likely a problem in the GPX. So invalid UTF-8 falls in between? Most processors can handle it, but it's still wrong... hmmm....

  5. At least a million times, yes.


    One similarity between the H and the 10: Neither can display any real maps. They have an extremely sparse basemap, cannot have additional maps loaded. If *all* you is backtracking and waypoints, both are good entry level units, but nothing more.


    As for differences, start at this comparison page eTrex H : eTrex 10 : eTrex 20. The highlighted/grey line items are the differences, and I included one higher end unit you didn't ask about.


    As you noted, the 10 has USB while the H is an older style serial connection. The 10 also has a newer (arguably better) receiver, a somewhat different user interface, a higher resolution screen, the ability to load "paperless" geocaching information instead of just storing your geocaches as plain waypoints -- and most important to me, much better battery life.


    Hope this helps. If you're really going to want maps though, you'll need to set your sights higher, like the eTrex 20 -- which is why I included it in the Garmin link above.

  6. There was nothing wrong with the software Groundspeak screwed things up

    If that were so, there would be many other programs having similar problems to MacCaching.


    One of the defining features os XML (which is where the GPX format comes from) is that it's extensible -- in other words, any GPX file contains information that explains to the reader (whether built into a GPS or software program running on a computer) how to parse the contents, and it's up to the parser to roll with that rather than Groundspeak to stick to a locked-in format. Groundspeak could change some aspects of their GPX format daily, and as long as they stay within certain formal rules for XML validity you could sift the good programs from bad by the ones that could cope with changes.


    That may be an an over simplification, and I'm sure that a lot of folks will be happy to offer corrections. Some of them might even know what they're talking about :)

  7. Other than smartphones and tablets that have GOS capability, I can't think of any. Some Garmin and DeLorme units do support other wireless protocols for talking device-to-device*, but not WiFi for file transfer.



    * Garmin supports Ant+ for things like fitness monitors, Chirp. DeLorme uses Bluetooth on some models and Zigbee(?) on others to talk to inReach and Spot add-ons.

  8. I'm not sure where you get your 1/2 good, 1/2 bad ratio? From what I've been reading it looks like 99% success and 1% still sticky.

    I'm not sure where you get your 99% good, 1% bad ratio. Have you even got 100 data points, 100 individuals who have performed the update and reporting results here (or anywhere)?


    98.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot. That number might seem high, but it's really quite normal.

  9. I would like to load the files to my Oregon 450.

    If that's all you want to do, you don't need any additional software. Connect your o450 to your Mac, wait for it to appear to the computer as a disk drive, then copy your GPX files to the Garmin/GPX folder on the device. Then eject/disconnect the Garmin, and restart it.

  10. would have been nice if Garmin would have included that bit of info with their manual.



    Here are a couple of other things that aren't documented, but I found by trial and error (as well as some emails to Garmin tech support):


    1- In theory, you can store up to 2000 geocaches on the eTrex 10 -- and those 2000 "slots" are separate from the regular waypoint storage.


    2- In practice, it would be impossible to load that many geocaches because there isn't enough memory. The exact number that will fit will vary, due to different size cache descriptions and logs. You're probably getting close to the limit with the 500 you loaded. As you start to get close to it you'll get "Low Memory" warning messages.

  11. There is no point, IMHO, in paying the extra money for the T model when you can find great maps for free.

    If you want shaded terrain, you need the T model or Garmin's (not free) maps.


    Terrain shadin requires a Digital Elevation Model. Third party maps won't include DEM data because Garmin has never disclosed their format and no third party tools exist to use DEM on Garmin.

  12. ... decent battery time AA's preferred ... I would also like a sdhc slot for maps ... decent street and satellite maps... waterproof accurate ... around $150 - $ 200 ...


    For $185 you can have an eTeex 20. Waterproof, accurate, and has outstanding battery life. It doesn't have an SD card slot but does have 1.7GB of internal memory for loading maps - you can get a lot of free maps from GPSFileDepot and elsewhere, you can build/load imagery of your own, or pay $30/year for a BirdsEye subscription from Garmin.

  13. Reviews:




    One of the shortest lived models in DeLorme's line - in production for less than a year and discontinued in July'10. Only buy one if you get a swinging great price, like under $120 -- or maybe if you're thinking of it as a collector's rarity -- or you really really like that shade of green.


    Okay, seriously: Unless you found a PN-30 for a great price, a used PN-40 or a new PN-60 would be a better deal. That's if you're really attracted to the DeLorme products in particular. If you're not fixated on DeLorme, don't overlook Garmin's offerings.


    What GPS are you using now, and what features are you looking for specifically in a new one?



    Edit to add: Reviewed old posts and see you have been thinking (and asking advice) about replacing a Magellan Triton at least since October. Back then you hinted a budget of around $300. Anything changed since then? You could but a decent outdoor unit AND have some left over for a car unit with that kind of money.

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