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  1. i highly doubt you wiped out your basemap, without the basemap the oregons dont have a point of reference for the other maps to line up to, i did wipe out the basemap once and even with the other maps installed all i got was a blank screen when i clicked maps. be thankful you havent lost them, its a pain to recover from.

    what I have is an absolutely blank screen except for hash marks if I turn off my other maps (it doesn't even show the highways and water features and such that the basemap usually shows) and there is no longer a basemap under the list of my maps. I deleted it by accidentally going to the Oregon's directory, clicking Garmin, then deleting the file marked "gmapbmap"... :)


    i formatted the internal memory on mine thinking the basemaps would be hard coded into the device, learned the hard way, after that though i couldn't use any maps on mine, had both topo and city nav installed an neither of them would work without the basemap as a point of reference. strange yours is ok, seen a lot of other people report of a practically useless unit without the basemap.

  2. I am absolutely thrilled with the map storage capacity of a 4GB memory card that I added to my oregon 450. I just installed the water maps of the entire Gulf of Mexico and surrounding Florida from my BlueChart Americas software. I also installed the entire Gulfcoast from Florida to Texas from my City Navigator Software and the Florida Topo Map from GPSfiledepot.com. Total used is 534MB so I still have more than 3GB to play with. Amazing capacity!


    I wish Garmin would come out with a data card larger than 512MB for my GPSMap276c.

    I know what you mean, I have an Oregon and I currently have routable maps and 3 different topo maps. I accidentally deleted the basemap :) but it didn't matter once I had "real" maps on my GPS. I managed to find a great deal on my microSD card. for $20 I got the card, a microSD to miniSD converter, a microSD to SD converter, and a microSD to USB converter. that was one good sale price! My only complaint about my GPS's card, microSDs are so small, they're hard to get into that little slot, but I'll probably get used to it!


    i highly doubt you wiped out your basemap, without the basemap the oregons dont have a point of reference for the other maps to line up to, i did wipe out the basemap once and even with the other maps installed all i got was a blank screen when i clicked maps. be thankful you havent lost them, its a pain to recover from.

  3. after having cached with and without an electronic compass there is no way i would ever go out without using one again, not having to move to get a fix on the cache is fantastic. the only downside is they are voltage sensitive, hasnt really been a problem for me as soon as my baterys are down halfway i usually change them

  4. I just sold my Dakota 20 which was a very nice unit. My opinion is to go with a Delorme PN-40. I hav 2 and love them. I did have a Oregon 450 and had a hard time seeing the screen when driving, same with the Dakota 20.



    i found simply using a car gps charger while driving makes the screen go into ultra bright mode on my 300 and there is no way i could possibly have trouble seeing it

  5. I am new to geocaching and thinking this might be a good purchase for me as my first GPS device. Thoughts for first time users?

    IMHO - I think this would be a very good unit for a newbie. Easy to operate and it has a section in it that has geocaching FAQs, lists the different types of caches, explains difficulty and terrain, and probably a few other things I can't remember off the top of my head. It is simple to operate yet accurate and supports paperless caching (you may very well want to become a premium member and enjoy the Pocket Queries to make full use of this feature). It doesn't have the bells and whistles other more expensive units have but is still a good quality device.


    Thanks for the reply! I have been researching so much because I really don't want to get the wrong device and ruin my geocaching experience. I need something that is easy to use, paperless, and accurate to get me right on top of the cache. I think I'm going to go with this one, I just hope I don't outgrow it too fast or become envious of other people's GPS devices when I'm out there! Though usually for me personally, the more tech involved with the device the less likely I am to spend the time trying to figure it out.


    In all honesty speaking from opinion not personal experience as ive never touched the unit. i can see a lot of things that are going to really start to annoy people with the GC, lack of routing and no electronic compass are a major weakness. Whilst im sure the GC is going to be a smashing unit for starters and children it seems a touch too pricey for what your getting in a unit, id say check out some of the lower end garmins like the 300 or the dakota 20

  6. I will probably get mark welled but here goes. On the Garmin spec list for the Oregon 450 it says 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended.


    Now the question are alkaline ok to use in a pinch?


    Yes maybe a dumb one but You guys are better at this stuff than I Thanks.


    alkalines are fine to use in a pinch but they just dont have the lasting power

  7. Why would you want to delete Geocaches? Geocaches are deleted automatically as you mark them found. Geocaches that are not marked found stay on you Oregon until you overwrite them with a new GPX file.


    Remember you can only dump one GPX file into your Oregon. If you use GSAK and have multiple databases setup to accommodate multiple PQ's you'll need to create a master database where you can copy and paste all of your data base's into. Then you can dump the one master database into your Oregon, up to I believe 5000 geocaches.


    I update mine once a week, (Fri. evening or Sat. morning), and I dump in about 3000 geocaches.


    I upload my field notes at the end of every caching day and then delete the field note file off of the Oregon, then I reset the cache count in my Oregon to zero. This way I'm ready for the next caching day.


    geocaches arent deleted automatically they just get marked as found therefore dont show up in the unfound ones, they might not show but they are still taking up room

  8. from what ive seen the ni-zn batterys are running over the rated voltage for a standard battery i wouldnt risk frying my gps for it

    Have been working with two pair - one in my eTrex Summit HC, one in my Dakota 20. The NiZn cells don't start out any hotter than an off-the-shelf Energizer lithium cell.


    from what i have read the ni-zn will hold 1.8v when freshly charged, just a bit too hot for my likeing

  9. YES it still works fine with NiMH and Alkalines. The issues is that I regularly use it in temps from -20F to 20F while mountaineering and NiMH and alakalines won't even last an hour in those conditions. The Lithiums worked fine until this upgrade.

    It is not directly related to your questions but have you seen Ni-Zn Rechargeables?

    Unlike NiMHs, these work quite well in freezing temperatures. Read my posts on that thread for more details.


    from what ive seen the ni-zn batterys are running over the rated voltage for a standard battery i wouldnt risk frying my gps for it

  10. im not sure on the rules posting links so i wont, check out a torrent search for the garmin basemap with dem, should be about a 47mb download, i wiped out my internal memory thinking the basemap would be integrated into the unit, big mistake. anyways download that map and place it into your garmins internal memory and it should clear things up again

  11. im not sure on the dakota but with my orgeon i used city nave to get me close to the cache then i was triyng to use the compass, the compass was point in the oppostie direction to the cache, turns out i didnt realise the compass was pointing to the road that it was auto routing for, needed to recalculate off road then the compass pointed directly to the cache, maybe something similar going on with the dakota

  12. for paperless caching and ease of use i would defiantly recommend the oregons, 300 and over. oregon 200 is kind of a joke the amount of features its missing. i've only had my 300 a few weeks now and its made caching a completely different experience for me its dead simple to use and spot on when tracking you to a cache

  13. i have a oregon 300 (practically the same case) and the first thing i noticed on getting it out of the box was just how solid the construction was im certain it could survive many drops without issue, the screen is embedded to reduce the chance of something hitting it but as stated im sure if it was dropped onto the right shape rock it could break the screen, all honesty though its not a major concern of mine as the rest of the construction is so rock solid

  14. I'll agree with the other posters that the 450 would be a better choice on today's market (or the Dakota 20).


    However if you aren't opposed to used I wouldn't count out a well priced Oregon 400 or 300 model.



    yea i found an insane deal on my 300 because the 450 was being rolled out, over 50% discount on the unit and in all honesty i would rather have that sort of saving then the trivial extras that the 450 have over the 300

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