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  1. Log out,clear your cache,go back into the site via the main page(geocaching.com) and log in again


    Be sure to go in via the


    "Discuss Geocaching" link


    then the


    "Enter the Groundspeak Forums" link

  2. The file on the card is:



    IMG file

    5,300 KB

    Well, that part is correct. For some reason your GPS is not reading the card. Can you save to the card with your GPS (a set of waypoints or a route)?

    I ran the "test card" and it tells me that the card is not properly formatted?

    Did you try formatting the card first? Page 73 of the User's Manual describes how:


    Formatting the Memory Card - After accessing the “Card Utilities menu,

    highlight “Format Card” and press [ENTER]. You will be prompted to confirm

    that you wish to continue with the formatting. This will erase everything on the

    SD card, so continue only if you are sure that there is no data on the card that

    you may need later.

    When the format is complete, the Meridian will turn off.


    User's Manual can be found here: http://www.magellangps.com/assets/manuals/...idianSeries.pdf


    Page 73 of the manual(page 84/105 in the pdf doc)

  3. Hi, I just got a Garmin Etrex Vista for Christmas and am wondering what makes the battery usage so much lower than other etrex models? I notice that the Legend is rated to get 18hrs, the Venture 20hrs and the Vista 12 hours. I know the vista has the compass and barometer...is this rating assuming that the compass and barometer are being on? Will the battery life be more like 20 hours with WAAS, compass, and altimeter disabled. I guess a better question might be for the other Vista owners is how long do your batteries last and under what circumstances. Thanks for any help...as soon as the freeze lifts here in PA I hope to try my hand at this geocaching...looks fun!

    some info from the users manual :



    Manual Page 3(Page 13/84 in pdf doc)

    "Rechargeable Alkaline,NiMH,NiCAD,or Lithium batteries may also be used"


    "Rechargeable batteries may typically display less capacity than alkaline batteries"


    ""When using "battery saver" or "use with gps off" mode when not navigating,alkaline batteries can last up to 12 hours""


    Manual Page 58(Page 68/84 in pdf doc)

    "Alkaline batteries lose a significant amount of their capacity as temperature decreases.Use Lithium batteries when operating E-Trex Vista in below-freezing conditions."

  4. Hi guys... I know I'm a little behind the times but here's my situation...


    Bought a Meridian Gold this past summer. Operating on 3.12....


    Bought MAPSEND TOPO a week ago. Also bought an SD card reader/writing to help me out. Finally - bought a 128 MB SD card....


    Got the software operating and defined a small (5 MB) region to start with. I was able to successfully upload that region to my SD card. However, I plugged the SD card into the GPS but I can't see any new maps on the map screen.....


    What am I doing wrong? Do I need to upload my firmware???



    Just had a look at the manual on-line http://www.magellangps.com/assets/manuals/...idianSeries.pdf


    it talks about loading waypoints,routes etc,but no mention of regions.Still worth a read though.


    Page 71 of the manual.(Page 82/105 in the pdf doc)

  5. The answer was yes, to almost all zip codes. (At least for those countries that use eurobills.) The listing is gathered up from various sources (by volunteers, I think).

    Every country has their own licensing rules. The UK postal codes, for example, cost us around 700 pounds every year. If they are obtaining their postal codes from various sources I suspect they are violating various international laws to do so. But maybe not. If you would like to approach them and obtain other countries' postal codes, and it is legal, I am always happy to add them to our database (and it was designed in such a way to make it easy to do so).

    Maybe this source can be used for Australian postcodes?




    Edit:The link on this page reads "Download the Postcode Datafile".I didn't give the direct link as there is a note to read.

  6. Can you really cheat at this? I would have thought most of us were mature enough to be beyond such pettiness.


    Cheaters don't cheat other people,they cheat themselves.


    Leave 'em be,ignore 'em.


    Lets play and have fun.


    It's very sad to even feel a need to post about this subject.I feel sick.

  7. I know it has the potential to put a load on an already loaded server ...

    That all depends on who is doing the talking and who you want to believe and what is the purpose in making the statement. It seems to change depending on the above variables as can be seen in this thread.


    So either PQs are a load on the server or they are not. It can't be both. My own feeling is if they are then the database has been poorly designed.

    GJ,i think the post by Elias:


    Originally posted by Elias:

    Pocket Queries are designed to use cached (no pun intended) versions of the cache pages. We can send out thousands of PQs with 300 caches each with little to no impact on the web server or database.



    is getting at "processing" impact,whereas requests for increased limits will have "bandwith" impacts.


    Only my surmation...and been wrong before :rolleyes:

  8. Info below is taken from the Spor Trak Manual at the Magellan Site which can be found here


    The PDF page number is 53 of 86,manual page number is 43


    Creating a Backtrack Route — Creates a route using track information

    stored in the SporTrak to “retrace” your steps. A good example of using

    a backtrack would be if you were out hiking or jogging with your

    SporTrak turned on and computing position fixes. After 30 minutes you

    choose to return to where you started, following the same route you just

    took. All you need do is follow the instructions below and let the

    SporTrak take you there.

    From Any Screen

    Highlight Routes

    Select “Backtrack”

    from Route List

    Highlight Activate Backtrk

  9. What is "USB" if it's not an Interface :unsure:


    It may by that Garmin delivers a serial to USB converter  B)

    Can't see where anyone said that USB wasn't an interface.


    Maybe you were referring to my original post,which may have been slightly confusing.


    To clarify:

    early posts suggested people were looking for a USB port on the back of the unit


    the cable pictured in the link appeared to have the GPS standard interface plug on one end with a USB plug on the other end(to plug into your pc).If this is the case there would be no need for a serial to USB converter.


    I hope that explanation is clearer and possibly more helpful

  10. Judging by the accessory cable at the following link, http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp?sku=010%2D10477%2D03 ,and reading the above posts,it appears you are looking for an actual USB port on your unit.The picture shows what appears to be the units' standard interface plug with a USB plug for your PC.

    If you are looking for a USB port on your unit,you're barking up the wrong tree.Hope this helps.

  11. QUOTE (mardy26 @ Dec 18 2003, 01:47 PM)

    Okay! Now what if you legally have the CD. But can't get your system to use it. It installs the program just fin. And wen you first put the CD in it asks if you want to run the program. So you say yes the it tell you "There is no appropriate MapSend DirectRoute NA CD-ROM In drive H:\."


    Customer service can't help. Does anybody have any ideas??



    If at first you don't succeed........


    I have Mapsend Worldwide Database and got that quite often in the first few weeks of use,but no longer get it. Maybe the laser on my dvd drive was dirty???


    Edit:cd changed to dvd

  12. I received my subscription notice within minutes of firstly activating a paypal account,and then making the payment.

    Not sure why they should put yours on hold ??

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