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  1. This is how you install Garmin's topo maps without needing to use the CD's every time you want to access them.


    if you have it installed uninstall it. Create a new folder called 'Topo', preferably in c/garmin where mapsource is installed. Take each of the 3 CD's and copy their contents into the new folder. You will hit a couple of 'overwrite files' dialogues - say yes.


    Then go into your new folder and find the setup icon - double click on it and you are in business.

  2. This is my offering from a thread a while back:


    Thanks a lot - very clear explanation of a complicated subject.


    Since my posting I got bits and pieces from the usegroups. A couple of interesting tidbits: almost all of the altitude measurements displayed in the 60CS's fields are readings from the altimeter. The only GPS altimeter field seems to be the one accessible from the satellite page (which I had not discovered before).


    The logic of the altimeter/GPS combination is as follows. GPS elevation data is less accurate than your long/lat position. It is also much more subject to jumpiness because of the nature of GPS reception, changes in satellite geometry, etc.


    The elevation data from the altimeter is generally more accurate than the GPS measurement: 1) if properly calibrated; and 2) assuming there is not much weather-related change (i.e. non-altitude connected change) in the barometeric pressure. It also gives much steadier readings than the GPS-derived figures.


    My understanding of the interplay is that the primary driver of the altitude measurement is the barometer, and this is what is reported in the tracklog and I presume the datastream. However, the GPS-derived reading will be used to correct the barometric reading if there is a large disparity. This will happen if a weather front comes in quickly.


    Before doing any calibration, I was consistently getting altitude readings of -100 feet at my home (real elevation +17 feet). I will experiment and see how it goes. It's fun learning about this stuff.


    I wish the user could choose whether the altimeter is on or not. Sometimes rough numbers are enough, or you don't have a source for calibration.

  3. I have my 60cs mounted on my dualsport motorcycle and it works great. Very solid mount. Are you having trouble with the bracket that mounts to the handlebar? Maybe your handlebar is not big enough. If thats the case, get some good electrical tape and wrap the bar where you want the mount. There are two rubber spacers that come with the mount a thin one and a thick one. I believe you should only use one.

    I don't think so - the separation is occuring between the GPS and the flat platform with the hole in it.

  4. Are you not screwing the grommet into the back of the 60? I thought that was required for most of their mounts.

    Yes (the one that came with the mount). Per the instructions, I match up the grommet to the hole in the front part of the mount, and then click the unit into place. There is no screw that directly connects the unit to the bracket (like the GPS V mount).


    Am I missing something?


    I am amazed that it stays on with a mountain bike. Mine is a road bike going over pretty minor bumbs.

  5. If you got your GPS pretty recently and purchase CS 5, Garmin may cut you a break even if you fall outside of the purchase windows on the website. I purchased my 60cs when they first came out and was able to purchase the 6 update for $37.50.


    This was offered to me by a Garmin rep while I was asking questions about CS 6 (I didn't ask for the discount).

  6. I called Garmin Customer Service about something else and we started talking about CS version 6 (I had version 5, which I bought along with my 60CS the first week they came out).


    I was not eligible for any free or discounted to CS 6. Garmin offered me without asking an upgrade fto CS 6 or only $37.50!

  7. From the GPS being off, hold down page and enter while turning power on. It will give you a prompt for reset.


    Your unit will be like how the unit came out of the box (no waypoints (other than the Garmin locations; no tracks; no routes)). Just back it up before you do it. It did retain the MapSource maps I had loaded in.


    Let is sit outside for a little while to collect all the data, and do an autolocate or 'map pointer' relocate.

  8. Yes. It's like how the unit came out of the box (no waypoints (other than the Garmin locations; no tracks; no routes)). Just back it up before you do it. It did retain the MapSource maps I had loaded in.


    Let is sit outside for a little while to collect all the data, and do an autolocate or 'map pointer' relocate.

  9. :tongue:


    Garmin tech support no help -


    suggested it was random accuracy problem (nothing wrong)


    suggested I use my magnetic compass all the time.


    asked if I was holding it horizontally


    suggested I keep it in North up mode.


    asked if I used WAAS, suggested I turn it off


    I will try a reset and see what happens.


    *** Anyone know the reset procedure for the 60CS? ***


    I will document results next time and demand service/exchange.




    My feeling it is some kind of accuracy problem that is not visible in the accuracy circle or EOP reading. Either that or there is some problem in the computational chain that handles coordinate calculations.


    Also I notice on bike trips where I take a couple of breaks their is no 'stopped time' recorded. That leads me to believe that all the time it is sensing movement because the recorded coordinates are jumping around all over the place.




    Any thoughts, advice?

  10. sigh - no Mac for me - too many issues with Garmin. too bad.


    someone else told me that, besides the Mac being more expensive, the software and accessories are more expensive too.


    If I were starting over, and Mapsource ran under OSX, I would get a Mac in a minute.

  11. I disagree with:


    Improved map colors for contour lines.


    When I use Topo (100K, not 24K), I can barely see some of the contour lines now.


    Ditto. I use 24K Topo East, and the lines are so thin now that they're almost invisible. Was someone actually complaining about the topo lines before? I can't imagine why. I liked the thicker lines.


    They are still pretty easy to see (and look nice) in "night" mode, because the background is black so they stand out more. But I rarely hike at night. :(

    ? - contour lines look OK with 3.20.


    It was in 3.10 that you could barely see them.

  12. From : http://www.gpsinformation.org/dale/secret.htm


    Note that these features are not documented by Garmin for a reason. They are generally for testing the device and are not intended for end users. The modes are not supported by Garmin and may cause you to lose data in your machines. Try this at your own risk!


    GPS 60/60CS


    The standard secret keys apply.

    After a reset


    If you have to perform a full reset using one of the sequences shown above you will need to allow the unit to collect a full almanac before normal can be resumed. First a fix will need to be obtained which can take from 5 to 10 minutes of leaving your unit outdoors, stationary, with a good sky view. After the first lock you will need another 12.5 to 15 minutes to get the almanac reloaded. Check the date to insure that the information was reloaded properly. Time will be shown as UTC time since your local time offset was lost in the reset.


    Re-establish all of your preferences such as time zone, daylight savings flag, etc. Reload all your waypoints and saved routes from your backup. I do hope you have a backup. WAAS capable receivers will have to re-establish the WAAS almanac as well.



    Thanks - can you share with me the standard secret keys?


    I am also heeding your warnings.

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