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  1. On 9/18/2017 at 8:04 PM, alandb said:

    Garmin could fix this with a software update. The algorithm to reindex the GPX files is apparently already in the firmware as that is what the manual workaround does by forcing the reindex process. It seems to me all Garmin would have to do is add a "Reindex" selection to the Setup/Reset menu that would access this algorithm and reindex the files. it is ridiculous that this problem has existed on multiple devices for many years and Garmin doesn't fix it.

    From your finnerz to tech-support's ears... <_<

  2. On 9/19/2017 at 0:08 AM, Atlas Cached said:

    There are a lot of details missing that makes helping very difficult. But I will add that this is the very reason I like to keep all my GPX/GGZ files on the uSD card, so while in the field, I can simply remove the card, reboot, install the card, reboot, and viola!

    Based on earlier responses, that's what we did.  To save time (get out there while the weather was still good) we went to the local pharmacy to pick up a cheap chip.  The smallest they had was 32gb, but they were on sale 2/1.  So far, so good, but I haven't got the customizing back where I'd like it yet.... :unsure:

  3. On 9/18/2017 at 4:21 PM, The A-Team said:

    It isn't uncommon for Garmins to fail to properly load caches. It's happened to me often enough that a standard part of my caching days is to turn on the device and check that the caches are actually there before leaving the house.

    Good to know (the first part)--too bad it never came up in any reviews or discussions I'd read/posted to before buying the thing.

    Checking ahead of time... this last time it went kaflooey, I did.  It worked fine the first couple/three times I turned it on, then the next time... nada.  If I'd been in the field...

    IIRC, twice that it happened was after I messed with the menus/customizing things.  Everything worked, I made some changes, and turned it off.  The the next time I turned it on, it couldn't find the caches.

    See next response.

  4. 2 hours ago, redsox_mark said:

    ....the "I pressed go to navigate so it must be a DNF" method....


    1 hour ago, redsox_mark said:

    I don't like that the score of my cache may be impacted even by a single person ... who logs a DNF saying they pressed "go" but then decided not to complete my cache.

    People actually DO that ‽  I've had to give up on many I've pressed "GO" on, realizing at some point or other that they're beyond my ability (T--not D--or distance :)) but I've never considered those DNFs.  I don't consider it a DNF unless I can't find one at GZ.  Then it's the internalized debate of whether I've missed something, it's been muggled, or something else.

  5. By "plain sight" in the thread topic, I thought the OP meant something different.  We once followed a trail a short way into the woods to find an ammo box sitting atop a bare 3' high knoll.  I moved it 3 feet to behind a fallen tree just out of concern that it'd be muggled.

  6. 10 hours ago, redsox_mark said:

    This algorithm is based on a combination of logs and circumstances, including

    Did Not Find (DNF)

    Needs Maintenance (NM)

    Needs Archived (NA)

    Caches that have not been found in a long time

    Difficulty and terrain rating

    Does that mean due to a string of DNFs, or might it happen just because nobody looked for it in a long time?

    It also makes me wonder if a health score or CO might be penalized for hiding a cache too well? :rolleyes:

    Perhaps the algorithm accounts for high D/T in that respect?

  7. On 9/18/2017 at 7:16 PM, dprovan said:

    I once logged an NM on a cache where wasps were actively building a nest on the cache.

    I've logged 2 where ants had taken over the cache and nested (eggs inside cache container).  Everything in the container was literally crawling with the little buggers (pun intended).  In both cases, it was because someone had put comestibles/scented items in the cache.

  8. 6 hours ago, dprovan said:

    The case you present is a little different, though, because of those finds interspersed with the other logs. Unless those finds aren't valid -- "No cache here, but I was here, so I'm claiming the find" -- I'd be very reluctant to post an NA since whatever the maintenance issue is, it doesn't seem to be preventing the cache from being viable. I wouldn't normally think there was any reason to try to kill a cache just because something is wrong that doesn't appear to be critical.

    You might (or might not) think differently if you read the actual logs (which is why I posted a link to the cache).  What's happened in this case is the container has disappeared entirely, leaving only a log, in apparently continually deteriorating condition.

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  9. POP QUIZ...

    In prepping for a breakfast GC Event this morning, we checked out the area (some distance from home) to see if there were any GCs worth pursuing afterward.  One of those found was: GC2QNXR

    Log Summary:

    • Problems First Noted: 6/19/2015 (No "NM" logged--No Acknowledgment--No Action Taken).
    • Seven more "Found" Logs (8/27/15 -- 9/3/16), Six of which mention problems requiring attention.
    • CO Last Visited: 10/15/2016.
    • Two more "Found" Logs (11/13/16), One of which comes back & logs "NM".
    • First "NM" Logged: 11/26/2016 (No Acknowledgment--No Action Taken).
    • 2 More "Found" Logs.
    • Second "NM" Logged: 6/11/2017 (No Acknowledgment--No Action Taken).
    • Another "Found" Log: 7/14/2017.

    As of This Posting (9/17/17), No Acknowledgment--No Action Taken--in 27 Months.

    I'm considering logging "NA", even though I've never actually attempted finding this cache, which brings up another question related to the OP....

    Back to hypotheticals.... Can/should a "NM" or "NA" be logged even if/though one has never actually seen/attempted a find (going just on the strength of Log entries)?


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  10. I know this is an old thread, but apparently there is still a problem.  I've just encountered it--"No Geocaches Found"--even though the .gpx files appear on my 64st (I've long since deleted the pre-loaded .ggz files).  My suspicion--from this recent experience--is that it may be Windows related.  Here's why...

    Until last night, I've had no problems (of this nature) whatsoever.  I've been doing everything directly--copying/dragging/deleting extracted .gpx files on & off the 64st directly via File Explorer (not using Basecamp, GSAK, or anything else).  My computer is a bit outdated--I'm still running Vista.  Coupla days ago, I ran into a problem of trying to fit too many .gpx files onto the 64st.  In trying to solve that problem, I downloaded GSAK onto my DW's laptop, which is running Windows 10 (because GSAK ostensibly won't run on Vista*).  I plugged the 64st into her laptop to copy the .gpx files into GSAK.  After disconnecting it is when I started getting the "No Geocaches Found" message.  I didn't immediately make the connection; I tried looking up troubleshooting the 64st, which recommended things like removing & replacing the batteries, backing up data files & restoring factory settings...  None of that worked--then I found this thread, and LukePackham's mention above...


    It may also have something to do with when i plug in anything through USB it automatically corrects any errors that windows sees as a problem.

    Not USB, but Windows! (methinks ;))  I still had copies of everything that was on the 64st from before copying onto it, so (as described above) I deleted everything in the Garmin/GPX directory, powered it up (to recognize the files had been deleted), recopied the (presumably uncorrupted) .gpx files back onto the 64st, powered it up again, and VOYLA!  Now I've still got to reconfigure the 64st again, but things could be worse.

    I could be wrong, but since everything was fine before getting Windows 10/GSAK involved, and went kaflooey immediately after, it doesn't seem too far-fetched to me to suspect/wonder about something there...

    Does this make sense to anyone else?  Or could it be GSAK?  I dunno.  YMMV.

    GSAK only runs on Windows operating systems (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10)

  11. I won't argue, Assasin (Momma told me, "NEVER  argue with an Assassin!" :o) but I observe that the converse is also likely: the more experience you have finding caches, the better you're likely to be at where & how to hide them. ;)  There are--of course--exceptions, and no guarantees. :D

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    On the advice of some folks I met at a GC Picnic Event, I've been (slowly--as I learn the MAH-SHEEN B)) removing some screens--and rearranging others--to make the unit more efficient for our GC outings.  (I'm sure many here have done the same.)  One screen I'd really like to re-arrange is--[first image below].  I see that on an earlier model (GPSMAP 62) the screen did look slightly different (reasons not germane to this question)--[second image below]. Is there any way--front door or back--of re-arranging this menu?  For us, the ideal order would be something like--[third image below].


    GPSMAP 64.jpg

    GPSMAP 62.jpg

    GPSMAP 64 modified.jpg

  13. Profuse apologies--found problem after another 1.5 hrs. of trial & hair-pulling.  Somehow a filter had been applied on GPSr.  Didn't even know it could do that--I've always applied filters when generating PQs.  Date of filter indicates it may have been when I was showing it to visitors, and they were playing around with it.  My face is sufficiently red.

  14. 9 hours ago, nextlogicalstep said:

    How likely is it that you get to GZ and there's a birdhouse though?? I can't imagine that actually happening.

    Actually, it happened to us 2 days ago, and it's happened once before (that I can think of). 

    If birdhouses are a bad idea, who's going to tell WVTim? :P

  15. 6 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:

    There was no inaction. 

    The OP wrote a Write Note log on the cache page.    Their action was reasonable...

    Huh?  I didn't say there was inaction, nor did I say the OP's action was not reasonable.  I expressed my own feeling/point of view on the subject; anyone is free to consider or ignore.

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