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  1. That is a stupid and irrelevant comparison unless he wants HO scale GPS units hooked together in a daisy chain.
  2. Are you saying you hate rechargeable AAs? I used to as well with the older batteries that would wear out quickly and not hold a charge when being stored. Since getting Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable AAs, I'm sold! These batteries are awesome. They last forever (20+ hours in my 60CSx) and are designed to hold at least 85% of their charge in storage after one year. Don't know if the 85% thing is true, but the old rechargeable batteries would be long dead by then, even while not being used at all. I've had mine for several months now and have been specifically checking the charge level on the ones not being use. So far, so good!
  3. Dude, I just have to ask... NINE GPS units in TWO years? Are you flush with disposable cash or just incredibly hard to please or something?
  4. A little Google will take you a long way, ya know. Start here. http://www.wayneswords.com/gpsinfo.htm 1 Lake Powell GPS Maps In 2008, Navionics has released two new GPS maps of Lake Powell. The most exciting is a new high-definition GPS map of Lake Powell. This new map has contours at 10-20’ intervals. This is a huge increase in detail over previous GPS contour maps of Lake Powell. In addition it shows the correct location of each of the channel buoys, the location of the new Bullfrog Bay buoys, and location of many more on-the-lake objects including each of the light buoys surrounding all of the houseboat fields. The other new Lake Powell GPS map includes 3-Dimensional bathymetric views, aerial photography, panoramic photos, port information and pilot books. The Garmin, Lowrance, and C-Map Lake Powell GPS maps are based on the same data – USGS 7.5 minute 1:24000 topo maps. Unfortunately this topo map only has contours at 80’ spacing. The bottom contours for all of the maps are at elevations of 3700’, 3680’, 3600’, 3520’, 3440’, 3360’, 3280’, and 3200’. The maps typically label these contours as the depth below 3700’ elevation, which is the Lake Powell full level – the labels are 20’, 100’, 180’, 260’, 340’, 420’, and 500’.
  5. That's why when I want something new, I look at "last year's model". An older, but still very good unit. And, I usually snap them up at a GREAT price brand new. Plus most, if not all, of the bugs have been worked out and people know how to really tweak them by then. Nothing worse than having a new unit with a TON of problems/questions...and no one else knows, either, and you all get to suffer through "trial and error" together.
  6. Go to your system menu and then the display menu. Again, I do NOT have an HC. I have a 60CSx, but I can't see why they shouldn't be similar. Try hitting the power button again after getting the low backlight turned on. Mine goes to 100% brightness. Push it again and the backlight goes off. It will cycle through these three modes..."off", "dim backlight", "100% backlight". "Dim backlight" is can be manually set on my GPS in the display menu. The selection is "backlight level" and it lists the brightness in a percentage. Select it and you can raise and lower the brightness and save that pre-set level. Now, when you turn it on, hit the power button once and it will go to whatever brightness you set. Hit it again and it goes to 100%. Hit it again and it turns off. And over and over again...
  7. Well, you said "20-26 hours of use". That sounds like continuous use and not "on/off" use. Same as what the manufacturers say when referencing "battery life". Like my post about my "tests" and how I got almost 22 hours of CONTINUOUS operation without the backlight on. That's why I said he'd get nowhere close to that with his backlight always turned on because that's how he said he wants to use it (not sure why outdoors with good light). I know how HE said he uses it (turn the unit completely off/on), but I misinterpreted what you meant by "20-26 hours of use" because, to me, turned off and in a backpack/pocket isn't GPS "use". On that note, depending on how I use my GPS, I can make a single set last for a couple of weeks in the field by just turning it on, getting my bearings, verifying my position on a paper map once in a while and then turning it off. Less than an hour a day of "use".
  8. With the backlight constantly on? Nope, not even close. The backlight is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, draw of battery power. I know mine isn't the same GPS, but the parallel can be drawn. I did a test with my 60CSx and Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable AAs. I got almost 22 hrs on a single charge without using the backlight at all. I then took another fully charged set (they were all just recently purchased new) and left it on with the backlight set to 50%. I only got about 10 hours until the battery low alert. Less than HALF the time without the backlight on. And, this was with a stationary GPS sitting on a desk. No re-drawing of the screen due to movement, re-calculations, switching screens, recording tracks, etc. Not using the electronic compass or altimeter... "Real world" use in the outdoors would yield much less battery life under both conditions, with and without the backlight. Again, the backlight is a MAJOR power drain.
  9. If it's like my 60CSx, then no. But, is it really that big of a deal? All I have to do is hit the power button again as soon as it turns on (don't have to wait for it to boot up) and the backlight comes on to whatever level I previously set it at. I'll bet your GPS will do the same thing. And, you don't have an option for "stays on" for the backlight in your system/display menu? I do. So, to do what you want, I'd just press and hold the power button until I hear the "turn on" beep and hit it immediately again and I'd have 100% (or whatever) backlight that would stay on until I turned it off. It takes no extra time or effort since the finger is already on the power button.
  10. Um, not sure about that. There are applications developed to allow paperless caching on these GPS units. There's a thread right here on this page with the title, "Goto last unread Paperless caching for non-paperless Garmins". People are doing it with their Nuvis, which I thought was impossible until just a short time ago. Because his first one broke so easily with "minimal use" and has a KNOWN design problem? Others complaining about their PN-40s dying as well?
  11. Thanks. I thought WAAS had ground based stations. If I pick them up, I pick them up and they shouldn't drop the "D". I don't know if I'll leave it on as I've heard it uses more battery power. I haven't really noticed any increase in accuracy. Maybe a couple of feet, but that's about it. I'm going by the +/- location number and, yes, I know that isn't really correct and it's the GPS unit's "best guess" as to the current accuracy. But, it's some sort of a benchmark to keep an eye on...
  12. That's strange. Solid state memory, such as SD cards, doesn't need to be defragmented like magnetic storage media like hard disk drives, etc do. It's instant access memory and no associated lag with having to move the read head all over the magnetic platter for a file that isn't contiguous. And, like you said, 300 mb is not a large file at all. My topo maps are pushing 1 gig each and would be larger if $^%#&* Mapsource let me select more than 2025 map tiles per map. The City Navigator North America map file is about 1.3 gigs on another card and these large files don't cause any issues at all. Yes, there is some minor lag in redrawing screens in very congested areas, but that's to be expected. My Nuvi for the car does the same thing.
  13. I never turned on the WAAS before, but I've been messing with it for a few days. I noticed a lot of the bars had a "D" on them with WAAS turned on. Is this for DGPS? The unit in question is a Garmin 60CSx. Right now, I have eight bars and not a single one has the "D" on it. What causes it to come and go?
  14. Another vote for the Garmin 60CSx. I got mine this year and have been using it extensively. It is extremely accurate and, most importantly, ROCK SOLID. No flaky hardware, buggy firmware, etc. It just works...and works very well. No need to pay anywhere near $300. I got mine through Amazon (don't remember the seller) brand new for $239. There are great deals out there if you look.
  15. Just wait until you drop that iPhone on its pretty screen or it gets rained on, takes a dunk in a lake, etc. You'll see why the rugged purpose built outdoor type GPS units are so popular.
  16. Man, that's a lot of crap to be fixed/updated for a GPS unit that's approaching two years since initial release.
  17. Try pulling the SD card and running it "stock" to see if the screen re-draw rate returns to normal. I have the 60CSx which is exactly the same GPS electronically as yours, just in a different case. I'm running 4.00 for the system firmware and 3.00s for the GPS chipset firmware. Absolutely no problems here. I have all of City Navigator North American on one SD card and the entire US Topo 2008 split up on three other SD cards. I played around with CN extensively, comparing directions with my Nuvi, when I first acquired the map file just to see how it worked. It worked great, even at highway speeds...no re-draw problems. I now just keep the CN SD card for backup to my Nuvi and use my 60CSx exclusively on foot with the east coast part of Topo loaded. I haven't had any problems with the screen re-fresh rate that I didn't expect. Of course, it will be a bit slower when scrolling/zooming in a highly detailed area, but that is to be expected and not considered a problem by me. The slight lag isn't a bother at all.
  18. What map did you install that is over 2 gigs? City Navigator is only about 1.3 gigs. The 2025 map tile limit in Mapsource won't let you get anywhere close to 2 gigs.
  19. That would be "Lord Of The Hampster Dance"! Oh, geez...I haven't thought about that in years. I actually have a HD sweatshirt around here somewhere.
  20. I've been in the poor house before. There is ALWAYS something to be cut if something else is desired. It's a matter of HOW MUCH you want the other thing and NOT that it is "impossible". Have to wonder if this guy has cable/satellite TV with pay channels, cell phones that aren't needed, etc. How many TVs in the house? You only "need" one and that's debatable. Guy sounds young... Video game systems and the recurring cost of games/rentals? Gym membership that can be canceled and replaced with good old exercise at home and jogging around the neighborhood? What about that iPod/iTunes subscription? I am NOT saying he has these things, but, surely you get my point. If not, then God help you and your lack of understanding... Because I didn't ask questions about using something for which it was not intended and possibly BREAKING it and ending up with NO GPS unit, as another poster mentioned, because I can't afford a very inexpensive dedicated outdoor type hand held. Now, who died and made you "lord of the dance"?
  21. But he's got a Nuvi and free time to geocache...gas, wear and tear on the car, etc? Hell, if I were that strapped, I'd have part time JOB for my "spare time". And don't say "family bonding", either. I highly doubt that child "with a lot of medical expenses" is getting out in the woods and geocaching.
  22. Okay, but are you seriously saying you can't carve out $50-100 SOMEWHERE? I'd more easily believe the excuse of "the GPS isn't that important right now" over "it's not an option at all".
  23. Really? Obsolete? I'm rocking a 3+ year old Nuvi with the newest 2010.20 map update. My wife uses a 4+ year old Street Pilot with the same map. Guess what? They still work just fine...even better than when I bought them because the maps are more up to date. I also bought a Garmin 60CSx earlier this year for a HELL of a great deal...brand new. And it's 3-4+ year old technology. It all will still get you from point A to B and then some perfectly fine. Consider that VERY often, the "new" stuff is riddled with problems such as, build quality, firmware/software bugs, etc. I like the time tested stuff.
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