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  1. I'm running 6.15.6 and I also got a crash when I tried to save a waypoint as a gpx file.
  2. Ok - I stand corrected!!! here is some info on it: http://www.gpsinformation.org/penrod/nroute/nroute.html That's the routine but, if you go to Garmin's website to look for it, you get a message that says it's not available. I have it installed on my computer (although I don't often use it) and I still have a copy of the file that I downloaded. However, the file is 110mb and it's and executable routine so I doubt that I could email it to anybody.
  3. I think the routine that you are looking for is called NRoute.
  4. I agree. The Venture HC comes wit a usb cable. By the time you by the serial cable and usb adapter so that you can connect the eTrex H to your computer, the price would be about the same. And, the user interface for the Venture HC is much better.
  5. Your online friend apparently did not serve in the military or, if he did, he failed map reading. UTM is a metric grid system. Each set of coordinates define a square meter.
  6. I think that interpretation is correct. The "mistake" at four-corners is minor compared with the error that was made when the boundary between Montana and Idaho was surveyed. But, western Montana is still part of Montana, not Idaho.
  7. I am satisfied that I got what I paid for when I purchased Topo 2008 for use with my Vista hcx. However, you don't need Topo 2008 or any other map, for that matter, for caching. All you need (and all you will actually use) is a gps that tells to the direction and distance to a known/defined location. All of the recreational grade gps units do that within reasonable margins of error - those with high sensitivity receivers do it with a little more accuracy. Having the map installed on the unit will give you the assurance that you are in the right grid square - i.e. it will give you a picture similar to the map that is displayed in the cache description. But, beyond that it won't do much to help you find it.
  8. I'm running software 2.80 and chipset 2.50 on my Vista hcx and am satisfied with its performance.
  9. As a first suggestion, go to the Garmin website and download the users manual for the Legend C, a discontinued model. That unit has functions very similar to the Venture HC and the users manual is much more comprehensive than the manual that came with your unit. I don't think it is possible to do what you are asking and, to be honest, I'm not sure why it would be important to have that capability - it is easy enough to scroll through the pages if the information that you are looking for is not in the current view.
  10. I don't use gsak - I am content to use MapSource, the program that came with the unit, for editing waypoints. If I want to edit the note, I download the waypoint to mapsource. Then, right click on the waypoint and select properties. The waypoint title etc. appears in that window. I delete that and replace it with the info that I want in the note - use shorthand because there is a limit to the number of characters in the note; don't go by the window on the computer because the computer will take more characters than will the gps. Alternatively, after you have downloaded the waypoint to your gpsr, select the waypoint and scroll through the various fields to highlight the "note". Select the note (press the rocker button in). Then use the rocker and keypad to edit the note.
  11. That's correct. But, it speaks to the value of a USB connection to transfer data to the unit - not necessarily to the size of the memory in the unit. 24 mb should be more than sufficient for most wilderness applications. And, as waszak indicated, the gps application is intended to complement a paper map, in which case maps at 1/100k should be sufficient.
  12. You can do what you are talking about with recreation grade equipment and software. If you intend to do a lot of it, you might think about stretching your budget a little bit and get a survey grade handheld unit and software. http://www.igage.com/mp/magellan_professional_gps.htm
  13. I think you would be very satisfied with either the Venture HC or the Summit HC. Don't get one of the older models - they cost about the same cost but do not have the newer, high sensitivity receiver. Don't get the eTrex H - it's a good unit but the increased functionality of the Venture HC or the Summit HC is well worth the additional price and both of those units come with a USB cable which offsets part of the cost differential.
  14. Connect the gpsr to the computer and turn it on. If all you want to do is install the current version, run webupdater and it will download and install the current chipset from the Garmin website. If you are trying to down grade and have the rgn file, put a shortcut to webupdater in the folder where you have saved the rgn file. Then simply drag/drop the rgn file on top of the short cut. Webupdater should launch and, rather than downloading the current version, it will begin installing the saved version.
  15. I've been sufficiently satisfied with 2.80/2.50 that I felt no reason to roll back to an earlier software version.
  16. True, but if he is just using it to follow highways, a partial work around to the memory limit is to select only map segments along the intended route.
  17. In my opinion, the 2.50 chipset is superior to the 2.40 chipset. I'm currently using 2.80/2.50 and have been satisfied with the results - the trip odometer seems to work; the tracklogs are within standard error and there is consistency between the tracklog and odometer. Several weeks ago I shared a copy of the 2.50 rgn file with one of the other members here and he put it up with a link. Check one of the other threads regarding Vista HCx and update issues and that post with the link should be in one of them.
  18. The first thing I did with mine was to put batteries in it. (Like Geraldine, the devil made me say that). Go to the Garmin website and download the pdf file for the user's manual for the Vista C (a discontinued model). That manual is more complete than the manual that comes with the newer units and the functions are the same. While you are at the Garmin website, download and install WebUpdater, N-Route and POI loader. Use WebUpdater to update to the current versions (Firmware 2.80 and Chipset 2.80).
  19. I think you be happier with either 2.8/2.8 or 2.7/2.5 than with 2.7/2.6
  20. Correct, but with one important caveat. When you run WebUpdater - for either the unit software or for the chipset software - the file downloads to the temporary internet folder. You can save it from that file. Then, if you want to backdate from a future update, you already have it.
  21. I haven't had a chance to put my Vista HCx with 2.80/2.80 to a serious field test, yet. But, my initial impressions have been favorable. As we compare our results, I also think it's important to keep our expectations realistic. It would be nice if we could get survey-grade performance from a consumer grade gps, but I don't think we have a legitimate beef if the Vista HCx only gives us consumer grade performance.
  22. I sent a copy to a Dan earlier today. If that was a different Dan, please send me an email so that I have a return email address to send it to.
  23. I haven't tried it yet and probably won't because I am not impressed with chipset 2.60. I had downgraded 2.70/2.60 to 2.70/2.30 and, when I first turned it on, the unit would not lock onto the satellites any better than an estimated error in excess of 150+ ft.. Although, it then locked on when I restarted the unit, I wasn't happy with it. I went back to 2.70/2.60 and then downgraded to 2.70/2.50. That configuration seemed to be working reasonably well. I have upgraded to 2.80/2.80 and, although I have not tested it extensively, my initial impressions are favorable - quick lock up and onto more satellites with a lower estimated error rate than with previous configurations. I've done one walk in my neighborhood and got a clean track that was reasonably consistent with the trip computer. That one might not have been a good test of the odometer, however, because my pace was quick enough that I probably would not have experienced the odometer problem with the older configuration (I also think that the odometer problem was significantly less with 2.7/2.5). So, at the moment, I don't feel compelled to backdate the unit but I'm reasonably certain I could if I wanted to. edit: even though I had no compelling need, I did try the back date to chipset 2.60. It worked the same way the the other backdates did. But, I did not leave 2.8/2.6 on the gps - I reset it to 2.8/2.8
  24. I have a copy of chipset 2.60 and will share it with others who think they need it. Somehow, I don't think I will get as many requests for 2.60 as I did for 2.50. I'd also offer the following suggestion to everyone who upgrades to 2.80/2.80. Those files will download to your temporary internet folder when you run WebUpdater. Find that folder and retrieve the files - then you will have them if you want to back date to 2.80/2.80 if there are problems with the next update.
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