Jump to content

arie1

+Premium Members
  • Posts

    25
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by arie1

  1. The 3d-axis compass of the eXp works really fine. It is a nice feature when caching, although it drains the battery faster. The eXplorist is a more compact unit than the 60 Csx, but more troublesome regarding the firmware. Regards, Arie1
  2. So, gconner, do you think Magellan rethought its strategy? Otherwise I wouldn't state seriously that Magellan might be very cautious in bringing to the market a well tested bugpatch or firmware update, after dumping on the market too hastily a well-designed apparatus (hardware) with poorly developed and poorly tested firmware. We are experiencing some serious problems here. They should be fixed. The sooner, the better. Regards
  3. Today I received new Mapsend Directroute cdroms. I installed from another drive and so far it works fine. I am not going to test the cd's in the drive in which the Magellan disks crashed last time. It took some time to get the disks replaced, but that's the fault of the vendor I think. They, initially, wanted to sent them back to me without replacement. I suppose when they were sent to Magellan, they were just being swapped for new ones without further questions. Or am I too optimistic about the swiftness of Magellan's response? Anyway, my compliments to the service of Magellan. Regards, Arjen
  4. If you go to preferences menu and then to the active setup menu you can set which POI file, which geocache file, which detailed map and so on should be active. That way you can set the active geocache file being the file on your sd-card. Then, if you press goto POI or geocache it should go to the activated file. I understand that you shouldn't do too much on your internal memory because of problems with the unit locking up indefinitely if there is bad data or too much data in the internal memory. But maybe I do not understand your problem. Regards, Arjen
  5. Did you press the enter-button (joy-stick) to select the POI as the goto point? Regards, Arjen
  6. Yesterday I received a replacement usb-cable for my eXplorist. I have tried to fully charge the original battery. When the unit indicates that it is charged the battery indicator gives me the impression that it is loaded for eigth/tenth of the full capacity. The battery indicator is green for eight/tenth of its length. It has been doing this since I charged it for the first time. Now I am wondering if this is normal? Or did I damage the battery when I was so stubborn to start the GPS while loading it for the first time? When I received the new GPSr I couldn't wait for 3 or 4 hours for the battery to be fully charged so I used it while connected to the charging unit. I might be 38 but inside there is still a little boy eager to play with its new toy. Regards, Arjen
  7. Since yesterday my eXplorist is doing some sort of 'soft reset'. With backlight dimmed the screen becomes a bit darker and then comes on fullbright and the unit starts reloading the map and looks for satellites again. At least it looks like it lost it satellite lock for a short time. Furthermore, if this 'soft' reset happens when calculating a street to street route it gives the message 'can't calculate a street to street route, calculate point to point route instead?'. The message is a translation from Dutch. It also happened that the unit just skipped calculating a route after this reset. Another thing I just discovered is that after turning of the electronic compass the heading field in the map screen keeps on changing when turning the gpsr-unit. I suppose that this should not be happening when the compass is switched of, the gpsr is not displaced and I am even inside my house, without a satellite lock. This heading thing doesn't bother me that much, but this 'soft reset' does. I have to go to Iceland next week to take soil and watersamples in the right spot and then I don't want to be bothered with a constantly resetting GPSr. I cleaned the battery-contacts and did a standard-reset, but the problem has not yet disappeared, I believe. Regards, Arjen Version is 5.1.61
  8. My apologies, Totemlake, for taking it too far. We just want to know what the problem is, indeed. I remember now that after the initial installment and producing some maps for the explorist and having the second cd, the mapdata cd, become mangled in the drive, I tried to run the program with the cd in my other drive. This gave no problem of scratching the cd, but the program wouldn't run without the cd in the drive from which it was initially installed. So I had the cd in this other drive, a dvd-burner, only for a short while, maybe to short for a diagnosis. I was so frustrated with having my brandnew and expensive cd's scratched that I didn't bother with reinstalling the program from the other drive. I just sent the cd's back. I was, and am still, thinking that the scratches might obscure relevant mapdata. So it would be wise anyway to get some new disks. I am aware now that it is possible that my problem has two sides. One is that there might be some imperfections or imbalance in the cd's. The other is that my cd-drive is having problems with keeping these imperfect cd's in balance. Maybe because it is not such an expensive one. I can't find a brandname in the system-hardware information. I hope now that Magellan will come with the suggestion to swap the cd's for maybe a little extra. Regards, Arjen
  9. Well, when the old cd's are returned to me and not swapped for new and undamaged cd's I will try an installment from another drive to test my hypothesis. Concerning the suggestion of hitting the eject while the cd was still spinning and thus causing it to be scratched, I can only say that I hit the eject-button after hearing the high-pitched sound. Thinking about it, it could be that the high-pitched saw-mill sound and the scratching are two different things. That the scratching occurs only after hitting the eject-button like flir67 described. Still, it is a coincidence that it only happened to the Mapsend cdroms. I often hit the eject-button while the disc is still spinning. Never had any problem. Totemlake, it is not that I can't accept that my cdrom drive is at fault. I would be stupid to think and act like that and put cdrom's in it for which I paid 179 Euro's (more than 200 USD!!!). But I am not willing to pay extra costs for a new cdrom-drive if it functions perfectly well with ALL my other cd's and dvd's. Anyway, if I get my old disks back I will test them in another drive. I'd rather have some new ones though, for maybe a small fee extra. I suppose these 179 Euro's are not the cost of the plastic. Regards, Arjen
  10. Well both cd's, the program-cd as well as the mapdata-cd, of the Mapsend software showed the same behaviour. I took them fresh out of the box and put them in the cd-drive. After the first time that the program-cd made the noise a was extra carefull that I put it in the right way the second time, thus not letting it stick out of the carriage. The same with the mapdata-cd, but this second disc showed the same behaviour. So, I am pretty convinced that the problem is not with my cd-drive. Since the incident I have been using the drive on a regular basis playing game-cd's, movie-dvd's, music-cd's. No problem, no unusual sounds. No difference between original discs, recordables or rewritables. Weird huh? Arjen
  11. My cd/dvd-drive is indicated as being 16x-speed in the system-hardware. I am not sure though, if this is the speed for dvd's whereas the speed for cd's might be higher. Arjen
  12. Thank you Embra. What is this hack that gets around the promt asking for the mapsend-cd in the right drive? Or where do I get it? Regards, Arjen
  13. Hi there, About a month ago I returned my Magellan Mapsend Directroute cd-roms to the shop. The problem was that after loading the cd's into the pc the pc produced after a while an awkward sound like it had turned into a sawmill. When I took the cd's out they both had circular scratches on them. Because I have not experienced these problems with the hundreds of other cd's and dvd's that go into my computer I am of the opinion that the problem must be with the cd's. Maybe they are badly produced. The problem is that the vendor says they have tested the cd's on their computers without any problem and are therefor not obliged to give me new cd's. According to them it can't be ruled out that the problem lies with my cdrom-drive. I told them that I will not accept that they just send me the old cd's back, but that they should take it up with Magellan then, if they don't want to return my money. Now I am wondering, am I the only one with this problem? Is it likely that I have a faulty cd-drive and that the problem only arises with these two Magellan cd's? For your information: the Mapsend Directroute software is the European version. Thank you for your reply. Regards, Arjen Hulskemper
  14. Check this: http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php...dpost&p=1707391 Any 5 volts dc powersupply will do I suppose.
  15. PodunkPaul, Could you please explain to me how this 'after rebate' thing works on buy.com? Do I have to buy a certain quantity? Thanks, Arjen
  16. I have been waiting for three weeks now to get my replacement cable. In the meantime, so as not to be stuck without my gps, I am charging it with a battery-pack made out of four rechargable NiMH batteries via a construction from Fischertechnik. If you know the right contacts on the GPSr and connect one contact with +5 volts and the other contact with the 0 volts it should be charged in two or three hours. Regards, Arjen
  17. arie1

    Magellan Vrs Garmin

    Does this mean that I have to become a premium member of geocaching.com to feel the advantage of the geocaching mode of my GPS? Or can I manually change the *.loc files in GSAK and fill in difficulty and hints before uploading to my GPSr? Regards, Arjen
  18. arie1

    Magellan Vrs Garmin

    Am I missing something? What is this 'geocaching mode' on the eXplorist. Aren't geocache points not just some sort of POI's? Or can I make my geocache trips with the eX600 more worth my while? Regards, Arjen
  19. I experienced the 'unknown hardware'-problem with my eX600 as well two weeks ago. Took a good look at the golden colored connection pins and discovered that one of those miniscule pins didn't come out anymore. I imagined that that caused the problem and send the cable back to be replaced. Still waiting for it. So check the connection pins to be sure. Meanwhile my battery went empty this morning and I am not able to load it without the cable. Maybe it is not such a smart design, the charging and data-cable in one. I hope that I will receive the replacement cable next week as promised by the shop this morning. Regards, Arjen Hulskemper
  20. arie1

    Magellan Vrs Garmin

    That's what I mean. Maybe I don't understand what was meant by proprietary earlier in this thread , but I thought that it meant that the battery of the explorist could not be taken out of the apparatus. Indeed it can. In another thread replacement/extra batteries for the eXplorist are discussed. The motorola t720 extended version seems to be the one. I have no experience yet on that terrain. Regards, Arjen
  21. arie1

    Magellan Vrs Garmin

    I wouldn't know how to reset the unit when frozen if the battery couldn't be taken out of my eXplorist 600. Great machine though. Regards, Arjen Hulskemper
  22. arie1

    Magellan Vrs Garmin

    I have been using my Maggie eXplorist600 for one and a half week now and sofar I am satisfied with it. I chose this one, not because it is supposed to be the best (don't know), but for the expandable memory ('limitless'). I live in Europe. I have loaded the DirectRoute maps of Holland, Denmark, northern Germany, northern France, the south of France and switzerland on an 512 MB sd-card leaving room for about 80 MB on waypoints (POI's), tracks and geocaches. On a 2GB sd-card, I suppose I could store the whole of Western Europe and a large part of the US, without ever having to establish a connection to a laptop which I don't have and wouldn't take on my trips anyway. The amount of waypoints and caches to be stored is up to me. As mentioned earlier a limit of 200 geocaches per file. This means that I can make different files for different regions or separate files for simple caches and multi caches, you name it. What I further like about the explorist is that it locks on satellites very well. It takes some time doing it, but then I even get reception in the woods (beech and ash, dense foliage, small specks of blue) while doing my run. Accuracy went from 8m to 25m. I've read opinions about the 4 navigation screens on the explorist which should be more and should have more datafields. I think I agree on that. I have seen a screenshot of some nice navigationscreen on a Garmin 60cs and hope that a firmware update might bring that and more to us Magellan users. Who knows. At the moment I wouldn't swap my eX600 for a Garmin 60cs. Sofar I haven't encountered lifethreatening bugs. On the battery: I am going to make a 5-6 volt NiMH battery pack with a plug that fits in the usb-cable (like the 230volt adapter does) which should provide me with 3 to 4 recharges of the LiIon battery inside. Good luck. Arjen Hulskemper edit: remark on battery
  23. arie1

    Basemap Lost?

    A complete reset did the trick eventually. I hesitated to do this because I was afraid the basemap would then permanently be lost. Not so! Is this a bug? I do not know exactly what we did wrong or what happened. Sorry to have bothered you. Regards, Arjen
  24. arie1

    Basemap Lost?

    Hi, I received my Magellan explorist 600 yesterday and today while connecting it with an Apple powerbook and fiddling with nmea protocols it supposedly lost its European basemap. I say supposedly because it tells ( in Dutch) 'No map loaded, initialise maploading and then freezes, but after taking the battery out and in and connecting it to the pc windows-explorer shows that the basemap is there. When I somehow manage to turn it on without the gpsr telling me 'No map loaded, initialise maploading' and go to preferences to try activating the basemap there the basemap doesn't show. If I click on that item' backgroundmap' it says loading please wait' How can I get my basemap and GPSr to work again? Sending it back to the shop? I would be very, very grateful if I could get some help here. Kindest regards, Arjen Hulskemper
  25. I still have to buy my explorist 600, but have experience with a suunto wristop with a barometer/altimeter. Have you tried setting the altitude to the altitude at which you currently are? It might solve the problem. Otherwise the explorists barometer works differently then my suunto. I should hope not. Good luck, Arjen sorry peter I send you an email instead of posting a reply on this forum. Wrong button in the haste.
×
×
  • Create New...