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  1. Good news: I was able to connect Triton 400 to VantagePoint. Seemed to take 300 geocaches and 126 waypoints. Sync procedure took a saved track from Triton to VP.

    Bad news: right after closing VP and disconnecting cable, unit is hung/frozen on a white acreen. Numerous times of removing battery does not help. Overnight with no battery and tried in morning not working. I do not see a reset button/pin. Taking SD card out did not help. (waypoints and cachepoints did not end up on SD, must be in internal mem.) Maybe 300 cachepoints is too many......

    That's because you disconnected the cable without turning off the unit first. This will hang (freeze) many applications.

  2. Good news: I was able to connect Triton 400 to VantagePoint. Seemed to take 300 geocaches and 126 waypoints. Sync procedure took a saved track from Triton to VP.

    Bad news: right after closing VP and disconnecting cable, unit is hung/frozen on a white acreen. Numerous times of removing battery does not help. Overnight with no battery and tried in morning not working. I do not see a reset button/pin. Taking SD card out did not help. (waypoints and cachepoints did not end up on SD, must be in internal mem.) Maybe 300 cachepoints is too many......

    That's because you disconnected the cable without turning off the unit first. This will hang (freeze) many applications.

  3. I just purchased a 300 at Sports Authority . They have 25% all handheld GPS's plus there is a 10% discount coupon in the newspaper flyers. I know it was for FRI, SAT, Not sure about today. It did come with cable and software CD. Real simple to use Not alot of menu items. It has 50MB of internal memory but only 10 MB is set for map uploads. I was able to upload maps from Topo 3D and also Direct route 3 trough Vantage Point. The only thing is that it will not street route the maps from Direct Route it will point to point route. The map graphics look much better than the explorist. Maybe I'll get a 400 or 500 with SD capability when available. a 10MB map is good size though.

    Was this a newly purchased DirectRoute or one you were using in an eXplorist? It's not of much use if it won't street route. That's really the main point.

     

    Street routing is the main point of a hand held? 10 MB is not a lot for detail maps. The Explorist 210 has 22 MB, for heaven's sake! Seems like a step backward. :lol:

    A handheld is not for street routing. It is primarily for outdoor use. If you want street routing you use a vehicle navigation unit. Like mixing apples and oranges.

  4. I can't believe that Magellan had the original release date set as mid-Sept, and they don't have cables?!?

     

    Perhaps, when they were reloading the firmware on to the units, ten minutes before shipping them, they found it easier to leave out the cables, manuals, and other stuff. :)

    No, the original release date was August 17 which was on the Magellan site before then.

  5. Well perhaps I should have used the term 'comments' instead of "rants" oh well "hindsight is

    20/20", but only if you learn from it!

    "Personal attacks"? puh-leeze! I didn't address you any different than you did any one else!

    I'm done in this thread, I'll sit and smile nodding quietly!

     

    Norm

    Wonderfull, good riddance, and one less ranter. May be we can get some intelligent objectivity, not stupid rants.

  6. I work at Sportsman's Warehouse selling & teaching GPS. I have done this for 8 years now.

     

     

    Funny cos your profile says you work for the Dept of Defense, or is that your part time job between teaching and selling GPS and backpacking ???

     

    What is so funny about me working full time for the Dept. of Defense, working part time at Sportsman's Warehouse, and backpacking? My day has 24 hours in it, and I have 7 of them every week, just like you.

    I also do wildlife photography, teach GPS navigation to county S&R teams, and enjoy live theatre on occasion. Is that funny too?

    Perhaps the most constructive post would be to retell some experiences you are having with customers concerning the Tritons when they start coming in. All the rest is irrelevant.

  7. Whatever you use, topo or street maps, beware of outdated material the further you get from paved roads. Roads shown on street maps may not be navigable by vehicle, and some roads on topo maps may be trails. Some trails are not shown and some trails no longer exist.

    Just be carefull and don't count to heavily on roads the further you get from main roads.

  8. I work at Sportsman's Warehouse selling & teaching GPS. I have done this for 8 years now.

    For what it's worth: Based on my experience with every brand we have ever carried in those eight years, and based on talking to countless customers in those 8 years: I would never personally touch a Magellan. Period.

     

    And as for the NG maps on the receiver: I have no desire whatsoever to view these maps on an itty bitty little GPS screen. I'll just continue to print my maps out on paper, thanks.

    Can you elaborate on this? What are the specific issues?

  9. Squaking about a cable is a non-issue. With my Garmin Street Pilot, I have two USB 2.0 cables, and with my voice recorder and digitabl camera, I have two USB mini-cables. If I didn't have those, what's the big deal in dishing out less than $10 for a cable? It's not like Magellan hasn't reduced the price for those options.

  10. I dont trust ebay for anything, its such a medium and I would much rather purchase from established companies and pay a bit more than go for the cheaper. Even if the seller has 50,000+ sales I just dont like it.

     

    Something like a microsd card can be purchased at staples relatively cheap and if it isnt compatible can easily be brought back to the store. Maybe its a pet peeve but there are to many shisters out there.

    E-bay is funny. I was looking for an item and found one that wasn't bid on. It had 30 min. remaining until the bid closed. I bid on it at the staring price. I was taken the the sellers web site and I had the option of purchasing it now. Turns out that the seller uses e-bay to sell its products and you can buy anything at the starting price.

  11. If you didn't have a cable with the purchase, your responsibilty is to return it to the seller for an exchange or refund. Did you register the product? If not, why are you expecting Magellan to give you a cable? Don't keep spamming this forum with this repeatedly.

    I agree, you should have returned the product, unless you got it on e-bay which nulls and voids any warrenty.

    Something your not telling.

  12. I've been watching this thread with interest and looking at some of the dealer sites. A couple of things I still don't get:

    1) I don't see usb cable included "in the box" for anything less than the 1500 model. Are they really going to sell you a gps and then make you pay another 50 bucks to hook it to the computer?

    2) Does anyone know what street maps will work with it?

    $50 bucks? Come on, that is a gross exageration. No more than $20. Unless ur a newbie, you should have about 1/2 dozen cables laying around anyway.

  13. I've built a bunch of my own maps using a web site that describes how to take elevation data, combine with publically available road, hydro, and other GIS data to produce a nice basemap for my Garmin.

     

    Can you point me to the site that describes how? I'd like to try it...

    This topic has been posted extensively on this site. When you find it, you will have all the information you need. :D

  14. Here's what I'm not liking about National Geographic maps. They are raster based. Vector digital maps can have much greater accuracy with pinpoint precision. I have always felt that digital maps would replace raster maps and this is seen in USGS National Map Corp database. However, National Geographic maps are much more up to date than anything Garmin has offered.

    The appearance of Triton maps will differ from Garmin maps both on screen and in the gpsr, basically like the appearance of Mapsource maps vs NG maps.

    I believe that using NG raster maps is a bandaide solution for the Triton. But then again, Garmins offer for TeleAtlas does nothing for North America users since TeleAtlas has no database for North America. This means that Garmin will have the same ole same ole outdated maps.

    I think during the next 20 years, gpsr topo maps will be going into a difficult transistion but utlimately, digital maps will be the most logicial and viable option.

    It comes down to mapping, in the next 20 years, both Garmin and Magellan will come out with newer models, but in the short term Triton is a good choice for the more up to date maps. :D

  15. Given that the Triton hasn't been released yet, how do you'all think it will stack up against the Garmin Vista HCx?

    Take the 2000 - It will take a picture of your waypoint, you will record a brief summary of the waypoint, and while you fumble around with the HCx, the 2000 will let you read a book in the dark. It has a bigger screen. No contest - be gone HCx. :D

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