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  1. Some memory cards have a write-protect switch on them -- does yours? Are you logged in as the same user and using the same utility to access the WIKI, DATA BACKUP and GPSR media? Might try changing the permissions for the device to read and write for all users and see what happens.
  2. Well, you're a short distance from the Casinos in Shreveport. Close to a *huge* First Monday sale in Canton, as well as a host of small towns to visit. If you ride a motorcycle there are lots of things to see. Sadly, I think they closed the topless chicken fried steak restaurant some years ago.
  3. You'd think it was the Mooninites in Boston all over again. If you absolutely must leave a cache someplace like that, make it a micro or nano. At least it won't be mistaken for something worse.
  4. You could always put the text along the borders of the background so its visible all the time. Hmmmm.... think I'll try it later.
  5. Just curious, was there any specific reasons for choosing the La Crosse over the Maha? http://www.thomas-distributing.com/la_cros...ery_charger.php http://www.thomas-distributing.com/maha-mh...ery-charger.php I have the Maha and have been very pleased with it. I was able to revive several sets of batteries I thought were beyond help after using a crappy charger. Also was able to revive the batteries out of the wife's scanner after they refused to charge in the scanner. Pricey -- yup. Well-made -- yup, yup. Might as well order some batteries while you are at it.
  6. Just curious, was there any specific reasons for choosing the La Crosse over the Maha? http://www.thomas-distributing.com/la_cros...ery_charger.php http://www.thomas-distributing.com/maha-mh...ery-charger.php I have the Maha and have been very pleased with it. I was able to revive several sets of batteries I thought were beyond help after using a crappy charger. Also was able to revive the batteries out of the wife's scanner after they refused to charge in the scanner. Pricey -- yup. Well-made -- yup, yup. Might as well order some batteries while you are at it.
  7. Same thing I do. Battery facing up -- charged, battery facing down -- need to charge. I've got some of the 2100 mAh Acculoop batteries for my camera, and they work well because they don't self-discharge much while the camera is idle. Tried them in the Colorado -- they work, but the run time is not fantastic. Got some older 2700 mAh NiMH batteries that have a questionable history, and they seem to run a bit longer. Should get even better life out of a new set of good batteries. Ditto on Thomas Distributing. Fast service and good product. Ditto on the charger. Crappy ones cook batteries. If you want the best life out of a set of batteries, don't charge them at over 1/10C -- ie charging rate is 1/10th of the capacity. Takes most of a day to charge, but the batteries will continue to deliver long life over their lifetime.
  8. Speaking as someone from the south who looks at frozen stuff with a different perspective -- just pee on the darned thing. <grin> It will thaw it out and let you retrieve it. Its cold enough to have gloves on, right? Let the spring cachers worry about getting contaminated.
  9. I have one of the Go2 models and it puts me closer to the caches than anything else. For a very primative GPSr, it does a heck of a job. Just wish it was easier to enter coordinates, etc...
  10. 1) Install MapSource and the USB drivers 2) Check for updates to MapSource 3) Download and install Garmin Communicator 4) Put fresh batteries in the Colorado 5) Connect to PC and use MapSource to check for firmware updates for the Colorado Once done, leave your GPS connected to the PC, then visit the GC site, look up the caches you want to find. Click the 'Send to GPS' button to transfer the cache to the GPS
  11. You guys are all worried about the battery compartment, when it will be the rubber 'cover' for the USB and external antenna that will most likely leak. I don't think they made the unit very waterproof -- splash resistant is more like it. We'll find out for sure the first time I hit rain on the motorcycle. And by the way, display units are often very incomplete as far as assembly -- you can't really judge the product by taking apart a non-working mock-up. Kinda like trying to eat the fake deserts they show you at restaurants.
  12. Could be a file permissions thing. Try connecting to the drive through a terminal window and type ls -al to view the directory with all the permissions, etc... You can see the name of the file 'owner' and view the access privileges of the owner, group and all users.
  13. Amazon was dumping a bunch of them right after Xmas at 54% of MSRP. Unknown if they were refurbs, but I did some checking and found the model was discontinued. My assumption was that they were problematic and the Amazon units were refurbs.
  14. Perhaps the cold is affecting the GPS batteries as well? You can get a small gel-cell in a pouch with a lighter outlet on it pretty cheap. Just tuck it in your jacket and use a DC power cord.
  15. For those unfamiliar with R.A.M. mounts, if they sell a mount for it, you can mount it on anything. If they don't have a mount and you can attach one of their balls or bases to your device, you are still in luck. Once you have a working base and arm in / on your vehicle, all you need is the device mount. I've got one large mount on the seat base in my van that will hold a laptop or one of the two police scanners I have. The XM receiver is mounted on one, and I have a suction cup mount for the GPS or tablet PC as heeded. I also have one of those gag noisemakers called a Redneck Horn I made a mount for to destress in rush-hour traffic. With the exception of the devices that use the large mount, I can stick any of this stuff on my motorcyle or bicycle within a minute. If I mount everything in the van at once, I can wardrive, geocache, listen to the satellite radio and watch a movie all at the same time.
  16. I wondered what the difference was. I can see where this would be a neat deal for those caches were they give the coordinates in oddball formats. But its a shame you can't display the coordinates of your waypoint / cache etc... That would be a cool tool, since sometimes this is the best method to zero in on a cache.
  17. I've got a Holux M1000 I use with my Nokia 770 (tablet PC) and it works great. I got a decent position lock inside our warehouse, and the other GPS units I have lose signal 10 feet from the windows. Battery life is 10-15 hours and it can recharge off your PC or a USB auto adapter. I've also got a Holux USB GPS receiver for my laptop, and it works well also. I have a metal arm that runs across my sunroof that holds a magnetic XM antenna. I just pop the GPS up there and away I go.
  18. Migrating from an Garmin eMap and a Lowrance iFinder Go2, the Colorado was a big change. Yup, things didn't work like the old units and it was more complicated. I expected that. So I stuck a fresh set of batteries in it and messed around with every screen / profile / setting until it made sense. I also ran across some issues and bugs, some of which Garmin addressed in their 2.4 upgrade. I think Garmin still has some work to do, but I'm confident they'll make it right. The eMap was really buggy when it first came out, and subsequent firmware updates fixed the issues and made it a nice unit. I'm sure the 60Cxyz units were buggy when first released, and I'll bet the early adopters were pulling their hair out as well. I seriously looked at the 60Cxyz units when I was GPS shopping recently, but the number of buttons and the ugly design really put me off. I also looked at the eTrex models, but I don't think they are any more splash resistant than my eMap and the shape makes it look like it would slip out of your hand easily. My suggestion? Either learn to like the Colorado and accept that its different than what you have / are used to, or return the sucker and get your money back.
  19. POS ?? Is this a point-of-sale forum ??
  20. When I got my Colorado 300 last month, I immediately ordered the R.A.M. mount from cyclegadgets.com knowing that it was on backorder from R.A.M. until March. When I saw that R.A.M. had them on their site, I thought "Hey, cancel the other one and get it here!" Glad I checked the forums -- someone had already been through what y'all are describing above, with the mount on backorder and R.A.M. passing off orders to a another vendor.
  21. Call Garmin. Perhaps they can repair or replace the unit for a reasonable fee. If it was given to you, you have nothing invested in it yet.
  22. $50 is the Amazon price as well -- with free shipping. Why is it cheap? Simple -- its an *update* for an earlier release. As far as I can tell, its not the full version.
  23. Sounds good. I'll have to look at your stuff. I've only got a Windows PC for some police scanners, games and the GPS. Haven't messed with anything else Windows-related in a long time.
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