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  1. One other thing to keep in mind when marking caches as found / not found etc... is that every time you do it the CO makes an entry in the field notes file. My wife accidentally marked a cache as found because the CO truncates the cache name in the list and both caches started with the same phrase. She marked the first one as found, went back to see the next one on the list, and saw the cache still on the list. She assumed she hadn't marked it as found, so she did it again. I noticed her error and remarked it as not found, then we found it, and marked it as found. When I uploaded the field notes it was in there three times. Of course if we had been displaying the GCxxxx instead of the name, she probably wouldn't have mismarked it.
  2. Zoom level? I know on the Colorado you can set it to not show certain things unless you are zoomed in to a specified level. Makes the cache clutter go away when you don't want to see it.
  3. Did you not get a manual with the unit? Go here to get an electronic version of the quick start guide. It would help if you mentioned which model you have. It appears they have 6 different models currently available.
  4. Bummer. You sure you're not kin to Mavis? <grin> Mine has worked pretty well since the 2.4 firmware update, and I'm looking forward to them correcting even more issues in the next update. If you can, why not post your serial numbers so if these units turn up as refurbs the new owner will know what he's got.
  5. Amazon has it for $110.40 with free shipping.
  6. Are there any limitations that prevent you from loading the whole City Navigator NT mapset onto an SD card from the DVD? If so, I can see where the pre-loaded SD card might be better for someone who is on the road and can't be loading maps as they move across the country.
  7. Unless it will work on a motorcycle, its of no use to me -- the only time I use a car mount is for solo caching and an occasional road trip. On a motorcycle, the bicycle mount would be DOA in a few minutes from vibration. Just don't trust something that slides into the grooves on the back of the CO. I found a couple of online 'deals' for the car kit with the mount and power cord and was tempted, as the price was only $10 more than just the power cord, but with shipping it was $10+ more than MSRP. I hate vendors like that.
  8. I seem to remember some previous messages about adding or wanting a feature similar to the 60 series and the way they behave with a vehicle power cord. It appears to work on CO firmware 2.4 -- yay! Anywho, I got a Garmin power cord the other day and tried it on my CO 300 for the first time. When you have the cord plugged in and you unplug it from the lighter outlet or turn off the key, a message comes up asking you if you want to power down or use batteries. The unit also comes on when the cord is plugged back in to the lighter outlet. If I recall, this is how the 60 series units worked as well. Now all I have to do is wait for the R.A.M. mount and get some routable maps and I'll be set.
  9. It would be nice if you could do a custom one -- the closest thing to my van is the short bus icon.
  10. If you are going to ride, with an occasional geocache, I would go with the Zumo models, especially if you ride with gloves. I've had various GPS models on my bikes for about 10 years, and they go from not easy to impossible to work with gloves. Add a multi-function control like the Colorado and you'll be plotting a course to Mars, when all you wanted to do was zoom in. Also, the power cord for the Colorado probably makes it quite a bit less waterproof than it already is, being right on topf of the unit. The other issue is that Garmin had their head squarely up their... by not putting a true lanyard mount on the Colorado. Regardless of the bike mount you use, R.A.M. being my preference, you need to tether the GPS to the bars so if you crash or the mount breaks your GPS doesn't become street pizza. With about 50,000 miles on my eMap and a R.A.M. mount, I never had to rely on the tether, except when the GPS got away from my trying to reinstall it after changing batteries.
  11. How about a comparison showing a map screen or something we might actually use in the field. I think I've actually looked at the satellite screen all of once or twice to turn off the receiver to save power while playing indoors. Also, the viewing and lighting angle are critical -- different LCD types require different lighting angles and viewing angles and will not look the same when compared as in the photos.
  12. I did a PQ for about 100 local caches and I unzipped and copied both files to the Garmin/GPX folder on the internal memory. They all appear to be there. Maybe you do need the other GPX file as well?
  13. We've had several caches that were in high muggle areas. One was in a lone tree across the street from a family that must be out in their yard 24-7. I saw it from a distance, but did not retrieve it. I did log it as found and explained I would try to return later to sign the log. One was an ammo can in some bushes next to a driveway used by several restaurants and Sam's club. No way in heck to retrieve the cache during business hours. Cache owner probably should have suggested retrieving it at night or early in the morning. I've been caught a couple of times by curious muggles, and I will take time to explain the 'game' and show them what we do. Some have been very interested and probably looked into it further. Might be a good idea to print some cards with a few websites on geocaching and give it to them to pique their interest.
  14. Not totally correct. On all removable disks you can go into properties and set one of two options. Optimized for quick removal This setting disable write caching on the disk and in Windows, so you can disconnect this device without using Safe Removal icon Optimized for performance This setting enables write caching in Windows to improve disk performance. To disconnect this device from the computer, click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the task bar notification area. (This is a direct print out from Vista) Using the quick removal option, my concern would be the Colorado still being on when its unplugged. Sony Ericcson phones tend to wack out when you unplug them hot, requiring a longer-than-normal reboot process. Its possible the Colorado does the same thing. The safely remove... option does power off the Colorado, and I haven't had any boot issues doing it that way.
  15. Was trying to get my wife interesting in caching, so I got the video, which she watched, then took her on a few local caches I knew. Finally, it was her turn to do one. I had previously looked at the sat photo, so I knew where the cache should be. The sat photo was a bit old, so there was parking lots and light poles where the photo showed fields. Anywho we get to the general area and I give Mama the sheet with the coordinates and let her key them in. Once done, I let her tell me where to drive. She directs me way across the parking lot to the other side and says 'its here'. I asked what distance, and she has this confused look on her face. I take a look at the GPS and it shows the cache is several thousand miles away. She had mis-entered the coordinates, which was of course, my fault. Glad we have a GPS that has geocaching built in -- I download the GPX files and she takes over from there.
  16. OK, so the maps were originally purchased for and unlocked on a 60CSX and not your first Colorado. That would explain why they said no. What the others were talking about was getting a replacement unit of the same model as they had and getting a new unlock code from Garmin.
  17. With any USB mass storage device, you must do the 'Safely Remove...' bit with Windows. There is an icon on the task bar for the USB devices -- click on it and it should give you the above message. If you do this, you should not have a problem. When you do the safely remove process, the computer disconnects from the drive(s) and the CO powers off. *Then* you unplug the USB cable. If you yank the cable while its still in USB mode who knows what will happen.
  18. If you mark the cache as found, its removed from the cache list and added to the found cache list. However, it apparently still shows up as an open treasure chest on the map screen. If you download the caches one at a time using the 'Send to GPS' feature, you can delete the related GPX file with your PC and it goes away. Not the best solution, but it works. Many folks are using pocket queries, so Garmin would have to devise a way to delete one entry from the GPX file containing multiple caches. What works for me is uploading the field notes, logging the caches, then generating and uploading a new pocket query. I agree that you should be able to delete the cache or have it go away once you upload your field notes and log the cache. I will be curious to see if they address this issue in any future firmware updates.
  19. Yeah, you have to watch the cell phone providers -- besides them locking the phones to their service. Many times a phone has way more features than listed in the abbreviated manual the manufacturer prints specifically for the provider. Check the manufacturers website for a full manual. We had several Samsung phones with built-in voice dialing, yet it was not mentioned in the manual that came in the Sprint-packaged box -- Sprint wanted you to pay per month for their voice dialing, which also used up call minutes. Sometimes the providers cripple the hardware as well, but you can often find the original OEM firmware and restore the features the provider disables. Cingular (now AT&T) did this on some of their phones.
  20. I believe I read that the newer versions of Windows with the Windows Genuine Advantage will not let you reinstall on a new computer or reinstall if you replace the motherboard. Some commercial software won't let you do it either. In any case, I'll bet if you actually call Garmin and explain the situation they might be able to help you out.
  21. Autozoom sorta works if you are in geocache mode and leave the cache header on the display. If you switch to the full map it doesn't work. Seems to me it should work either way. As for the Automotive mode and the zoom scale, what you say makes sense with the 3d view. This is the first GPS I've really messed with that had the 3d, so I didn't know what to expect. It would still make sense to know how far you are zoomed in so if you are navigating without a preset route you can tell when a turn is coming up.
  22. As far as cache descriptions looking odd or not loading, this is most likely an issue with non-supported codes / commands in the GPX file. If it works on other models / brands and not the Colorado, Garmin should address it. If other brands / models do the same thing, I suspect GC needs to filter or convert the text for the pocket queries and 'Send to GPS' features to eliminate the unsupported codes / commands. One feature that would be cool on the CO is to have the 'Send to GPS' download images related to the cache to memory so you could view graphic hints, etc...
  23. Just wondering if anyone has figured out the two CO 300 issues that I found last week -- no one responded with a verification or solution to the issues. 1) In Automotive profile, the zoom level is not displayed on the screen. If you use the cursor keys to pan, it pops up. When you press the 'Done' soft key it goes away. 2) Autozoom does not work on Topo 2008 or the base maps when selecting a cache or waypoint. On the old eMap, when you selected a waypoint it would zoom out to display your current location and the waypoint, and as you got closer it would zoom in, keeping both points on the screen. I assume the autozoom feature on the CO models should work the same way? Anyone? Buhler?
  24. We've done this with Maemo Mapper on the Nokia N770 and N800. Just about any source can be used. Yahoo maps, Google maps, Google satellite, etc... Probably a conversion program out there somewhere that will make it fit on your GPS assuming you know the corner coordinates of the map or photo.
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