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Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hide

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  1. I use GMapTool to rename non-Garmin maps. This forum has a thread by the GMapTool author which describes it: http://forum.openstreetmap.org/viewtopic.php?id=11417 Don't bother doing a Google search for GMapTool - you'll end up on a lot of unrelated sites which do nothing but force you to sign up for things you don't need or want.
  2. Press Menu/Menu/Setup/Tracks/Auto Archive and choose "When Full, Daily or Weekly". This saves a copy of the current track into a folder on the unit itself. Not sure what the timing of the track will be but I think it's a complete track archive to the time you start the unit that day. And the file name has date and time info in it.
  3. The 62S has 1.7 gigabytes onboard. Tracks on the 62/78/Oregon/Montana series are all far more detailed than on the 60/76 series. These same gps units can easily be configured to automatically archive tracks each day, if you so choose. The 62S has these track specs: 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks The 60Cx has these: 10,000 points, 20 saved tracks
  4. You can't save tracks to the sd card. But the 62S has lots of room on the main unit for tracks. The 62/78 series is not the same as a 60/76CSx, with no memory on the unit itself so it's not really important to save to the SD card.
  5. We haven't asked - the camera is a utility to me - nothing more. I have the Optio, iPhone and a DSLR if I want good pictures. But someone should ask the question.
  6. Here are a few examples from my cameras. Not scientific, but you might see the difference... The Montana: The Oregon 550: 295W: Pentax Optio WG-1 The Optio does a nice job with Panoramic photos too.
  7. Your statement is certainly true TODAY. But must it always be so? My favorite GPS/camera is a Nuvi 295W, think NuviFone. It has all the Garmin GPS features we expect, but a terrible daylight screen and a so-so 3MP camera. The smartphone size makes for perfect chest pocket carrying and it accepts all Garmin maps including 3rd party topos. I'm currently looking at a Canon SX260, 20X Zoom, GPS geotagging AND logging. All the whistles & bells from a modern P&S. I'm sure the battery life will be poor, but they're cheap, $3 on eBay. But, and a BIG but, no Garmin maps. Sure wish Garmin would create a real camera/GPS with maps. I can wish. Even the 295W has a better camera than the Montana. We also have a a 295W too. That gps is on the dash of my wife's car and it's really useful to take snaps on the go. We've snapped Ferraris stuck in front of us in traffic jams, that kind of thing.
  8. There is no way that pictures out of the Oregon would even come close to the quality of a mediocre point and shoot camera. And the Montana's camera is not even as good as the Oregon's. But you don't buy a gps for the camera, just like you don't buy a camera because you're looking for a gps. Each function is secondary to the device's main purpose. I actually really like the pictures out of the WG-1. The pictures out of the Oregon and Montana are acceptable as waypoints, but they're not great pictures. And yes, I do have an Oregon 550, a Montana 650 and the Pentax Optio WG-1 so I can compare all their images. Dr J & MH, It kinda depends on if the user is going to enlarge the photos or just e-mail them to friends (at 640X480) or use them to ref a location along a track. Hey, since you have both....in your opinion are the pics from the Montana really not as good as the Oregon's? Even though the M's are higher pixel count? That surprises me. I'm not disputing you, it just doesn't seem logical. Yes, the Montana camera really is not as good as the Oregon, IMHO. I generally liked the photos from my Oregon but the Montana, not so much. They're just a little muddy, if you know what I mean. And I do agree, at 640 X 480, sending snaps as email attachments, they are "ok". But I'm used to the quality of the camera in my iPhone now, so I'm spoiled.
  9. There is no way that pictures out of the Oregon would even come close to the quality of a mediocre point and shoot camera. And the Montana's camera is not even as good as the Oregon's. But you don't buy a gps for the camera, just like you don't buy a camera because you're looking for a gps. Each function is secondary to the device's main purpose. I actually really like the pictures out of the WG-1. The pictures out of the Oregon and Montana are acceptable as waypoints, but they're not great pictures. And yes, I do have an Oregon 550, a Montana 650 and the Pentax Optio WG-1 so I can compare all their images.
  10. Pentax Optio WG-1 I do not own one, but know someone who does and they like it. I do own a WG-1 and find the gps is best turned off so it doesn't kill the battery. And then when I do turn it on, it takes forever to lock onto satellites. It's a fun camera but the gps part sucks. But the WG-2 supposedly has better battery life and a gps which connects faster...
  11. All my caches and waypoints are still on my 650 after updating to 3.96.
  12. A bug: Go to trip computer, select Menu\Setup Trip Computer, select down arrow to go to second page and gps shuts off. I have reported it.
  13. If you remove it from the powered mount and hold the power button in, past the white screen phase, for about 20 seconds, the gps will turn itself off, and it seems to reboot normally from then on in the powered mount for subsequent off/on cycles. If you remove the battery from the gps as a way of getting out of the failed restart, it seems to continue the flawed behaviour but if you do the power button shutdown, it seems ok from then on... But in order to do the power button shutdown, the gps needs to be off the cradle, unpowered by the mount. Have you tried the instructions above? They worked for me.
  14. 3.7 is not Beta software, just so you know. It's an official release.
  15. The UPS store in Ogdensburg NY was packed full of Canadians getting their BF deals back in December. You gotta love free shipping, and some things just aren't sold in Canada.
  16. Ok, I'm not sure why this happens, but if the gps locks up on reboot while in a powered mount, if you remove it from the powered mount and hold the power button in, past the white screen phase, for about 20 seconds, the gps will turn itself off, and it seems to reboot normally from then on in the powered mount for subsequent off/on cycles. I don't know how many times it will work normally until the failed state happens again, but this seems to be how both of our Montanas work right now. Both are rebooting normally after I went through this procedure this morning. In other words - If you remove the battery from the gps as a way of getting out of the failed restart, it seems to continue the flawed behaviour but if you do the power button shutdown, it seems ok from then on... But in order to do the power button shutdown, the gps needs to be off the cradle, unpowered by the mount.
  17. GPSCity in Canada is having a Boxing "Week" sale which includes the Montana 650 for $499, the 62S for $289, the Oregon 550 for $329, Canadian Topo maps for $69, the Nuvi 550 for $199 and much more but I don't see the same on the US site.
  18. Sure did. Not one but two Montanas on the dash in plain sight! We do it all the time in Canada.
  19. Just had another confirmation on another forum that V3.70 cured this other person's Montana shutdown lockups! Thanks Garmin! Spoke too soon, looks like. We are out in the car again today and let the Montanas turn themselves off, went in for about an hour for lunch and when we came back out and turned on the car, which powered the Montanas, mine refused to start until I pulled the battery out...
  20. Just had another confirmation on another forum that V3.70 cured this other person's Montana shutdown lockups! Thanks Garmin!
  21. Well I don't know if the wizards at Garmin have pulled one out of the hat, but both my wife and my 650 Montanas now shut down and reboot properly on power loss and the only thing different is that we're running the latest software version, 3.70 on both units. We were out for a day in the car with both units on automotive mounts on the dash, and not once did they lock up in perhaps 10 off/on cycles. It used to be that both of ours would lock up every time if we didn't intervene and tell the unit to either stay on, or to shut down. Now they don't do that at all any more. Anyone else notice that the latest non-beta version has cured that nasty little bug?
  22. GPSCentral in Calgary already has. The 62S is $299 until January 2, 2012. And the 62SC is $360. They ship quickly to the US if necessary. http://www.gpscentral.ca/sales-rebates.html
  23. I have no idea what you're talking about re: "WebUpdater that is part of the new download". There is no WebUpdater in the download except that which installs the Beta version. This Basecamp Beta version has nothing to do with updating your gps, something which might have been necessary, but you can't blame the Beta if that didn't work. On the three Windows computers I downloaded the Beta to, they all installed and now work normally. This is a really huge improvement to BaseCamp for Windows. The Garmin WebUpdater program came as part of the 3.3 beta download of BaseCamp, which now my Original BaseCamp and all that data are missing. The bug is in the WebUpdater program, seems it's been there quite some time. The WebUpdater is supposed to keep your Garmin units software up to date, not crash it like it did mine and others according to what I read in the Garmin forums and another source where a friend posted a link to another site. I agree that the new beta map is much nicer now than the old version. Why was your gps even plugged in while you installed the BaseCamp Beta? Sounds to me like a coincidence that the GPS WebUpdater ran since it's not part of the installation of the Beta.
  24. I have no idea what you're talking about re: "WebUpdater that is part of the new download". There is no WebUpdater in the download except that which installs the Beta version. This Basecamp Beta version has nothing to do with updating your gps, something which might have been necessary, but you can't blame the Beta if that didn't work. On the three Windows computers I downloaded the Beta to, they all installed and now work normally. This is a really huge improvement to BaseCamp for Windows.
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