+NOV8TR Posted December 11, 2008 Share Posted December 11, 2008 Regarding Garmin Etrex Vista HCx series upgrades: After a recent upgrade (from 2.40/2.40 to 2.80/2.80), I found it necessary to “downgrade”. It was only after I read thru all the posts and threads I could find here on the forum, that one thing became clear,,, If you are going to “upgrade”, have a plan in place to “downgrade”! The “drifting” issue some of us have encountered with the firmware versions above 2.5 are troubling. In my opinion the odometer inaccuracies associated with 2.30 thru 2.60, are less troubling than the position errors (associated with 2.60 thru 2.80)! I called Garmin (who at least did not argue the drifting issue, though the tech was careful not to admit it either), and I was told that “they” did not have old revisions of software or firmware. The Garmin tech then referred me to a web site called http://gpsinformation.net/. I’m sure most us who have attempted (or considered) downgrading have already been there, and discovered all (most?) of the software downgrades are available, but the firmware versions (chipset software) are not. The Garmin tech was polite and tried to help, but it was plain his hands were tied. His willingness to direct me to a web site with old software was more than I would have expected from an OEM rep, so I cannot complain about his efforts in any way. Thank goodness for forums like this one, where the “average Joe” refuses to take a bad situation and just live with it! On this forum I did find a post where someone had directed a link to 2.30 firmware, but I could not track the original path to see if there were any other revisions available (still looking for 2.40). I placed a “plea” in a much traveled thread (2.80 upgrade available), and thanks to SiliconFiend , I got my hands on firmware revision 2.50 and now hope my “drifting” issues have gone away. I doubt the drifting issue will go away for the Etrex Vista series (or any of the other models with the MTK chipset) any time soon. Many of us will upgrade for some reason or another, and travel the path I just took. So, what I am trying to do is collect all the firmware revisions I can find, and pass them on to http://gpsinformation.net/ for posting. I made a preliminary contact with A guy who runs part of that site, and he seemed willing to participate with this endeavor. Please send me (E-Mails are fine) any firmware revision you may have (for the Garmin Etrex Visa HCx), and I’ll be happy to pass it on to them (I’m sure they will be happy to hear from you directly if that is the way you want to go). However, I’m more than willing to be a repository here on this forum for the grunt work of collecting, verifying, and organizing those files associated with the Etrex Visa HCx firmware. Your help will make the path easier for the next guy to fix what Garmin seems unable (unwilling?) to do with their upgrades (like, provide a way to downgrade!) I already have sent versions 2.30 and 2.50 to http://gpsinformation.net/ , so I’m still looking for 2.40, 2.60, 2.70, & 2.80. Thanks Quote Link to comment
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