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I just bought an Oregon 300 and am a tad disappointed. It seems that it takes me right past the cache for 20m or so, then says I passed it. Reminds me of my old Magellan. LOL. I am a bit confused over the compass though. The setting is for Auto or Off. What does this do? Which setting is better?

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I just bought an Oregon 300 and am a tad disappointed. It seems that it takes me right past the cache for 20m or so, then says I passed it. Reminds me of my old Magellan. LOL. I am a bit confused over the compass though. The setting is for Auto or Off. What does this do? Which setting is better?

 

For all things Oregon:

 

http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/

 

Look on the left sidebar for the Compass info...

 

Oh, you might consider upgrading to SW V2.98 as well.

 

Congrats on the purchase, you're going to love it.

 

Sam

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I just bought an Oregon 300 and am a tad disappointed. It seems that it takes me right past the cache for 20m or so, then says I passed it. Reminds me of my old Magellan. LOL. I am a bit confused over the compass though. The setting is for Auto or Off. What does this do? Which setting is better?

 

The settings are:

  • Off - The Electronic compass is always off. You must be moving for your GPSr to use satellite data to determin your heading and the heading to the cache.
  • Auto - The Electronic compass is on when stationary or moving very slow speeds, but automatically turns off once your speed goes above the internal limit (around 2-3 mph).

Which is better? Well, I guess that depends upon what you are looking for and how you want to use your GPSr compass. I leave mine set to "Auto" and since I have it calibrated, and hold it level, it does a decent enough job pointing me in the correct direction to the cache. As with most experienced cachers, I actually find myself looking at my GPSr screen less and less. As I approach an area I know that the cache is within 200 feet, I start to look in the general direction and looking for likely hiding places. I have found myself walking nearly a quarter mile to a cache location before looking at the GPSr screen only to find that the cache was within 70-100 feet of where I was then I might not look at the GPSr again until after I find the cache...

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I just bought an Oregon 300 and am a tad disappointed. It seems that it takes me right past the cache for 20m or so, then says I passed it. Reminds me of my old Magellan. LOL. I am a bit confused over the compass though. The setting is for Auto or Off. What does this do? Which setting is better?

 

For all things Oregon:

 

http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/

 

Look on the left sidebar for the Compass info...

 

Oh, you might consider upgrading to SW V2.98 as well.

 

Congrats on the purchase, you're going to love it.

 

Sam

 

I found 2.98 but can't run it on a Mac. Is there a way around this??

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I just bought an Oregon 300 and am a tad disappointed. It seems that it takes me right past the cache for 20m or so, then says I passed it. Reminds me of my old Magellan. LOL. I am a bit confused over the compass though. The setting is for Auto or Off. What does this do? Which setting is better?

 

For all things Oregon:

 

http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/

 

Look on the left sidebar for the Compass info...

 

Oh, you might consider upgrading to SW V2.98 as well.

 

Congrats on the purchase, you're going to love it.

 

Sam

 

I found 2.98 but can't run it on a Mac. Is there a way around this??

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I just bought an Oregon 300 and am a tad disappointed. It seems that it takes me right past the cache for 20m or so, then says I passed it. Reminds me of my old Magellan. LOL. I am a bit confused over the compass though. The setting is for Auto or Off. What does this do? Which setting is better?

 

For all things Oregon:

 

http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/

 

Look on the left sidebar for the Compass info...

 

Oh, you might consider upgrading to SW V2.98 as well.

 

Congrats on the purchase, you're going to love it.

 

Sam

 

I found 2.98 but can't run it on a Mac. Is there a way around this??

 

Download the Oregon_WebUpdater__298.gcd file from here:

 

http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/file/vi...pdater__298.gcd

 

Rename the file to:

 

gupdate.gcd

 

then copy it to your /garmin directory on your Oregon.

 

Reboot and it will load the 2.98 SW

 

Look here:

 

http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/Versions#toc10

 

Specifically at the GCD Based Upgrades section

 

for more information.

 

 

sam

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