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Etrex 10/20/30 -help garmin with this "sticky" issue!


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Etrex 20 in UK. I have not been able to find any problem when using compass on geocaching apart from the rare occasion under heavy cover the signal is lost for a very short distance. Found overall to be very very accurate,taking me to within a couple of feet of most caches GZ.

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Sticky is fixed - even with Glonass on - unfortunately a lot of other things aren't...

 

Yes... It's not perfect. And I wish I could spend a few hours with garmin and show them why. The sticky issue was a deal breaker... Just about everything else I can work around.

 

So... Until something better comes along, I'm enjoying my etrex 20!

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Sticky is NOT fixed, I bought an eTrex30 a couple of weeks ago (not realising that there was a design flaw/fault) and updated it as soon as I got to Ver2.80 (which is still the latest version) and the compass has never worked properly even right after a calibration. After reading the numerous forums about the 'sticky' issue I now realise why I have been having problems with the unit not updating it's distance or compass direction to a waypoint - the unit is flawed.

I am extremely disappointed because I bought the 30 over the 20 specifically because it had an electronic compass.

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Tufty B, I had problems originally, even posted a youtube video showing the sticky problem "in the field", but I've not had it with 2.80, and now I'm using 2.87 and the only issue I've found is the compass calibration is a bit sensitive, it took 2 attempts instead of the usual one when I changed batteries. For caching it's been faultless, give it a try

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Sticky is NOT fixed, I bought an eTrex30 a couple of weeks ago (not realising that there was a design flaw/fault) and updated it as soon as I got to Ver2.80 (which is still the latest version) and the compass has never worked properly even right after a calibration. After reading the numerous forums about the 'sticky' issue I now realise why I have been having problems with the unit not updating it's distance or compass direction to a waypoint - the unit is flawed.

I am extremely disappointed because I bought the 30 over the 20 specifically because it had an electronic compass.

FWIW, 2.87 does *not* show up on webupdate. You need to down load the .exe file and update from there.

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Thanks to both 'jholly' & 'Atlas Cached', I have just downloaded and installed the beta version (2.87). I will see how that goes, the compass issue is really annoying especially seeing as I had bought this specifically because my Samsung Galaxy S2 has a very poor GPS & compass and it was driving me mad trying to find Geocaches.

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The compass has been practically unusable before 2.87 - now it's quite flawless. Actually sticking coordinates/distance I haven't seen at 2.73 and onwards, but I guess mileage can vary depending on different variations and configurations of the devices... (some claim to never have had a Sticky problem, even at the very first firmware revisions)

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I have now used the new firmware for a few weeks and it is now actually useable, the compass is certainly not fixed because it still points all over the place, for example one moment it indicates 15ft West and after moving over a couple of feet it will point in another direction (i.e. South) however the GPS now works when moving very slowly or stationary, so at least that cab be used now.

It is very disappointing that a large GPSr company releases an unusable product and even after many months still fails to resolve software issues and fully relies on it's customers to complain and use beta software that is not even available on it's own website.

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Just curious... Is there a GPSr that actually works as intended? Right out of the box? I have yet to read about one that works without major problems that can only be fixed some of the time. I've been wanting to buy a dedicated GPSr, but every time I start to research them I get scared away with all the problems I read about on a regular basis. I've been wanting an etrek 20, and everyone seems to like it, but then they talk about the problems they have in their next breath. I'm going nuts trying to decide if it's even worth the trouble.

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Just curious... Is there a GPSr that actually works as intended? Right out of the box? I have yet to read about one that works without major problems that can only be fixed some of the time. I've been wanting to buy a dedicated GPSr, but every time I start to research them I get scared away with all the problems I read about on a regular basis. I've been wanting an etrek 20, and everyone seems to like it, but then they talk about the problems they have in their next breath. I'm going nuts trying to decide if it's even worth the trouble.

 

Current Oregon 450/550 models have been through more than two years worth of updates and fine tuning. They were nearly $600 USD when new, full of bugs, and now you can have an Oregon 450 for under $200 USD with all the kinks worked out ;-)

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Just curious... Is there a GPSr that actually works as intended? Right out of the box? I have yet to read about one that works without major problems that can only be fixed some of the time. I've been wanting to buy a dedicated GPSr, but every time I start to research them I get scared away with all the problems I read about on a regular basis. I've been wanting an etrek 20, and everyone seems to like it, but then they talk about the problems they have in their next breath. I'm going nuts trying to decide if it's even worth the trouble.

 

Current Oregon 450/550 models have been through more than two years worth of updates and fine tuning. They were nearly $600 USD when new, full of bugs, and now you can have an Oregon 450 for under $200 USD with all the kinks worked out ;-)

 

I agree.....the 62S is also free of major bugs and working fine.

I'd go with one of these two 450= touchscreen, 62S = buttons.

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Just curious... Is there a GPSr that actually works as intended? Right out of the box? I have yet to read about one that works without major problems that can only be fixed some of the time. I've been wanting to buy a dedicated GPSr, but every time I start to research them I get scared away with all the problems I read about on a regular basis. I've been wanting an etrek 20, and everyone seems to like it, but then they talk about the problems they have in their next breath. I'm going nuts trying to decide if it's even worth the trouble.

Been using my 20 for almost a year. Not one single problem. Also remember that whether it a GPS, car, motorcycle or whatever forum people post bad experiences. The good experiences almost always far outnumber the bad they just don't get mentioned.

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Latest software (2.80) has also worked fine for me as did all the previous versions bar one. There is a beta out (2.87) but can't see the need to use it as it's aimed more at problems the Etrex 30 compass was having.

 

The Etrex 20 is now a very accurate and stable GPS IMHO.

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Thought I would stop by the forums and see what's new! Was surprised to see my old post still active. My etrex 20 has been flawless since 2.80. I have no plans to update to newer firmware ... As I am super happy now. ( and using it a bunch! )

 

So, just wanted to add that as i am the original poster. Garmin did a great job fixing my complaints with the 20.

 

Cheers

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