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OREGON 650: I'm embarrassed to ask but how do I load newly purchased City Navigator 2014 maps into my new Oregon 650. The CD I purchased tells me to insert the CD and follow the instructions but I get error messaged. The software Bootstrapper.exe starts up, recognizes my GPS but then stops when I tries to load the maps. I can't how to load them onto Basecamp although I do have the product key. I need some pretty 'newby' type of instructions. Help.

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You have to install the Map >>>ON THE COMPUTER <<<

Once done the map will be visible in Basecamp and Mapinstall (another free program from Garmin)

 

With mapinstall you select the wanted maptiles and this will be transferred to the gps.

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I had the Oregon 600 for several months, I installed all of the updates but recently decided to sell it on ebay! I just couldn't deal with the touch screen and the accidental reconfiguration of the screen settings. I now have my new Garmin 62st and now something happens only when I press a button! Yes Please and Thank You!!!

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I had the Oregon 600 for several months, I installed all of the updates but recently decided to sell it on ebay! I just couldn't deal with the touch screen and the accidental reconfiguration of the screen settings. I now have my new Garmin 62st and now something happens only when I press a button! Yes Please and Thank You!!!

 

Had you actually spent the time to learn how to use it, that wouldn't have been an issue.

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I had the Oregon 600 for several months, I installed all of the updates but recently decided to sell it on ebay! I just couldn't deal with the touch screen and the accidental reconfiguration of the screen settings. I now have my new Garmin 62st and now something happens only when I press a button! Yes Please and Thank You!!!

 

Had you actually spent the time to learn how to use it, that wouldn't have been an issue.

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I actually did and I'm not a fan.

 

If you couldn't "deal with the touchscreen and accidental reconfigurations" (your words) then, no...you didn't... A great many people, myself included, have no problems with the touchscreen or it accidentally changing settings because we didn't know how to stop it from doing that in a pocket or something. :rolleyes:

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There are many things that annoyed me about the unit. I bookmarked this forum and installed each firmware update. I tried to like it. I learned I like my buttons. Its all good!

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There are many things that annoyed me about the unit. I bookmarked this forum and installed each firmware update. I tried to like it. I learned I like my buttons. Its all good!

And that's perfectly fine. That's why Garmin still continues the GPSMap line along with the touchscreen models.

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Tombmaker! said: << I just couldn't deal with the touch screen and the accidental reconfiguration of the screen settings.>>

 

I agree that this problem is really annoying. I'm just training myself to lock the screen when the unit isn't in my hand. I use a lanyard and just having the 600 dangling from my neck, the touch screen changes all kinds of things.

 

Locking the screen is starting to be second nature to me. The problem isn't a deal breaker for me, though, and I'm still generally pleased with the 600.

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On my Oregon 650 I have set the User Key (button below the power button) to lock the screen with a quick press. Another quick press unlocks it. Very easy

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On my Oregon 650 I have set the User Key (button below the power button) to lock the screen with a quick press. Another quick press unlocks it. Very easy

Is there a way to set up the User Key to simply lock the screen with one press? Currently, I have the User Key set to display the Status screen, where I can press the Lock icon, but that takes two presses.

 

--Larry

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On my Oregon 650 I have set the User Key (button below the power button) to lock the screen with a quick press. Another quick press unlocks it. Very easy

Is there a way to set up the User Key to simply lock the screen with one press? Currently, I have the User Key set to display the Status screen, where I can press the Lock icon, but that takes two presses.

 

--Larry

Not sure about configuring the User key to lock, but you can create a shortcut to lock the screen with one touch.

 

I've been using the power key to unlock, which takes two touches. I'd be interested in the User key thing.

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Sure you can create a shortcut, but that doesn't make it faster.

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Anyone know if there's a "Wherigo" player on them? The page makes no mention of them, the Oregons in the past have been the only gps to actually have one, so if it doesn't, that would mean no more dedicated gps's that I'm aware of have the player.

 

I highly doubt it. Garmin stopped adding Wherigo to their firmware after the release of the 550t.

 

So if there is no Wherigo Player on them, can it be downloaded onto it?

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So if there is no Wherigo Player on them, can it be downloaded onto it?

Sadly, no.

 

Garmin and Groundspeak had a bit of a falling out a few years ago, and as far as I can tell the feud continues today. Probably for that reason, Garmin stopped supporting Wherigo caches (which are a Groundspeak invention) in their newer GPS units and there's no indication that will change any time soon.

 

If you have a smart phone, there are Wherigo apps that you can use. I can't recommend one since I've never tried them.

 

--Larry

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I have the Oregon 650, my first handheld GPSr, and have never done a Wherigo cache. I do have an Android smartphone so if anyone could suggest a nice Wherigo app to use, I'd like to give one of these caches a try someday.

So if there is no Wherigo Player on them, can it be downloaded onto it?

Sadly, no.

 

Garmin and Groundspeak had a bit of a falling out a few years ago, and as far as I can tell the feud continues today. Probably for that reason, Garmin stopped supporting Wherigo caches (which are a Groundspeak invention) in their newer GPS units and there's no indication that will change any time soon.

 

If you have a smart phone, there are Wherigo apps that you can use. I can't recommend one since I've never tried them.

 

--Larry

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So if there is no Wherigo Player on them, can it be downloaded onto it?

Sadly, no.

 

Garmin and Groundspeak had a bit of a falling out a few years ago, and as far as I can tell the feud continues today. Probably for that reason, Garmin stopped supporting Wherigo caches (which are a Groundspeak invention) in their newer GPS units and there's no indication that will change any time soon.

 

If you have a smart phone, there are Wherigo apps that you can use. I can't recommend one since I've never tried them.

 

--Larry

Garmin and Groundspeak appear to have patched things up, as the GPSMAP 64 series comes preloaded with Geocaches from Groundspeak.

 

As for a Wherigo player, I have successfully used the Android app WhereYouGo.

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So if there is no Wherigo Player on them, can it be downloaded onto it?

Sadly, no.

 

Garmin and Groundspeak had a bit of a falling out a few years ago, and as far as I can tell the feud continues today. Probably for that reason, Garmin stopped supporting Wherigo caches (which are a Groundspeak invention) in their newer GPS units and there's no indication that will change any time soon.

 

If you have a smart phone, there are Wherigo apps that you can use. I can't recommend one since I've never tried them.

 

--Larry

 

The Wherigo app on the iPhone works very well. I previously used my Oregon 450 and I had to save it all the time in order not to loose anything. With the iPhone, it works very well. The only issue is power. If it's a long Wherigo, I have found it to use much power.

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OH this is not good news to me. I bought the Oregon 600 for use primarily geocaching and the appeal to choose a garmin and this model was so I could do wherigos. I'm a little frustrated now. My 600 is still in the box...to keep or not to keep...

 

Jenn in NJ

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I don't think there are many (any?) current Garmin models that support Wherigo. There are iPhone and Android apps, however. Out of curiosity, does anyone know of current Garmin models that support Wherigo? Some older Oregons did but not the newer ones.

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I don't think there are many (any?) current Garmin models that support Wherigo. There are iPhone and Android apps, however. Out of curiosity, does anyone know of current Garmin models that support Wherigo? Some older Oregons did but not the newer ones.

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I had an Oregon 550 which supported Wherigo originally when purchased in 2011. When I updated the firmware about a year ago the Wherigo icon disappeared. I assume that Garmin in the firmware update removed support for Wherigo.

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I never updated my Oregon 450 past v6.20 (nothing relevant - to me - seems to have occurred after that). Wherigo still there at that time.

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I have an Oregon 550T with software version 6.60 which I think is the latest version. It still has the Wherigo function.

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Thank you. I haven't found the Wherigo on the 600t but i'm pretty new to it. Thank you. I'm hoping on my new phone (samsung galaxy 5 Active) I can get an app to work on whereigos.

 

Peace, Jenn

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@Jenn

You won't find it on the 600. As noted, the 450/550 Oregons were the last to include it.

Phone would probably be best alternative.

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HI, I have an issue with my Garmin Oregon 600. It works perfectly but the rubber cover for the micro USB on the back of the device is broken just in the join with the screw, I wonder if it is posible to have one to replace it, for a new one cover or a recycle one for another broken unit.....

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You can load all the caches you want, you just can't look at them...

I recently had the maddening problem of trying to confirm that caches I loaded for a trip were actually on the GPSr. Turns out you can't do it. I discovered the reason only after several frustrating hours and a close reading of the manual which revealed that while the machine can take "hundreds of thousands" of caches, it won't let you search for anything more than 100 miles away. Manually scrolling to the area on the map does no good either. I sent both .gps files and .ggz files to my Oregon 600, could see the files on the computer, but not on the GPSr. Manually entered waypoints show up fine, but not geocaches. I suppose this is some kind of storage compromise but I sure wish it had been highlighted more prominently before I wasted an afternoon on it. File this under "You can't get there from here..."

edexter

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Did you try switching to Demo mode, then set your location to the area you want to search?

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Did you try switching to Demo mode, then set your location to the area you want to search?

I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think you even need to go into Demo mode.

 

Press the Geocaching icon, which brings up a list of caches (it might be empty if there are none in the unit within 100 miles). Then from the menu at the bottom right of the display, select "Search Near". From there, find a recent find, a waypoint, or a map point in the area you want. That should give you a list of caches in that area.

 

--Larry

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Thanks Alan and Larry: both those methods work and I can see the caches in the area now. I appreciate the assist. :)

edexter

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Thanks Alan and Larry: both those methods work and I can see the caches in the area now. I appreciate the assist. :)

edexter

 

Scrolling the map also works. Just make sure to zoom in enough for caches to appear (you can change the zoomlevel at which they show in the settings).

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WITH Glosnass on the accuracy is better, but overall the accuracy isn't better the for example a Montana.

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