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Old 30 Jan 2012
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I'm still figuring out the Montana which I just picked up, and have three questions:

1) I don't see anything on the device or in the manual about playing mp3s on it, so I guess I'm out of luck? My zumo 550 worked really well with audio directions and music.

2) It seems like there are lots of customization options--does anyone have any recommendations for good set-ups for adventure travel?

3) I'm checking out the Birdseye satellite imagery for use on the Montana in places like Mongolia, etc. looks kind of cool, but I'm wondering how practical it really is, and whether it generally works OK?
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Hi

Basecamp will do everything that Mapsource does, so you can use it to manage poi's, geocaches and also plan routes.

To use the maps on you device it has to be plugged in via usb or if the maps are on SD that should be inserted to your computer. Then you can use then in the same way as you do in mapsource. Any installed on your computer you can also use in the same way. (i.e. the drop down menu)

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The updates are only available on DVD/CD copies of citynavigator. The best route to this is to buy on old version of the maps for example city navigator from amazon cheap, them purchase the lifetime updates from Garmin. I don't think updates are available for all maps thou.

Hope that answers your questions?

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Hi and thanks, that makes me feel better, so I just need to replace mapsource with basecamp

A shame about the updates, but I guess I only need the European maps for this summer, and after that when I return to Oz, maybe I can sort out the city navigator thing. I have an option for the new maps for 40GBP, on top of the montana cost which will come with European topo

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Basecamp will do everything that Mapsource does, so you can use it to manage poi's, geocaches and also plan routes.

To use the maps on you device it has to be plugged in via usb or if the maps are on SD that should be inserted to your computer. Then you can use then in the same way as you do in mapsource. Any installed on your computer you can also use in the same way. (i.e. the drop down menu)
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YAY! ..

It works! Made even better as BaseCamp is absolutely free (legally) to download .. although the downloading process did take a while (96.2 MB).

Connected my Zumo 660 - with recently purchased maps on a microSD/SD card in the device's internal slot - to my laptop PC, and after a while all the new mapping software (on the 660's microSD card) showed up on the BaseCamp programme .. all totally interactive. Excellent.

I'm very pleased. Thanks for this useful info Dan ..

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Once the unit has powered up and it's in the mount, press the power button quickly. You will hear one beep. Use the slider to adjust the volume.

RTFM

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Cheers, sometimes looking in the manual realy does help lol
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Hi, anyone with a Montana finding that the compas goes off by about 45 degrees when in the vehicle mount? My mount means the gps is almost vertical.

When I hold the gps 3inches from the mount, the compass is correct....

Other that, it's awesome!
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Hi, anyone with a Montana finding that the compas goes off by about 45 degrees when in the vehicle mount? My mount means the gps is almost vertical.

When I hold the gps 3inches from the mount, the compass is correct....

Other that, it's awesome!
Sounds to me that you may have a current running through your mount creating a magnetic field. check any electric cables that may be attached to it.
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Have you calibrated the compass?
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Hi,

Yes, there is a current in the mount, it's the garmin mount that supplies power to the unit, so I would assume they have taken that into account in their design. It's in a unimog (86), so there are some unsheilded wires in the dash, but no fancy electronics.

and yes, i have calibrated it, (spin, flip and flip).

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The garmin car mount has a speaker built in. Do you have the standard mount? That will probably be why. I have not looked myself yet.
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Yes, there is a current in the mount, it's the garmin mount that supplies power to the unit, so I would assume they have taken that into account in their design. It's in a unimog (86), so there are some unsheilded wires in the dash, but no fancy electronics.

and yes, i have calibrated it, (spin, flip and flip).

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Windshield wiper motors have big magnets in them. If a compass is installed close to metal or worse magnets, it has to be calibrated/compensated somehow. Sometimes you can even see the compass changing when the wipers are running.
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tried to watch mine toninght, it's in the garmin mount and appeared spot on except stopped at a set of light when it wondered a bit.

Don't think it would be the mount
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Routes vs Tracks

Am having trouble importing routes to the Montana ... but importing tracks seems to work fine.

I am sure Bertrand has mentioned it before by what is the point limit on tracks?
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Am having trouble importing routes to the Montana ... but importing tracks seems to work fine.

I am sure Bertrand has mentioned it before by what is the point limit on tracks?
The point limit is 10,000

Got my unit, love it

One thing though, there can be a an issue where you import a route you have designed on Basecamp, but when it is transferred to the Montana it wil RECALCULATE the route the way the current profile is set up.

As at this time, I do not believe it can import the route as designed, there is no option for it to do that. Also, if you are designing the route in BC using Automotive profile, then import it and use Motorbike, it will change the route to suit that profile and whatever avoids etc that have been enabled or disabled.

A way around that is the route to track option, once the route has been planned, convert it to a track, make the track a different colour and import that too, then when you are following the route, you can see by the colour of the track whether the route you are following is actually correct, or whether you need to make a turn somewhere to get back on track

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finally decided Montana 600 is the way to go for me. prefer GPS without camera and it cost less too.

now trying to find the cheapest place to buy Montana 600 in USA?
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