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    Default Garmin software updates

    I was out with a friend a week ago who also had a Garmin Legend GPS. They asked when I last updated my GPS software in my GPS. Well that got me to thinking. I only updated it right after I bought it. I have not checked for updates for two years. I looked and sure enough I missed like three or four updates.

    So this is a little reminder for everyone to check there GPS's for software updates once adn a while.

    Garmins update area is located here:
    http://www.garmin.com/support/download.jsp
    Blazing Troll

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    Exclamation Software upgrades for your GPSr

    It is great that you can upgrade the software (firmware) in your GPSr. However, I would caution that you should only do this if: 1) Your GPS is malfunctioning and they have corrected your particular issue (read the upgrade notes to find out what each upgrade fixed/added); or 2) There is a new feature that you just can't live without.

    Otherwise, if anything goes wrong during the upgrade process, your GPSr could become a nice paperweight for your desk. Garmin may have made it impossible for this to happen, I don't know. But, in the computer world, it is very easy to kill a motherboard by doing a firmware upgrade (process gets interupted, power goes out, whatever).

    Anyway, upgrade if you need to or must, but be careful!

    -RanMan22
    Last edited by RanMan22; 07-05-2004 at 10:46 AM.

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    I had no problem with my upgrade. But I would make a mental to to all other Garmin users. Before you update download all your waypoints and things that you have stored in the GPS. The update will remove all these. I had to to put these back in. If I had known I would have downloaded then and then I would not have had to go back to geocaching.com to get them. It was not that big of a deal just more or less a pain in the butt.
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    I feel the same way that Ranman feels and that is if "it ain't broke don't fix it"

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    So, you're still using Windows 3.1 Haffy6?

    I'm all for upgrades. If you're careful about the possibility of losing your data, there should be no problem in any upgrade.

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    Heck, I'd still be using DOS if I could get away with it.

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    Here's a question for all those Legend owners. I just recently 'upgraded' my Rino 110 to a Legend. The mapping feature is (heh) SWEET but it seems to ditch me each and everytime I step in the woods. My Rino was spot on with very few exceptions and I use to laugh whenever someone complained about a bad signal in a log. I'm not laughing anymore.

    Is this what I can expect from my Legend?

    I'm thinking Garmin never would have released the model if it was actually as bad as it seems mine is. I have WAAS enabled and always keep it in 'normal' mode and not (ack) battery saving mode.

    I'm not using it in the case and I know to keep the antenna up facing up... Not that it makes much of a difference.

    Help? : (

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    I have a Legend also and in heavy tree cover I also have a problem but I do not lose the signal it just jumps around like crazy. It has gotten to the point where I just want to throw it up against a tree. But when it works it works good if that makes sense.
    Blazing Troll

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    I thoroughly agree with attroll. My Legend is terrible in tree cover - and I especialy note problems when I'm under hemlocks. Don't know if there's something in hemlock trees that hinder radio waves, or just my imagination.

    LOL!


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    Ah. I may have to run with attroll on this one! It does almost BEG to be little tiny bits of plastic all too often. I may soon be the most perverse geocacher out there and use TWO GPS's. I'll use the Legend to get me there and (heh) buy another low end Rino 110 to do the grunt work. It's sick really, I know, I know! But I got my Legend for (heh) $139 with PC cord while I was in North Conway and I can go to Beans and get a Rino 110 for $123 (it's on sale) - That's barely more than a Rino 120 (mapping GPS) for 249.99 - and I'll still be able to accidentally lose one in the kayak this summer... and not miss nary a step geocaching.

    I know I'm a freak (heh... especially in my logs) but someone please save me from MYSELF with a better solution?! My Rino only sent me back for two DNF's out of it's 200+ cache run (and I'm not even sure if it was it's fault...) but damn if it didn't make me put an extra 1,000 miles on my car this year. : )

    Thanks everyone!!

    BTW: Anyone who can get it to stop snowing sometime this century will be my hero....


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