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Installed and use the MFM, experience hang during the ride, got to switch off and on again, and it back to normal again. anyone experience the same? or is it my 60CSx getting old?

 

Has it been updated? My 60Cx is still working fine. How did it hang? You mean it stopped calculating?

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Has it been updated? My 60Cx is still working fine. How did it hang? You mean it stopped calculating?

 

Yes, it's like pc, just hang, not moving at all.... happen a few times already

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Yes, it's like pc, just hang, not moving at all.... happen a few times already

 

Since the 60CSx has no internal memory, the fault could be in the map or the SDcard. If there is an inherent fault in the mfm map, it would have already been reported in the forum.

 

There are a few ways to narrow down the fault but I'm not sure what is your level of competency.

 

Try this for a start, generate a new gmapsupp.img, but save it onto another SD card. Even better, if you're proficient with Mapsource, send just the SINGAPORE map tile to the device. If your device still hangs, it would most likely be a firmware issues.

 

If it's a firmware or OS issues, it's about time to upgrade :p

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it's second time that my garmin mini usb cable adapter got corroded..

 

it's like green mold on connectors, even it is covered with original garmin cap.

 

will try to clean with contact cleaner first..

 

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Since the 60CSx has no internal memory, the fault could be in the map or the SDcard. If there is an inherent fault in the mfm map, it would have already been reported in the forum.

 

There are a few ways to narrow down the fault but I'm not sure what is your level of competency.

 

Try this for a start, generate a new gmapsupp.img, but save it onto another SD card. Even better, if you're proficient with Mapsource, send just the SINGAPORE map tile to the device. If your device still hangs, it would most likely be a firmware issues.

 

If it's a firmware or OS issues, it's about time to upgrade :p

 

Thank you Demon, will try them out. :)

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for those who might be interested in chinese/japanese capable units, you'd need the Japanese version of the 60CSx-J or 62S-J. a list is available here: http://www.iiyo.net/outdoor/products.htm Take note that Iiyo.net (Japan's Garmin distributor) seems to have hacked their firmware for use in Japan. the units are not practical for use outside of japan - but they can show Unicode (i think!) fonts - which essentially means, Chinese/Japanese words.

 

i have some basic review (sort of!) on the English and Japanese 60CSx - check under "Equipment Listing". i can't link directly to the page as the URL keeps on dynamically changing.

 

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/japan2011

 

there is also a a Yahoo Group based on the 60CSx family - try this URL

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Garmin_GPSMap_60Cx_60CSx/

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we've been mainly disccussing abt gps for navigation, how about tracking?

 

we all worry about our bikes being stolen across the causeway, anyone has used a hidden live gps tracker?

I have seen some pretty interesting ones on sale online but they might not work outside the US of A.

 

garmin gpu-10 looks very economical and promising with free 1 yr of tracking, long battery life and waterproof.

 

but appears that singapore is not bringing it in.

 

anyone with other suggestions?>

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ooh that looks handy... Anyone tried it before ?

Doesn't say if it needs 3G or if 2G is sufficient. When going to JB, it would mean the sim card you put in it must have roaming if it's a SG simcard..

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ooh that looks handy... Anyone tried it before ?

Doesn't say if it needs 3G or if 2G is sufficient. When going to JB, it would mean the sim card you put in it must have roaming if it's a SG simcard..

 

yes, depending on setup, roaming is going to be costly if tracking is in 5sec intervals unless data charge is unlimited for every single day ure across the border.

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Hi gurus...

 

Need help, I have tried asking dealers locally who can not give me specific answer and tried searching online but again not straight forward answers or maybe its me who is not reading it correctly. Anyway here is my question.

 

I have been using 60csx with Mapsource for abt 2 years now and is very happy with it. Have bought Rotweiler map, Jerome map and also Malsing maps. MFM is somewhat diff for mapsource as they stop updating for mapsource and concentrate on the newer map format only? Or am I wrong again...

 

Anyway recently abit itchy hand and feel like upgrading to touch screen Garmin product - Oregon. But understand that oregon uses Basecamp instead of mapsource. So the question here is can I use oregon with my current mapsource and the maps that I have? Will Oregon communicate properly with mapsource and also is the transfer of waypoints, routes, maps the same way as 60csx?

 

Thanks in advance for helping.

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MFM is somewhat diff for mapsource as they stop updating for mapsource and concentrate on the newer map format only? Or am I wrong again...

 

Don't understand this question. MFM is updated every week, and it incorporates a mapsource installer which updates the MFM map in Mapsource before generating a "gmapsupp.img" file.

 

Even without a Mapsource Installer, an IMG file, it can still be updated in Mapsource with this application, MapSetToolkit. Too much to explain, read here :

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-to-load-.img-files-into-mapsource-with-mapsettoolkit/

 

Will Oregon communicate properly with mapsource and also is the transfer of waypoints, routes, maps the same way as 60csx?

 

No.

 

So the question here is can I use oregon with my current mapsource and the maps that I have?

 

Although the files created in Oregon are in "gpx" format, the way they are stored is different from the 60CSCx thus Mapsource will not be able to receive these files. However, you can still manually import these files from the Oregon, and open them individually with Mapsource. Say you have 5 POIs created in the Oregon, you will open in manually in each Mapsource, and CUT & PASTE them in a single Mapsource so that all 5 POIs can be viewed in a same Mapsource window.

 

The shorter and quicker way is learn to use Basecamp :p

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Hi Demon

 

Thanks for your answer.

 

The question regarding MFM is that I have tried to download MFM before and work on mapsource but when I transfer to 60CSx it doesn't show the map. Then when I try asking in MFM the answer I got was they stop updating for mapsource and concentrate on the new NT format or something like that and told me that the last version of MFM that I can use on my mapsource is v1.62 and that is what I have been doing, so instead I use MSM. And of course Jerome maps for Singapore as he is more updated for Singapore map.

 

So if I want to switch to Oregon, it will means I can only use Basecamp. And would Basecamp be able to use the following maps that I am using in mapsource:

1) Jerome Wee

2) MSM

3) Rotweiler

4) MFM

 

Thanks again for taking the time to help a old time noob :) haha

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The question regarding MFM is that I have tried to download MFM before and work on mapsource but when I transfer to 60CSx it doesn't show the map. Then when I try asking in MFM the answer I got was they stop updating for mapsource and concentrate on the new NT format or something like that and told me that the last version of MFM that I can use on my mapsource is v1.62 and that is what I have been doing, so instead I use MSM. And of course Jerome maps for Singapore as he is more updated for Singapore map.

 

The NT format will have problems running on the older GPS but it should not affect the Mapsource. I am running Mapsource v6.13.7 (latest version is v6.16.3) and I have no problem installing the latest MFM v110411. If your mapsource is really the problem, getting the latest mapsource update is FOC.

 

So if I want to switch to Oregon, it will means I can only use Basecamp. And would Basecamp be able to use the following maps that I am using in mapsource:

1) Jerome Wee

2) MSM

3) Rotweiler

4) MFM

 

when you install Basecamp, it will automatically install all the maps that you have already installed in the Mapsource. So once you launch Basecamp, all the maps will be there.

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guys anyway to secure iphone on a bike?

 

I dun really need for long crusing. jus the ocassional use

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do it my way.

 

get the 3m command velcro. the one with mushroom head one. stick on your IU cover. stick the other end on your iphone casing back. stick it on your iu, there you go.

 

i have not tried the 3m velcro, just those normal ones and they still stay on going at 90kph. but i dont think i wanna risk it so i'm upgrading to 3m which can carry up to 2.2kg.

 

another thing is where is your iu mounted. mine is directly infront of my handlebar, so easier to see, if yours is also on the handlebar, should be fine.

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I mounted mine using the Otterbox Defender case. I got the case because I'm clumsy and drop my iphone at least once a week (yep..). The case is weather resistant, but only for few drops, it can;t resist our local rain downpours.

The case comes with a belt clip-on cradle. I fixed the cradle to the handle bar using tie-ins that go through the belt clip and around the handle bar. The fastest I went is probably 110km/h and it doesn't move. Perfect to use the TOM TOM app.

When it rains, i either put the iphone in my jacket inner pocket away from the rain, or if I really need to look at the screen I just slip a zip lock bag on top of it to cover it and it does the trick.

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Got a question for the gps experts here please.

I am using my iPhone as a gps device, with a tomtom app.

Yesterday more than ever before I had a really hard time to see the screen because of the sun. I had to lean forward to cast some shade on the screen to barely make out what i was looking out.

 

I know some GPS come with a "cap" that you mount so it protects it from the sun and casts a shadow that allows you to read it, and now that I'm willing to go MY much more often, I wonder if I should invest in a real gps instead.

 

Could you please share with me your experience reading your gps screen, if you have the same problem with sun reflection on the screen or reading the gps when it's super sunny, and if the GPS you have has any issues with being used under the sun for several hours a day ?

 

The obviously retires as soon as it gets too hot, and gives you the high temperature warning on the screen. It usually works fine for about 4h but after that it surrenders to the heat...

 

How is your GPS doing under the sun ?

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The NT format will have problems running on the older GPS but it should not affect the Mapsource. I am running Mapsource v6.13.7 (latest version is v6.16.3) and I have no problem installing the latest MFM v110411. If your mapsource is really the problem, getting the latest mapsource update is FOC.

 

Thanks again for helping. I did not upgrade cos for Jerome Wee map he suggested not to updated Mapsource as the new updates have security issue, as in have hard time to use 3rd party map and can use only Garmin maps? True?

 

 

when you install Basecamp, it will automatically install all the maps that you have already installed in the Mapsource. So once you launch Basecamp, all the maps will be there.

 

So from what you are saying, it seems like switch over to oregon should be a breeze and just have to re-learn how to use basecamp, as I have read that basecamp is quite different from Mapsource.

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Thanks again for helping. I did not upgrade cos for Jerome Wee map he suggested not to updated Mapsource as the new updates have security issue, as in have hard time to use 3rd party map and can use only Garmin maps? True?

 

Technically, the latest update you can use for Mapsource without all the image rendering problem and security issues is version 6.13.7

 

So from what you are saying, it seems like switch over to oregon should be a breeze and just have to re-learn how to use basecamp, as I have read that basecamp is quite different from Mapsource.

 

Basecamp is technically more complex and powerful than Mapsource and it will take some time to adjust. Just to update you that most of Jerome Wee's (JW) maps will have problems installing into Basecamp. Like I mentioned earlier, all the maps already in Mapsource will appear in Basecamp when you run the installer. But to add JW maps into Basecamp directly, you could face some problem. For example JW's SG-R & JOH-R MapSource Installer v4.04 will work in Basecamp but older maps like Thai, Bali..etc all cannot be installed into Basecamp.

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When I run a comparison on the Garmin website to have a look at specs for a few models, in the battery descriptions I get the following:

 

removable, rechargeable lithium-ion / user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion / rechargeable lithium-ion / rechargeable lithium-ion

 

1. What's the difference between removable and user-replaceable ?

2. If it just says rechargeable, am I right to think the battery is not accessible for quick access/replacement ? (i.e you can probably replace it but you'd have to open the unit and get your hands dirty..)

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Anyone using the zumo 220 and can share their experience please ? It has a much stronger battery life than the zumo 665, yet the latter is twice as expensive...

 

The zumo 220 is supposedly made for bikes, but for the same price, you can get the latest Nuvi from the 3xxx series (3790MLT) which has a better resolution, a bigger screen and is much lighter (half the weight). But the Nuvi is not waterproof and has a shorter battery life.

 

Is it possible to buy the battery wire kit with USB plug to charge the Nuvi, since that doesn't come in the box ? Can I use any type of wires/USB kit or do I need to buy the Garmin ones ?

 

Also if you are using the zumo 220 with a bluetooth intercom device on your helmet, can you confirm that it sees the zumo as a cell phone and not and auio device? Read a review where the owner says that's how it's seen by his Scala set, which doesn't allow him to pair his phone because the phone channel is taken by the gps.

 

Thanks a lot for your replies, been reading the entire thread but didn't see the answers to these questions :shy:

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