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How to Change Geocache Found Count
May 16, 2011
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Good luck Michael, sorry we couldn't find an easy fix.
I'm starting to get a bit impatient myself with an update that broke my perfectly working unit.

Phil

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May 16, 2011
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phild31 wrote:

Tell Magellan to fix what the update broke, not a spiffy counter, better keyboard, smaller arrow or menu layouts.
This update has decreased the value of my 710 to the extent that I have to bring a laptop with me so I can delete the corrupted files in the field to continue using it!

I sent my 710 back to Amazon for a refund this morning. I don't have the patience to deal with all the things that bothered me about the 710.

Best of luck to y'all, this is a super helpful bunch of folks, but you are better at figuring out what's causing all the problems than Magellan support and engineering is, and I find that troubling.

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May 16, 2011
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dwcarr1 wrote:

However, Magellan is working on this issue and rumor has it that in a coming update the unit with have the ability to read your "My Finds" GPX from GC.com and load the stats into the unit for you!

Later,
David

I was hoping to hear about a rumor that a coming update would FIX THE LAST UPDATE!!

I personally have no idea why anyone would want their total finds count on a GPSr, but if it makes you happy knock your self out.
But it seems to be an option that is pretty much useless if I can't find anything with the malfunctioning unit!

Tell Magellan to fix what the update broke, not a spiffy counter, better keyboard, smaller arrow or menu layouts.
This update has decreased the value of my 710 to the extent that I have to bring a laptop with me so I can delete the corrupted files in the field to continue using it!

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May 16, 2011
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That was also my idea.

I have already tried to export 'My finds' from GSAK in gpx 1.0 format without any extentions. But the generated file contains to much data.

Indeed a script will be needed. 😉

May 16, 2011
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That is cool,

If I had the time, it would be fun to write a GSAK script (Macro) that would read the "My Finds" GPX from GC.com and create the file for the eX...

David


 

 

 

May 16, 2011
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Hallo David,

thx for the info.

Nevertheless I have found a further way to change the list of found caches manually.

As we know the file 'Magellan_Geocache_Extention.gpx' contains all found caches in old gpx 1.0 format.

A typical log record looks like this:

<- Begin of record

GC08XY15
Geocache|Traditional Cache



Willkommen in Dingenskirchen
Traditional Cache
Micro
2


Found it
2011-04-16T18:16:50Z
Gefunden




<- End of record You can manually modify or add/delete such records by using a simple editor like Wordpad. So it is very easy to update the list of found caches on your eXplorist. Perhaps there will be a little tool to do this work... 😉 Greetings,
Indy

May 16, 2011
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Just a quick note - there is an issue with the My Finds database in the eX10 units. With 177 finds you won't notice it. However, once you get up to 1000+ finds you will begin to see the performance of the GPS diminish with the more finds you log through the unit. With over 3000+ finds I don't even bother anymore, rather, I just clear the Geocaching history everytime before I go out into the field and use it to keep track to that days finds!!!

However, Magellan is working on this issue and rumor has it that in a coming update the unit with have the ability to read your "My Finds" GPX from GC.com and load the stats into the unit for you!

Later,
David


 

 

 

May 16, 2011
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Hi Graham,

my posting only explains how to change the found counter.

There can be circumstances which make it necessary to modify this counter. So scrolling through the context menu and accidently touching the 'need maintance' button one time to much. Or similar cases.

You are absolutely right, the list of corresponding caches in the named file will not be affected.

Greetings,
Indy

May 16, 2011
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Indy wrote:

Hi Graham,

there is another way to change the geocache found count:

The file APPSetting.XML holds the relevant informations.

Modifying the line

4136

sets your found count to 4136 or whatever you need.

Many other things can be done there. 😉

Greetings,
Indy

Hi Sven,

As you say this will set the 'Life Time Found' figure that is displayed on the Geocache Summary screen.

If though you wish to re-establish a list of all your found caches and therefore the smilies faces when the corresponding caches are loaded in the unit. You have to run through the process explained previously in this thread.

Cheers,
Graham

May 16, 2011
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Hi Graham,

there is another way to change the geocache found count:

The file APPSetting.XML holds the relevant informations.

Modifying the line

4136

sets your found count to 4136 or whatever you need.

Many other things can be done there. 😉

Greetings,
Indy

April 15, 2011
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Hi Graham,

it has worked... 😉

Greetings,
Sven

April 15, 2011
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I ever generate PQs including my found caches. Such PQs contain found-flags for every cache already found.

It would be very easy to analyse these flags by the firmware. No workaround would be needed.

Why do you have to go through the list of caches and set the found marker (and this flag) another time? Ok, i will give it a try... 😉

April 15, 2011
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Indy wrote:

Hi Graham,

thanks for the infos.

When uploading the log file, what will happen to my old and already existing cache-logs on Gc.com? Will they be overwritten by the new logs?

And why does the firmware of the eXplorist 710 not recognize the found-flag of the caches in the PQ's gpx-file? Would be the best way... 😉

Greetings,
Sven

Hi Sven,

The uploaded log file will have no affect on your Gc.com found count as long as you don't compose and submit them. Just delete them.

As David as indicated, they are looking at possibly using your found PQ to update the x10 but at this point this in the only way if you wish to correct your lifetime found count in the x10 and display smiles on the screen/map.

Graham.

April 14, 2011
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I don't know if it will be in this coming update, but I hope so - but Magellan has been working on the ability to drag and drop your "My Finds" GPX onto the eX so that it will read it and adjust your stats on the units according to what is recorded in the file...


 

 

 

April 14, 2011
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The found logs are sent to GC.com as field notes, not as logs.
The 710 seems to be set up to count the caches found with the 710, not the caches I found 7 years ago.
I don't load caches I have already found to the 710 anyway.

Personally, I don't care about my lifetime found count being on my 710.

I would like to have a count of recent finds to keep track of how many I have found today, yesterday or last week. In other words before I can get on-line to send them to GC.com

If you mark a cache as found and want to edit it as unfound go to that cache on the 710 and mark it as unfound. That will get rid of the smilie face on the map.
I don't know if it changes the lifetime found count.

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April 14, 2011
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Hi Graham,

thanks for the infos.

When uploading the log file, what will happen to my old and already existing cache-logs on Gc.com? Will they be overwritten by the new logs?

And why does the firmware of the eXplorist 710 not recognize the found-flag of the caches in the PQ's gpx-file? Would be the best way... 😉

Greetings,
Sven

April 14, 2011
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Indy wrote:

Will the firmware automatically add a new corresponding record to this file when a cache is marked as found?

In other words, will this file be generated if you walk through the list of geocaches and mark them as found?

And how can this file be edited to correct it manually (edit, add or delete records)?

Hi Indy,

Yes, the firmware automatically add a new corresponding record to this file when a cache is marked as found.

If you wish to rebuild your lifetime found list. Clear all caches files from the unit and load a PQ with all our found caches. Then go through them one at a time and mark as found. This will regenerate the file plus a log file.

You then need to upload the log file to Gc.com in the normal way. After uploading the log file just delete all the found logs in Gc.com. This step is important, as it marks all the found records in the x10 as uploaded to Gc.com. Failure to do this step will cause all the found logs to be uploaded to Gc.com each time you subsequently load any log file. The only way to fix that is to do this process again.

I know of no way to edit the file directly.

Graham.

April 14, 2011
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ShortcutHicksy wrote:

...In the Geocache directory you should have a file named “Magellan_Geocache_Extention.gpx”. This file holds a list of the unit’s lifetime Found, Not Found and Needs Maint.

As long as you don’t delete this file whenever you have the corresponding geocaches loaded all your ‘Found’ will appear with the smiley face on the map screen...

Will the firmware automatically add a new corresponding record to this file when a cache is marked as found?

In other words, will this file be generated if you walk through the list of geocaches and mark them as found?

And how can this file be edited to correct it manually (edit, add or delete records)?

March 27, 2011
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I was wondering what that file was about. I was smart enough to not delete it !

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

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Hi Denis,

Further to what David said and after you have rebuilt your ‘Found’ list, have a look in the geocache directory.

In the Geocache directory you should have a file named “Magellan_Geocache_Extention.gpx”. This file holds a list of the unit’s lifetime Found, Not Found and Needs Maint.

As long as you don’t delete this file whenever you have the corresponding geocaches loaded all your ‘Found’ will appear with the smiley face on the map screen.

The size of the file in 1KB steps indicates the number of discreet records. So for example it you had 267 Founds the file size would be 267KB.

This file is different to the log file, which only holds the field notes and should be deleted after they are uploaded to GS.com.

Graham.

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