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This thing is garbage! I'm done.
September 7, 2010
11:40 pm
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GRRRRRRR!
late july we got a GC. not even 10 days in it froze up when i did a firmware update. heard about this place from geocaching.com forum and followed the instructions to reload 1.4 and got nothing. returned to best buy and got a new one. 10 days in i upgraded firmware (hesitantly mind you) and it seemed ok.
today i loaded caches from GSAK and again it froze. tried again to reload 1.4 and nothing. tried again nothing
finally called tech at magellan and well they walked me through the steps as i read them here.
i addressed the issues i noticed by saying the directions say to unplug if plugged in and well she aid it is ok to leave plugged in. so i went with it. call ended with her saying to call back if i have more issues. i was still working on the 1.4 reinstall.
she said this corrects the problem for many customers....
right now i am at 24 minutes after the 1.4 install finished and it said to remove from PC. how long should this really take?
i had removed all caches (ones i put on as well as the ones it shipped with) as well as the waypoints.

i hate to be without this as my gf was going to chicago to see her best friend in 2 wks and wanted to show her caching as she has been talking alot about it. now she might not be able to.

i have read GC.com as well as here and there are many issues i am seeing. some are simple and can be dealt with while waiting for new firmware. some are definitely not good. such as the unit freezing up.
the maps being twitchy and the slow to update is not good, but at least the unit works. when it freezes it doesnt work at all. right now i am looking at a $200 paperweight on my desk.

due to the frustrations i had with the GC and then ended up returning it i bought a garmin 62s. it is not perfect, but at least i am not having as many issues.

so we have a working unit to still cache with. but we also have a paperweight.
hopefully this will get fixed.
29 minutes in and nothing new is happening to the GC as it sits post firmware 1.4 install.

Monty

September 7, 2010
2:58 pm
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Yes, it´s better but far away from perfect.

Try this yesterday @caching in Cologne/Germany.

Map scrolls more smooth and the intervall semms to be better. But next to the Cache the gc shows 4m...after 20 seconds it was 20m in a other direction. This happens ALL the time, when I stop and wait 20 seconds. With arrow on oder off.

And to switch off features for "normal working" can´t be a real solution.

In this moment my thoughts are to return this unit to amazon but I on the other side I want to try the next step of firmware.

But Maggie don´t give me the new fw. 🙁

It´s done when it´s done...Duke

September 7, 2010
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Just wanted to let you know ricksto that YOU ROCK.... Turned off Smart Arrow and the GC was 10x better when I got in the vicinity of the cache. Great find.

September 6, 2010
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ricksto wrote:

Turn off your Smart Arrow and use the Standard Arrow and everything updates much faster when you're close to a cache.

This is BY FAR my biggest (besides the crappy USB cover) complaint with this unit. I'm definitely going to try Standard Arrow today to see if that helps.

I've reported the issue several times to support and they have assured me it's been passed on to the dev team. Hopefully they will have this fixed when the next update comes out.

September 6, 2010
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ricksto wrote:

Turn off your Smart Arrow and use the Standard Arrow and everything updates much faster when you're close to a cache.

By George I think you're on to something - I had to take a run over to another town this afternoon and need to pick up 5 caches to get to my next 100 finds and decided that I was only going to take my GC - because if I have my Triton I normally end up using it. However, after turning the Smart Arrow off and I pleasantly suprised - the thing worked great! I had 900 caches loaded on it and I actually didn't have any of the lockups...

Thx.
David


 

 

 

September 5, 2010
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ricksto wrote:

Turn off your Smart Arrow and use the Standard Arrow and everything updates much faster when you're close to a cache.

Really? I'll have to try that.

September 5, 2010
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Turn off your Smart Arrow and use the Standard Arrow and everything updates much faster when you're close to a cache.

September 4, 2010
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I agree that Magellan needs to improve the apparent freeze-up when you slow down to a shuffle. I suspect it is going into an averaging mode when your speed is basically zero. There is very little position bounce when standing still, which is a benefit of averaging. But if it keeps a running average of the last N readings then one new reading isn't going to affect the larger average very much, hence the apparent freeze-up. Your suggestion to have a button force a new reading (clearing out any averaging history) is a good idea!

The compass is very accurate when you use the sun/moon feature to orient the unit. This compass does not waver! Although the clock always seems to be an hour off, even with correct timezone and daylight savings settings.

geocaching name: cindy&randy
I (Randy) am the guy, and therefore entitled to hold and control the TV remote and of course the GPSr.

August 30, 2010
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I had a Garmin Venture HC before I got the GC, I lost the Venture. It had the GPS compass too, the swing on it was nothing like on the GC. A little swing can be attributed to this type of compass, but not to the extent that the GC has.

August 30, 2010
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I would agree with a lot with what you say.

The GC is my first terrain GPS and although I have a lot of fun with it, some of the more technical issues are a nuisance. With that said, hopefully they can be fixed with firmware.

The one thing I would like to see on this is a self-update where you can force the gps to update your position, or at least increase the frequency of updates when you get closer to a cache.

The compass thing is a side effect of the reality that there is no magnetic compass in this device and tracks your bearing based on movement. When you see people stop on a path, turn around, and move back and forth 20 yards at a time you can be pretty sure they have a GPS based compass.

With this said, i know what to look for in my next device.

August 30, 2010
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I was forced to use this unit again this weekend, because I left my iPhone's car charger at home. The GC had become a backup to my iPhone. It's just useless. The compass swings left and right as you walk towards the cache, so you zig zag the whole way there. You have to walk at a snails pace in order for it to keep up with you. Then once you hear that tone telling you that you're close, which can be up to 60' away, you're done! The unit just stops updating, if you stand perfectly still for a few minutes, it will update, then walk a little ways and stop again. Of course, because of the swing, you probably wasn't walking in the right direction.
If you are under ANY cover what so ever, the unit is dead in the water, so it's only good, relatively, for urban caches. It's VERY sluggish, it says it hold up to 12,000 caches, but just try putting that on it. The more you add, the slower it becomes.
REI has the Oregon 450 for sale for only $250, I'm putting my order in now. I'll probably leave this thing in a cache as swag, I don't think I could sell it for very much and not fell bad about it.
Magellan makes the absolute best car GPS units, but they need to stay out of the handheld market, or at least put some effort into fixing their problems there. The update did nothing to fix these problems. Some of you are looking forward to the new units coming out, are you kidding me? They put this thing out and it's complete garbage, they do nothing to fix it, and you want to give them more money? Really?
Good luck with that.

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