GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

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GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by gpsrchive » Thu May 09, 2019 1:57 pm

Now available, everyone should see it by end of day.

See the Firmware page for more info.

Report observations here!

MikeD
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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by MikeD » Thu May 09, 2019 5:16 pm

Update came down over Wi-Fi ok today.

Confirm they have fixed a shutdown issue if you stopped navigation while having a dashboard active on the map page.
Listed elsewhere in" bugs"

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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by gpsrchive » Thu May 09, 2019 8:21 pm

MikeD wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 5:16 pm
Update came down over Wi-Fi ok today.

Confirm they have fixed a shutdown issue if you stopped navigation while having a dashboard active on the map page.
Listed elsewhere in" bugs"
Yes, Crash 03 has been resolved!

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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by Art » Fri May 10, 2019 8:12 am

Still not here in Aus.
Did it have to be done by Wifi on the device, or using WebUpdater/Garmin express is ok too?

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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by gpsrchive » Fri May 10, 2019 12:45 pm

Art wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 8:12 am
Still not here in Aus.
Did it have to be done by Wifi on the device, or using WebUpdater/Garmin express is ok too?
Not sure what Garmins strategy is with this release... Still not available to everyone apparently...

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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by Art » Fri May 10, 2019 4:41 pm

I’ve only given it a little time, but there might be a step in the right direction in the stuff I look for.
The current Garmin Topo map for Australia (V6), some things in the map screen made it crash often,
and definitely a lot more chance of crash if a lot of Birdseye imagery is enabled as well.
It will probably not draw some views at particular zoom levels and probably crash before drawing the screen,
so I have to avoid viewing the map at these certain zoom levels.

Anyways, for 3.00 I got it to crash once (which was a freeze and have to remove the battery crash),
but for this little time I’ve given it so far, it drew many map views without crashing,
and for me, there were usually turn off crashes. None of those happened.

I hope this wasn’t just luck, because it’s promising! If it’s like this the way I’d use it, it’s crossing into reliable territory! :D
My 64st will never crash like this at all. That’s kind of the baseline I’m comparing with using the same map and image data.

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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by oldkingog » Thu May 23, 2019 8:02 pm

Unfortunately, I have the same two issues with the 3.00 update.

1) When I record a track on my bike rides to work, the device crashes about 1 in 4 trips. I have tried different batteries and it doesn't seem to make a difference. I have sent in my files to Garmin about 3 or 4 times, but have not received any feedback from them.

2) The total elevation gain/loss during a recorded walk or hike is way higher than it should be. A one mile walk around my flat neighborhood will typically record 6 ft elevation gain on my Vivoactive 3 and several hundred feet on the 66.

I can live with the elevation issue (although I would expect that to work on a device in this price range), but the constant crashes during track recording may lead me to send the device back for a refund. (I am on my 3rd replacement device, all with the same issues.)

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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by gpsrchive » Thu May 23, 2019 11:34 pm

oldkingog, sorry to hear that. We know how you feel, we've been doing the Garmin GPSr thing for many years, and the new units are always like this for the first 12-24 months... I'm sure they will resolve most of these issues with a few more firmware updates. We must persevere!

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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by oldkingog » Fri May 24, 2019 8:17 pm

Thanks for the encouragement. I can't help to think of old electronics before the age of the internet. Companies had one shot to get it right because there was no way to update software/hardware. Sure, devices/software is more complicated now, but it seems like there is much less sense of urgency now to put out products that have minimal problems right off the bat.

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Re: GPSMAP 66 Firmware 3.00

Post by gpsrchive » Sat May 25, 2019 4:20 am

You got that right! Memory is cheap and they can always just throw a patch on the internet when necessary, so sloppy lazy coding is the rule of thumb now!

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