Montana 600 broken power button

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Mick F
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Re: Montana 600 broken power button

Post by Mick F » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:48 pm

All good to hear! :D

Yes, the unit was a couple behind, but up to date now.

Thanks,
Mick.

Mick F
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Re: Montana 600 broken power button

Post by Mick F » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:18 am

Update, but it's not good news I'm afraid. :(

The new Montana worked well for eight days, but yesterday is froze. It wouldn't switch off, so I had to take the battery out. Switching back on again, it froze again, and repeating just gave the same result.

I connected up to my computer this morning and found how to sort it, by deleting the GPX folder and doing a master reset.
All went well, and the Montana came on fine and didn't freeze at all.

However, there is zero satellite reception. Not a show of any bars at all despite leaving it outside in clear view of the sky for an hour.

I phoned Garmin support and they got me to do it all again and check for satellites again. Also to do an auto locate to clear any old satellite data. Still no joy at all.

I will be sending the device back for another replacement!

All to be arranged as yet, and doing the rest by email.

Mick.

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Re: Montana 600 broken power button

Post by gpsrchive » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:18 pm

Sounds a lot like Hardware Failure #1 in Common Issues page... Hopefully the next unit will be better!

Mick F
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Re: Montana 600 broken power button

Post by Mick F » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:48 pm

Yes, I guessed that, but only later after the chat with the support staff.

We took a few days off in Spain by ferry from Plymouth. 20hrs crossing each way.
On the way back we were sitting in the sunshine and I was watching our progress northwards past Brittany, when I noticed it had stopped responding. All I could do was to pull the battery. Maybe the unit became a little warm in the sunshine, but not hot at all, and it had no knocks or bangs to dislodge the antenna. Perhaps it wasn't fitted securely enough and the warmth was the last straw for it. From then on, it was freezing, and deleting the GPX folder - when I had access to my computer - un-froze it, and it was only then that the lack of satellite reception was evident.

The unit is boxed up ready, and we're off to the post office later this afternoon. Pity they don't send a pre-paid label, as I'll have to spend another £4.55 to send it off. At least the replacement will be free.

Mick.

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