Many 60CSx Questions (more later)

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Another question:

How do others typically turn the backlight on?  I press the enter key

I press the power button to turn the back light on for my receiver. 

Don't you get that light intensity slider when you do it that way?

With the batteries, have you checked the settings for the battery?  If they are set for alkaline and you put in rechargeables, the receiver will not get the voltage it is expecting. 

Thanks.  Yes, it is set for NiMH

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Another question:

How do others typically turn the backlight on?  I press the enter key

I press the power button to turn the back light on for my receiver. 

Don't you get that light intensity slider when you do it that way?

Yes, and it annoys me every time, because I just want the back light to come on so I can see.

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With the batteries, have you checked the settings for the battery?  If they are set for alkaline and you put in rechargeables, the receiver will not get the voltage it is expecting. 

I specifically asked Garmin this and they said all that setting does is measure the depletion of power differently for each battery type.  It has nothing to do whatsoever with voltage.

I asked because I thought, I just bought some rechargeable batteries and how do I get them into the unit without damaging it if it is set for alkaline?  That's when they told me that it's just a metering thing, not a voltage thing.

Hope that helps!

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I'll consider that -- problem is I'll be without for a while if I do it.

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Did you buy the unit at REI? If you did, just swap it out under the 100% satisfaction guaranty O0

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I'll consider that -- problem is I'll be without for a while if I do it.

The unit seems to work fine when the battery change is finally done.

Did you get rid of your SporTrak Pro?

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Is this the only way to manually enter coordinates ?

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Maybe It's because I did it so many times but I find the Maggie SportTrak method much quicker and more convenient.  Perchance, is there a way to switch entry modes?

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Once I set the back light with the power button I tend to use the navigate pad in the middle to turn it back on after it times out.

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Did you get rid of your SporTrak Pro?

No.  I lend it out to newbies.

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Is this the only way to manually enter coordinates ?

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Maybe It's because I did it so many times but I find the Maggie SportTrak method much quicker and more convenient.  Perchance, is there a way to switch entry modes?

we're pretty sure that's the only way.

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I'm back.

From the first it seemed like the rubber connector cover arrangement was iffy.  Well, yesterday the little rubber thingy came off.  This MUST have happened to others -- I didn't even notice doing anything unusual.  Luckily, I looked down and saw it on the ground before walking on.  What's the standard issue way to put it back.  I haven't had any luck trying to push it back on that post it came off of.

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Does the absence of replies mean I'm the only person who's had this problem?

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What piece of rubber are you talking about?? None of mine fall off.

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What piece of rubber are you talking about?? None of mine fall off.

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You must be really hard on your unit... :)

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My unit is just a GPS60, but has the same setup.  The rubber piece is held on with a screw, and after 2-1/2 years of heavy use, it still looks and performs like new. O0

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On my 60C I replaced the one over the power connector because it wouldn't stay closed. I just called garmin to ask where to get one and they sent it along with a screw for free. Never had one just fall off though.

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You must be really hard on your unit... :)

TMI!

Ours is just like new, then again, Thot, we use the neoprene cover four our unit.  You always should keep a cover on your unit!  Stay safe!  ;D

Seriously, that keeps the unit from getting scratched up and icky...

The only thing with the cover is that you can't use it for a vehicle mount (which we don't have) or a bike mount (which we do have) but for generic caching on foot it's perfect...

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My unit (60CS) has been used and abused. Dropped, submerged in water, mud, off the bike at 20mph kicked with foot/pedal into the front wheel. The eyelet near the antenna is ripped and it has it's fair share of scratches.

The rubber covers on the back have never failed.

I do have to calibrate it quite often though.

Freak accident is my guess...

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You must be really hard on your unit... :)

Not really.  I'm not sure what it would take to be "hard" on it, but I lay it on the dash while driving, carry it in my hand when walking and put it in my shirt (jumpsuit actually) pocket when I need both hands.  That's about it.

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My unit (60CS) has been used and abused. Dropped, submerged in water, mud, off the bike at 20mph kicked with foot/pedal into the front wheel. The eyelet near the antenna is ripped and it has it's fair share of scratches.

I've probably only been caching with it 10-15 times (too hot since I got it).  It's never been dropped, doesn't have a scratch on it -- the case is like new.

I did the only logical thing I could think of.  I removed the screw, replaced the rubber thingy and pushed the screw in from the back of it.  The problem is it's hard to be sure you aren't cross-threading the screw -- small screw, find thread and the rubber pushing the screw to one side.  I can't be sure I didn't.

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I do have to calibrate it quite often though.

My electronic compass needs calibrating more often than I than I think it should.  It is also not as accurate as it should be.  I find that turning it off while moving gives a more accurate pointer. 

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My electronic compass needs calibrating more often than I than I think it should.  It is also not as accurate as it should be.  I find that turning it off while moving gives a more accurate pointer. 

I read somewhere that if you replace the batteries then the compass has to be recaled.

I agree on the navigation with the compass on.  Most of the time I leave it off unless I just finished a cal on it and then it seems to be ok.

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When I can, I replace the batteries with the unit plugged into a power source to avoid loosing calibration.  But last Saturday I had to recalibrate twice and it still pointed in sightly different directions depending on whether the compass was on or off.  The compass on direction was the wrong one.  Time to call Garmin.

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A new question.

I was out today hunting a cache in an area where it was hard to move around.  In this situation I sometimes use a bearing to locate the cache.  I put the GPSr in a fixed location with the most sky I can reasonably get and let it determine a bearing to the cache. I then use a compass (a real compass) to sight along that bearing line and use the distance to figure where the cache should be. 

Today I tried this trick for the first time with the 60CS.  The bearing simply wouldn’t settle down.  It kept fluctuating in a range from 25 to 175 degrees.  Wow!  That’s like saying “It to your left.”  Not much help.  Am I doing something wrong?

With my Maggie, anytime it stopped moving it started averaging and so if I left it in the location for a couple of minutes the bearing became quite stable – and often quite accurate.  The Garmin has to be “put” in the averaging mode manually, and I couldn’t come up with a way to change screens while it was averaging so I could see the bearing.  Nor could I figure out how to add bearing to the averaging screen.  I began to believe the difference between the units was because the Maggie averages over time and thus becomes stable, while the 60CS is continuously calculating new independent locations so it never settles down.  Whatever the reason it was useless for this trick that worked so well with the Maggie.

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