Garmin GPSMAP 62s Tutorial Videos

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You can can always plug the SD card into your computer separately, using an adapter.  However, when I plug a Garmin containing an SD card into the USB port, the SD card shows up on the computer as a separate external drive:

 

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For those wondering, this whole conversation got started because I mentioned something offline about loading GPX files onto several micro SD cards to switch out as needed if going on a long trip, say, and wanting to have access to several thousand caches in each of several locations -- without having to reconnect the Garmin 62S to a computer to unload and reload GPX files.  I've never actually tried this but wondered if it would work.

 

You probably couldn't do it if you had maps or any other pertinent data on the SD card.

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Amazing.  It works but I would never have figured that out.  Because my card reader can read a virtually infinite number of different cards I have about 7 or 8 "Removable disks" that are just designated by letters (E:, F:, G:, H,: I: etc.) and nothing else.  I would never notice if a new one was added.  Apparently it was and the SD card is there.

 

How in the world did you tumble to that?  Is it because you have no other "Removable disks?"

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How in the world did you tumble to that?  Is it because you have no other "Removable disks?"

 

I don't really remember.  I think I had an SD card with an error once and when I would plug in the Garmin, it would ask me if I wanted to scan and fix the drive....something like that.  My new computer has it's own built in card readers, so I don't show all those removeable disks anymore, but I know what you're talking about.

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Couple things:

1) just remember the sum total of all caches contained in all geocache gpx files ( xD card + internal ) cannot exceed 5000 or wonky things happen.

2) not all gpx files are cache data, some gpx files are tracks, routes, child waypoints, etc. Those do NOT count against your 5k max cache total as they are considered waypoints which are limited only by memory on the 62s. I believe this is a fundamental change from the 60cx series.

3) the 62s is picky about the xD card sometimes. Newer class 10 speeds in sizes over 4 GBytes get wonky, unpredictable, and are wasted since the 62s doesn't utilize it. Slower and smaller work great! Class 4, 4-8GB are perfect! This is true for the 450 too.

4) be sure to power off before swapping xD cards! Then, it's a good idea to cycle power once after removal to flush the internal cache, I have found. This seemingly cumbersome ritual will reward you with consistent hassle free behavior.

5) personally, I recommend having ALL geocaches on xD card(s) only, leaving internal to maps, map overlays, and waypoints.

6) that little metal door thingy for retaining the xD card is delicate! Easy does it. It's also easy to lose a tiny chip when swapping batteries too!

HTH,

K

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Seriously thinking on my next GPSr and highly considering the 62 series.  I love my Oregon 450, but have a terrible time reading it without a backlight and that usually results in needing two sets of batteries for a day.  Thanks to all posting on this thread.  It helps us lurkers find out more.

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What KeyResults said.  I use the Oregon 650 now, but some of it still applies.

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Seriously thinking on my next GPSr and highly considering the 62 series.  I love my Oregon 450, but have a terrible time reading it without a backlight and that usually results in needing two sets of batteries for a day.  Thanks to all posting on this thread.  It helps us lurkers find out more.

 

I guess you saw where I commented on the 62s being harder to see read than my 60csx.  If it weren't for the fact that the 62 carries cache data I'd probably go back to the 60.  I need the backlight a lot too

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That's my main beef with the 62s -- the dark screen.  On the windshield mount, I need the backlight up all the way to see it in almost all conditions.  Why it can't have a bright screen like the 60, I'll never understand.

 

I have read that the Oregon 650 is "enhanced with reflective display technology, which uses external light sources like sunlight in conjunction with the 650’s LED backlighting to increase screen brightness , even in shaded areas".  I'd be curious to see how bright it is compared to my 60 and 62s.

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Thanks Thot & HC

I was looking over a friends shoulder on a cloudy day at a 62sc (can not recall the exact model)

It was a cloudy weekend just before Thanksgiving.  The screen appeared to be much brighter than my Oregon 450.

I am pretty sure they had the back light off.  But your comments make me pause.  I certainly will check again.

I have a 60CSX that I use as a backup now but prefer to have my Oregon 450 as I  can carry information about the Geocache.

Still searching for the unit that provides good visibility in a bright environment.

Casting the net wider and thanks for the heads up.

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I was looking over a friends shoulder on a cloudy day at a 62sc (can not recall the exact model)  The screen appeared to be much brighter than my Oregon 450.

I am pretty sure they had the back light off. 

 

On my 62 the back-light comes on and stays on for a few seconds anytime you press a key.

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That's my main beef with the 62s -- the dark screen.  On the windshield mount, I need the backlight up all the way to see it in almost all conditions.  Why it can't have a bright screen like the 60, I'll never understand.

I agree the 60 screen is the gold standard day or night.  Just want something that can hold the geocache information.

Oregon 650 mentioned two times in a row.  O0

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Both the 650 and Montana are very good, possibly sharing the technology.

The only real difference is how much of a handfull do you pack.

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I use the POI loader to put a large number of caches on the SD card.  On my 60csx that didn't store cache data that worked fine.  But, since getting the 62 I now use it to store my cache data.  The problem is the POI loaded caches don't have the cache data.  Is there a way to add gobs of caches to the SD card and have the cache data included?

 

Yes, I know I'm repeating this question but no one responded before.

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If by "gobs" you mean 3,000 or 4,000 or so, you can just put the GPX file containing such on the SD card -- BUT it needs to be in a folder called "GPX" that is a subfolder of a folder called "GARMIN".  The 62S can only deal with 5,000 caches at a time (and sometimes has issues with numbers approaching that), so the only thing gained by putting them on the SD card as opposed to loading them into the Garmin's memory is that you could swap out SD cards and get a new set of caches into the device.

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No se.  Buy an Oregon 650?

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Montana holds 12,000 caches.

Yes, I have one of those too.  I mentioned the Oregon because it holds *unlimited caches.

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Technically you can load an unlimited number of waypoints into 62s via combined internal and external memory. And, GSAK will allow you to send a gob of caches to the 62s as waypoints instead of geocaches by checking the box during the send operation or during export.

The problem is that you lose the ability to use the geocache profile features of the 62s and much cache data too, such as logs and DT etc.

Waypoints and poi are just your basic coords, name, description and not nearly as useful for geocaching. I tend to use waypoints to display my finds so I can preserve my 5k geocache count on the 62s.

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Thanks to everyone for their replies.  I'm sure now I cannot do what I hoped to do.

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Heees Baaaak

 

I've never been able to figure out how to make child waypoints work, either on my 60 or the new 62.  I never spent much time at it because I didn't much care.  But, now I want to add a child waypoint to a single cache.  As usual it has baffled me.

 

Below you see my export setup.  I understand the checked box beside Yes to mean "include child points"  I understand the radio button called "only flagged" to mean only include child points that have the checkbox for the child point checked.  But when I send them to the GPSr, either they aren't there or I don't know what they're supposed to look like so I don't recognize them.

 

The child point is nearer the target cache than any other cache.  But, when I go to the cache that's supposed to have the child point the closest waypoints are only other caches, not the child point. 

 

So, how do it get GSAK to send them or how do I find them on the 62?  As I said above, I've tried to figure this out probably a half dozen times, but to no avail. 

 

 

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