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Monterra set-up
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:36:42 pm »
Now that I have the Monterra, I have to set it up.

Here's what I've learned so far.

It seemed that the Garmin website really wanted me to load the connector software for the Monterra.  I would never work, it could not find the file it was installing.

Some calls to tech support, and they said that I didn't need it and to use the Basecamp software to load the maps.

I have the Navigator software for the traditional GPS functions, and Birdseye for satellite imagery.

Even with no maps loaded for Birdseye (they take a lot of space) the GPS memory was almost full - I also had a 24 topo from before, and I think somehow that got on it as well.

No biggie I thought, it does take a micro SD card up to 64 GB.

This is where the fun starts.

The Garmin website says format the SD card as exFAT2 for over 32 GB; it didn't work for me.
http://garminmonterra.wikispaces.com/share/view/65102094?replyId=67688614

More research, I found this website that says that it has to be FAT32, even though the Garmin website says otherwise.
http://garminmonterra.wikispaces.com/share/view/65102094?replyId=67688614

There's just one more little thing, the utility for Windows won't let you format FAT32 for more than 32, so you have to download a third party utility (I used miniaid http://www.fat-32-formatter.com/) for free.

Presto; it works; now to put my maps back on.

When installing the maps through the 'map installer' garmin application (other things such as Birdseye are on Basecamp, you don't get to select to install to the on-board memory or the SD card.  When you exceed the onboard memory, and you have a card installed, it automatically switches over to the card.  The Android operating system is really locked-down.  I'm sure there are hacks, but not ready to do that yet.

Hopefully this helps someone else.
« Last Edit: October 10, 2014, 10:39:45 pm by Colorado Rider »

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Re: Monterra set-up
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2014, 08:12:49 am »
Good tips, thanks.  I only have a 32 gig card, so I never had to deal with any of that.
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