Forum: Magellan GPS
Topic: save/load SD
started by: ChrisD

Posted by ChrisD on Mar. 13 2005,3:57 pm
Magellan Marine.

I've had a SD card for some time now, but only used it for a detail map. Today I tried to save a track (successful), but I cannot load it.  

I know the file is there as I've viewed it via a SD reader.  When I press "load track", the screen goes blank and the unit appears to power down (none of the buttons work).  I can recycle power and the unit returns to life.

I have 5.35 firmware (can't find 5.12 or I'd try going back).

Interesting tidbit that I'm not sure is relevant or related. With the card out, when I power on, the first screen shows up in about 1-2 seconds, which is what it was like with the card in, but with the prior firmware. Now, with 5.35, the unit takes at least 8 seconds to power up.

Does anyone have 5.35 loaded on a Meridian that can verify that save/load track does work?

tnx,

Chris

Posted by sledgehampster on Mar. 13 2005,6:16 pm
5.35 is notorious for deleting tracks. 5.12 is available here < Firmware Ver 5.12 >
Posted by ChrisD on Mar. 14 2005,4:49 am
Sledge - Bravo!

I can now load the tracks and WP/R that I saved.  As usual, the forums are much more helpful than tech support.

I did read about 5.35 losing tracks. The weird thing here is that it did seem to write the tracks onto the card, as I see the file when I look at the card in my reader.  It just would not execute the load or delete function without shutting down the unit.

I am still not happy with the time it takes to power on. With my old firmware (4.02) and an SD card installed, it took only a second or two to get the first screen. Now it can take as long as 6-8 seconds and that fakes out the backlight, which thinks I want that on, so it often powers up with the backlight.  Again, if I take out the SD card, it powers up much faster.  BTW - I am using the "alternate" power on/off feature.

I guess it's time to send them a note.

Thanks again!

BTW - I am using Topo 3D, which I was afraid would not work with 5.12, but it looks fine so far. The detail map shows up fine.

Chris



Posted by sledgehampster on Mar. 14 2005,9:12 am
Congrats! I am using 5.12 with DirectRoute and it works well also.
Posted by ChrisD on Mar. 14 2005,11:15 am
I sent off a detailed note to Magellan support indicating my situation.

I expect to wait about a week and then get a sentence or two thanking me for my input and nothing else...

Posted by PC Medic on Mar. 14 2005,3:21 pm
Quote (ChrisD @ Mar. 14 2005,1:15 pm)
I sent off a detailed note to Magellan support indicating my situation.

I expect to wait about a week and then get a sentence or two thanking me for my input and nothing else...

I have always found (and heard) Magellan's support to be very quick and helpful.
I would be interested to hear if your particular case is handled as you suspect.

Also, I had a similar slow boot issue on a Meridian Gold. Reformated the card and started working fine again. Just a thought.



Posted by ChrisD on Mar. 14 2005,7:32 pm
PC Medic,
Good idea. I just tried that, but it's still taking about 6 seconds.  The detail map was created by Topo 3D (the new SW), so I don't know if that makes a difference.  It appears to have something to do with reading the card, as the boot is much faster with the card removed -or- with the card in, but no data on the card.

I'll keep testing to see if I can find a more patterns.

Posted by PC Medic on Mar. 14 2005,7:47 pm
How large is the card? and is it a high speed card?
Some cards are slower than others and this could be another possible cause.

Posted by ChrisD on Mar. 15 2005,4:11 am
It's a 64MB Sandisk card. I don't believe it's high speed. I use HS cards on my camera, so I know what you mean.

Given that it booted fine with my old Topo and the consensus seems to be that 5.12 is relatively stable, I still think it could be related to the fact the that the detail file is now Topo 3D.

My old FW version was 4.02. I'm going to keep 5.12 on the unit, but load a detail file from my old Topo app.  I'll let you know!

Chris

Posted by ChrisD on Mar. 16 2005,6:45 pm
"borrowed" an SD card from my daughter's camera.  It's a 256MB Viking card and I put a 80MB detail map on it.  

The unit booted in about 1-2 seconds - just like the other card used to do.  Now I'm wondering if there's something wrong with that card.  

Looks like I'm good to go -although I guess I do need to return the card!

Chris

Posted by PC Medic on Mar. 17 2005,8:19 am
Very odd, usually a reformat would have fixed this if it was the card. I am glad to hear however it was not your GPS itself that was the problem.
Posted by sledgehampster on Mar. 19 2005,7:26 am
New < Magellan Firmware Update > out. Supposed to fix the Track delete problem. Also has option to shutoff annoying beeper when using DirectRoute. < Yahoo Meridian Group > has started posting feedback on it.


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