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Garmin found

Postby eileithyia » 2 Jul 2018, 7:25pm

On a local facebook site a Garmin has been found north of Preston... potentially an E2Eer?
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Re: Garmin found

Postby sbcoombs » 2 Jul 2018, 7:31pm

It certainly is. One of our Wimps LEJOG tour.

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Re: Garmin found

Postby robgul » 2 Jul 2018, 8:50pm

.. bit late but useful to know (another undocumented Garmin feature)

In a folder called Garmin on the GPS there is a file called setup.txt - you can edit that in Notepad or a text editor to add personal details that show as a splash screen when the GPS starts up (you can set the time if shows for.

My Garmins have:

<my name>
<my address as house number - postcode - UK > [Posting something to just a house number name + postcode does get delivered]
<my phone number>
<my email address>
ICE <my wife's name>
<my wife's phone number>

Seems like a good idea (lots of people have a similar set up with a phone.

A couple of years ago I found a Garmin in the road and it had these details ... and by total chance I knew the chap

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Re: Garmin found

Postby eileithyia » 2 Jul 2018, 10:41pm

Seems finder and looser are now in touch via Lancashire Cycle Link facebook page... so good news.
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Re: Garmin found

Postby FasterFerret » 2 Jul 2018, 11:47pm

Thanks for that tip Rob.

I will be trying that out tomorrow.

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Re: Garmin found

Postby Mick F » 3 Jul 2018, 8:18am

I have that setting, but not my name/address etc.
I just got to say "Hello Mick!" :D

Trouble is, that screen is only there for a second or two on mine. If you were to put lots of info there, the unit would have to be switched off and back on again to read and note the info properly.

A better idea for my Montana - and others with removable batteries - would be to have a slip of paper/card in the battery stowage.
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Re: Garmin found

Postby tatanab » 3 Jul 2018, 8:35am

Mick F wrote:ITrouble is, that screen is only there for a second or two on mine
I believe you can change the duration. On my 800 I display "if found please contact name and phone number"
A better idea for my Montana - and others with removable batteries - would be to have a slip of paper/card in the battery stowage.
Only if the finder thinks to open the battery compartment. Unlikley I think.

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Re: Garmin found

Postby Mick F » 3 Jul 2018, 8:40am

Sorry, it's eight seconds! :shock:
Therefore is a brilliant idea to put name/address contact info etc on the screen at boot-up.
Not aware of the variable duration for that screen.
Just getting ready for a ride now, and that's why I turned on my Montana.
I'll check on the settings and stuff when connected to my computer after getting back.

The battery compartment on mine has a big wing clip and a very visible cover and is easily seen.

Off out now!
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Re: Garmin found

Postby JamesE » 3 Jul 2018, 9:41am

Thanks Rob - that's very useful to know. The eTrex 20 has this file but it's called startup.txt - works as advertised.

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Re: Garmin found

Postby thirdcrank » 3 Jul 2018, 10:17am

Keep it simple. I have a basic Dymo label printer, not the original embossing sort but one that heat prints on its own sticky tape.

Under fifteen quid from Lidl around ten years ago and more than that now for something similar but you can clearly label almost anything smooth and it's particularly useful for stuff without a screen. Obviously, if somebody decides to keep something, they can peel the label off, but a decent person finding it can see the info immediately

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Re: Garmin found

Postby Cyril Haearn » 3 Jul 2018, 10:29am

Not the first time I have read of these getting lost
They should be properly fastened to the handlebars!
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Re: Garmin found

Postby Mick F » 3 Jul 2018, 11:52am

JamesE wrote:Thanks Rob - that's very useful to know. The eTrex 20 has this file but it's called startup.txt - works as advertised.

Garmin Montana is startup.txt too.
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Re: Garmin found

Postby cycleruk » 3 Jul 2018, 12:33pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:Not the first time I have read of these getting lost
They should be properly fastened to the handlebars!

Agree and I would have expected Garmin to be able to fit a tether lead.
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Re: Garmin found

Postby robgul » 3 Jul 2018, 6:33pm

Mick F wrote:
JamesE wrote:Thanks Rob - that's very useful to know. The eTrex 20 has this file but it's called startup.txt - works as advertised.

Garmin Montana is startup.txt too.


My error with the file name - it is startup.txt

In the file you canset a number of seconds for it to display - mine is set at 90 seconds to give someone a chance if needs be BUT as soon as it displays touch the screen or a key on non touch screen and it disappears

I'm on Garmin Edge 1000 Explore, an old Edge 200 and have just sold an Edge Touring - all work fione.

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Re: Garmin found

Postby robgul » 3 Jul 2018, 6:36pm

cycleruk wrote:
Cyril Haearn wrote:Not the first time I have read of these getting lost
They should be properly fastened to the handlebars!

Agree and I would have expected Garmin to be able to fit a tether lead.


The old Vista/Etrex etc did have a loop to connect a lead to hook round the bars - given the cost of the later gadgets some security for bouncing off (and snatch theft) would be an idea ..... I have looked at the possibility of gluing some sort of connector to the back to attach a cord but have yet to find a neat solution

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