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Garmin GPSMAP 64 & GPSMAP 65 Series Settings & How-To Guide

You can use these instructions for the following GPSMAP devices:

  • GPSMAP 64
  • GPSMAP 64s
  • GPSMAP 64sc
  • GPSMAP 64st
  • GPSMAP 65
  • GPSMAP 65s

Garmin GPSMAP 64: Setup Menu

GPSMAP 65 series: The setup for the satellite system is different!

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & GPSMAP 65 Devices Setup: System

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

GPSMAP 64s: System

GPSMAP 65s: Satellite SystemPin

GPSMAP 65s: Satellite System

Satellite System

 

GPSMAP 64 series

Choose "GPS + GLONASS"; but "GPS only" for a better battery life.

WAAS/EGNOS

For outdoor activities you usually do not need WAAS/EGNOS signal corrections (WAAS is only available in North America, EGNOS in Europe). WAAS/EGNOS can provide a better accuracy in certain situations and is recommended for pilots and mariners.

BUT: Activate it, if your preference is "Enable all and hope the best!" (= GPS / GLONASS / WAAS / EGNOS).

GPSMAP 65 series

You can choose between

  • Multi-GNSS
  • GPS only
  • Demo Mode (GPS off)

In addition you can activate Multi-Band.

When the best accuracy is needed you must use Multi-GNSS and Multi-Band. For saving power you should use "GPS only".

Language

Your choice

Interface

"Garmin Spanner" is recommended:

  • The gps device is supplied with energy when connecting to an external power source (e.g. AC charger).
  • Connecting the handheld to a PC you get the screen "USB Cable Detected. Would you like to go to Mass Storage?"."Yes": Activiting the mass storage, you get access to the file system and can copy data or install maps (e.g. with Garmin BaseCamp)."No": Device is powered by the external source, the Garmin NiMH battery pack is charged, you can play with the device and NMEA data is send to the PC (recommended software for displaying the data: Fransons GpsGate in combination with VisualGPS)

AA Battery Type

Depends on your preferred battery type (menu is disabled when using the Garmin NiMH battery pack!).

  • Alkaline (not recommended)
  • Lithium (recommended for cold environments and long run-times), e.g. Energizer AA Ultimate
  • NiMH (for daily use)
  • Precharged NiMH, for NiMH batteries purchased as precharged (LSD, Low Self Discharge batteries) (highly recommended, for daily use): e.g. Panasonic eneloop

 

Screenshots (GPSMAP 64s, left to right)

  • Satellites: 01 – 31 GPS
  • Satellites: 01 – 32 GPS, 69 – 87 GLONASS
  • Satellites: 05 – 32 GPS, 33 EGNOS, 69 – 87 GLONASS; "D": device receives and calculates EGNOS signal corrections
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Garmin GPSMAP 64/65 Series Settings: Display

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Backlight Timeout

Turns the backlight off after a given time.

Choose a timeout as short as possible for battery saving, timeout depends on your activity and profile (e.g. different for cycling and hiking profiles).

Battery Save

Turns the screen completely off when you choose "On" (depending on the time defined in "Backlight Timeout"; press a key for turning the display on again).

Recommendations: activate it e.g. for hiking (when you are rarely looking on the display), disable it e.g. for mountain biking (when you want to have a quick glance on the display, in addition set "Backlight Timeout = Stays On").

Colors

"Mode": Choose between "Auto, Day, Night":

  • Auto: Automatic switch between day / night colors (at sunset/-rise)
  • Day: Color as defined in "Day Background/Highlight Color" (recommended for most use case)
  • Night: Color as defined in "Night Background/Highlight Color"

 

Main, Setup, Find Style

Style for the main, setup and find menus (see screenshots below):

  • Grid (12 items)
  • Grid (6 items)
  • List (7 items) (probably the best choice)

Screen Capture

Capturing screenshots, turn "off" except you need it (tip: after a tour you can capture your trip computer for saving the statistics!)(screenshots are saved in the device folder "Garmin\scrn")

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & GPSMAP 65 Series: Bluetooth

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Bluetooth

Pair the device with a smartphone (Garmin Connect App must be installed) and show or hide smartphone notifications (e.g. e-mails), otherwise disable the function for saving energy ("Connection > Off").

When pairing watch for messages on your smartphone screen, you must enter a passcode provided.

Tip: The GPSMAP 64 and 65 device (with bluetooth) can be used with the Garmin Explore app (a prerequisite is connecting via the Garmin Connect app!)

Garmin GPSMAP 64/65 Series Settings: Tones

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Tones

Recommendation: Tones "On" (useful for the message beep)

Message Beep

Choose one, the message beep keeps you informed e.g. when the battery is low or the GPS signal lost.

Key Beep

Annoying, turn "Off"

Turn Warnings

Choose different tones; warnings when navigating with routes from waypoint to waypoint or for autorouting (turn "Early / Final Turn Warning" off when you do not need it)

Proximity Alarms

Different options, e.g. when approaching a POI (turn "Proximity Tones / Alarms" off when not in use!) (highly sophisticated topic)

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & GPSMAP 65 Series Settings: Map

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Orientation

Map orientation, depending on your activity (and profile):

  • North Up: North is always at the top of the display / page, independent of the device orientation.
  • Track Up: Direction of travel is always at the top of the page (recommended for active navigation and / or activities like cycling)
  • Automotive Mode: Three dimensional look, direction of travel is always at the top of the page (recommended for automotive use)

Guidance Text

When navigating, guidance text with usefull information like "Arriving at …" appears at the top of the map.

"Always" should be avoided, because the text "Ready to Navigate" covers the map, even without active navigation.

Best choices are "When Navigating" or "Never", depending on you activity or profile (no matter what you choose, when using “Direct Routing“ you do not get a guidance text). Have a look at my free custom profiles for the GPSmap 64s.

Data Fields

Choose between different informations (data fields, graphics) on top of the map. Depending on your activity and preferences, e.g. "Dashboard > Geocaching" for geocaching.

My preference is "Custom": "When Navigating > 4 small", "When Not Navigating > 0" (while navigating you have four data fields on top of the map; otherwise the map is completely visible; see screenshots below).

Advanced Map Setup

  • Auto Zoom: Turn off (except for car driving)
  • Zoom Levels: Use "Auto"
  • Text Size: Use "Small" or "Medium", "Large" is usually too much.
  • Detail: "Normal" map detail level is usually enough
  • Shaded Relief: The shaded relief provides a better visualization (e.g. hill-shades), but in deep woods the darker map screen can reduce the visibility. For a better readability use "Do not show". When you need the relief choose "Show if Available" or at least "Auto" (shaded relief disappears when zooming in the map).

Map Information

Enable/Disable maps

4 small data fields for hiking

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

4 small data fields for geocaching

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Garmin GPSMAP 64 & 65 Series Settings: Tracks

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

also Track Log

  • Do Not Record: Recommended setting when you do not need a track log, e.g. automotive profile
  • Record, Do Not Show: Starts the track log, but the log is not visible on the map.
  • Record, Show On Map: Starts the track log, track is visible on the map. Recommended settings for your outdoor activities (Tip: At the start point, always reset the track and trip data; see next topic).

Record Method

Track recording method, my recommendation: "Auto" (good choice for most outdoor activities).

"Distance" is also recommended for hiking, "Time" when using the device as a data logger e.g. for geotagging.

Recording Interval

Settings for the track log recording interval depending on the "Record Method", the combination "Auto / Normal" is sufficent, for hiking e.g. "Distance / 10 m / 0.01 mi"

Auto Archive

Recommended "When Full"

Color

Track log color on the map, your choice!

Garmin GPSMAP 64 / 65 Series Settings: Reset

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Reset Trip Data

Deleting all data from the current trip, e.g. like "trip odometer, ascent total" (but not the "odometer" = all recorded distance by the device).

Should be done before starting a new trip (alternative: “Clear Track and Trip Data” as described below).

Delete All Waypoints

Deletes all waypoints on the device.

Clear Current Track

Clears the actual track (active log). Should be done before starting a new trip (alternative: “Clear Track and Trip Data” as described below).

Clear Track and Trip Data

Resets the trip data AND the track log, should be done at the tour start point (immediately before leaving!).

Reset All Settings

Reset all settings (restores the gps device to factory default settings).

Garmin GPSMAP 64 Series & 65 Series Setup: Page Sequence

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Page Sequence

Defining the page sequence (page order when pressing the "MENU" or the "QUIT" key on the device). You have two options:

  • Press the "MENU" key when you are in the "Page Sequence" menu: You can remove/include all pages or activate the "Page Ribbon Display" (with different display speed options) (using the device: you can activate the pages in the "Page Ribbon Display" with the "QUIT" and "PAGE" keys).
  • Select one element in the list with the "ENTER" key: Move or remove single items.

Keep it simple, less is more!

Garmin GPSMAP Series Settings: Units

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Your choice, depending on you region, activity, … (Hectopascals: international unit)

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & 65 Series Settings: Time

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Time Format

Your choice

Time Zone

Automatic” is recommended.

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & 65 Settings: Position Format

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Position Format

Format for coordinates. For geocaching and marine use "hddd°mm.mmm'“, otherwise "UTM UPS

Map Datum

WGS 84”, except for working with paper maps (choose the same format as the paper map)

Map Spheroid

WGS 84”, except for working with paper maps

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & GPSMAP 65 Series Settings: Heading

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Display

"Directional Letters" or "Numeric Degrees" are the best choices for many outdoor activities ("Mils" for special use cases)

North Reference

Only relevant when navigating with compass and paper map (use the standard "True")

Go To Line

Use "Bearing" (small / large is your choice), "Course / CDI" (Course Deviation Indicator) e.g. for sea kayaking

Compass

Use "Auto" ("Off" when you do not need the compass, might save some battery)

Calibrate Compass

Calibrate the compass at the starting point

Screenshots (left to right)

  • Compass: Bearing small, Directional Letters
  • Compass: Bearing large, Directional Letters
  • Compass: Course / CDI, Numeric Degrees
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & 65 Series Settings: Altimeter

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin
GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Altimeter Settings (1st screenshot)

Auto Calibration

  • On: auto calibration activated
  • Off: auto calibration disabled

Recommended altimeter calibration methods for outdoor activities:

  • 1st choice: Manually by entering the elevation at your starting point and recalibration on tour (e.g. elevations from mountain tops)(auto calibration always "off")
  • 2nd choice: Manually by entering the elevation at your starting point, on tour using auto calibration "On"
  • 3rd choice: Use only auto calibration "On"

Barometer Mode

"Variable Elevation" as altimeter

Pressure Trending

"Save When Power On" as altimeter on tour

Plot Type

]"Elevation / Time" or "Elevation / Distance"

Calibrate Altimeter

Calibrate the altimeter by using one of these data:

  • "Current Elevation" (e.g. from a paper or digital map)
  • "Correct Pressure" (e.g. from weather data)
  • "Current GPS Altitude" (from your gps device; tip: wait some minutes after power on)

Barometer Settings (2nd screenshot)

Auto Calibration

"Off": auto calibration turned off

Barometer Mode

Use "Fixed Elevation"

Pressure Trending

"Save Always", reads pressure even when the device is turned off

Plot Type

"Barometric Pressure" (use preferably; ambient pressure calibrated to sea level, not compensate for humidity or temperature) or "Ambient Pressure" (sensor reading from the unit)

Calibrate Altimeter

Calibrate the altimeter by using one of these data:

  • "Current Elevation" (e.g. from a paper or digital map)
  • "Correct Pressure" (e.g. from weather data)
  • "Current GPS Altitude" (from your gps device; tip: wait some minutes after power on)

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & GPSMAP 65 Handhelds: Geocaching

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Appearance

  • Geocache List: Preferably choose "Show Names" (e.g. "Welcome to Bavaria" instead of "GC2NJG9")
  • Geocache Style: Select "Auto"

Found Geocaches

Number of found geocaches (automatically added, but you can manually edit the number by entering the menu item)

Filter Setup

Define filters for geocaches, e.g. for traditional geocaches

Geocache Start Page

Define the first visible page after starting the navigation to a geocache (e.g. "Map")

chirp Setup

Searching and programing a chirp

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & GPSMAP 65 Handhelds: Routing

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Activity

Choose your preferred activity (dependent on the active profile, e.g. "Mountain Biking" for a cycling profile)

  • "Direct Routing": straight line from your current position to the destination (e.g. waypoint, geocache) or from point to point (e.g. waypoint to waypoint when navigating along a multipoint route). Direct routing is independent from trails, streets etc. on the map ("over hill and dale").
  • "Cycling, Hiking, ...": Autorouting to the destination, along trails, streets etc. (requires a routable map)
  • "Prompted": After setting the destination you can choose the activity, e.g. "Direct Routing", "Tour Cycling", ... (in addition, calculation method is automatically set to "Prompted")

Calculation Method

Depends on the activity and your preferences ("Prompted": you can select the calculation method after setting the destination)

Lock On Road

"No", except for activities like road cycling or automobile driving.

Avoidance Setup

Types of roads or transportations (e.g. ferry) you want to avoid.

Off Route Recalculation

When you detour from the calculated route the device recalculates a new route; choose the setting in dependency of the activity, e.g. "automatic" for automobile.

Route Transitions

This screen is only active when you use "Direct Routing" as activity.

"Auto" is normally fine

  • "Auto": automatic transition to the next point of a multipoint route
  • "Manual": manual transition to the next point of a multipoint route (use the function "Active Route")
  • "Distance": when you are within the entered distance the device leads you to the next waypoint of a multipoint route

Garmin GPSMAP 64 and GPSMAP 65 Settings: Marine

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Marine Chart Mode

Displaying marine data, depends on the installed map (e.g. Garmin BlueChart) and the activity („Fishing“, „Nautical“).

Screenshots: top „Nautical“, down „Fishing“); otherwise turn it off.

Garmin Bluechart g2: Kiel harbour, nauticalPin Garmin Bluechart g2: Kiel harbour, fishingPin

Appearance

Different map settings (sorry, no experiences!)

Marine Alarm Setup

Different marine alarms, e.g. anchor drag alarm

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & 65 Series Setup: ANT Sensor

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

"Off", except you want to pair / use a ... sensor

Garmin GPSMAP 64 & 65 GPS-Handhelds Setup: Profiles

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Profiles

Creating / Deleting / Naming / Moving profiles:

  • Recommendation: Leave the Garmin default profiles untouched and create your own profiles.
  • How-to: Activate a default Garmin profile (e.g. "Recreational", function "Profile Change"), go to "Setup > Profiles > Create Profile", your new profile has the same settings as the previously activated "Recreational" profile, then you can rename and tweak the new profile as you like (maximum number: 10 profiles).

Garmin GPSMAP 64 Series: About

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

About

Software version, unit ID, licence informations

Garmin GPSMAP 64 Handhelds Settings: Main Menu

GPSmap 64/64s/64st Menu 1Pin

Main Menu

Go to the "Main Menu", press the "MENU" or the "ENTER" key and customize the main menu (e.g. remove all items except what you really need)

How to extend GPSMAP battery life?

  1. "GPS only" (system)
  2. ANT+ sensors "off" (ant sensors)
  3. Bluetooth connection "off" (bluetooth)
  4. Use map orientation "north up" (map)
  5. Shaded relief "do not show" (map)
  6. Map detail "normal" (or less) (map)
  7. Auto zoom "off" (map)
  8. Avoid zooming and panning the map
  9. Backlight timeout as short as possible (display)
  10. Battery save "on" (display)
  11. Backlight as low as possible (on/off button)
  12. Key beep "off" (tones)

103 Comments

  1. Hello

    I paired a Heart Rate Sensor to my GPSMAP 64s, and it works alright, I can watch my heart rate when walking. But, so far I didn´t find any possibility to show my heart rate in Garmin Explore – is there a possibility, or will the heart rate only show as long as I use the GPSMAP device?

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    • Hi,

      no, you do not get the heart rate in Explore, only on GPSMAP.

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      • Hi, and thanks for your answer. I was afraid that this was the case, but it is not really important, and doesn´t change my overall satisfaction with the device.

        Leon

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  2. Hello

    when I look at my "Map" settings, there are only "Orientation", "Data Fields", "Advanced Map Setup" and "Map Information" visible; the setting for "Guidance Text" is missing. How can I restore that field in the Map settings menu?
    Thanks in advance for your help

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    • Advanced Map Setup > Guidance Text

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      • Thanks – I found it 😉

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  3. Is there a downloadable pdf version of these instructions?

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    • no, I sell specific PDF E-Books on https://www.gps-manual.com (however, the GPSMAP version needs an update, but covers all topics)

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  4. I would like to be able to see all the waypoints I have saved on the screen at the same time while I am hiking/cycling/motorbiking. That way I can see where they are in relation to my current position along a route. How do I do that?

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    • Hi,

      all waypoints should be visible on the map screen (check your map settings, advanced map setup > adjust zoom ranges > zoom levels, may be the waypoints are not visible because they are off)

      Check the "Active Route" application for all waypoints along the route.

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  5. I want to start a new track, but cannot seem to get rid of the blue line on screen from a historic position. I’ve cleared all waypoints, deleted all tracks, including archived but still I get a straight blue line from some historic point. How do I clear this?

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    • Hi Matthew,

      open the menu "Reset" and execute "Clear Track and Trip Data"; you should perform this after each new trip (after saving the current track!).

      Cheers

      Reply
  6. mon gps 64x est bloquer apres avoir fait une mise a jour avec garmin expres plusieur fonction de pas disponible comme faire pour le mettre en francais

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    • Quel message d’erreur obtenez-vous ? Avez-vous essayé une réinitialisation complète ?

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  7. Hi there,
    I was wondering if there was a way to change the coordinates to display as decimal degrees instead of DMS on my 64x? Such as when I mark a waypoint or on the map display.
    Thank you!

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    • Hi,
      yes you can:
      Setup > Position Format > Position Format > hddd°mm.mmmm'

      Cheers

      Reply
      • I think you meant to say “hddd.ddddd” instead of “hddd.mm.mmm”

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        • yes, you are right, sorry!

    • Hi. I couldn’t get the coordinates to display in decimal degrees after selecting them as indicated in this article. To get coordinates to actually display as selected, hit “menu” once then select “change data fields”. Highlight the data field containing the coordinates and hit enter. Scroll till you see “location (selected)” and hit enter. Do not choose “location (lat/Lon)” which sound right but goes back to the device default).

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  8. Hi I have just purchased a Garmin 64SX. I really like using it but when I put tracks onto the map using the Show on Map function the track appears on the map. When I turn the GPS off and then start it again the next day the tracks have disappeared from the map and have to be reentered. How do I set up the GPS so the tracks remain after shut down.

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    • Hi,

      the same happens with my device – so I guess it is a software bug; hopefully garmin will fix it.
      cheers

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      • Thanks for the response Joachim.
        A friend’s 64sx keeps the track visible on the map after the unit has been turned off then restarted.

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  9. On ,my garmin gps 64s is it possible to get rid of the large blue flag and replace it with a coloured dot. At the moment the blue flag obscures the text entered at the waypoints

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    • yes, e.g. when marking a new waypoint you can open the marker data field (top left, 1st screen) an change it

      GPSMAP 64sx waypoint marker (1)Pin

      GPSMAP 64sx waypoint marker (2)Pin

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      • That’s ok when making a new waypoint on the Unit, but if I load a route from Memory-Map or Basecamp all the way[points are all Large Blue pins when viewed on GPS

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        • Hi, yes, all waypoints from a route get these blue pins – you can not change it, even if you use different pins in Basecamp.

      • Hello,how do I create a New project using handheld GPS 64s

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  10. Thank you very much for the invitation :). Best wishes.
    PS: How are you? I am from France 🙂

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  11. Hi where can i download maps from?

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  12. Hi Joachim

    Thanks for your advice, I have a Oregon 650t, but have two questions, how can I show on the display both the battery charge and the signal, also, the unit has a very fine white line, does not disturb but can it be removed, is there even on auto rotate.

    Thanks

    Ken

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  13. Hi Joachim. I have found a Garmin GPSMAP64S for a good price. However, I am not sure if it has European Topo maps. If this is the case, is it possible to download OSM open source with extension .img into SD card and work from these? I already do this thing with my Etrex Touch 25 but have read somewhere that this is not possible on the GPSMap64s. Thanks for your kind assistance!

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    • sorry… should have written "If this is NOT the case…"

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      • Hi,
        no problem, you can download and install OSM .img files like on any other Garmin device!
        Cheers

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        • Hi Joachim! Also I have install Openfiestmap on my 64s by the Basecamp. I can’t find the way to View this map. Only the topo drive view…
          Thanks

  14. Hi can anyone tell me which is the best Garmin Gps for very active seniors, I.e. for use in Austrian Alp, French Pyrenees and general wander touring.

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    • Hi Ken,
      I would recommend the Oregon 700. The Oregon is highly configurable (e.g. you can customize the user interface, so that you only have the really needed applications in the foreground) and you can configure it to switch between the pages by the user key (check: https://www.navigation-professionell.de/en/garmin-oregon-switch-between-data-screens/). Another advantage is the installation of free OSM maps, it has plenty of memory for this.
      Cheers!

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    • Hello Joachim,

      Thanks for the info, just a quick question, is it worth starting out with a 600 as we do not have much knowledge about these things and there are many used 600s on the different market places.

      Reply
  15. Hi Joachim,
    I`ve got quite an urgent problem: all of a sudden, my GPSMAP doesn´t show any of the tracks that are on the memory, neither when I store them on the internal drive, nor when I store them on the memory card. I`ve downloaded some tracks for my holidays here in Scortland, and now I can´t access them. When I connect the device to a computer, they are all there, in the folder Garmin\GPX.
    Do you have any idea what could be the reason for the sudden disappearance? I´ve already made a complete reset, but without any results. As I need these tracks rather urgently for my tours, I would be extremely happy if you got help me as soon as possible.
    Thanks
    Leon

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    • Hi,
      let’s check:
      1:Tracks in GPX format must be stored in the Garmin\GPX folder (internal memory or microSD) – seems to be okay
      2:How are these gpx files named? Do they have strange characters in the name?
      3: Can you open the tracks in a program like BaseCamp, may be they have some errors?
      4: Where are you looking for the tracks? Tracks on the GPSMAP should be visible in the track manager.

      However, you can send me one of these tracks by email, so I can have a look at it (kontakt@navigation-professionell.de)

      Cheers

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      • Hi Joachim,
        thanks for your quick reply, I´ll send you one of the fails per mail. Regarding your questions: I downloaded them from the walkhighlands website, and they were visable and usable until Saturday, when I checked last before I started off to Scotland. The device seems perfectly alright in every other aspect, it stores new tracks and so on – it only doesn´t show any the of the ones I put into that folder. I don´t think the files are corrupted, but I have no idea what the reason could be…
        Now I´ll send the email with a file.
        Cheers, and thanks so far

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  16. Hi, Joachim, I´ve got the GPSMAPS 64s, and so far I am very pleased with it. There is only one minor setting I would very much like to change (if possible) – as far as I know it is one of the default settings of the device: after I started the device, whenever it wake it up again out of the backlight timeout, the page for adjusting this time (and some other information) appear first, and only after some seconds the device changes back to the map page (or wherever I was before the backlight timeout). Is ist possibel to change this, so that the page for the adjustment of the baklight timeout only appears when I want it to appear?

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    • Hi Leon,
      you should use any other key (e.g. the central 4-way key) for activating the device when the battery save mode is active – do not press the on/off key!
      Cheers

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      • Hi, Joachim, thanks a lot – that´s exactly what I was looking for!

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  17. Hi,
    I’ve had my GPS for a while now and all of a sudden it has stopped recording tracks. When I click on Menu and Track Manager there is nothing under Current Track, even if I push enter. All the options there are no longer available and I can’t get past current track. Any suggestions?

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    • Is the track log active? See tracks > track log, e.g. "Record, Show On Map"
      Cheers

      Reply
  18. When I switch my Garmin 64s I get a Red box with a number in it. In my case I think it refers to another screen that has messages on it which somehow has transferred from my PC. How can I delete these messages and prevent any more appearing.

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    • Hi,
      I guess your GPSMAP is connected to your smartphone and tells you about new smart notifications – disable bluetooth or the notifications.
      Cheers

      Reply
  19. When connecting my 64st via USB to Windows 10 on Surface Pro running Blue Marble Geotracker and MapInfo v15 the following message is displayed when I activate the GPS:

    This device does not support position-velocity-time-polling

    then the activation times out. I am using USB/Garmin Spanner interface.

    Can the polling be activated?

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  20. A novice question re use of GPSMAP64: I simply want the coordinates to display continuously in real time as I walk, instead of having to click "quit" and then (re) "enter" in the course of walking. Any suggestion? Thank you!

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    • You can use a dedicated data field:
      map > MENU-button > setup map > data fields > e.g. 2 small; back to map; MENU-button > change data fields > choose one > location (lat/lon) or location (selected)*
      * location as selected in setup > poition format
      cheers!

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  21. Hi

    I am a bit of a novice, and I need some help on how to put a route from book pathfinder guides which has GPS waypoints for example SD 693 733 onto the garmin. Is there a tutorial I could go through to learn

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  22. I am having trouble setting up the instrument. I require to see map co-ordinates according to the British grid in large letters and be able to zero the instrument at the start of every new activity. Sounds simple.

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    • Hi, I guess something like this:

      GPSMAP 64s map pagePin

      Coordinates:
      Setup > Position Format > British grid
      Setup > Map > Data Fields > 1 large
      Map page > Change Data Fields >Location (selected) !!!

      Zero the device: Setup > Reset > Clear Track and Trip Data

      Cheers!

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  23. How do I find how far I have walked at the end of my hike? I mark waypoint oneas my start point…press stop navigation wharn I finish but where do I find a record of the distance walked?

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    • Sorry for the late response, have been off: You find it in the "Trip Computer", field "Trip Odometer"; but do not forget to reset the trip computer before you start a new hike: "Setup > Reset > Clear Track and Trip Data"
      Cheers

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  24. I want my Garmin GPSmap 64s to display position in UTM format rather than LatLong.
    Where ae the switches?

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    • After going through the Main Menu block several times, I finally found the POSITION block. Then it went away again…… I do not understand.

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    • Position format in the settings page!

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  25. Hi !

    I have a Garmin 64S but I changed the battery and the background map has disappeared… Still are the track though. ( I’ve tried to disable/enable the map).

    Do you know how to do ?

    Thanks !

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  26. I would like to download the Waypoints data to my computer. I’m using Windows Xp.

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  27. When I first used the unit it beeped when I reached a point on a route I was following but it no longer does this. I am currently just getting used to using the different settings but can’t seem to find this option anywhere.

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    • ckeck "setup > tones >tones: on" and "setup > tones >proximity alarms > proximity tones: on" and choose a tone for "proximity alarm" etc.

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  28. Great quick start guide! I moved up from a 10+ year old 60CSX.
    I have the 64st newest software loaded, running eneloop pro 2550 batteries with a plastic piece covering button.
    Does it ever stop charging? I can pull the batteries out and put in a smart charger and they say full, but when charging via cable in garmin I get a constant charging symbol (battery with lightning bolt and bars going from 1-4.)
    I’m afraid there is no stop point and batts will go poof.
    I’m aware Garmin says dont use non-garmin batteries, but just looking for a non binding/non liable personal opinion 😉
    Thank you

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    • Sorry, I can not help you – I never used this feature and did not found informations to this topic
      Cheers

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  30. Hi Joachim
    Do you know if there is a new model on the way that replaces garmin 64 pc?

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    • Hi,
      no, I have no informations about a new model!

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  31. Hej Joachim

    Har kig på en Garmin 64 st som jeg skal bruge når jeg er på tur med min havkajak. Kan se at Garmin st har været på markedet i noget tid, og jeg overvejer om der måske er en ny model på vej lige rundt om hjørnet, og kan ikke finde svar på det nogen steder, ved du det?

    VH Jesper

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    • Hi Jesper,
      please write english!
      Cheers!

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  32. Hi this is urgent.
    I need an coordinate system that is not listed in my device. The coordinate system is Gauss-Kruger 7 zone.
    Where can I find it for download, in what format, and how to and in what folder of my divice to download it?
    So I can get it on the list in my device and use it?

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    • I can not provide such a position format, but you can define it on your own: Position format > user grid; map datum > user; otherwise you should asl in the Garmin forum connect.garmin.com forum

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  33. As I understand it, there are at least two modes to determine elevation:
    1. Using GPS elevation data to autocalibrate barometric values (as determined from ambient pressure vs. altitude data), and
    2. Pure, non-autocalibrated barometric (as determined from ambient pressure vs. altitude data).

    However, is the method of using GPS determined values (no barometric involvement) also available as a third option?

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    • Hi,
      it’s a difficult topic as it is not explained by Garmin … as I know we have no 3rd option ("pure GPS elevation")!
      Cheers

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  34. My husband has had Garmin equipment for years but this particular model is new to him and now wishes he had bought his old model. Both my sons use garmin equipment for their Ironman events or rallying so Garmin is in the family! Nothing wrong with the equipment just a confusion regarding the waypoint system

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  35. When I am tracking a walk to get distance time and speed. How do I get it to stop when i reach my destination? If i turn off the gps and turn it back on it is still recording. I want it to stop so I can look at it later to record my info on paper log i am keeping.

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  36. Hi, you do not need turn off GPS, open the setup menu and set "tracks > track log > do not record" after your walk (and activate it before your next tour)

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  37. I now have 2 NEW 64st units both of which state they shipo w USA TOPO 100k map included and enabled. BUT – when I view map pages at any distance from a few hundred feet to 15 or more miles I do not see any topo contour lines anywhere. Clearly I do not have some feature or other engaged but cannot find anything that remotely addresses this issue and helps me to turn on the topo map features. Can anyone help w this. The Garmin chat tech spent over an hour with me and could not seem to resolve this issue – did not seem particularly familiar with the unit, the topo feature or what it should look like so I may try that again during the business week as weekend tech help is pretty much useless for anything beyond very basic issues.

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    • Hi,
      you can try to change the map details: setup > map > advanced map setup > detail: most or you can try to play with the zoom levels (same menu), e.g. land cover – thats ist – may be it is not possible to view the contour lines "by design" in the distance you need.
      Cheers

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      • Hi this is urgent.
        I need an coordinate system that is not listed in my device. The coordinate system is Gauss-Kruger 7 zone.
        Where can I find it for download, in what format, and how to and in what folder of my divice to download it?
        So I can get it on the list in my device and use it?

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  38. My gps 64s thinks it is in the USA. There for when i try to put an address it insists I put a state or province. But then goes to a list of USA states etc
    I Am using it in the UK
    Please advise host to get it understand we are not in the USA
    Thank you

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    • Hi,
      I do not believe that the 64s thinks you are in the USA – I guess you try to search for an address in the included TOPO UK map – as I know address search is only possible for a few countries – so this might be the problem; in the 64s settings you can not change or set your country (only byGPS position).
      Cheers

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  39. My children changed the language to an Arabic setting. I cannot find the proper setting to change it back to English. Can you help ?

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  40. I really like the gps 64s. Just one problem can you help me get my gps back to normal?

    My Waypoints are in different format and I don’t know how to get it back to normal.

    The Waypoints are OK, but the line is not drawn only the Marks are shown, I mean when I send the waypoints to my friend in Australia the lines are missing, please, help me set my gps 64s back to normal like first bought.

    Regards,

    Osivo Ombuano

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  41. Hi Joachim, can you please confirm for me how to make a route from 4 sets of coordinates, Im in Australia and am set to WGS84 and UTM. The unit is a 64 s

    Many Thanks in advance

    Ade

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    • Hi,
      first I would add four waypoints (MARK button, change the location / coordinates, rename), then open the main menu, Route Planner, Create Route, Select First Point, Waypoints and add you 4 waypoints to the route. Start navigation with FIND button (open Routes). Otherwise you can create the waypoints in Garmin BaseCamp and send it to the device.
      Cheers

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  42. How do I measure the distance walked or cycled ?

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    • Settings > Tracks > Track log: Record, …
      Settings > Reset > Clear Track and Trip Data
      Trip Computer: Trip Odometer (if not visible: Menu button > change data fields > select trip odometer)
      That’s it!

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  43. Great! An excellent 'how-to' guide for the first-time user opening the box and presented with what, at first glance, is a befuddling piece of wizardry. Very informative and easy to follow page that is much better than trawling through the wordy text accompanying the device. Easy too to get the hang of pressing the little buttons in sequence to bring up additional menus. After just 3 days I’m proficient in scooting through menus (but I must always put my glasses on, lol!!).

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  44. can you tell me how to change my format to at least 6 decimal places, instead of the 5 decimal places?

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    • Units? You can not change it!

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  45. Hi,

    I have a Garmin GPSMAP 64 Handheld Navigator. I didnt use it for a couple of months and despite putting in new batteries I can not get it to turn on. Could you give me any advice on this please?

    Many Thanks

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    • Hi,
      quite strange when the device is not powering up with new batteries – try it with the usb cable attached to a PC/laptop – does it start?
      Cheers!

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      • I was having this problem as well. First I removed the batteries and re-installed them, then I connected to our computer with a USB cable and updated the software using WebUpdater to the latest version 5.0 and that fixed it.

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  46. How do I arrase and put in my own Locations

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    • Hi

      1: Creating waypoints in Garmin Basecamp and sending to the device (http://www.garmin.com/en-US/shop/downloads/basecamp)
      2: Press "MARK" (you can change the location / coordinates)
      3: Waypoint Manager; press "MENU" and "Delete All" or open a waypoint with "ENTER", press "MENU" and "Delete"

      Cheers!

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