MORE WAYS A MONTANA CAN FAIL:
The Dreaded White Screen: This does not seem to be happening much any more, but it's still worth mentioning.
When your Montana is on a powered mount like the "Rugged" or the "Automotive" mount, and the power is lost when you turn off the ignition key or switch, if you don't click on "Stay On", the gps would partially shut down, then get stuck on a blank white screen.
Most people would pull the battery to shut down, then restart the unit. While software updates have made this problem much more of a rarity these days, if you do see these symptoms, do the following to fix the problem properly:
- Take the unit off the powered mount
- Hold your finger on the power button for about 20 seconds. Eventually you will see the screen go black.
- Restart the unit by pushing the power button or replacing it on the powered mount
This problem was happening often to many people, but in my experience when you follow the instructions listed above, you'll not see the problem again (unless your software is way out of date, that is)
Losing Icons/Compass/Volume Control, etc:
If you've lost icons, components or functions, the first thing to do is see if they have been put into the "Drawer" somehow, and restore them to the Main Screen by dragging them back on. If the thing you're looking for is truly gone, as in deleted from the gps, then it's probably time for a "Master Reset"
If you want to discuss the Montana, go to the humungous thread called Laying Down Tracks/New Garmin Montana
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