Neat Garmin trick

nccatfisher

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
For you that aren't computer illiterate this is a pretty neat function. You can program your Garmin so that when it comes on it will display temporarily anything you want. It would be good if you lost your Alpha if an honest person found it. Here are the steps.
Power on Message Garmin Alpha
Want to personalize your alpha startup screen? Possibly help if your unit is ever lost?
1. Plug alpha into computer using furnished USB Cable
2. Open My computer
3. Open Garmin Alpha
4. Open Garmin File Folder
5. Double click setup
6. Double click startup
7. Find where it says type your message on the next line
a. Type message you want to appear on startup. (Name and phone number)
b. Go to file in top left and select save
c. Click the x in the top right corner
8. Click the back arrow in the top left corner of computer file explorer
9. Right click on garmin alpha and then select remove or eject.
10. Cycle Power on and off.
 

woodmoose

Administrator
Staff member
Contributor
I'll have to do that when I get home

need to send my alpha to get the screen fixed,,,,been wanting to wait till I "didn't need it" but looks like that will be a while,,,,may have to ask for a new one for Christmas!!
 

nccatfisher

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
I'll have to do that when I get home

need to send my alpha to get the screen fixed,,,,been wanting to wait till I "didn't need it" but looks like that will be a while,,,,may have to ask for a new one for Christmas!!
Their turn around time is pretty darn quick. If you deal with them direct usually two weeks or less.
 

gregor187

Six Pointer
OK got both my units fixed with name, town ,and number,,,,,,Question,,,,Is there anyway to make that screen stay on longer at startup? And two, Is there any way to make the Letters Bigger ? If you loose unit and it is found it may be years before anyone notices that small writing and 1 second window it is there and gone....
 

nccatfisher

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
Not that I know of at this time but I suspect if there are enough requests garmin will put a patch in to change it.
 

gregor187

Six Pointer
I have noticed when you cut the alpha on from scratch (first time you are going to use it) That page stays up much longer and can be seen long enough to read it ..But I still wish you could make the letters bigger.
 

bowhuntingrook

Old Mossy Horns
For you that aren't computer illiterate this is a pretty neat function. You can program your Garmin so that when it comes on it will display temporarily anything you want. It would be good if you lost your Alpha if an honest person found it. Here are the steps.
Power on Message Garmin Alpha
Want to personalize your alpha startup screen? Possibly help if your unit is ever lost?
  1. Plug alpha into computer using furnished USB Cable
  2. Open My computer
  3. Open Garmin Alpha
  4. Open Garmin File Folder
  5. Double click setup
  6. Double click startup
  7. Find where it says type your message on the next line
a. Type message you want to appear on startup. (Name and phone number)
b. Go to file in top left and select save
c. Click the x in the top right corner
  1. Click the back arrow in the top left corner of computer file explorer
  2. Right click on garmin alpha and then select remove or eject.
  3. Cycle Power on and off.
Here's what I'm trying to figure out, how can I add my handheld to my friends like you would a collar. That way if I loose my handheld I can find it with his unit? Your supposed to be able to do this, my handheld would just take up one collar spot on his handheld.

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