I just purchesed this unit and on the compass page, I pull the menu down and the option for sight and go seems to be disabled. I cant find any where in the unit to enable this feature?? Any Ideas. Thanks, Kenny
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Calibrate the compass (Main menu --> Setup --> Calibration --> Compass), follow the instructions on the screen. Also, see page 50 of the manual. Calibration must be done outside - stay clear of any large metallic object (e.g. car).
I will be happy to help you with this. Unfortunnately, the Etrex Venture does not have an Electronic Compass, therefore you cannot calibrate it. What this means is that this unit will show the correct direction of travel as long as you are moving. The unit takes satellite reading every 1 seconds and compares it's location with the last location. This way it can read the direction of travel. It will not give correct readings unless you are moving.
I hope this helps.
Tom Tom changed the software (one of the upgrades you get through Tom Tom HOME) to remove most of the compass functions but the manual still refers to setting it up so it appears as a menu item when you first operate the unit but then subsequently disappears if you update the unit software as it did on mine.
It is talked about in some of the Satnav forums but there don't appear to be any solutions.
Your electronic compass is probably turned on, and if so, either it is not calibrated or you are not holding the GPS unit level.
Try turning off the electronic compass by holding the PAGE button in for a couple seconds. With the electronic compass turned off, the GPS will instead show direction of travel using the current track, which is probably what you are expecting.
The compass is very sensitive. Anything magnetic will intefere with its ability to calibrate. Try taking the unit outside, far away from anything metallic, and lay it down on a flat level surface, then follow the compass calibration procedure. Make sure you rotate the unit clockwise and turn it very slowly. If that doesn't work, you could have a defective sensor.
I'm not sure what you're using the compass feature for, but on mine I disable it. It draws the batteries down faster and I find that my track, or course over ground, is more reliable than the compass heading. The only real advantage to the compass is if you want to get a bearing while you are standing still.