I bought the Garmin 10x about a month ago to be paired with the Palm TX. The following is a brief report on the usage experience of over a month, which may be of interest to other Palm TX users intending to purchare the Garmin 10x. From the word 'go' there were problems with the mobile XT software (Nov 14 '07 software release - Ver. 4.10.30p). Not insurmountable, but one needs to figure out how to work around them. The following issues faced over the month and resolutions are shared:
A. Purchase price (Nov 07)
Paid SGD230 (Perfect Watch, Sim lim Sq, Spore). I note that the GPS 10 is still being sold in Sim Lim Tower - I was quoted SGD180. The prices are consistent with the latest price updates on the Malsingmaps wiki.
B1. Que vs. Mobile XT.
Having read numerous threads concerning stability issues with the XT on Palm, I resolved to install Que. I can confirm that Que does not work with the 10x on the palm TX. For better or worse, on palm, 10x users will have to stick to Mobile XT (truth to tell, I was somewhat dissapointed).
B2. Comments on Mobile XT (Nov 14 '07 software release - Ver. 4.10.30p)
link to software download: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/downl ... -00579-00&
Both XT and the XT support files have to be installed - link above (Without the support files, no voice guidance). The installation files are essentially copied to the SD card, and the Install file is run from the card.
The Install file was not able to complete the install process. It apparently did, but suffice to say the application could not run - I cant recall the error message.
I backed up the data on my Palm, did a hard reset, and reinstalled back the data backed up. This resolved the install problem. For the life of me I cant figure out why this should occur - perhaps the hard reset resulted in a defragmentation of dynamic memory on the TX.
Mobile XT consumes a huge amount of dynamic memory. To resolve this, I have read it documented in other forums that mobile XT occasionally does a dbcache flush when you exit. Based on my experience though this seems not be the case. You can monitor this yourself by installing the dbcachetool DA (http://www.jade.dti.ne.jp/~imazeki/palm/DBcT/
) When dbcache falls below a certain minimum level, instead of flushing dbcache, Mobile XT will not run at all (insufficient memory error). The only solution to this is to flush DBchache on your own - eg., via a soft reset or via apps that flush dbcache. My own setup is to have Offflush DA installed (freeware, available here: http://1src.com/freeware/index.php?cid=6
) and to have a mcphling shortcut link to the same. Essentially mobile XT uses 7+mb of dbcache. If you've been running mobile XT and wish to free this up, you cant leave mobile XT running in the background, instead, you have to exit XT before flushing DBcache.
Initially, occasional soft resets occurred on their own accord when entering XT. This issue seemed to have resolved itself about two weeks ago. It may have been a software incompatibility with another application I later uninstalled.
In the past, the type of apps that I used never required active management of DBcache, but with Mobile XT, you would have to have some basic knowledge about third party apps which assist the palms stability by active management of dbcache. One popular app on the palm TX is Uncache (http://www.palmpowerups.com/readarticle ... ticle_id=6
). This application essentially manipulates what applications get Launch code 5 (Launch Code 5 is a launch code that is sent to all applications on a soft reset). Manipulating this speeds up startup time and increases the amount of dbcache you have on startup.
The bottom line is that you don't need to mess with dbcache for the latest version of Mobile XT (version release - 14 Nov) to work, but if you are finnicky about the stability of your device (ie we all want things to work as we expect them to) then its something you'd have to do some reading up on.
On palm, stability wise, Mobile XT is not as bad as most critics have would make it out to be. I recall there were grave concerns with earlier versions. Note that I am commenting on version release of 14 Nov. I've had a fairly good experience over the past month. It's just been a question of understanding DBcache issues and learning workarounds. I can't compare the XT with Que because Que does not work on the 10x, at least on the Palm TX, but overall, the experience with XT has not been bad.