An interesting thing you can do with your Garmin Edge right out of the box is to mark it, just like a cow. In case you didn't know, you can write a message that appears on the main screen when you turn on the device. This is not new either, as this possibility has been around for quite some time in the different Edge models.
It's not a secret or some black magic trick, because the file has been there for a long time and even contains instructions on how to set it up yourself. But of course, it probably never occurred to you to open it and check its contents.
To clarify, these are the models supported in this small manual:
- Edge 510
- Edge 520
- Edge 800
- Edge 810
- Edge 1000
- Edge Explore 1000
- Touring Plus
Therefore, there are units that are left out, specifically the Edge 20, Edge 25, Edge 500 and Edge 705. The first ones because they are not really an Edge range device as such, they are more like a converted Forerunner, and the second ones because... well, because they are already grandfathers.
Setting the startup message in Garmin Edge
As I was saying, Garmin has never hidden this possibility. The file we have to modify is the startup.txtand this is its contents.
Finding the file is easy, just connect your Garmin Edge to your computer via USB and enter the newly created hard drive (like an external memory).
You will find two files and the folder GarminThis is the one that has our startup.txt file along with other more or less important files (like the gmapbmap.img that we'll talk about another day).
This file has to be modified in two key points. The first one with the time you want the message to be shown (in seconds. In the example, 12s.), and the second one with the message itself.
From this moment on you can enjoy your personalized message every time you turn on the device. You and of course, your lost Edge.
Posting this message does not guarantee that if one day you lose your Edge, the finder will return it. But it certainly increases the chances more than if you do not include any information, so try not to lose it and you will not have to check the effectiveness of this method.