20 Most Recent Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver Questions & Answers

Thanks to a hint from a user on another web forum, I have found a fix, at least for now.

Specifically, a normal "master rest" on the eTrex Vista is accomplished by holding down the "Page" button and "Enter" (i.e. the click stick) while powering up. You are prompted that a full reset will occur, and after confirming, the machine is reset. However, in my case, this achieved a full reset, but did not fix the date problem.

However, the undocumented "super master reset" on the eTrex Vista is achieved by simultaneously holding down the "Page, "Enter" and "Find" buttons while powering up. You have to hold all buttons in for about 5 to 7 seconds, and you DON'T get the warning message, but when the machine finally restarts, it is fully reset. After acquiring a satellite fix (took several minutes) - lo and behold - my time AND date both seem to be correct!

Oddly, neither Garmin tech support nor the local reseller seemed to know about this method of REALLY resetting the machine - I will pass on the information to them, for future reference.

The link which documents the "super master reset" procedure is here: http://www.gpsinformation.org/dale/secret.htm#reset

Hope this might also help other eTrex Vista owners who are experiencing the same date problem.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Dec 24, 2018

on my 60csx i go to main menu/setup/maps and select the items I want to display.
may be similar on the vista

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Nov 17, 2017

Check out Project-GC.com
You should be able to do everything with Project-GC.com that you did on DNRGarmin

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Apr 21, 2017

Searches become slower when the batteries are low. Also need a clear view of the sky - won't work inside buildings or in heavy tree cover.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Nov 29, 2013

Have you contacted Garmin directly yet? There website is www.garmin.com When you get to the page go to the top right hand corner of the page and click My Garmin. If you don't have a username and password you can set up one there. You need to contact Garmins technical support either by email or by telephone. It sounds to me that you have a internal component failure and I would suggest you send it to them for repairs. When you contact Garmin ask them what it would cost to look at your unit and repair your unit.

I hope this helps you out if so please give me a yes that you were helped with your problem. Thank you.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Apr 05, 2011


i checked out the Garmin owner's manual for your GPS:

On page 6 it explains that from the satellite page there are four options from which you can choose;

1) Use with GPS off
2) New location
3) Restart search
4) Continue acquiring

If the date displayed on your unit is NOT today's date, select "Restart Search"

Since the GPS does NOT lose memory when the batteries are removed, the problem is unlikely to be that the GPS doesn't know where it was used last.

If the displayed time for your area is not correct, use the main menu to access the setup pages and follow the instructions for setting the time found on page 49. This SHOULD get you on your way.

Good luck!

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on May 02, 2010

من مشکل ترا حل کرده نمی توانم کشاد خان

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jan 06, 2010

Try updating the unit's software via the Garmin.com website. This may fix it as there was a satellite launched which was causing problems with some Garmin units.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jan 04, 2010

In your manual, on Page 23. Press ENTER on the waypoint to view the waypoint information page, scroll to DELETE, press ENTER and the waypoint is deleted.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Aug 07, 2009

You will need to backup all of your tracks, waypoints and routes to your PC. With the unit off, hold down the page, enter (joystick), and find buttons for 5 to 7 seconds while power up at the same time. Then go outside and let the unit get a fix on the satellites. This will fix the date problem. Once done go to the main menu and select setup and the system. Make sure WAAS is disabled. If you enable this option the date will get messed up again and you will have to do this all over. There was supposed to be a firmware upgrade that fixed this problem, however I found after flashing the firmware update, the date problem still occurs if WAAS is enabled.span.jajahWrapper { font-size:1em; color:#B11196; text-decoration:underline; } a.jajahLink { color:#000000; text-decoration:none; } span.jajahInLink:hover { background-color:#B11196; }

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jun 20, 2009

People! The problem is that your software version needs updating. A recently added satellite creates a glitch in the older software. Go to the Garmin website, load WebUpdater if you haven't already done so, and the updated version (3.8) will automatically install to your Garmin unit. I had the same symptoms, they have now disappeared and my Etrex Vista is back to normal.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on May 04, 2009

click on setup and ajust the brightness or press the power button shortly

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on May 04, 2009

Hmm... Something is wrong contact the manufacture

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on May 04, 2009

I had the same problem for months. i don't know what part of this worked or if it was a fluke that it finally worked. I downloaded the newer firmware for the garmin and installed it ( http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/ ) then tried adding maps, that didn't work, then tried 3-4 times resetting the garmin, and each time tried adding maps and it didn't work - turns out I wasn't really resetting it (I think) it appeared that the successful reset was holding down the clicker key and the pages key while starting up, and keeping them held down for a long time (15 seconds?) - there was no sign that it was resetting except a faint illumination, then when I let go of those 2 keys it went through the setup sequence. the only way I knew it had finally reset was when the page came my pointer was in the middle of the united states. I had repeatedly tried resetting before and the pointer/map page came up to where I was last at, so it hadn't really been resetting. I'm very displeased that it took 5-10 tries to get this to work and this happened on 2 units.

I reloaded the maps after it had properly reset and they actually display and are on the map list!
this is the second etrex unit ive had this problem with, and the first one was just as flaky - taking many reset events (see master and super master reset on other etrex threads at this site)

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Apr 18, 2009

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