Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Handheld GPS Receiver - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

If you cannot get menus after resetting the device, it probably does not use them. But the only way to be sure is to Read the manual.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Dec 16, 2013 | 36 views

If its next to gone you might as well try the home trick... Use cokacola to clean the corroded parts...

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Aug 17, 2013 | 71 views

Try to power off the device, if it does not turn off normally, then you will have to press and hold the power button till it responds. If it still does not responds, then you have to remove the battery and insert it back in then power it on. That should solve the problem for you. Take note that once you power it off, you will have to allow it rest for a while before you turn it back on so the unit will rest for a while and work effectively when turned on.
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Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jan 18, 2011 | 316 views

You need to install the map software on your PC. From there, using the map select tool, select the maps you want to add to your GS unit and then send them to the microSD card which will show up in the SEND window.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Dec 29, 2010 | 501 views

meu etrex vista hcx não reconhece nenhum cartão de memoria, ja tentei pelo menos uns 3
diferentes que funcionam em outros lugaresaguardo uma resposta obrigado

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Nov 29, 2010 | 234 views

I have the same problem. Satellite screen shows nothing except the rings. When I open the unit, one of the chip looks like broken; its label says K43 and V5.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jun 10, 2010 | 538 views

Say to god

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on May 02, 2010 | 129 views

Got a credit card? If you do then try this place, they seem to have a few things for those things.

Hope that helps.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Apr 26, 2010 | 92 views

Your MicroSD card may be full just from the basic maps. Try larger card for additional maps. The vendors supply the minimum to keep the cost low and then force the customer to upgrade the resources at their own expense.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Dec 27, 2009 | 671 views


clicking their will take you to a site and if you look down the site towards the bottom it says resources look underthis section and you should find a pdf file that is the owners manual check if it covers your exact model if not then let me know then ill locate another one for you ok.

Hope this is what your looking for let me know if you need further assistance ok.

Many thanks for using

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Nov 06, 2009 | 120 views

your batteries are bad

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Oct 31, 2009 | 133 views

went to garmin and they had a direct solution

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Oct 24, 2009 | 365 views

hahaha can't help laughing, sorry. But if you want a lost weekend in Guatamala or anywhere, use a GPS.

I think you need to contact Garmin support to have this unit replaced. I will say two things that may get it going for you.
CHECK batteries are fully charged.
CHECK that the batteries are placed in the unit correctly, some go in by negative and some by positive, so make sure you have put them in properly.
Also make sure they are in contact with the metal tabs to make the power path continuous
Now if you have done all that I would be posting it back to Garmin, but you need a return number reference from their Support.
They have agents all over the world and possibly even Guatamala.

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Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Sep 16, 2009 | 70 views

two day old unit is under warranty for replacement take it back to the store and get it replaced and be firm!

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jul 31, 2009 | 320 views

This is normal! The compass looks like this in "course pointer" mode.
When you're looking at the described compass screen, press the lower left button and notice the line "bearing pointer". When you select that line and push the front joystick, you'll notice that the compass needle is "normal" again . And when you push the lower left button again, you'll see that the line has changed into "course pointer". Pushing the joystick again toggles between those two modes. The shifted needle indicates how far you drifted from the course that your route follows. See page 31 of the English manual for details.

Jean-Marc Bouyeure

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jun 27, 2009 | 211 views

maybe the battery is bad try taking the battery out and puting it back in

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jun 04, 2009 | 283 views

Firstly, have you downloaded the locations of caches to your Vista HCx, either from the garmin website or from which are the sites that I would recommend.

If you haven't done so, then you have to do that before you can be guided to the caches. On those websites it asks for the location from where you want to look for caches, then lists suitable caches which you can download to your unit, by connecting the USB cable that was provided with it.

Once you have done this, using the find geocache function will bring up a list of the caches that you have downloaded, listed by their geocaching ID. You can, by pressing the menu buttom on the left hand side, select the option to have the caches listed in order of how close to your location they are. To find a little more detail, select the cache with the rocker switch, and press the switch down, which brings up a screen with a bit more detail of the cache.

Hope this helps.

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on May 17, 2009 | 241 views

I called Garmin. This is "As Designed", so we are stuck with this. Annoying, but all you have to do after turning the unit on is:

1) Press Lower Right button twice
2) Press Upper Right button once

Unit will now behave as you directed until you turn it off

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jan 06, 2009 | 651 views

The Vista HCx has an electronic compass. You don't need to be moving for it to work, but you do need to calibrate it. To calibrate the compass:
  1. Go to the Main Menu
  2. Select Setup
  3. Select Calibration
  4. You will be asked "Which Sensor Would You Like To Calibrate", select Compass
  5. You will see a page that says "To Calibrate Compass: Slowly Turn Two Full Circles In The Same Direction While Holding The Unit Level", select Enter and do this.
You need to hold the unit level for the Magnetic Compass to work correctly. The specs for a properly calibrated compass are +/- 5°

Garmin eTrex... | Answered on Jun 24, 2008 | 455 views

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