I have an older Garmin 12XL and suddenly the screen turned very dark. I tried replacing the batteries and let the GPS rest for a week so the internal lithium battery could re-charge. But that did not work. I just got an email from a friend who had the same problem... it turned out that his unit had changed the screen contrast setting all by its' self. This may not be the cause of your problem but it's worth trying... go into your "Settings" menu and reset the contrast and see if that cures the problem. Good luck.
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This should be the manual your looking for:
Garmin eTrex Legend Manual
This is a pdf file so you will need adobe or foxit to read it, I;m sure that most pc's come with adobe on them though.
I hope that helps..
The unit needs to have the screen facing up. The unit will not read if it is vertical. Garmin cust serv finally helped me with that one. Once you turn on the unit, it could take up to 20 minutes (usually about 3) to grab satelites.
Due to a new satellite launched this year, the WAAS is affected.
Disable the WAAS, go to Garmin and download the latest software version
FOR THIS UNIT. Install, enable WAAS and you should be good to go.
Let us know if this solved your problem. Thanks.
11-08-07 I had the same problem with an etrex Vista. I spoke with Garmin, they said that a recently launched WAAS satellite is interferring with some models (he mentioned it is the models with a black and white screen). Garmin tech support said that they're working on a software patch but for the meantime switch WAAS off.
Call Garmin tech support with any questions or to find out about the software patch, 1-800-800-1020