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No serial output suddenly from my Gold

I've been using my Magellan Gold for the last 3 years on my bicycle, mounted on a homemade bracket in front of the handlebars and connected through a serial cable that ports my GPS positions via the radio to a web page
This is a rugged environment, but it worked fine until recently, when my GPS still visibly works fine, display, etc, but will NOT seemingly send data through the cable. It's not the cable, as I have two and neither work. It seems intermittent; very occasionally it will work for a few seconds and then stop again. I assume it's something rattled loose inside or a cracked solder joint. I took it apart and checked the wiring to the data connector. The ends connected to the circuit board were a bit frayed from vibration so I removed, trimmed, and resoldered them, with no improvement.
I'd love to know if there is a repair manual available somewhere? I am able to work with the surface mount electronics inside.

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If you carefully open the GPS you will see that that serial contacts are simply wired to the motherboard. It could be as you say and a joint cracked.

To open it, there are 6 screws, 2 on the outside, and 4 inside the battery compartment. DO NOT screw with too much force, you might break the simple plactic that they mate to.

When you open the unit, be careful to not dislodge the o-ring. So hold your GPS level with the back side UP.

A little solder should fix your problem.

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If i remember right you can test the GPS units serial port at power up.
1. Press and Hold "OUT" button then press "PWR"
2. Follow units onscreen directions.
you may need to have serial cable connected to COM port to verify transmission
good luck

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