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Thumbstick not working

I got an eTrex Legend at a yard sale, and after using it for about a day, the thumbstick only wants to go up and down, not left and right. Anybody have any ideas about this?? thanks...

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  • bdinmt Nov 14, 2007

    I have had the same problem occasionally.  My GPS is around 2 yrs old.  turning the GPS off/on, tapping/hitting it, or just giving it time has so far fixed the problem, but i would hate to be in a situation where I really needed the GPS to work, and have the thumbstick not work!  I have also started to have problems with the screen not working (blank, or a vertical line) similar to other people.  

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Mine wouldn't go right and after checking the ribbon cable, it still wouldn't work. I took alcohol and put a small amount on a cotton swab and worked it into the switch. I exercised the switch probably 20 times and they blew out the alcohol. Waited an our to check it out and it worked. I've been using it the rest of the day and it is working good so far.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011

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Hi

there is no cable ribbon cable in the legend the problem is the thumb cover.

I have the same problem

I stripped the device and everything works fine.
Put the front cover on and it breaks again.

the front thumb cover is a little bigger than it should be.
i need to source a replacement one but not sure from where


Posted on Jul 06, 2008

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When I had this problem, an update of the firmware was all it needed.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008

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I have had the same problem on occasion. Usually turning the unit off and starting it up again fixes it, OR using the side toggle button to page through a screen or two, then try the thumbstick. I'm not certain it's a hardware problem or a software one - I won't take the unit apart. It hasn't happened to me in a while.

Through this site I just realized I was running an outdated version (2.33) downloaded 3.9 moments ago (thank you!).

Guess we'll see if that thumbstick problem goes away with the upgrade.


Posted on Jun 09, 2008

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I was able to solve my sticky thumbstick with a nice firm whack. If the problem returns, I will break it down and check the ribbon cable

Posted on Oct 21, 2007

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More than likely just a ribbon cable has come loose. See here.... http://tinyurl.com/2pstqk

Posted on May 27, 2007

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