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Unit freezes I have an eTrex Legend hand-held unit. It runs perfectly for about 20 minutes or so, then fthe screen freezes and I have to turn it off and on again in order to use it, though when I do, the data indicates that the unit is still working OK behind the frozen screen. Is there anything I can do? It's now out of warranty.

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  • megaped Feb 19, 2009

    Many thanks, it seems to be working fine now.

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Have you updated the GPS software lately for free via Garmin.com? THere was a new satellite launched in 2008 causing a lot of reception problems, and this might be the cause of your problem. Please update your unit and advise us here of the outcome. Thanks.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

  • TO Lady Feb 19, 2009

    Could you please rate the problem as "Fixed" please. This will help others. Thank you.

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