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Etrex will not turn on

Last summer my etrex legend just quit working. New batteries did not fix the problem. It simply will not turn on. Not sure if yoy can open the case to look for loose connections or if there is anything I can do other than send it back to Garmin. Thanks for any help you can give me. Hey!!!....this GPS don't turn on. This was working fine, I turn off, then try turn on again and never do it. It wasn't heat, neither water, hit or anything like that. It just have died and is very young to do this!!!!!!

I'm trying to obtain a response from Garmin.

Bye amigos, and good luck!!!I actually have the same problem. My Vista Cx does not turn on, after 2 weeks in rest, with a couple of new lithium batteries. I has tried with a fresh pair of alkaline batteries and remains off.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Almost always, a completely dead unit is indicative that for some reason, the power is not reaching the electronics. While this could be a firmware issue, in most instances, possibilities are:

  • corroded battery terminals, contacts, solder joints;
  • battery that will no longer accept a charge;
  • defective/dirty on/off switch;
  • cut wires;
  • faulty charging circuitry, charging line or charger jack/plug.
Ultimately, if the unit is no longer under warranty, it would require opening. Thereafter, a DVM/VOM could be used to measure resistance, continuity or the absence/presence of voltage at key points. If any of the above hardware components are determined faulty, then it would be a reasonable repair. Anything more and it may no longer be economically reasonable.

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The unit can be tested and repaired by aa local technician, it is faulty.

Take it at a repair shop , here are disassembly instructions:
Deconstructing the Garmin Etrex Vista

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Sorry to say but this is already a dead unit and I think if this unit is still under warranty Garmion will have it repair but if its already out of warranty they will just advice you to have the unit replace by a new one...

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