Most GPS problems - Hangs, frozen screens, problems
acquiring satellites, ETC, can be attributed to the device not having the latest
This firmware enables it to communicate with the
satellites - but if they aren't speaking the same language they get confused
easily. For Garmin GPS Automotive units, Garmin has you do the following before
sending it in for repairs:
1 - SOFT RESET
2 - HARD RESET (CLICK HERE
to see instructions for either
3 - UPDATE the device using their WebUpdater software (CLICK HERE
for that) Garmin is the only company that offers
repairs AFTER the warranty has expired. They offer a FLAT RATE REPAIR
service for units no longer in warranty. For
other GPS units please consult your owner's manual or their support site - as
each model - and even manufacture dates - can lead to different reset
NEXTAR - does NOT offer any types of Firmware or
map upgrades or repair services. Instead - they have an exchange program to
update to a new UNIT for around the same price as a repair would be. CLICK HERE
for more on that. WARRANTY on most GPS devices is 1
year from the date of purchase.
Broken screens are considered ABUSE -
and not covered under warranty.
Finally - If your unit is on the charger
for HOURS, You've tried both the car AND USB type charger, and you turn it on...
it stays on for a minute (or so) then powers down or never comes on at all - the
battery has lost it's ability to hold a charge and must be replaced. Looking
around YouTube - you can get a tutorial on how to CAREFULLY crack open just
about any GPS. The tool(s) necessary typically are included with the battery
purchase. Typically batteries run about $25 +/-. NiCd batteries are meant to be
energized once a month so they keep active, and don't build up deposits that
lead to their premature failure.
I hope this was helpful for you.
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