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Magellan explorist XL won't show screen

EXplorist XL when trying to turn on will only show a blue screen then it won't turn off unless you disconnect the power source.

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SOURCE: Magellan Explorist 500

The necessary map software is not installed - did you buy the unit with software?

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

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SOURCE: NMEA communication does not work ( but file transfer is OK)

Try rebooting windows, with gps off connect the cable to gps.

Go out side get a good gps signals on nav menu.

Set the gps communications menu to , nmea, 2.1

Plug the device into a good usb port.

If you look under modems, in control panel you should see a new modem called explorist xxx

If you look at the properties for that you can see its com port number.

I just tried this program http://www.visualgps.net/VisualGPS/

and it views nmea from the explorist, just set the com port to the one in the explorist modem .






Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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SOURCE: My eXplorist XL is locked up

I've had a problem similar to this and found that it was caused by the GPS having trouble reading the SD card, either because it wasn't seated properly or because it was dirty.

Hope this helps

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Magellan Explorist 500 LE Power

eXplorist units have also some hidden and service functions. Like, if unit is off, you can to press:

- IN + PWR - to full selftest of unit (screen test, keypad test, NMEA test)
- OUT + PWR - to serial port test
- ESC + PWR - to burn-in process
- LIGHT + ENTER + RWR - tp uploading of new firmware
- NAV + PWR - to call Service Function window (see below)
- NAV + MENU + PWR - to force power off, equal remove batteries.
- GOTO + OUT + POWER - clear memory and set all settings as default.


IN + PWR helped to power up my unit.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

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SOURCE: replacement parts for Magellan eXplorist GPS

You need to be brave, but it is pretty simlple. Basically you are going to clean the rubber keypad and circuit board contacts. These contacts develop a film over time that needs to be removed. That is the main reason telephone and remote control keypads fail over time.

1. Remove the battery.
2. Remove 5 screws holding the bady together and separate the backplate from the main body.
3. Now carefully lift the circuit board out of the main body. Do not disconnect anything, but be careful with the rubber seal that fits between the back and front plates.
4. With the circuit board laying flat on your work surface, remove the rubber keypad. It is held in place over the joystick. Carefully lift it off the joystick and set it aside.
5. Use a clean pencil eraser and lightly rub the contacts on the circuit board. Do the same thing on the keypad by pushing the little knobs out where you can rub them. Blow away the dust.
6. Use a Q-tip with some alcohol to clean the contacts on the curcuit board and on the keypad.
7. When the alcohol is dry, put everything back together in the opposite order.

This should be good enough, but if it does not solve the issue, then buy a rubber keypad repair kit (an example is at http://www.mgchemicals.com/downloads/appguide/appguide0206.pdf) and try again.

Good luck.

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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If you look under modems, in control panel you should see a new modem called explorist xxx

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