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Garmin eTrex Summit Screen

I have blank lines in my screen. I think it needs to be replaced. Can I do this myself or do I have to send it to Garmin?

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Here's what worked for me (YMMV): Take the unit apart according to the link above (save the two tapes - they can be reused). The edge of the glass display is covered with what looks like black electrical tape - what I think happens is the tape comes loose and pulls the connections apart. To fix the problem, just push down on the tape to restick it - should work for a while. Whatever you do, don't pull the tape off - it will ruin the unit. When you reassemble it, put the ribbon cable in first, then the screws - and be careful you don't cross-thread the screws - if you do, you're screwed (pun intended). Garmin should recall all the eTrex units and replace this obviously flawed display. Hope this helps

Posted on Oct 03, 2007


See discussion at Its possible that there's a bad connection at the ribbon cable, but most likely its a bad connection at the edge of the LCD glass panel. I've had two eTrex fail because of this problem. Don't pay the riduculous price Garmin asks for repair - just buy a new Magellan unit. If you must get a Garmin, go with the high-sensitivity receiver.

Posted on Oct 02, 2007


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