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Garmin etrex (yellow one) basic model

On pressing the power button the screen starts up then after a few seconds switches off again. I have checked the set up by pressing the power on page and up key at the same time and all looks well. What could be the problem with the unit.

PS the batteries are good.

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Re: Garmin etrex (yellow one) basic model

Does it have the WAAS option?? If so disable it for now. Seems there's trouble with the WAAS towers and they are making the screens blank out. ( mine was doing it today). Disbaled waas and whalla!

Posted on Nov 18, 2007

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My GPS won't stay on

I can solve this by not solving it. First I tried reset the unit to default settings: hold down the power, page, and enter buttons at the same time, a message, "do you really wan to reset..." will appear. Select "yes." If the unit reboots, hurrah. If not, call tech support (1.800.800.1020). Get an RMA, send it back to them for repair. I had purchased mine over 30 days ago but less than 60: Amazon wouldn't replace it, Garmin will either replace or repair. If you want them to send a new unit while the old is in transit, just ask; they will charge and then credit a card once they have the old unit is in hand. Good luck.

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Etrex legend has stopped picking up satalites.

I have had this problem occasionally and if you use Restore Defaults it appears to fix it. Using the front button go to Main Menu, Setup, System, move left and press the button button. Before I did this I just used to leave it a few weeks and it would suddenly be working again.

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Wont do anything

The eTrex is on the way back to Garmin! I contacted Garmin ref this problem and the tech suggested that I try to 'reset the master'...Power device off (it won't turn on so this was not a problem), press and hold down for 5 seconds the following button combination: page+enter+power. If this works a prompt will come up asking if you want to clear all user data, to which you have to select 'yes' and this will erase all data saved/stored. Leave the device outside for a minimum of 20 minutes so that it may properly acquire satellites. If the device does not awake using these directions...back to Garmin, which is the action I must now take! lt7578

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Garmin etrex (basic version) - display suddenly changes to single vertical line, after a few minutes indoors and immediately outdoors when satellite signal available

I had the same problem with the eTrex Legend (monochrome) and tried the solution of taking it apart, cleaning the connections and putting it back together. This did not work for me. I then updated the firmware to version 3.9 and that solved the vertical line problem, at least for the time being.

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My Garmin Etrex wont turn on on batteries but it works fine on external usb power.

I have the same problem. The unit works until I connect it to whatever computer via USB (Mac or PC). The screen blanks out as soon as I plug in the USB cable. I have to disconnect the device and only then I am able to turn it on again. That started after Firmware update from V 2.90 to 3.00 . I am not sure this is causing problem. What about the firmware versions of your devices ? Are they all on the latest ?
However, does anybody know if there is a way to go back to firmware version 2.9 if it is not possible anymore to connect the device to any computer (evtl. through putting data on the microSD card ?).

Jul 04, 2008 | Garmin eTrex Legend Cx GPS Receiver

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Etrex - can't find satellites anymore. Just stopped one day after downloading Points to my pc


To my knowledge, a reset on a Garmin eTrex would require:
Holding down the PAGE and PAGE UP buttons while simultaneously powering the unit. The Garmin eTrex will enter the service mode/display:
- Bravo Version
- Software Version
- Time
- Internal temperature of unit
- Battery voltage
- External voltage
- Button presses
- Other tech info

You can also perform an LCD display/screen check by pressing the PAGE button 2X.

A firendly word of advice: While entering the service mode is interesting and useful, be careful which buttons you press because it is also possible to rest the unit to factory settings within this mode. Pressing "up"+"enter"+"on/off" keys in service mode will reset the eTrex to factory defaults. All presets and data will be lost.

To exit just turn it off as normal, and then turn it back on as normal. Unless you deliberately reset the GPS, nothing should have changed.

Alternately, you can try: Hold down the find, click-stick, and page buttons. Press the power button, and when the title screen appears, release the buttons. This will clear all memory (you will lose all waypoints, etc. back them up first).
Find button: bottom button on the left
Click stick: the button on the face of the unit
Page: the top button on the right
Power: the bottom button on the right

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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People! The problem is that your software version needs updating. A recently added satellite creates a glitch in the older software. Go to the Garmin website, load WebUpdater if you haven't already done so, and the updated version (3.8) will automatically install to your Garmin unit. I had the same symptoms, they have now disappeared and my Etrex Vista is back to normal.

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Hard Reset
1. Hold the Page button down, the click stick in the down position and power up the unit.
2. Release either the Page or click stick to normally power on.

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Have you updated your Garmin unit software recently?

Mar 21, 2008 | Garmin eTrex GPS Receiver

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Faint screen image

when you first power on using lower right (power) button, wait 6 seconds for the intro screen to finish. The upper left (up) button increases screen contrast. Hold this one down for a few seconds and the screen should darken. The middle left (down) button decreases contrast.

If this doesn't work, try turning off by holding the power button.
Hold down upper left AND upper right while turning unit on. This initiates diagnostic mode and contrast is darker by default. Bottom of screen is a button test area which darkens a symbol for each successful button press. Use it to diagnose a button problem. Turn off power and on again to leave diagnostic mode.

I wish you success playing with the Etrex.

Dec 07, 2007 | Garmin eTrex GPS Receiver

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