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Garmin forerunner Please teach me on how to open the unit. I will just clean/blow dry the insides. The Power button is stocked up and the unit just keeps on turning on and off by and by. There is no technician in my area. I am living in the Philippines now and GPS things is still not that famous in this part of the world :) . There is nothing I can do. i tried prying the sides but the plastic covering just would not give in. I dont want to force as I dont want to completely ruin the unit.Thanks

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  • gypaete09 Jul 14, 2008

    unit fell to the ground from one meter high, does not power up anymore - I suspect pcb track breakage near the battery contacts but can't open the unit. what is the trick, except ruining it?



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This was recommended by Coopers4508 under the Forerunner 201 thread, and it worked equally well for my Foretrex 101.
As Coops said:
I know it sounds crazy, but worked without damage. Placed the forerunner in a table vice (long end to end) and gently applied pressure, opened right up.
It worked perfect for me - just be sure to compress slowly and listen for the separation of the centre seam. A very tidy solution.

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Make sure you have fresh batteries that are fully charged. My unit will act funny without fully charged batteries.

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