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Won't give me the correct location

I have a Garmin Etrex Legend. I've had it for 3 years now. I use it for geocaching. For some reason, the coordinates are not correct anymore. I type in the coords, and it doesn't lead me to that location.. it is way off. Someone told me that I need to re-calibrate it? How would I do that- and is that the real problem? Help please, we would love to get back to geocaching!
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  • offroadnj Apr 18, 2008

    I have a similar problem my cursor arrow of where I am supposed to be is about 1000 ft west of where I really am. I think a recalibration would help to

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You should search for mapdate (kaartdatum in dutch) and select WGS84, it's a preference all geocachers use

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I have a Garmin etrex legend, and when I enter the Lat and Long for geocaching on either the lat and long, I cannot enter the numbers 5 thru 9 into it. An example is, I can enter N 39-7.178. The blank...


Go to Main Menu > Setup > Units > Position Format > change to hddd.ddddd format. This is the decimal format which is widely used by geocaching forums.
Page 44 of your User Manual:
http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/eTrexLegend_OwnersManual.pdf


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No this is a road navigation only unit. For a cheap entry level GPS that you can use for Geocaching, take a look at the Garmin eTrex series. For a top of the line, consider a GPS60csx or the new Oregon series from Garmin.

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My etrex legend develops a verticle black line during use and then shuts off. removing and replacing the batteries gets the gps restarted but then the problem repeats


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http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp

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If you are in an area which is not serviced by ground stations, having WAAS enabled may degrade the signal from the GPS satellites. Try enabling or disabling this feature.

To do so, acess the System Startup Page. On the Setup Menu page, highlight the System icon and press Enter. WAAS is the second available setting on this page.

Make sure your batteries are fresh; I prefer alkalines in this model. Set the battery type in the System Setup Page, same page as noted for WAAS above.

Another thought is to be sure you have the latest Garmin software installed. Visit their site to download the latest and greatest, free, of course.

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If this solves your problem, please come back and rate the post as "fixed". Thanks

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The good news is that you can download free topo maps created by a very generous Canadian soul, Dale Atkin. The maps are free but donations are accepted. He is also working on US topo maps. I've used Ibycus and Garmin topo maps and prefer the Ibycus version.
If this solves your situation, please come back and rate our answer. Thankyou.

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GoogleEarth: save the waypoints in a KML file (NOT KMZ) to your computer, naming it appropriately.
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