I have a Garmin Streetpilot i3 in which the mini usb port got loosed from the board and needs to be resoldering. Do you now where in Orange County (zip 9265 can I found a repair facility for this problem.
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Re: Garmin repair facility in Orange County
Find a decent electronic repair facility. I usually super glue the broken mini USB connector to the circuit board and then solder the four support legs of the USB connector. Then there are 5 pins on the USB connector which must be solder back to the circuit board. The two outer pins supply power to the I3 and the remainin inner pins are for data. If this is a recent purchase (less than a year) then I would call Garmin. Good luck.
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Sounds like your battery died and there's no juice to it. When the battery is low, the unit shuts itself off and has a hard time starting up. If possible, try plugging in your unit with a USB cable from the computer and leave the computer on for a few hours and see if that doesn't solve the problem. When in the car, sometimes the cigarette lighter socket comes loose.
Regarding your i3, the USB drivers must be loaded BEFORE you connect your garmin. If you do not have your USB drivers, you can download them from:
Your computer does not recongize the I3. Go to My Computer in Windows and search for a drive letter that is the I3 memory card. Is it there? If not then either there is a problem with the computer seeing the I3 or there is a problem with the I3 mini USB. Try loading the software on another computer.
If the USB port is loose, that means that the port has come of the circuit board. This happened to a friend of mines, his son did not look which way to orient the usb plug and used brute force.
It will need to go back to Garmin for repair unless you are or know of an excellent solderer as the conenctions are minute.
The case needs a TORX 6 screwdriver.
The i3 comes with a 128MB micro SD card - first can you be more specific as to what you refer to as "not recognized"? Do the usb drivers install correctly and after installation is the i3 recognized by your pc once you hook it up with the USB cable? Is the micro SD card in place? Is it all the way in the slot?