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Wrong elevation showing garmin etrex vista

My vista will not show the correct elevation. it always thinks it is at 3000 feet. when i reset it it does show the correct elevation for a split second and then it goes right back to 3000 feet.

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Re: wrong elevation showing garmin etrex vista

Found a fix, by resetting all user data my problem was fixed.
Garmin Edge 305 Power off device and hold 'mode + power'
eTrex Vista Power off device and then hold 'page + enter + power'
Hope this helps!

Posted on Jul 03, 2008

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