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Garmin 545s : The unit powers up, the keys are illuninated, however, the display creen is blank (black no image). The unit beeps when I push the + and - keys and menue keys, but no display?

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  • gerstein2 Jan 31, 2010

    Thank you for your software upgrade advice. Will the Garmin automaticly install the upgrade when it is turned on and the SD card is in place? I can not give it any commands at this time to have it download the upgrade unless this happens upon startup by itself . Ordinarily, I used to have to press a command at a screen prompt to simply get the garmin to intiate.



    Anouther question is if this will indeed update itself automaticly upon powering the unit on, will my stored boat tracks in the garmin hard memory be wiped out. I do not want to loose this information.



    Thanks,



    Ed

  • gerstein2 Feb 03, 2010

    Your solution was no starter. The garmin display is blank and I can not get it to upload the program without going through the display commnads. I asked you about this before going through the process. You did not rspond so I asumed that it would automaticly update with the SD card in place without me having to follow some screen prompts on the garmin. THE SCREEN IS NOT ILLUMINATING >>>>>NO IMAGE TO WORK WITH. HOW AM I SUPPOSED PREFORM AN UPDATE WITHOUT A WORKING SCREEN?



    IF THE SCREEN HAS BEEN JOLSED LOOSE HOW DO I REPAIR OR TIGHTEN? IT COSTS A MINI OF $165 to have Garmin look at it.

  • gerstein2 Feb 03, 2010

    SO far none of these solutions are even executible, The screen is blank puting in the SD card with the software update does nothing as the unit does not automaticly upgrade upon powering up. You need to see a menu screen to even proceed. How do I rpair this unit so the screen comes back on.....last chance before I cancel this service.

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Somone GPS, initially opens with a blank screen, because the geographic extent desired is unknown. To start, either connect a Garmin Receiver to the serial port and use GPS, Read From GPS, or View, Enter Coordinates. A good way to find starting coordinates for planning a hike or bike or ski trip is to use the USGS Geographic Names Information System search form United States and Territories.

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Please run an update on your unit first using Garmin web updater first. If Display problem continues, consider servicing unit because the display could have gone loose especially if in any case it fell down or got water damage etc.
Please visit HERE for update.
Regards

Posted on Feb 01, 2010

  • Muzahura Frank Feb 01, 2010

    As indicated on their website, you only have to download the updater to your computer, install it and thereafter, connect your Garmin to the pc. just follow the on screen instructions. During updating process, your data is reserved. so long as you do an update, your existing data will stay on device.


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  • Muzahura Frank Feb 01, 2010

    specifically for your unit HERE

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If the unit is new and not a fault that has just developed, there could be a very simple answer.

Have you inserted the map SD card?

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I recommend upgrading the system software of your Garmin 545s. There may not be physical damage to your unit, and it may be completely revitalized by replacing the GPSMAP software with the latest version 5.30 (as of January 7, 2010).

  1. Click on "Download" and choose to save the file to your computer.
  2. Choose a location where you can easily find the file, such as the 'My Documents' folder or 'C:\'.
  3. Once the download is complete, go to the location where you saved the file.
  4. Double-click on the downloaded file. This will automatically extract the files to C:\Garmin and run a program to transfer the software update to an SD card.
I hope that helps.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

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    Paul Sager Jan 31, 2010

    You can find these instructions again easily by following this link to the Fixya Tips section.

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  1. Click on "Download" and choose to save the file to your computer.
  2. Choose a location where you can easily find the file, such as the 'My Documents' folder or 'C:\'.
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  1. Click on "Download" and choose to save the file to your computer.
  2. Choose a location where you can easily find the file, such as the 'My Documents' folder or 'C:\'.
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