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Freeze up GPS Vista Hcx feeezes up and stops singalling to unlock freeze up I have to power down and power up to get singal again

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  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2008

    My vista hcx also freezes up. It does this, however, when on the go usually not when just sitting on my desk. I am not sure if this has something to do with temperature, losing sight of sattellites or something else. I wrote garmin a few days ago for support but they have not responded. lousy service.

  • emefay Mar 23, 2008

    Yep - I've had 2 of the Vista HCx's - both of them freeze / hang at random times. Garmin could offer no advice other than updating the software to ver 2.6 - which I did. It made no difference.

    It also made no difference whether or not there was a MicroSD card in there. I've returned both units and will rely on my old eTrex Summit until a better or fixed unit comes out.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2008

    My Vista HCx freezes too, so same problem here... :((

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2008

    My Vista HCx freezes too, so same problem here... :((

  • garminhcx Mar 23, 2008

    My Vista HCx freezes too, so same problem here... :(( Software version: 2.6

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2008

    my vista hcx freezes as well. no rhyme or reason why

  • JMBMemphis May 05, 2008

    HCX freezes up while routing. I have to hold the power button in for a few seconds and the image slowly fades off the screen. I can usually power it right back up and it is fine. I have used it several times with no problems at all.

  • rcapp May 08, 2008

    My new hcx vista siezed up like the others described here. Could be 3 minutes or 30 minutes either using the sd card with a map loaded or just using the base map. Software was seemingly, the latest version 2.6. Bought at rei, so I simply returned it there and am getting a replacement. One person at Garmin was not helpful, another helped through the resetting and reloading software process (without success), and I have emailed tech support asking them to analyze the freezing reports with no results.

  • Hattiebyrd Jun 09, 2008

    My Pioneer Elite VSX-92TXH freezes up about once a week. I have to unplug it as the on/off button freezes also. Any ideas?

  • clev748 Jun 12, 2008

    I had to send mine back to Garmin which they replaced. I tried everything including advise from Garmin without avail

  • tkellyfixya Jun 17, 2008

    Same problem, Garmin Vista HCx out of the box routinely freezes up with no regularity to the problem.

  • Anonymous Jun 25, 2008

    I have the freezing problem with the Vista HCx; my Cx has not had this problem in over 2 years of use.

  • Anonymous Jun 26, 2008

    I have had my HCx less than 2 months. It froze up on my very first outing. I used it extensively yesterday, and it froze up 4 times. Glad I haven't purchased one to send to my son in the USMC!

  • tcf60 Jun 26, 2008

    HCx froze up 4 times yesterday. This is ridiculous!

  • gges Jun 30, 2008

    Same problem, randomly freezes, bought it last week, not happy. Asked Garmin support 6/29/08 must wait up to three days for a response. Software is the latest: 2.60. Reloaded the software in the meantime and will see what happens until Garmin responds. Steve

  • chalkys Sep 07, 2008

    Had mine a few months now. Frozen up three times now. seems to be after an hour of use. Only way to un freeze is to take out batteries. Just wrote to Garmin waiting on reply.

  • yukonlk Sep 25, 2008

    I got the HCx four days ago and it freezes up 4-5 times per day, nearly once per hour of use requiring a reboot (hold power button down for five seconds). I was wondering if it freezes without software loaded... although the reason I upgraded from the old monochrome Vista was the map software loaded to the micro SD card.



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I have been having the same issue. I have both the Topo and City Nav software. I seems more consistent when using the City Nav data. Changed microSD cards brand and still the same issue. I was told to also update to 2.60, but it did not help

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