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My 176c is not responding

I meke the actulization of the gps and it`s only beep´s when i turn on the equipment but it don´t turn on, the screen is black.

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  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2008

    Boss gave me Garmin GPSMAP 176c to have fixed-but nowhere will fix it. Has same problem-turns on I see the "I agree" screen for a second, but as soon as I hit enter, screen goes black.

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Get the download (updater from garmin website , download it then hook up 176c to computer and run file .if it doesnt go thru hit power and try again if you get the screen under a good light so you can see it will say downloading when this is done your screen will be back to normal .I dont remember if the unit is on when it beeps or off .try both ways if it doesnt work replace batteries as even though your not seeing the screen the unit is still on like i said ; fresh batts and try it and if it doesnt work hold down power key for a second or two and try again. good luck PS garmin doesnt know this i figured it out myself ...bob

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It's either the logic board or some component that has gone bad. No real way to repair it, unless you tear it down and it's maybe a bad joint or something simple like that.
Best I can tell you to do is to FULLY discharge the battery, as in turn it on, let it die and keep pushing the power button to make sure it's dead. Takes about 48 hours. Once you do that, plug it in and DO NOT try to turn it on, just let it do it's thing and see what happens. Maybe hooking it to a computer after that and seeing if an update will help, also make sure that if there are any cables, external antennas, or cards plugged into it, to remove them during all of that. Best of luck for a resolution.

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Looks like screen of 176C has been damaged---can still see it works


If the screen is already damage the only thing that can do here is to have the screen replace from the service center, so you can still use this unit...

Hope that helps...............

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Hi the screen on my 176c is so dark it can barely be read. I have to turn the light on to see whats going on.Is there any way to restore it to its former glory cheers ......john wainwright. ...


John, the light sensitive IC has failed. This is a small piece of electronic wizardry that adjusts the brightnessdepending on the ambient light. At night is is supposed to add brightnes and in sunlight reduce it

The sign of failure may have been early but you didint notice it. They often turn on ok then suddenly in daylight the screen will darken, turning the unit off and on resets it for a while. however it gets worse as time goes on.. iT is not a DIY and has to be sent back to the manufacturer for correction.

Contact Garmin for a quote before submitting it for repair, you might need a chair to sit on when they give you an answer. Contact the service support in 7 hills NSW 1 800 235 822

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Aug 04, 2010 | Garmin GPSMAP 176C GPS Receiver

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Need repair 176C GPS ok using plug power but battery damaged internal batt connection and will not turn on using int batt device is in NY buddy has few bucks & not wanting to buy new


I have done repairs to similar thing, what I have done, is get a "Pack" of batteries, with leads on them, similar to a cordless phone battery, but the same voltage as the ones the GPS uses, now, solder the wires onto the correct terminals. or the circuit board, make sure you rid every trace of corrosion too.Your good to go.

Feb 23, 2010 | Garmin GPSMAP 176C GPS Receiver

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The GPSmap 176c does not turn on. I have put in new batteries and cleaned the metal parts of the battery receptors


Do you use rechargeable batteries? The 176C seems to be extremely picky about the voltage. I had the same problem. Afer changing to non-rechargeable batteries, everything works fine again. Not great for the environment, but for my bearings.

Jul 12, 2009 | Garmin GPSMAP 176C GPS Receiver

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Will not power on


Did you use rechargeable batteries? The Garmin seems to be extremely picky about enough voltage. I had good rechargeables which I use in my foto flashlights, but they did not suffice for the Gamin. Simple non-rechargeable batteries ones solved my problem. Not good for the environment, but for my bearings...

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My husbands Garmin GPS for the boat ...Model 176C ...about 8 yrs old

Was working fine at the end of last season & will not turn on when we tried it this season. Do you have any suggestions, or do you know who can repair it?

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