Question about GPS Devices
I have had my Garmin GPS-V for 3 years now and love it for what I use it for - dual sport motorcycle geocaching. Over the weekend, it began freezing up on me. The batteries are new, everything is clean, and it does it with or without auxilary power plugged in.
At power up, it comes up with the two "press enter to continue" screens, then goes to the "aquiring satellites" screen. At this point, it freezes up and will not respond to any input. If you hold the power button to turn it off, it will beep but will not power off for a minute or two. Finally, it will shut down.
Any ideas or am I in the market for a new one..?
The update from Garmin seems to have cured the problem!! All I did was the reload.
I've had my Garmin GPS V for almost four years and loved it ... until the dreaded "black line" showed up. I considered replacing the unit but couldn't find anything that would give me the features the GPS V gave me (elevation, ground speed, grade change) and I didn't need a color screen display as an alternative. I'd even bid on a few replacement units on ebay. I was just about ready to bite the bullet, send it in to Garmin and swallow the $125 rebuilt charge when I ran across this thread. After the update it hasn't locked up and as a bonus I have more detail than I had before!
If you have a GPS V you really do need to do this.
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
Hey gang, I too have a faulty GPS V. The only way it won't freeze on me is my turning on the back light. I get the single black line across the screen like most of you. I turned on the back light and went hours with it when previousely it would freeze after 5 or even 30 min.
Posted on Oct 07, 2008
This has worked well so far.
I downloaded the updater at garmin and I updated to v2.6. Works great...so far.
Posted on Jan 20, 2009
There is a new update for the GSP V, (v2.6) on Garmin's web site that seems to resolve this error.
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
From the Garmin "WebUpdater" program; RELOAD(a second time) the latest software update from Garmin to the GPS V. After that, turn the device on and go to the map detail screen via the menu and TURN OFF the lat/long gridline display. For whatever reason(probably WAAS related), the screen does not go blank anymore.
P.S. I did not dump anything like I previously said.................just reloaded and changed the map display properties. That was it!!! Traveled cross country last couple days and put 15 hours so far on the GPS V without a single freeze or lockup. Isn't technology Great?? Best of luck.........
Posted on Oct 17, 2008
The issue is the WAAS. I believe there has been a satellite update to the WAAS system that the GPS V chokes on.
Garmin's recommendation is to disable the WAAS via the Setup menu. Try doing this indoors, where you have no satellite reception. (If WAAS is enabled, the GPS V locks-up as soon as it acquires the satellite fix .)
It sure would be nice if Garmin provided a software update for this issue!
Posted on Oct 13, 2008
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