I've had the blue version of the eTrex for several years now. I made the mistake of leaving batteries in it for an extended period of time. It worked fine before, but the batteries corroded. I cleaned the corroded area with white vinegar, and it cleaned up pretty well. I couldn't see any areas where the metal was pitted or where it should have interrupted any circuits. I've tried a couple of new sets of batteries, and it won't come on at all. Any suggestions would be really appreciated.
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The unit needs to have the screen facing up. The unit will not read if it is vertical. Garmin cust serv finally helped me with that one. Once you turn on the unit, it could take up to 20 minutes (usually about 3) to grab satelites.
I have had this problem occasionally and if you use Restore Defaults it appears to fix it. Using the front button go to Main Menu, Setup, System, move left and press the button button. Before I did this I just used to leave it a few weeks and it would suddenly be working again. HTH Peter
Due to a new satellite launched this year, the WAAS is affected.
Disable the WAAS, go to Garmin and download the latest software version
FOR THIS UNIT. Install, enable WAAS and you should be good to go. Let us know if this solved your problem. Thanks.
Disable the WAAS on your unit. A new satellite was launched earlier this year and is causing a problem. This is why Garmin issued a new software update version 3.9. Menu > Setup > System... scroll down to WAAS and disable it. This should get your unit working again but with less accuracy.
Update the software to version 3.9 and leave for about 20 minutes in open area (clear view of sky) so your unit can download the full almanac. This should permanently fix your problem. Once you finish upgrading, go back and enable the WAAS.
to mhotz: You can purchase serial2USB connectors at a computer store. You will have to install the drivers which come with it before it will work. That should solve your upgrade problem.
I have the same problem. The unit works until I connect it to whatever computer via USB (Mac or PC). The screen blanks out as soon as I plug in the USB cable. I have to disconnect the device and only then I am able to turn it on again. That started after Firmware update from V 2.90 to 3.00 . I am not sure this is causing problem. What about the firmware versions of your devices ? Are they all on the latest ?
However, does anybody know if there is a way to go back to firmware version 2.9 if it is not possible anymore to connect the device to any computer (evtl. through putting data on the microSD card ?).
I had this problem today, updated the software, now the unit seems to be working perfectly. The unit "crashes" (single line down screen center) as soon as it get enough satelites to work with WAAS.
Go to Garmin site for software updates. Download and install the WebUpdater. Once or unit is hooked up to your computer and you have internet access, the software will download and update your GPS with the latest software fixes. I had software Version 3.7. For the Legend, Version 3.9 fixes the problems with WAAS.
Do the following:1 - Make sure you have fresh batteries in the unit and turn the unit on.2 - Check the GPS date and Time. On the Main Menu at the bottom of the screen, you can see a date and time. If the date and time are not current, then the clock is your problem. You will have to wait for the almanac information to be updated. Details are below in a later section.3 - Make sure your GPS is in the Normal Mode and not a demo mode. Verify other systems settings.
Go to the main menu and click on Setup icon.
From the Setup screen, access the System screen icon.Verify the following settings: GPS: normalWAAS: EnabledLanguage: English or your choice.Battery: Set according to your battery types.4 - Check your GPSs Version Software.
Go to the main menu and click on Setup icon.
From the Setup screen, access the System screen icon.
From the System screen, access the sub-menu icon in the upper right bar.
Select "Software Version" from the list. Verify the actual software version for me.The latest version available for the eTrex Legend is version 3.90 dated March 2008.http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=711Update the unit using this latest software and using Garmin's Webupdater.http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jspIf that won't work, use the following download page to access the latest software updates per units.http://www8.garmin.com/support/blosp.jsp5 - Resetting your GPS clock and almanac informationNext you may need to acclimate your unit to a new date and time (almanac information). If you had your unit off and without batteries for over a month since you last accessed satellites, then your clock and almanac information may be incorrect. Even Garmin acknowledges this problem after software updates and the problem with accessing satellites. They state: "unit data including alamanac information may be incorrect or cleared. Back up all user data before upgrading. After installation is complete, place unit with a clear view of the sky for 15-30 minutes to re-acquire almanac data. "I know of no way to reset the clock using the GPS menus. All I can suggest is that you do the following:A - turn the unit on and wait 5 minutes or so for the "Poor Satellite Reception" screen to appear. See page 7 of the owner's manual.B - Set the "new location" to your area using the map when the "poor satellite reception screen" appears. Be sure to use the "map" option and not the "automatic". C - Set the GPS outside with a clear view of the sky. Check on it every 10 minutes. When the "Poor Satellite Reception" screen appears again, then click on "Restart Search". The "Restart Search" option is used when the date provided in the GPS is not today's date. (See page 7 of the Owner's manual for an example)Legend Owners Manual: http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/eTrexLegend_OwnersManual.pdfD - Once the GPS can track 4 satellites, then the clock should reset and you should be fine. This process could take up to an hour. I have had this problem with my eTrex Vista and eTrex Legend (both backup GPSs) and resolved it by having the clock reset. In fact, I just tried my eTrex Legend today after not using it for many months and storing it without batteries and it had this same problem. I followed the steps above to fix the problem. This took about 35 minutes.