I bouhgt a refurbished Garmin C340 GPS system. It's 2 days old and will not power on. It would not power on out fo the box. When I snapped the C340 into its cradle whioch was plugged inot my car's cigarrette lighter socket it worked immediately. And it worked fairly well - it did take about 10 minutes to locate satellites. But it worked slick. I used it for about 30 minutes and stopped at a store. I was in the store for about 50 minutes. When I came out the C340 would not power up. I took off the face plate and hit the reset button, it still will not power up. I have connected it to my PC, but sicne it won't power on the Windows XP software doesn't know what the device is and stops the loading of my Garmin GPS driver diskette. So the unit appears dead. Is there anything I can do or should I just return it and buy a Magellan?
I just bought (and received yesterday) a refurbished unit through Amazon.com. I had the same power problem. Finally I figured out that I could charge the battery by hooking the unit up to my computer with the USB cable. The battery fully charged after about three hours. The unit makes a loud sound when the battery is full.
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the screen of the Garmin StreetPilot C340. If the touch screen does not
seem to respond when you hit it with your finger or a stylus, you may
need to calibrate it. To do this, turn the unit off and then hold down
the "Power" key for approximately one minute. You will see a
calibration screen come up that will recalibrate the GPS unit.
the Garmin StreetPilot C340. If your GPS unit is not responding or is
stuck on a particular screen, it may need to be reset in order to
operate. To reset, remove the face plate of the unit by gently prying
it off. Locate the "Reset" button under the face plate and press down
in order to restart the device.
the fuse of the Garmin StreetPilot C340. If the fuse blows on the GPS,
you will need to make a replacement using an ACG/3AG 2 amp fuse.
Unscrew the adapter cord at the end and remove the fuse found there.
Put in the new fuse to see if this returns function to the unit.
the software for your Garmin StreetPilot C340. If the GPS is not
providing you with correct directional information, you may need to
update the software or download new maps onto the device. Connect the
Garmin StreetPilot C340 with the USB cord to your PC and log on the Garmin website for available updates.
I had the same problem on a trip. Required two fixes and once I did this the unit worked fine.
1. Replace the fuse in the car adapter (reason it wasn't charging when I used it in the car).
2. See the users manual on page 31 regarding resetting your C340. http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/StreetPilotc340_OwnersManual.pdf
The Garmin batteries tend to die after about 2 years. Garmin will replace the battery for you but prepare to pay top dollar. It is a shame because the problem is commonplace. They should have made the replacement user friendly. The battery is buried deep inside and it is soldered.
I have a 100v A/C power / charger unit for my garmin C340 GPS that I use to charge my Garmin's battery every day. I can use thj adapter to run the GPS, or just turn it off and let it charge the GPS. But it connects dirctly to the Garmin GPS unit, not to the cradle like the Cigarrette lighter unit does. .
Avoid buying Garmin GPS. Their units have a non user replaceable battery that last about 2 years. After that, you have to send the unit to Garmin to replace the battery and be hit with at least $150 plus shipping. Possibly more if they need to fine tune something else. Look at other brands with easier battery replacement such as Sony, Navigon, etc. Garmin is a total rip off.