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The images on my GPS III screen look fractured as

The images on my Garmin GPS III screen look fractured as if someone has erased lines through whatever shows up on the screen. Is this a poor internal batery? I don't leave the unit in direct sunlight andkeep it covreed to protect it from sunlight damage. The unit is over 10 years old.

Where can I send this for repair? Garmin said they won't touch it.

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SOURCE: Garmin GPS III LCD screen problem

Dear ckcamp I don't think it is your screen - I have a III and I never left it in the sun and hardly ever used it.  All of the sudden - nothing on the screen.  I suspect it has something to do with the internal battery - the one that retains your memory.  The manual states that it is suppose to last up to 10 years.  Well, I don't remember how old mine is but I'm guessing that is it.  You can see the backlight initiate but nothing no matter how many AA batts you put in.  My guess is that if we replace the internal battery - if possible - it will start up.  I look forward to seeing you post if you are sucessful in finding out how to replace that batt.  Good luck.

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I dont have a GPS 111 plus unit but my guess is that it has a very small solder in 3v rechargeable lithium battery (as do most Garmin units)
This is a $1 quick and dirty fix which I have used for the i2, i3 and i5 series and could probably be adapted for the GPS111.
Forget all about the 'special' battery, just get a CR2025 or similar 3v lithium button cell. make it 'wire ended' by baring off the ends of some very thin connecting wire say 2 inches long and tape to each side of the battery with insulating tape. Slacken the 3 screws holding the AA battery pack and tuck the CR2025 underneath, pack some sponge on top so that when the screws are re-tightened there is sufficient pressure to keep the battery firmly in place and also to keep the wires held firmly against the battery. Remove the original button cell and wire in the new CR2025 make sure you keep the same polarity. Thats it.
I know the CR2025 is not chargeable but it does not need to be, its capacity is about 100 times greater than than the original cell and it will last at least 5 years without becoming discharged, it is not affected by the tiny charge current the garmin tries to put in it. The original button cell will have failed within about 5 yrs so it's a 'no brainer'. This solution is intended for folks with some electronic knowledge and ability, If you do not fully understand any of the above then dont attempt it'
Hope this helps.

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You can buy a new C330 now for $125 - $175. It would probably cost that much to repair the old one, I would replace it.

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It sounds like you have a problem with the screen itself. Garmin at has an excellent repair program. They repair your out of warrant GPS for a flat fixed rate. The GPS is like new when you get it back. Just to to the Garmn web site click on the support tab and follow the menu selections from there.

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