Most GPS problems - Hangs, frozen screens, problems
acquiring satellites, ETC, can be attributed to the device not having the latest
This firmware enables it to communicate with the
satellites - but if they aren't speaking the same language they get confused
For Garmin GPS Automotive units, Garmin has you do
the following before sending it in for repairs:
1 - SOFT RESET
2 - HARD
to see instructions for either reset)
3 - UPDATE the device using
their WebUpdater software (CLICK HERE
Garmin is the only company that offers repairs
AFTER the warranty has expired. They offer a FLAT RATE REPAIR
service for units no longer in warranty.
For Other GPS units please consult your owner's
manual or their support site - as each model - and even manufacture dates - can
lead to different reset procedures.
NEXTAR does NOT offer any types of Firmware or map
upgrades or repair services. Instead - they have an exchange program to update
to a new UNIT for around the same price as a repair would be. CLICK HERE
more on that.
WARRANTY on most GPS devices is 1 year from the
date of purchase.
Broken screens are considered ABUSE - and not
covered under warranty.
Finally - If your unit is on the charger for HOURS,
You've tried both the car AND USB type charger, and you turn it on... it stays
on for a minute (or so) then powers down or never comes on at all - the battery
has lost it's ability to hold a charge and must be replaced.
Looking around YouTube - you can get a tutorial on
how to CAREFULLY crack open just about any GPS. The tool(s) necessary typically
are included with the battery purchase. Typically batteries run about $25
NiCd batteries are meant to be energized once a
month so they keep active, and don't build up deposits that lead to their
I hope this was helpful for you.
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