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Garmin GPS 72 quits running

The meter runs for a short time, after which the display disappears or becomes a single vertical line. The only way to get a reading is to temporarily remove one of the batteries and start over. I have been gentle with the meter and have not abused it in any way.

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  • gmoz May 29, 2008

    I have the exact same problem in two GPS units that we have at the office. have not found a solution for that.

  • huntforbass Mar 18, 2009

    same problem the unit worked fine, all of sudden the same thing

  • rlkl813 Apr 15, 2009

    this is bull s..t my 72, and my step sons, are doing the exact same thing I think them "Garmin" want us to buy a new one

  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    unit shuts off in about tree mins. what a POS.


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If you have the serial interface for your 72, go to the Garmin website and upgrade your Software. The latestes version 2.50 has a fix for that. You can find your version by going to the System Info menu.

Posted on Aug 12, 2009

  • fbeinhau Sep 18, 2010

    I did exactly this, the software update, and it fixed it good. Thanks for the tip. What is was doing was after 5-10 minutes it would just blank out the screen and none of the buttons would work. I had to take out the batteries and put back in and then it would turn back on. Then wink out some 5-10 minutes later. It was very odd and I thought the unit was broken or bad batteries or whatnot. The software upgrade fixed it. I was quite pleased!! Fred B


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