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My Garmin Etrex Summit records tracklogs and shows them on the screen but when I upload them to my PC all tracks show as 0 miles, 0 altitude etc

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2 possible reasons.
Either memory is full.
Try remove all data from history, and have a small run.
It should be OK then on PC upload.

If not OK, only hard reset can cleanup device, and return to factory settings.
Consult your manual for hard reset instructions.

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

  • tony_pagett Oct 04, 2010

    Thank you for your reply.
    I have already done a hard reset but still no joy

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