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Compass deos not point north

Howdy
I ask my etrex to go to a marked position but it does not send me in the correct direction,it seems the compass facility is not correct even if I rotate the pointed won't turn
cheers Brian Mack

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  • Brian McConnell Jun 09, 2008

    it doesn't have a calibration facility,but thanks anyway

    cheers B.Mack

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Yes, there is a calibration option under *System*.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

Do a calibration. press the menu button while on the compass screen and select calibrate.

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

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