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Gps 72 system locks up with vertical blue line on screen. cannot reboot until removing power source. Then will reboot but go through the same thing

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  • Anonymous Aug 11, 2008

    I have the same problem..

  • godofredo_go Sep 15, 2008

    i dont use it to often,it starts but after 5 minutes it goes out and a vertical line appears ,i have to take batteries to star it again ,but keeps doing it again.

  • ntaylorartis Sep 17, 2008

    I will be on track to a site when my GPS goes blank with only a blue line across the screen. When I take out the batteries and replace them, it will power back up, though I have to start all over to get back to my original reading. It then can go out again at any time. I am so frustrated with my unit, for it is no longer reliable. I need it fixed asap. Nancy Taylor

  • optimum Sep 30, 2008

    If you don,t have the patch cable to connect to PC, and have the fix via Garmin web site downloaded,( cable is approx 34 u.s.d. for the gps 72 ) then you can get around the problem by disabling the wass feature. Quality control messed up on this one. The unit will not shut down or cause further problems with the update installed , or you can simply disable the wass feature and it will work. Unfortunatly the unit will not be as accurate when not in the wass mode.. Go to the Garmin site under updates and downloads and download the web updater. Too bad garmin will not eat the cost of the patching cable due to thier software problem. I went through this with them, to no avail.

  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    I have the same problem on my new Garmin eTrex Vista. Screen goes dead randomly after a few minutes or more of use and have to take batteries out and then put them back before unit responds again and the blue line on the screen goes away. VERY frustrating.

  • cmorse1 Dec 15, 2008

    I also have the same problem



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As mentioned before, disabling the wass feature will do away with this problem of the ( DREADED BLUE SCREEN) and having to remove power source then re introducing the power source, only to go through the whole thing again. Or >>> Download the fix via Garmin web site ( free ). You will need the interface cable to transfer the data once download from your computer to the unit though.This cable is approx $ 34.00 u.s.d., and as mentioned on Garmin site, if you screw up the data transfer it will have to go back to factory. The wass feature makes the unit more accurate, but the unit will function very accuratly with this feature disabled...

Posted on Nov 04, 2008


I have had some success by deleting some of the tracks that were stored in the GPS. Mine was at 100% memory full and it was getting the blue line every few minutes, I deleted the tracks and some other waypoints I didn't use and it has been back and working for me. The next one I get will not be GARMIN GARBAGE!!!

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Download the update program from the Garmin website. Woked for me!

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

Update firmware to 2.50

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