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Will not turn on

Garmin etrex Legend CX suddenly stopped working. The unit will not turn on with new batteries or with external power supply (car adapter).

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  • Anonymous Jul 01, 2008

    put it down after a succesfull cachehunt, noticed nothing abnormal
    next time i wanted to use it
    i cant turn it on anymore

  • chuckbc45 Jul 03, 2008

    Garmin eTrex legend worked great, never had any problems. Took it out to go on trip and it will not power up. Tried multiple new batteries with same results.

  • Trekker23 Jul 15, 2008

    Mine also wont turn on with new batteries..I just got it a week ago so I dont get it...When i plug it in to the computer it still wont turn on...I contacted garmin but have not heard anything yet

  • Anonymous Sep 06, 2008

    It was running, but not detected as USB-device, so I switched it off an on again. But it left off.

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    cperkin1 Sep 21, 2008

    I have the same problem my Garmin eTrex won't do anything. I tried new batteries and plugging it into the computer and it won't show anything. Is there a reset button or something?

  • ajsilva Oct 05, 2008

    I too have a legend cx that won't turn on. can it be repaired? reset? this is my second etrex that broke.

  • Brian Mangan
    Brian Mangan Oct 11, 2008

    I too can't get my legend cx to turn off after a software update

  • Anonymous Oct 17, 2008

    My Garmin Etrex Summit mysteriously stopped working. I tried to turn it on one day and nothing. New batteries and an external power supply both did not solve it. I don't know of a reset feature on this model, and if the screen is damaged then it probably wouldn't help. My GPS has not been abused or seen harsh conditions at all and is still under warranty. I will try to contact Garmin to resolve the issue, but was wondering if anyone can provide some insight.

  • tech9803 Oct 24, 2008

    Same problem. Was working OK one day, completely dead the next morning. Have only used this for 30-40 hours since new, never dropped or abused. New batteries, plug into USB, nothing.

  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    Exactly the same problem with eTrex Venture CX. Working perfectly on the way to work. Got out of car, went to work, got back into car, and it won't turn on. Changed batteries, plugged into power - nothing. Help!

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    My Garmin Legend Cx is a couple years old and has worked perfectly until this weekend. I turned it on to check the battery life Friday night and it was about 50%. Then I went to turn in on Saturday morning at the beginning of our snow machine trip and nothing (i.e. blank screen). Have tried new batteries, USB plug in and everything else I could think of short of bouncing it off the walls. I hate to think of having to buy a new one when it was just working fine a couple of days ago.

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    My Garmin etrex legend is about five years old. I use it maybe 2-3 times a year. Now, with new batteries, it will not turn on. I did notice that on two occasions, the screen came up for about 2 seconds and then dark. It is almost like there is a break in a wire.



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I contacted Garmin and they had me remove the microchip inside and see if that would fix the problem. It did not. So they instructed me to send it back in for repair. They gave me a return number and then ended up replacing the unit with a new one. My unit was under a year old so it was no charge.

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Throw away buy a new one

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