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Etrex vista cx

Compass arrow has left, and has not come back, even with 2 fresh battery changes, and 2 calibrations of compass.

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  • asaxist Jun 25, 2008

    Already did that. Several times. Turned off waited 30-120 sec, tried again. no luck.

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Hi, the DOT (Direction Of Travel) arrow will only appear on the Compass page when you are navigating.

  1. Go to the 'Main Menu'
  2. Select 'Find'
  3. Select 'Waypoints'
  4. Select a waypoint
  5. Select the 'Go TO' button
Once you are on the Compass page you should have the DOT arrow as long as you have a sat lock.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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