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Etrex - can't find satellites anymore. Just stopped one day after downloading Points to my pc

Is there a global reset option for the etrex

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  • TomSM Jul 01, 2008

    Thanks for bearing with me and coming up trumps!!!



    Cheers TomSM

  • a1001smiles Jul 06, 2008

    Hi Benimur,
    im having a similar problem with a Garmin eTrex Vista unit. It displays a date of 12-Dec-24 and although displays that it has found satelites it will not lock on to give a position!

    i.e. i get up to 8 black bars at a good signal strength, but it still after more than an hour will not give a position.

    I have tried the second method you describe which didnt seem to make a difference. The unit gets to the disclaimer statement and then wont do anything unless i take my fingers of the buttons at which point it reverts back to normal mode.

    The first method im not sure about as i dont see any reference to a page up button in the manual?

    Any advice would be appreciated


  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2008

    Tried the recommended solution (page up/page/pwr on etc. still cannot read find satellites...... (yet it knows the date & time....). any other solutions?

  • govbug Jul 24, 2008

    Tried your solution to my etrex not finding satellites (Page up/page/pwr on) and it still can't find a satellite

  • jeff0352 Nov 11, 2008

    When I went into the service mode is there anything that ells me the unit is receiving sat signal









  • brainard941 Apr 15, 2009

    can't find satellites. used to hook up promptly, now can't locate.

  • jeszp Apr 23, 2009

    I have the same problem with the eTrex Vista. After resetting the unit, it will lock onto satellites (after 10 min) and then lose lock after 15 min. It use to work fine when I bought it, but performance has deteriorated over time. It also won't communicate over RS232 with MapSource. I won't buy another Garmin if this problem can't be fixed.

  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    The reset seems to work fine on the basic etrex, but not on the vista. I cannot reach the service mode. Anybody any ideas?

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Hi,

To my knowledge, a reset on a Garmin eTrex would require:
Holding down the PAGE and PAGE UP buttons while simultaneously powering the unit. The Garmin eTrex will enter the service mode/display:
- Bravo Version
- Software Version
- Time
- Internal temperature of unit
- Battery voltage
- External voltage
- Button presses
- Other tech info

You can also perform an LCD display/screen check by pressing the PAGE button 2X.

A firendly word of advice: While entering the service mode is interesting and useful, be careful which buttons you press because it is also possible to rest the unit to factory settings within this mode. Pressing "up"+"enter"+"on/off" keys in service mode will reset the eTrex to factory defaults. All presets and data will be lost.

To exit just turn it off as normal, and then turn it back on as normal. Unless you deliberately reset the GPS, nothing should have changed.

Alternately, you can try: Hold down the find, click-stick, and page buttons. Press the power button, and when the title screen appears, release the buttons. This will clear all memory (you will lose all waypoints, etc. back them up first).
Find button: bottom button on the left
Click stick: the button on the face of the unit
Page: the top button on the right
Power: the bottom button on the right

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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    Louie Role Jul 03, 2008

    Glad to be of assistance and appreciate the rating too.

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