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Etrex satellite problem

Hi - I've tried your global reset sequence in the service mode, but I don't seem to be losing any data ... so I'm not sure the global reset is working and I still can't find the satellites. Do you have any more sugestions?

Cheers TomSM

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  • TomSM Jun 30, 2008

    Hi Benimur, I didn't know whether the second one was relevant to my etrex as I don't have a button on the front. So I tried the method using the enter button instead and it reset ....... Wahey!!!Thanks a million. Its now finding satellites fine. Cheers you're a star.



    TomSM

  • don_scott365 Jul 05, 2008

    seems gps is in work with gps off mode will not change setting gps is etrex legend c thank you don

  • wcharleton Jul 16, 2008

    garmin etrex legend won't find satellites. have checked settings per manual. all were ok.

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Hi again,

Appreciate the update.

Have you tried both methods?

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    Louie Role Jul 01, 2008

    Glad that it is working again and appreciate the rating.

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    Louie Role Jul 01, 2008

    A favor, if it is OK with you, I would appreciate if you can likewise re-evaluate the rating in your original posting here. It kinda lowered my overall percentile. Thanks again in advance.

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