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Re: Unit decides to display a thin vertical line randomly
Try updating your unit software via Garmin.com. The US launched a new satellite earlier this year, causing problems with WAAS. You can disable WAAS as a temporary fix but updating your unit's software should provide a permanent fix. Let us know if this solves your problem.
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Re-set the device using a long thin point (ideally plastic) inserted in the small hole in the unit base. and/or let it run flat, then re-charge it and switch it on again. hopefully the problem will have cleared. This all assumes you have not physically damaged the unit through untoward pressure on screen, dropping etc. Hope this helps...
You need to update the software version to 2.50. You will need a data cable that connects to a serial port on a computer. Be sure to have fresh batteries in the unit and set it to simulator mode when you turn it on and then update. The update is on garmins website.
The problem is that your software version needs updating. A recently added satellite creates a glitch in the older software. Go to the Garmin website, load WebUpdater if you haven't already done so, and the updated version (3.8) will automatically install to your Garmin unit. I had the same symptoms, they have now disappeared and my Etrex Vista is back to normal.
I have run into the same problem and it may be related to the WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) feature. Try disabling this feature (under MAIN MENU / Setup). I used this receiver overseas (Asia and Europe) last year for 35 days straight with no problems. During this time WAAS was disabled as none of these satellites are visible overseas. The problem occurred intermittently prior to the overseas trip, and has reoccurred after returning. I was running into the same problem this past weekend and noticed the screen blanking out (with the vertical line) shortly after differential corrections were applied to the GPS signals. I disabled the WAAS and let the receiver run for over an hour. The problem did not return. Hope this helps.
According to Garmin Tech:
01) Power unit ON
02) Press ENTER until you get past all the warning screens
03) Press MENU twice
04) Go to SETUP
05) Under the SYSTEM tab, goto lower right box labeled WAAS
06) Disable the WAAS
11-08-07 I had the same problem with an etrex Vista. I spoke with Garmin, they said that a recently launched WAAS satellite is interferring with some models (he mentioned it is the models with a black and white screen). Garmin tech support said that they're working on a software patch but for the meantime switch WAAS off.
Call Garmin tech support with any questions or to find out about the software patch, 1-800-800-1020