Question about GPS Devices
I have a Garmin NUVI 200W and the USB Port has pulled loose. Its still attached but it doesn't take a charge anymore. I think spending 125 dollars to send it back to Garmin is crazy if its something I can repair myself. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
The problem with repairing it yourself is that this is a surface mount connector. The solder pads are so small, it would be very difficult to solder with a standard soldering iron. Most likely you would apply too much solder and short out the connector. You really need to use a surface mount soldering/desoldering device and that can be fairly expensive. I have done this before but I have access to the right equipment.
Also, there is a possiblility that the printed circuit board tracks have been pulled up off the main board. If that has happened, there's a lot more work involved in fixing that. You might have to put in a different type of power jack and run wires from it to the main board.
If you're going to try to salvage the USB connector, I would remove it completely and install a new one. Over time, these connectors wear out, so you're better off removing the old one and putting a new one in. Again, this all depends upon whether the tracks on the board have been damaged or not.
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.
You also have to know how to take apart the Nuvi.
Posted on Jul 21, 2008
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