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Blank Screen on Garmin E-Trex Vista

My Garmin E-trex Vista will have the screen go blank with the exception of one dark line down the center. It is somewhat random and it doesn't matter if I am running off the battery, plugged into the cigarette lighter or into the laptop. Sometimes it goes blank in a minute or two, other times in fifteen minutes. New batteries don't help.


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  • padge1 Sep 26, 2008

    i have the exact same problem, have tried to update the recievers software and it still happens,

  • Anonymous Oct 05, 2008

    My E-trex is doing the same thing. It has the current software.

  • philsp2006 Oct 13, 2008

    My Etrex Legend does the same thing: randomly crashes with a vertical line down the display, usually when switching to map view. I bought my legend in 2005 and have used it a lot and it's just now (in the last week) started displaying this problem.

  • shopper334 Oct 24, 2008

    Same exact problem. Only re-starts by removing the batteries, then repeats the same problem moments later.

  • tpell Oct 29, 2008

    I bought a bunch of Legends for my fire crew, and they've been dying left and right, with at least two doing this very thing, a line down the blank screen after startup.

  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    Same exact problem. Legend, Only re-starts by removing the batteries. Anyone have an answer?

  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2008

    Garmin Legend, two years old this Christmas. Has developed the "flat line" problem, blank screen with one line down middle. Occurs shortly into boot up. Finds satellites and then "flat lines". Contacting Garmin to see what they say.

  • pilemehere Nov 14, 2008

    Garmin Legend with screen blank problem. Anyone get a fix on this problem yet?

  • prbeda Nov 20, 2008

    Garmin unit is a Legend, bought new in Jan 2007 and I have the same issue. Changed batteries and not better. Suddently problem stopped few weeks after.

  • Dyshippie Nov 20, 2008

    Same problem here, does anyone know of a fix yet?

  • JENNY7123 Feb 12, 2009

    My GPS is two years old. After I plug it in the cigarette lighter, two seconds later the screen goes black and does not come back on. What can I do?



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Yes, this problem has been caused by the launch of a new satellite earlier this year. As soon as your unit gets a fix from the new satellite, it causes this problem. Simple immediate fix: disable WAAS in the setup. Permanent fix: go to Garmin website and update your unit's software and it will fix this temporary problem. Enjoy your GPS and don't forget to come back and tell us if this fixed your problem.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008


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