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My garmin etrex does nothing with new batteries I had the gps on all day while boating. Forgot to turn it off. Checked on it the next afternoon and screen was blank. Replaced batteries, unit will not turn on. Cleaned the already clean contacts and checked all connections with a meter. No luck. Is this unit now a paperweight? Can it be taken apart to check further?

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  • lt7578 Sep 11, 2008

    My son just contacted me from college stating much the same thing. He has the eTrex. The old batteries died so he changed the batteries, turned it on to make sure it worked then turned it off. Later he tried to use it and it will not turn on. I advised him to check battery type and contacts to make sure they are still in proper positions. It may be a few days before I know if any of the above provided a solution.

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The eTrex is on the way back to Garmin! I contacted Garmin ref this problem and the tech suggested that I try to 'reset the master'...Power device off (it won't turn on so this was not a problem), press and hold down for 5 seconds the following button combination: page+enter+power. If this works a prompt will come up asking if you want to clear all user data, to which you have to select 'yes' and this will erase all data saved/stored. Leave the device outside for a minimum of 20 minutes so that it may properly acquire satellites. If the device does not awake using these directions...back to Garmin, which is the action I must now take! lt7578

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