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Will not start up

My Roadmate 700 is a couple years old so it is no longer under warranty. It would only start up every once in a while for a little, now it won't turn on at all. Sometimes there are a couple lines that appear on the display. I suspect that it might be the hard drive. If it is, is there anyway that I can buy a new hard drive for it? I can install it myself, but I was also wondering if there was a place that repairs these types of things.

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  • jimdee Dec 25, 2007

    Thank Dan: I did just as you suggested and sure enough, I found the third IC chip had all three leads broken on one side. My question now is, can this be repaired, can I purchase the board somewhere, or will Magellan repair it for me, or can I get it repaired somewhere else? Any ideas? Thanks again for the help,


  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    Throw it away and buy you a Tomtom. No offense, but I try many things and just wasted my time. I was frustrated out of my wits. Magellan products are not built to last but 6 months.



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Attempt this at your own risk as this is merely suggestion. Do not blame me if your already broken GPS is.... brokener? Since it is no longer under warranty, here's something that you could do. Ever soldered before? If not, find someone who has. If the problem is the hard drive, which is somewhat common then your out of luck. If the problem isn't the hard drive though then try this. (be grounded before you open the case. - take 4 screws out. - carefully, slightly open wide end (left side (facing you)). - push bottom half towards narrow end (there are 2 hooks on opposing end) - CAUTION: there will be an RF cable attached to the main board next to the antenna, remove it. - fold the case over and you'll see the card in the rear housing. - Normally the culprit, look to where the cable leads on this card. - the connector (on the ckt card) could be loose, if so solder it back on. - Remove the circuit card and look on the back. - There should be 3 small IC chips next to each other on the bottom side, if not and the 3rd chip isn't to be found... your out of luck yet again. Good luck and if you get confused during the process, let me know and I'll try to clarify. and put the 4 rubber rings back on.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006

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    Daniel daniel Aug 31, 2006

    When booting up your MRM 700 the first screen you see appear: blue background with Magellan symbol is pulled from your Main Board's NAND Flash memory. If your system doesn't progess past this point then either your HD is bad/corrupt or you could just have some loose cables etc.

    The 3 "secret" menus (that I have used) are accessible through pressing :

    Zoom in key plus repeat button
    Zoom out key plus repeat button
    Zoom in and out at the same time as stated previously

    I mainly just use the zoom out and repeat button to clear the user data. The other functions within other menus I would use with caution, unless you are certain of the functions being performed.




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I too have been having problems with my roadmate 700, and as I was tinkering, I found that I could access the factory test settings by pressing the Plus (+) and Minus (-) at the same time, as I powered up the device. THere is a hard drive test in that menu.

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