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Ryan B posted 03-12-2009 07:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for Ryan B   Send Email to Ryan B  
I have an older garmin 230 mapping GPS. Towards the end of last year, the internal battery went dead and I lost all my waypoints and could no longer save any routes, waypoints, etc. I had a message saying something to the effect of "Internal battery power is low" so I looked in my manual and it says that the internal batter is dead and I should contact a local Garmin rep. for service. I called Garmin and they said that since this is an older model, they no longer will work on them. They told me just to remove the battery and replace it. I did so and I am still getting the message saying battery power is low. I am thinking that maybe there is a reset on the unit somewhere, but I have no idea where to look. I am hoping to find someone who knows what needs to be done to fix this. The unit works great, if I could get this problem straightened out. Hope someone can give me some needed input.
Thanks Ryan
HAPPYJIM posted 03-12-2009 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
You don't say where you are located but if you are in a coastal area there should be a marine electronics shop in the phone book. I had a local guy fix mine for less than $20 cash.
Ryan B posted 03-12-2009 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ryan B  Send Email to Ryan B     
I am in Ohio and took it to a guy to repair but it still doesn't work.
kwik_wurk posted 03-12-2009 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
Since you replaced a battery and have no change in error screen, you might have another battery to take care of.

At this point it seems you don't have much to loose if you open the unit up and look at the boards for a small board battery.

It is likely soldered in place, and may require a little effort to remove.

You may find a "hard boot" button as well.

I don't know of a soft key combination for booting the unit.

Good luck.

Ryan B posted 03-12-2009 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ryan B  Send Email to Ryan B     
Thanks for the info. Yeah, the battery that was replaced was soldered in but it wasn't too hard to get out. I am going back out to my repair guy tonight to have him take another look.


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