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Ray posted 09-24-2001 11:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ray   Send Email to Ray  
My Garmin GPS II will not pick up sattelite signels. It worked fine for 3 years and then poop it just sits there. It will power up but go to further. Any suggestions what to do or where to send or toss it and but new?
gunnelgrabber posted 09-24-2001 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
i'm far from the "go to' guy on this but maybe this'll help out some..happened to a friend's. they have an internal battery that does just what you described. eats all your data etc..garmin said "hook it up periodically to a cigarette-12v outlet" have to have a special cable i think...good luck..lm
Tsuriki BW posted 09-24-2001 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Could be cable or antenna. Dealer might have one for demo use that will be the same. Check the connector also.

Just some quick thoughts.


triblet posted 09-25-2001 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Have you tried being very patient? If they
loose their empheris ("where the sats are"),
it can take them a very long time to rebuild
it. And yes, Garmins of that vintage usually
have an internal battery for the memory.
If you leave them with no batteries for
a long time, it can die. Happened to a
coworker of mine.

Garmin has a reasonably friendly out of
warantee repair program. $89 flat rate
for a GPS II or II, but I think I'd just
buy a modern one.



where2 posted 09-25-2001 07:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Try this: Hold the "mark" key while powering the unit "ON". If I am recalling it correctly from Garmin's website will cause the GPS_II to do a system reset clearing all waypoints, routes and stored data including ephemeris. Then, let the unit sit in the wide open sky for 20 minutes to grab a new ephemeris and locate itself. You will have to set your offset from Greenwich, and try to use the auto-initialize function picking your state from the list. (this helps speed up the initialization time)

Before you toss it, I'll pay postage to get it out of your junk drawer or trash can. I need an antenna off one of the old Garmins.

simonmeridew posted 09-25-2001 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
before you go crazy erasing data, call the garmin customer service people up--phone number is on the website--and ask what to do. I had an old garmin 38 which started working erratically, the man said send it in I won't be disappointed, and I wasn't. In ten days I had in my hands a brand new upgrade to a garmin 12 with--get this, my 200 or so old waypoints, routes etc. installed on the new unit. I just sent a check in with the old unit for whatever the flat rate was. Point is, I feel superior service in a quickly changing(consumer electronics)environment. Don't erase those waypoints.
triblet posted 09-25-2001 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
You can probably download the waypoints
to your computer (assuming you have the
right cable) before you reset it. Garmin's
MapSource program can download it or the
freeware Waypoint plus.

Then you can put them back after the reset.


where2 posted 09-26-2001 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Ok, quick hop over to Garmin's website reveals their secret. Press and hold the PAGE key down and power the unit up, then release the PAGE key. I knew it was one of the ENTER MARK PAGE buttons.

Now, if someone knows why my backlight on my 45XL isn't operating at full brightness...

TightPenny posted 09-26-2001 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
Call Garmin customer service. They bend over backwards to take care of their customers. This is experience speaking.
Ray posted 09-26-2001 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Hey Guys,
It's really a great feeling to know help is out there in abundance. Thanks for the many responses. I'll let you know the results.
lhg posted 09-26-2001 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Couldn't there have been a better title for this thread! [Ed. Note: Yes!]
acseatsri posted 09-26-2001 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Who's Garmin??
Ray posted 09-28-2001 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
I do not understand your question? Also why do guys like you not list your email, location and interests on you profile? Always seems funny to me what one has to hide? Just curious.
gunnelgrabber posted 09-28-2001 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
ray..(lhg)..i'll try that one..the comment related to the manner or quality of speech, expression, or discourse? me anyway.also regarding lhg and others who keep addresses anonymous? ..if you or i had the knowledge,shared it selflessly ,like he and others do , it could be a nuisance to have every tom, dick and suzie always on your email etc....i respect his and anybody's privacy,wishes in this regard.i don't think anything's being" hidden".we just don't all see that in the same way.a respectful $.02 worth...sure appreciate this group ,thanks...lm
lhg posted 09-28-2001 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Dear Ray - "guys like me" have nothing to hide. If you would bother to take the time to look around other sections of this website, you'd know that by now! You're part of the reason my e-mail is not listed.

Your truly,

Ed Stone posted 09-28-2001 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Ray,
Does that garmin have a internal antenna?
The reason I ask is my garmin quit while
20 miles out in the gulf.I ended up replacing
the antenna.My garmin has the external
antenna.The hardest part was pulling the
antenna wire down the t-top.
Good luck,
Ed Stone
daverdla posted 09-28-2001 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
LHG - I didn't know what an important person you are. Thanks for letting us know.
jimh posted 09-29-2001 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Speaking as the moderator:

The original topic for this thread was a bit vulgar. I changed it.

In a few cases some participants have removed their e-mail addresses due to abusive messages from other participants.

Discussions which shift their focus from the message to the messenger always tend to drift into uncomfortable waters.

Ray posted 10-01-2001 06:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Thanks guys for the replys. I guess that my curiousity was met quite fully. I did not intend to be offensive and am sorry if it sounded that way. Also JimH I did not intend to be vulgar with the thread title and had no idea that it sounded so... just the first thing that popped into my mind. I will be more sensitive in the future. And to Ed. The antenna is the short little stubby thing that rotates so you can change the sreen from horiz to vert. The unit is at Garmin today and I will post the results.

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