Garmin GPS V Troubleshooting

Garmin GPS V Won't Turn On ¶ 

The Garmin GPS V refuses to turn on despite repeated attempts

Press and hold power button ¶ 

The power button on the front of the unit should be pressed and help down for several seconds. Pressure should be applied and let off once the unit powers on.

Depleted/dead batteries ¶ 

If your Garmin V has not been used recently or left on, the batteries may be depleted. Make sure your Garmin V is plugged into a wall outlet or computer and then look for activity. Your Garmin should recognize that it is plugged in to a power source and begin charging. If your unit refuses to charge or doesn't hold a charge for very long, you should replace the batteries.

Loose or bad micro SD Card ¶ 

If your Garmin V won't turn on, try removing the micro SD card before starting the device.

Bad display ¶ 

Your Garmin V may appear to be off because it has a bad display. Power the unit on and listen for any activity inside. If you hear a familiar sound such as a tone or vibration, it's likely the display is broken and it must be replaced. To replace display, refer to Installing Garmin GPS V Display

Bad logic board ¶ 

If your Garmin V isn't communicating to the computer or wall outlet, it may have a bad logic board. To replace logic board, refer to Installing Garmin GPS V Logic Board

Garmin V Isn't Acquiring a Signal ¶ 

The Garmin V isn't getting a satellite signal on power up

Reset the satellite data ¶ 

If the GPS has been unused for a long period, the ephermis data may be out of date. The device needs to be reset by choosing "new location" in the menu.

Allow the GPS some time to acquire a signal ¶ 

The Garmin V should be powered on and allowed 15-20 minutes to acquire a signal outside. The ephermis data may be old so it will need time to receive new satellite data.

Screen Blanks and Shows Single Line ¶ 

After the unit powers on, the screen turns off and features horizontal line

Turn off WAAS ¶ 

Turning off the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) function on the Garmin V will provide a temporary fix for this screen issue. WAAS can be turned off by pressing the "menu" button twice to get to the main menu. Then "Setup" must be pressed by using the rocker keypad and pressing "Enter." Once the WAAS option is found on the system tab then it can be disabled.

Download latest Firmware ¶ 

The latest firmware for the Garmin GPS V can be downloaded on Garmin's website. The issue was fixed in version 2.60.

Garmin V Shuts Off During Use ¶ 

When using the Garmin V, it tends to shut off automatically from time to time

Batteries may be vibrating loose ¶ 

Any use of the Garmin V that results in vibrations or shocks such as a bicycle or vehicle may temporarily shake the batteries loose from their contacts. This can be fixed by putting a spacer in the battery compartment or taping them in.

11 Comments

Devise shows only power battery icon

Parmila - Reply

Is there a way to go and open to fix the battery

ericlou - Reply

Can we open to check battery or have to send to garmin

ericlou - Reply

My GPS shut off and on could be the cord or battery

ericlou - Reply

My garmin will turn on when plugged in but immediately shuts off again.

What could the problem be? The led on the cord is on.

Flamingo - Reply

Try a new cord

avaguerra -

my screen is locked up in the address/recently mode, can not trun it off......no response from any thing

keith jones - Reply

my screen is locked up........can't even turn it off

keith jones - Reply

Iv had my Garmin less than a year. It's froze and not turning off.

Michelle -

We cannot get our nuvi to find Lacrosse, WI. It's set to Wisconsin, but only brings up two cities that begin with L. Help please…

Monette Harbeck - Reply

How do you change settings or anything when screen is black

Larry strickland - Reply

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