Bmw Motorcycle Nav 1 screen burn

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by mexipike, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. mexipike

    mexipike Been here awhile

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    Got a new to me bike and it has a bmw navigator 1 which seems to work just fine except for a giant color burn in the screen. I know this unit is old and stuff and ten people will tell me to buy a new one but since i have the nice tt mount for it and everything, i'd rather see if i could bring it back from the dead. Anyway to take the thing apart and fix it? What do I have to lose. (garmin won't fix it anymore, already checked)
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  2. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Don't know what a "color burn" is, but mark me down at #1 - time to get a new GPS - unless you can find another similar unit, buy it cheap, and see if it is just a screen issue and you can swap them out and get it working again.
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  3. mexipike

    mexipike Been here awhile

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    I just picked up a street pilot iii on ebay for $40. It was the same model more or less as the bmw nav 1. I may try and swap screens when I get it. Are there any advantages to the nav 1 over the street pilot? Should I just forget about the bmw, mount the garmin and hit the road?

    As a side note, I know these are ancient machines but I'm trying to decide if I really want to get into gps or not before I spend the dough for a nicer unit.
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  4. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    IIRC, the biggest difference between the BMW Navigators and the plain jane Garmin units is the built-in dealer database. The screen swap is actually very straightforward if you've got some technical savvy. You'll want to invest a couple dollars in a wrist strap and ESD mat - an errant static discharge can turn that marginal GPS into a very good paperweight.
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  5. mexipike

    mexipike Been here awhile

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    I think I may just do the swap then when I get it. What's the procedure besides the wrist strap and esd mat. Just open it up unplug the screen and swap?
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    mexipike Been here awhile

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    Went ahead and did the swap! simple and easy. Now I have a really old gps that works ok, and I have no idea how to connect to my mac but at least it's period correct!:rofl
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