Garmin Oregon 450 rebooting

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by MexMex, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. MexMex

    MexMex Been here awhile

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    Last redbull romaniacs I used Garmin Etrex with reasonable results.
    This year, going again to the same race, I decided to upgrade and bough Oregon 450 with touratech mount.

    Everything went well for the first couple of months but than it start to behave.
    Every time the power goes off (12V USB adapter) and goes back on (like after a stop) the GPS reboot itself and then get stuck like it is connected to a computer and not to power adapter.
    Sometime after a 20-30 second it reboot again in normal navigation mode, sometimes it just get black out and gone.

    I exchange it with a new one, exactly the same thing.

    Obviously I cannot race that way....

    Any solution? any Idea?
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  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    It could either be your power cable failing or your power source which is sending spikes or other dirty power to the gps, causing it to fail. I used to connect my power cable to a wire which probably powered down when I hit the starter button on my DR650 and my gps often failed to boot properly but it hasn't done that once since I connected directly to the battery.
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  3. MexMex

    MexMex Been here awhile

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    Same thing when I took it to my car with the original cable!
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  4. Emmbeedee

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    Try a different cable then. Seems to be the only thing you haven't done.

    You could also use it on batteries.

    The Oregon would not be my choice of a motorcycle gps. The mini-usb connection is just too fragile.
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  5. MexMex

    MexMex Been here awhile

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    I tried with 2 cables, one of them the original that came with the unit. same thing.

    I could use it with batteries, but I want to have the backlight on all the time for easy reading.

    When functioning right, Imlove this unit! its small enough but with decent screen size. together withnthe touratech mount its looks like great combination on the freereide.

    thanks for your help!
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  6. MexMex

    MexMex Been here awhile

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    Just got video from the dealer shows that with his OEM cable it work just fine.

    So I did some search and found the cable that came with the unit (other from the Garmin cable I tried before). Its a simple 99c cable that say CHINA on one side, and GARMIN on the other.
    Went testing, on 2 cars, 2 different USB adapters (that give 0 problems with any other device) - same thing.

    However, I found in one forum something and change the interface from Garmin serial to Garmin Spanner - and it stopped acting!
    Now it just ask me if to go to mass storage mode or GPS and with one push everything OK.

    I just don't understand why it works before great and now not and why it work OK for the dealer but for me not....
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