Saturday, October 26, 2013

GPS Mystery

Went to Radioworld to get a new cord.

The great guys there tested the old cord and cradle and it worked fine.

One even tried it in the van and this time it worked! I had tried it yesterday with no success.

Not in rental car, nor a pickup in Gilroy, nor my Caravan on return, but now it's fine.

I have no idea why. It may be an intermittent problem in the cord or cable, or a software issue in the unit that does not allow it to turn on.

If the latter, what caused the fix?

6 comments:

  1. Isn't technology great? My GPS has just blanked out a couple of times but then it comes back just as mysteriously as it went.

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  2. The best intermittent problems turn solid and then can be fixed. If this is software based, a new firmware issue might fix it. But, this GPS is old enough that a new firmware issue is unlikely.

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  3. Ed:

    I told you before that I would do you a big favour and take it away from you. This would solve the intermittent problem and turn it into SOLID

    I mean, you should be thanking me

    I would rather it go solid too, because now I wouldn't trust it

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Bob, I figured by now you would have bought the Zumo 660, you know, the one with the curvy road finder. Since where you live, all the roads are curvy, I figure it would lock up solid and you would have to send it to me ...

      I forgot to try one other thing on the ailing GPS. I carry a hex key to remove the battery. This often does a reset that restores normal operation. This sometimes occurs when changing the SD card. I should have done this reset, but did not think of it.

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  4. Was the power outlet in the rental switched? This sometimes happens.

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    1. The front one was. A Radio Shack salesman loaned me a USB power plug with an LED and the outlet was fine. There was a second outlet in the console that was unswitched and it too was ok. So, I knew it had to be the unit or the power supply. I think the remove battery and cause a hard reset method would have done the trick. Just did not think of doing that.

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