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Foolish

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Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:30:44 AM »
Hey guys I need some help with my garmin.  I have a 60CSX I got it late 2009 and it won't stay powered on.  It shuts off seconds after I turn it on. I've changed the batteries a dozen times, and even tried it plugged in.  It will start and fade out.  I have put this model through everything so wear and tear is completely possible!  I just want to know if I should send it out to pasture and get a new one.  Thanks in advance!  You guys are awesome.

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 08:04:20 AM »
Will it run continuously when you connect a USB power supply?

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 08:08:16 AM »
If Boyd's suggestion works, look for loose battery connections (maybe stretch the spring).  Also, 60CSXs had a problem with their power switch getting worn.  Anything other than stretching the battery spring is an internal repair, but if you are thinking of tossing it anyway, it could be a valuable learning experience.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2013, 09:35:07 AM by Seldom »

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 08:10:42 AM »
What kind of batteries are you using?

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 08:25:16 AM »
It is most likely the contacts between the battery case and the main board.  All of the garmin handhelds have contacts between the battery case and the board instead of hard wires.  These become dirty or loose and cause intermittent power loss.

Open the case and clean the contacts, then bend them out to give more pressure.  Just Google if you need details.  It is quite easy.  It is a common problem when mountain biking as the vibration knocks these units out.

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2013, 02:44:32 AM »
It will shut down with usb or battery.  I pulled the case apart and the contacts between the backside and motherboard look fine i guess.  I can try tweeking them to rule them out as part of the problem.  Thanks for the info!

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2013, 06:18:57 AM »
This is a long standing and common issue on this model.  here is a 7 year old thread.

http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=141469


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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2013, 01:00:32 PM »
Have you tried to start it without SD?

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2013, 01:41:28 PM »
Have you tried to start it without SD?
Good point, I had a bad microSD card in my OR300, and it wouldn't boot with the card in until I formatted it again.  I haven't ever had that problem with my 60CSX, but removing the card's certainly worth a try.

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2013, 02:45:55 AM »
Wow. Never would have tried taking out the sd card!  That worked!  I've had the same card in for over a year now.  Way cheaper than a new unit.  Thanks So Much!

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2013, 03:07:49 AM »
Are you saving tracks on SD? 60CSx creates one file a day, I have heard that too many files can make GPS crash the way you described. Maybe you can simply format SD and use it again.

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2013, 04:47:51 AM »
Wow. Never would have tried taking out the sd card!  That worked!  I've had the same card in for over a year now.  Way cheaper than a new unit.  Thanks So Much!
Bad card? Never had one go bad but I know someone that always has card problems.

I get my datacards directly from Kingston: http://www.kingston.com/us/
This prevents getting a counterfeit card and they are pretty cheap direct.

This page has some interesting use info on preventing corrupt data:
http://www.kingston.com/us/flash/caring_for_your_flash_memory

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Re: Garmin 60CSX Power issue?
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2013, 09:51:18 AM »
Yeah. its a sandisk 4 gb i've had for awhile now. Didn't realize I had my street navigation loaded on it.  I'll check out the links.

I just used the gps for 2 hours on a flight this morning without a hitch.  Thanks again to all of you guys!