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Old 10 December 2012, 20:20   #1
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Is it bust?

So, went up to the boat yesterday to run the engine and make sure it still went (busting to get out on the water!), and while the engine was running I fired up the plotter (Garmin 198C) just out of interest. I'm prolly being fick, but I couldn't get any of the buttons to respond. On startup it brings up a kind of disclaimer thingy with an 'OK' button at the bottom so i pressed 'Enter' and nothing happened. I left it alone for a bit and when I came back to it it had an arrow in the middle of the screen and lat/long in the top corner but still none of the buttons did anything. After a bit of random button pressing the menu button eventually responded and brought up a menu in the middle of the screen but after that nothing again.

The boat wasn't in the water and was about as far from the sea as it's possible to be in England; is it possible it just got it's knickers in a twist trying to 'get it's bearings'/ get a fix on the seabed from the sounder etc? Or have I got water in it and it's all fecked?
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Old 10 December 2012, 21:03   #2
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if GPS has not been switched on for long time, some times you will need to do cold start.

My Charter I need to do full factory reset on it sometimes ...losing any way points I might have added...



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I left it alone for a bit and when I came back to it it had an arrow in the middle of the screen and lat/long in the top corner
Did the lat/long correspond to where your boat was?

We're a long way from the sea, too. If I turn my 551S on at home it shows the icon for "you are here" and the lat/long but no map, because, there's no sea. So I think a blank screen is the norm if there's no sea to show.

Can't explain the buttons, though, unless the random button pushing caused a hissy-fit.
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I had a similar button problem with my Lowrance. After taking advice on here from others I used some warm water on them and wiggled them as there was salt deposits playing mischief with the contacts. I agree with Leapy re the configuration issue.

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Was it cold? if it was close to freezing the response times of the LCD get veeeeeeerrrrrryyyyyyy sllllllloooooowwwwwww
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Was it cold? if it was close to freezing the response times of the LCD get veeeeeeerrrrrryyyyyyy sllllllloooooowwwwwww
thats my best guess too
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Was it cold? if it was close to freezing the response times of the LCD get veeeeeeerrrrrryyyyyyy sllllllloooooowwwwwww
And the rubber used in the buttons goes stiff and becomes much less responsive.....

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is it possible it just got it's knickers in a twist trying to 'get it's bearings'/ get a fix on the seabed from the sounder etc? Or have I got water in it and it's all fecked?
inn evry forrensic investigashun yew av too luk verry cairfully att de cloos, pik owt de relervant stuf an disscard de resst

i av examind de evidense an cum to de conclooshun dat dIS nobbur, dispite givvin uz sum cloos duzunt av a cloo imself

too sulve dis caise ther iz a simpul anser


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I've read the manual. Doesn't say anything about the unit not responding to button presses. And no, I don't have a clue, if I did I wouldn't need to ask would I?

Thanks for all the other replies though. It was pretty cold but well above the manufacturers operating temps. Will see if warmer weather improves things.
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I've read the manual
Take no notice of wIlf. He's a twat.

Google Garmin 198c soft reset.

If that doesn't work, google 198c hard reset.

The information is out there.

Somewhere.
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