Living with a Garmin:

Full Reset

These notes and screenshots show a Full Reset for a Legend HCx.
Venture, Legend C and Cx, Summit, Vista C, Cx and HCx are very similar,
but the 60 and 76 series may use different key combinations for this job.
**These notes are NOT suitable for the Edge series, or the Colorado/Oregon/Dakota models.**

   

 
To do a 'Full Reset' which returns almost everything to factory settings, hold the Enter and Quit keys down while powering on.
(That is, the front button and the top r-h one.)

This procedure will often fix a GPS that appears to be faulty.
Only do this if the GPS has a problem, or if you have applied a firmware/software update.
You do NOT need to do this with a new unit straight out of the blister-pack.

You should see this prompt screen.
This resets everything except the 'Welcome' screen, and it doesn't touch the contents of the SD card (the map, and any stored daily tracks)


 
 
After resetting, the GPS will re-index the map stored on the SD card, and if it finds a map that allows autorouting, it will display a message.
OK-ing this message sets the default routing method to Prompted which is a good option.

If you don't have any maps loaded you won't see this of course.

The GPS should now be left outside with a good satellite view for about 30 minutes, before proceeding with the basic setup.

See here for more information about software updates

Francis Cooke

Some basic stuff:
Living with a Garmin: Etrex Basic Setup
Living with a Garmin: Battery Runtime and Etrex Jitter
Living with a Garmin: The Waypoints Limitation
Living with a Garmin: The Follow Road Trap
Living with a Garmin: The Circular Routes Problem
Living with a Garmin: Declutter the Page Sequence
Living with a Garmin: Living with Metroguide Maps
Living with a Garmin: Waypoint Naming (for direct-style routes)
Living with a Garmin: Colour your Tracks and Routes
Living with a Garmin: Create a Route on the GPS
Top 5 GPS Tips (pdf) reprint of Arrivee article published Feb 2007
Some GPS FAQs web version of Arrivee article published Nov 2008
 
NEW - Garmin Etrex 20/30 essays:
Etrex 30 review reprint of Arrivee article published Jan 2012
Etrex 20 & 30, Basic Setup
Taming the Etrex 20/30: Restore the 'Page' key.
Dakota 20 review reprint of Arrivee article published Feb 2010
Living with a Garmin: Waypoint Naming and the Dakota 20 / Etrex 30
 
More Garmin essays - not-so-basic:
Garmin Etrex C Menu Map (pdf, July 2008)
Living with a Garmin: Full Reset
Living with a Garmin: Track, Route or Autoroute
Living with a Garmin: Three Ways to Beat the Waypoint Limit
Living with a Garmin: Three Ways to Beat the Trackpoint Limit
Living with a Garmin: Less is More
Living with a Garmin: Add Contours to your GPS Maps
Living with a Garmin: Struggling with GPX  &...  More GPX
Living with a Garmin: Screens you don't see every day
Living with a Garmin: Downgrade your Mapsource
Living with a Garmin: Put an OSM Map on your Garmin
Living with a Garmin: GPS Soak Test files to test your GPS waypoint capacity
OpenStreetMap and Mapsource Add OSM to your Mapsource collection
A Google Maps Workflow Create, Edit, Save, Share and Export a route