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Topic # 6506 31-Jan-2006 07:20
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Hello everyone
I'm new to the site and I hope you can help me or at least point me in the right direction.

I have a Garmin iQue M5 with integrated GPS which ran out of battery while I was using it. it just switched off. I switched it on and it switched off again in a while. It then connected the charger and tried to switch it on and I couldn’t get it charged or switched on again. It just doesn’t come on.

I tried connecting a friends charger and battery to it but it doesn’t seem to work. I fitted my battery to a friends unit and it showed battery power to be 0%. I suspect that the socket used for charging and/or mounting to a cradle is buggerd or that the unit ran out of backup battery and this affected an IC or something inside.

Do you have an idea what the problem could be? What can i do to have my beloved unit working again?

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Reply # 27516 31-Jan-2006 08:35
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Some batteries can take a long time to recharge when they reach 0%. Also, a protection switch can be activated and change to a slow charge to prevent battery problems.

Have you tried your friend's battery on your Pocket PC, and applying your charger at the same time? This should reset the switch (if this model has got it).

In any way, a slow battery charge could take hours, so I suggest you first put your battery and plug the wall charger (do not charge from the USB port, is even slower) to charge over a 12 hour period.

If it doesn't work then you will have to arrange for this unit to be serviced.





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  Reply # 27517 31-Jan-2006 08:41
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I had something similar where my PPC wouldn't power on after sitting a drawer for a few months. What worked was to remove the battery and then plug in the power adapter. The PPC powered up so I plugged the battery back in and everything was back to normal.

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Reply # 27518 31-Jan-2006 08:44
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That should work too... I had this with a Motorola MPx220 Windows Mobile Smartphone when it ran down to 0%. It worked when I borrowed a battery and plugged the phone to the wall - it started again and swapping batteries was enough to start charging.





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  Reply # 27520 31-Jan-2006 09:11
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Yeah it is odd but it almost like they need a 'kick start'.



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  Reply # 27535 31-Jan-2006 18:23
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Hello again guys
It's 07:23 in Pretoria, South Africa and I just got to work. What a lovwely Tuesday morning.

I ommited to mention that on the evening that I experienced my problem, I left the unit on a car charger (Windscreen Mount Craddle) for the rest of the evening (not quite 12 hours). I then had it plugged in the wall charger for about 9 hours at the office. I even tried plugging it on the wall charger without the battery and tried switching it on. That didn't seem to work either. I tried a friends battery and wall charger and it still didn't work.

I left it with the friend who left it overnight on the wall charger. What are the chances that the socket used for charging and/or mounting to a cradle is buggerd? I use the unit almost daily for negotiating the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) since I'm new to the town, so trying different routes to evade traffic jamms knowing i wont get lost got me addicted to my darling Garmin iQue M5. I think that the unit ran out of backup battery and as a result had the protection switch on high alert. Could this be the case? What else could be wrong?

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  Reply # 27569 1-Feb-2006 08:17
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Try - removing battery, plug in the charger and then hard reset.

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