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Having random "change battery" message
March 15, 2012
3:14 pm
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phild31
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I second the comment about the rechargeables setting problem.

When set for rechargeable the unit shuts down long before the rechargeable batteries are dead.
When I change the setting from rechargeable to alkaline the same rechargeable batteries, still in the unit, last as long as they should and the unit does not shut down.

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

March 15, 2012
1:29 pm
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... and along the Battery thing... can we PLEASE get the known issue with the Rechargeables setting fixed, Please ?

It's been mentioned before about how rechargeables wear down differently than the unit permits, and shuts down prematurely. The setting doesn't let the user get the max potential out of a set of rechargeables.

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

March 15, 2012
11:56 am
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I've defragged it in the past, just not recently. Seems like it's only been doing this since the last firmware update that fixed everything else but made this start happening. And like Phil said, not a really BIG deal but is kind of annoying but has happened a bit more than 4 or 5 times to me. Tell ya what REALLY stinks is when it decides to do it out in the middle of the woods just after you have a "REAL" battery change that's needed. Seems like then it brings ALL KINDS of hurt on my. I had to pull the batteries out a couple times to get the thing to shut off and hold the button down for quite some time to get it to "reset" and come out of the "indexing" stall...but that has only happened once so can't really gripe too much about that. Dunno for sure what that particular problem was. Just remember changing the type of map I was using from satellite to topo and it said I needed to change batteries while it was loading the topo's and just pooped out from then on. Took me about 30 minutes to get it running right again (but again...only happened once, BUT was on a fresh set of batteries and got the change batteries message soooo...makes me kinda wonder..)

March 15, 2012
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This is EXACTLY what my 610 was doing, and it never did it once, since I defragmented my unit and micro-sd card. Not once, no matter which batteries I use. Try it and let us know.

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

March 15, 2012
3:26 am
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My 710 did that a few times, exactly as you described.
I tried old batteries, new, worn down rechargeables, freshly charged and I can't make it do it.
Like you said, it seems to be random, it's only happened 4 or 5 times to me, it always comes back on with no problems so I just ignore it. 🙂

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March 15, 2012
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Just wondering if anyone else is having any type of issues show with their 710's where I just get done uploading caches into the unit (with either GSAK or Vantagepoint) and unplug the unit. It goes into it's normal state of things (also does the rebooting or booting if powering on) with the turning clock animation and soon displays "replace batteries" countdown. I have tried SEVERAL batteries and almost always use either duracell or energizer rechargables. I've ALSO tried them with NEW, FRESH alkaline and the result is the same. Typically shows itself whenever it goes to "indexing database" and the screen blanks out like it's turning off or the batteries ran out. But then when you push the power button one time fairly quickly the unit turns on the display again and is basically up and running instantly like nothing ever happened. It's very wierd and at times annoying. Doesn't happen 100% of the time but probably about 75% would be a fair amount......

Anyone???

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