rich menga books gear search about contact
***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

do you have a streetpilot that will not boot?

If you have a "c" series StreetPilot (c330, c340, c550, c580, etc.) that absolutely positively will not start no matter what you do - you should read this.

I officially scared the crap out of myself by messing around in the diagnostic section of the StreetPilot c580, exiting (properly), then the unit shut off and would not restart.


I plugged in the USB. No boot.

I plugged in the charger. No boot.

I cracked off the front plate cover and hit the reset button (which works 99% of the time). No boot.

Oh crap. Did I just bust my StreetPilot?

As a guy that doesn't give up easily, I cracked off the front plate, took off the four screws, pulled the unit apart, manually disconnected the battery, waited a few seconds, then reconnected.

I hit the power button, and... booted.


Wow, what a relief.

This taught me not to go messing around in the diagnostic section of the StreetPilot. Evidently I did something I shouldn't have and locked up the unit so bad that a manual battery disconnect/reconnect was the only way to fix it.

And no I didn't lose any of the data in the c580. All my waypoints and POIs were still there.

But that was a really close call - I could have very easily busted the unit.

Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!


More articles to check out

  1. You're not allowed to change a brake light in a new car?
  2. Unexpected surprise, Casio F201
  3. Why the Epiphone Explorer is better than the Gibson (for now)
  4. You should surround yourself in guitar luxury
  5. Forgotten Gibson: 1983 Map Guitar
  6. Casio MTP-V003, the one everyone missed
  7. Just for the look: Peavey Solo guitar amp
  8. Spacehunter, that '80s movie when 3D was a thing
  9. The Ice Pirates 1984
  10. A list of ridiculously accurate watches