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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    You could put a label on it and give it to a Virginia person at FCC tomorrow. Eventually it would find its way to vicegrip. Either that or use a service I've heard of called the Postal Service.
    You know I have never been to a FCC--not once? I tend to get more and more sleep deprived all week, and the idea of getting up early on Friday mornings is profoundly unappealing. (Not to mention that the FCC close to me is not a Virginia one, so it probably wouldn't help anyway.) And since Vicegrip is not responding either here or to PMs, I have no way to get a postal address for him.

    Not sure this is worth pursuing. We are, after all, talking about a device which is broken and can probably never be fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    Not sure this is worth pursuing. We are, after all, talking about a device which is broken and can probably never be fixed.
    Clearly you have not met vicegrip

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    You know I have never been to a FCC--not once? I tend to get more and more sleep deprived all week, and the idea of getting up early on Friday mornings is profoundly unappealing. (Not to mention that the FCC close to me is not a Virginia one, so it probably wouldn't help anyway.) And since Vicegrip is not responding either here or to PMs, I have no way to get a postal address for him.

    Not sure this is worth pursuing. We are, after all, talking about a device which is broken and can probably never be fixed.
    Ouch! You know how to hurt a guy....

    I thought I sent a PM a while ago. Between my work computer and work issued phone I don't always know what gets through the spam and wasted time filters. I do think it is an easy fix with $25 spent on a new battery and 20 min spent. The new battery's wiring can be soldered directly to the board.
    I don't want to put you out on this. I was going to fix it and toss it in the pay it forward bin.

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    Based on the photos you posted, I agree that this is fixable for a technician with the right equipment. That looks like a JST battery connector, and the design of the plastic connectors makes it hard to disconnect the battery cable. The intent is to keep the battery connected to the circuit board even if the device is subject to a lot of physical shock. Sometimes the connectors break off the circuit board when maintenance is being done. As Vicegrip says the battery wires can be soldered straight to the circuit board. Or a replacement 3-pin socket can be soldered in.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    Ouch! You know how to hurt a guy....

    I thought I sent a PM a while ago. Between my work computer and work issued phone I don't always know what gets through the spam and wasted time filters. I do think it is an easy fix with $25 spent on a new battery and 20 min spent. The new battery's wiring can be soldered directly to the board.
    I don't want to put you out on this. I was going to fix it and toss it in the pay it forward bin.
    Well, if you want to give it a go, you just need to tell me what to do with it. You can pick up in Bethesda or DC, or give me a postal address.

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    Update on the broken 705. Cvcalhoun boxed it all up and sent it to me. Nice little bit of karma as she got some free shipping so no postage.

    I was able to clean and resolder the connector in place. Once the connector was back in place and tested I added some epoxy to firm it up. Battery back in, back together and done.

    Now the question. what to do with the repowered Garmin 705? I was thinking that it can back to the Original owner as her loaner / backup and if not wanted I can drop it off at Phoenix bikes. Is this something that Phoenix bikes can use? Any other ideas for where it can go?

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    I would love to get it back, and would be happy to PayPal you postage, if you're willing. (The one I'm using now is missing the rubber that's supposed to go over the joystick, which makes it a bit of a PITA.) But given that I had given up on it, and you did the work, I think you have first call on where it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    I would love to get it back, and would be happy to PayPal you postage, if you're willing. (The one I'm using now is missing the rubber that's supposed to go over the joystick, which makes it a bit of a PITA.) But given that I had given up on it, and you did the work, I think you have first call on where it goes.
    Heading back your way on Monday. The original package went in the recycle bin, can you PM your address?

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    Yay for the environment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    Heading back your way on Monday. The original package went in the recycle bin, can you PM your address?
    PM sent. Thank you!

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