Sometimes this is intentional. But, sometimes… it isn’t. It is during the latter times that I want to punch my Zumo 450 in the face.
I’m not certain what the magic combination of actions is for the electronic hate machine to decide it will stop working. But, based upon my research I’ve come to the following hypothesis: It happens when it feels like it.
- If you leave the GPS in the cradle on the bike – it may or may not turn on the next time you hit the power button.
- If you take the GPS out of the cradle – it may or may not turn on when you hit the power button.
- If you try the GPS in a different cradle – it may or may not turn on the next time you hit the power button.
- If you plug the GPS in to your computer – it may or may not turn on.
- If you really “need” the GPS – it may or may not turn on when you hit the power button.
I have discovered a fix.
- Go on a riding vacation to a far away place.
- Use your smartphone and its GPS feature to locate an auto parts or hardware store.
- Walk to said store and wait around for it to open.
Please note: This step must take at least 45 minutes and delay your desired departure time for the day’s ride.
- Buy a set of allen keys that includes one the diameter of a hair.
(that you didn’t bring on vacation with you, natch).
- With your newly purchased allen wrench, remove the Zumo 450’s battery for a second and then button the GPS back up.
Now, hit the power button.
VOILA! The GPS will “magically” turn back on.
Yes, my Zumo 450 is old and discontinued. And no, I do not “need” it to navigate. It just becomes a matter of principal that drives me up the wall when the flippin’ thing decides it doesn’t feel like working.
I wish I could say that it was just my particular unit that was possessed by the devil but unfortunately another Zumo 450 owner tipped me off to just removing the battery to reset it.
And so, my saga with the GPS continues…