I have a Garmin Etrex Venture HC that will not display the screen. I was setting it up last week for a trip, and it was working fine, had it on for about 2 hrs with new batteries. The problem started when I tried to use thier updater from the offical Garmin website to update my device. The 1st attempt failed due to thier web site having some issues, so I went to a friends house the next night, and he hooked it up to his computer, via usb port, and went to the Garmin web site. Everything seemed to be downloading fine, all downloaded and complete, but when I went to turn on the unit the screen blips for a milisecond, like it wants to come on then nothing happens, if you watch real close you can see the screen blip about every 10-15 seconds in the gary screen mode, like it wants to come on, but nothing. I tried a hard boot, still nothing. Could there be something wrong with the unit, or could it be the software that Garmin is using that may have caused the problem? What stinks is that I really needed it for my trip, didn't get to use it though, and they want $80.00 to send it in and repair it. I didn't even pay that much for the unit from a member here on BPL. The unit looks brand new and was working fine until I downloaded the updater from Garmin.
Any suggestions? Help!