DriveSmart 51 won't turn on


I've inherited a DriveSmart 51 that won't turn on. I've charged it for 48 hours, it doesn't look abused, and I haven't attempted to open it up yet.

Has anyone experienced this problem before and have a solution? Thanks.

NEOhioGuy - Garmin 2639, MIO Knight Rider

You might try this...

Thanks for the tip but...

it didn't work for me. I've now used two different car charger cords and two different USB/110v cords and still nothing. I can't take it apart just yet because it has torx-type 6-point screws in the back and I don't know what would find inside even if I did open it up.

NEOhioGuy - Garmin 2639, MIO Knight Rider

I know this is in the video,

I know this is in the video, but it says hold the ON button for 15 seconds, but try and hold it FOR EVA! I mean like a minute or so. Watch the screen. If it flashes on briefly and goes blank again, it's a very good indicator that the battery is probably dead and won't take a charge. In which case, you will need to replace it.

There are a couple of good videos online on how to change the battery.

Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Opening Drivesmart 51

This video will show you what to expect when you open it up:

I suggest you start by just disconnecting and reconnecting the battery from the system board to see if that will reset the device.

Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

When was it working last?

Was it working before you inherited it? Possibly it died and someone passed a broken unit to you.

Lives in Edmonton AB A volunteer driver for Drive and uses a 2689 to find my way.