Magellan GPS Won't Initialize

By Kallie Johnson

Magellan is a company that manufactures GPS units. If a GPS unit won't initialize, or power on, troubleshooting the unit can help you determine the cause of the problem. Common problems include dead or uncharged batteries, defective power cords, or a short or problem in the unit. Unfortunately, Magellan GPS units cannot easily be opened, and fixing internal problems or replacing batteries is difficult. Magellan recommends repairs be conducted only by authorized service centers. Using an unauthorized service center can void your warranty.

Step 1

Insert the circular end of the power adapter into the Magellan adapter outlet.

Step 2

Plug the opposite end of the power adapter into a vehicle cigarette lighter outlet. Turn the car on.

Step 3

Press and hold down the "Power" button until the Magellan GPS unit turns on. If the unit turns on, skip ahead to Step 6. If the unit does not turn on, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4

Remove the Magellan GPS from the charging unit. Plug the USB cable into the mini USB port on the unit. Insert the other end of the USB cable into a USB port on a computer. Turn the computer on.

Step 5

Press and hold down the "Power" button until the Magellan GPS unit turns on. If the unit turns on, proceed to Step 6. If the unit does not turn on, there may be a short in the unit. Take the unit to an authorized Magellan repair center. If the unit does turn on using the USB port and cable, either the power adapter cord or power adapter outlet is faulty. It's easiest to purchase a new power adapter cord and attempt to power on the device with the new cord. If the device powers on with a new cord, the other one was not working correctly. If the unit does not power on with a new power adapter cord, the power adapter outlet is faulty and should be repaired at a Magellan authorized repair center.

Step 6

Press and hold down the "Power" button until the Magellan unit turns off. Allow the battery to fully charge. This process can take up to four hours, if the battery is completely drained.

Step 7

Remove the GPS unit from the power cord. Hold down the "Power" button until the unit turns on. If the unit will not turn on, or initialize, the battery is dead and needs to be replaced.