I've been trying to diagnose and fix a Garmin Drive 61 that was refusing to start (no display at least). Given that it sees long periods of inactivity (last time we use it was close to 6month ago), I assumed the cause of this issue to be a dead battery. I ordered a new one, plugged it it, but the GPS still wouldn't turn on, even after a few hours plugged into the charger. I then whipped out the multimeter and found out that my new battery was reading 0V. I tried watching the old battery after a long time one the charger. This one was reading a steady 2.40V. Still far from the 3.7V it needs to provide and not improving but this one seemed alive at least.

After doing a bit of research, I learned that batteries were not actually dead sometimes, just in a deep sleep mode and that one could bring a sleeping battery back by applying a higher voltage to it. I managed to get both batteries to around 3.2 / 3.6V which, from what I understood should allow them to at least charge. Still, no luck: The screen stayed black as ever, despite the battery apparently providing tension (as probing the positive pin of the power connector on the PCB was reading 3.6V).
I then started to suspect that something else might have gone wrong on the GPS itself. I noticed gold contact pins around the PCB, that I started probing with my multimeter. They too, were reading various tensions ranging between 4.9V (from the plugged it USB cable, I assumed), 3V, 1.4V (which seemed encouraging, since I know a lot of processors work in this range of voltages) and 0.10V. Some of them read 0.0V too, though. The main problem is that I have no idea what each contact pin corresponds to, and therefore I can't tell if these are normal readings indicating that the GPS is actually working.
Another interesting thing I noticed was that with the USB cable plugged along with the battery, some of the components were getting warm-ish, indicating that... Some things are going on, at least. Im really running out of idea as to what I can do to identify the problem, so here are my two main questions :

  • How can one make sure that such problems are not due to a dead battery? All I know to do to test a battery is to measure its output voltage and compare it to its rated voltage.
  • What can I do to further test the PCB itself? It doesn't smell like anything has burned, although one of the shielded parts looks like it have seen better days (its surface sticker looks a bit like old paper. the GPS is 4 years old, and has worked under a car windshield during summer so... it may be due to heat without being related to the failure... Not sure).

To better illustrate my saying, and help have a better picture of what im working with, here are two photos of the PCB stripped of the screen and speaker.
First side, note the burnt-ish look on top ? Second side, lots of contact pads getting voltage

As a final note, im sorry for the super long post lol I tried to describe the problem and what I tried as much as I could. Im new at tinkering with electronics like this, so I only have limited tools.

Thanks in advance !

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Bruh - Welcome :-) Thanks for trying hard to explain your problem. However this site is not primarily for repair questions. For a repair question to be "on topic" here, you need to have good troubleshooting skills, suitable experience, and a readable schematic etc. See: "Is asking how to fix a faulty circuit on topic?". I can only suggest that you look for a more conventional forum-type of site, which has a repair section. I would mention the EEVblog forum as an example of that type of site, but it is currently down. Good luck! \$\endgroup\$ – SamGibson Apr 5 at 18:45