I'm maintenance officer of a club flying a 2008 CTLS. We've experienced what you describe. The non-responsive 696 with a very faint "Garmin" logo. When it happens, the pilot flies home without the aid of the GPS and reports the trouble to me. In every case the problem cleared up overnight and for the longest time I couldn't even reproduce the trouble.
Here's the good news. I finally got tired of the mysterious lock-ups and contacted Garmin. They supplied me with a reset that has resolved the problem every time it has happened since.
When your 696 ends up in the locked state hold down the two outside softkeys and the "up" range button ( I think it's the "up" one. If that doesn't work use the "down" one.). HOLD all three buttons in until the unit resets. It'll only take a few seconds.
After the reset, the 696 is good as new.
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