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I have a garmin nuvi 260W Today it was working fine then suddenly garmin usa screen asking what country came up and all of my information was gone. It was fully charged. Plugged into my car. I reentered the address I was trying to find and a few minutes latter the same thing happened. It has never been dropped or exposed to water or electrical currents. I stopped in Best Buy and they said sorry don't kinow. I am a stroke patient and depend heavly on my GPS. I have only had it since 6/15/2008.

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This is definitley a problem. This is basically a factory reset happening over and over. It could be a bad connection inside the unit, like a bad solder joint on a component or something wrong with the CPU or supporting hardware. If it's under warranty then please call Garmin, explain the problem and request an RMA number. Make sure it's registered with them before you call. It will speed up the RMA process.

Good luck!
- Jim

Posted on Sep 17, 2008


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