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When trying to recharge the battery, the GPS (nivi 260w) believes it's pluged into a computer.

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    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    Is this a Garmin charger? Some aftermarket chargers have different wiring on the plug.



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Replaced the defective charger.

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I hope this help.

--Sandeep.

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