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My etrex legend is also inoperative...

Every year since I bought my Garmin I have done the same routine...install new batteries, turn it on and go...at the end of hunting season...I remove all batteries and store in my house...I have never had a problem until this year...I suspect some internal software countdown to force me into purchasing some "fix" or new unit. What do you think?

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Inoperative as it won't turn on, or is there a line through the screen, or it won't recognize satellites?? We need a bit more information about 'inoperative'.
Have you downloaded and installed the latest software from the Garmin site? That might be a start.

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