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Garmin can't find maps and is also says press teh dots what does this mean

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  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    I have the same problem. Garmin Nuvi says it cannot find maps and it won't let me put in addresses or anything.



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Ho aquistato un nuvi 255. E lo schermo e bianco e scritto PRESS DOT. cosa posso fare?

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Something happened to delete the maps. Garmin will probably NOT provide free replacement maps for you, unless under warranty. If the devices is trashing maps and other files, you probably want to replace the unit under warranty or not. Garmin will, upon return of your old Nuvi - replace it with a factory refurbished unit with the latest maps installed, for $79. You can take advantage of this service by following this link to Garmin Service.

I hope this helps and good luck! Please rate my reply. Thank you.

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