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Blank screen with a black line down the middle.

I would turn my eTrex Legend on, it powers up fine and acquires the satellites. However, all of a sudden the screen goes blank and there is a thin black line on the right hand side of the screen. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Due to a new satellite launched this year, the WAAS is affected. Disable the WAAS, go to Garmin and download the latest software version FOR THIS UNIT. Install, enable WAAS and you should be good to go.

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