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I shut the nextar off and pluged the power cord into the GPS then into the wall plug. It was on and why I charged it up was because a picture appeared on the screen that had a plug on it. This to mea meant it needed charging. It was plugged in all night and it never got warm as most things do. I unplugged it and was going to turn it on. Nothing happens.I did all I can do by what the instructions say. It did work as I have my home address in it and where we went yesterday. But I never got it to function properly. Thank you so much in advance.

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  • towme May 11, 2010

    I have a NEXTAR Model M3-02 and I bought it at ACE Hardware in Dickinson ND on Friday after

    Thanksgiving. The Cord that plugs into the Lighter in the car works OK. The on the is for the house

    did not work. and I bought a new one at Radio Shack it was $31.00 and it works good. Now I let it charge and after about 6 hrs when checking on the battery level,it say 0% of 100% and that means

    the battery is not holding a charge. I have not registered it yet as I just got it and have been busy.

    I was hoping this would work as I have Lung Canser and have been traveling allot lately.

    Thank You Delmar Robertson

    910 19th St. West

    Dickinson, ND 58601

    (701) 483-7821



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