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Memory full error

Garmon streetpilot c550 does not work. Repeatedly get "memory full" error on screen. What causes this, and how do I fix it? Thx, Mark 864-640-9714

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Power off the GPS, then press power button to power it on, press right-bottom corner of the screen during it power-on, will pop-up a button on screen let you to clear user data.

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It is inside the base of the machine.


Take out the filter and clean it and also clean out the filter well as that can also hold quite a bit of debris.



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