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Touch screen stopeed working

I have taken my gps apart to see if any cables were loose. that doesn't seem to be the case.

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Re: touch screen stopeed working

The wiring going around the digitizer screen is broken. Find a dead unit on Ebay (hopefully one with a good screen) and replace the screen. But with the cost of the Nuvi 200 under $200 and refurbished C330 for under $150, it might be time to replace the unit.

Posted on Jan 09, 2008

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