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GPS OFF when i try to get directions it wont let me get directions it just sayGPS OFF

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Check the battery life. does it do that when it is plugged in power?
check the memory space too. if it is ok, then you have to reset the GPS or better still, update the software with the latest version. If it continues to power off, then check the power connection and be sure its not sticky or defective. Cheers!

Posted on May 19, 2009

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