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Trouble finding satellite-Garmin Nuivi 260w

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My garmin 260w sometimes has problems finding satellites. It is not as consistent as it was 2 months ago when it was new. The other day it gave the trouble finding satellite error message. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. Any suggestions?

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