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Garmin c530 When I power up this unit, everything seems to be okay until it starts loading the maps, at that point, it just quits and the screen goes black. Is this likely a software issue that can be fixed by downloading the latest version?

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According to technical support, the "glitch" has been fixed with the latest web updater on the Garmin site. In the meantime, you will need to leave the unit unplugged for upto 48 hours to allow the battery die and the unit to get out of its "hang up". Once the battery is completely dead, plug the GPS into a computer (USB) and it should come back to life. Then do the update.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 16, 2008

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