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Magellan explorist xl gps when i turn it on the back light comes on but the unit does not boot up i have tried taking the batteries out when lit up, no effect the unit is a few years old but very lightly used also when like this you cant turn off using the button again you have to pull the batteries

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You can find there is 1 reset button on GPS .press it then all settings set to defaults.
Alsoc oonect it to computer with usb cable then check it is found scan your memory card with antivrius.
Al;sop you can update firm ware from this site.

seelct your model from here then update firm ware.

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