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Power problem My unit will not charge even though it indicates it is charging. Any suggestions?

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Re: power problem

Had the same problem on my 510. Was repaired under warranty (2 years of warranty on these devices, when you send it back they add another 6 months of warranty).
This is a design flaw am afraid.

Works ok now but since it got back I have issues with the power button.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

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Re: power problem - Tomtom GO 510 GPS Receiver GPS Devices

My tom tom go510 will not turn on

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

Re: power problem

Buy a new battery fo that Tomtom,gonna cost u £9.00 to £11.00 plus delivery charges.

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Re: power problem

Power on while resetting the small hole near the docking connector.

I had this issue and the device powered up after that


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