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Etrex Hcx Vista will no longer power on.

Unit is 2 days old and will no longer power on. Changed batteries. Still no effect. Sent request to Garmin for advice, and no response (just like the device). Ironic. Apparently this is not an isolated incident and it is not as simply as replacing the batteries. Any thoughts on a fix are greatly appreciated.

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Two day old unit is under warranty for replacement take it back to the store and get it replaced and be firm!

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