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Garmin 230 GPS

My Garmin 230 GPS doesn't stay on when I try to power it up. It tries to come on but the screen goes black and then it just goes off.

I have have checked the power cable, the ground and the cable from the antenna and they appear to be o.k.

Any suggestions?

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