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Well, Mom just bought a C330... and of course... I am 1300 miles away trying to help!

Hi.. thank you in advance.. in case i get knocked out! by my pc... that is! Could you please explain to me... how you charge "it"... Is the USB acting as a charger... (I think not) or does that just download info? I read that there is a rechargeable lith battery... does it come with the recharger? When you use it in the car.... the power would come from the cig lighter thang.... (duhh) ... If you could... PLEASE possibly explain.. that entire USB wire thing... because Mom wants to know.. should i turn it on... when I plug in to my PC??? So if it does not even charge from the PC.... I would like to come back to her... with ALL.. the info... ALL the answers.. if you can understand... what I am tawkin about!!! I appreciate any help... you can give me... helllllppppppp!!! I just visited her in FL couple weeks ago.. had to change the volume on her base of her cordless phone.. sooo loud... but... after 4 yrs... they did not know how to do it... I love 'em!! ty... Kat

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Re: Well, Mom just bought a C330... and of course... I am...

Hello, You can charge the unit using either the USB cable or the car adapter. You must install the USB driver software on your computer before connecting the USB cable to the PC. The USB cable is also used to update the software in the unit when Garmin provides it. The program installed with the CD will help you manage this. However the unit generally comes ready to go out of the box. Just use the car adapter and plug it in to the car. Good Luck! Dr. Know

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