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Data card acquisition problem.

The unit says it can't acquire the data card. Is the card bad? I heard these cards have a finite read/write lifespan.

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Re: Data card acquisition problem.

Howlong have you owned the card? Since Garmin switched to ROHS complience the cards seemed to be incompatible. Check with Garmin.

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