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I can't get my Garmin Nuvi to turn on and operate when plugged in. It only operates on battery. I charge it in the car, then can only use it when I unhook it and use it on battery. Took it to Geeks Squad . . . . they tried it and couldn't help, either.

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Wow..that means that your charger inside is kaput..is it still under warranty

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