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Garmin etrex legend not acquiring satelites

I have a 2004 legend that has not been turned on i some time.  It now doesnt acquire more than one satelite.  Does it need to have updated software?

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Updating the software is always a good idea, the latest version is 3.90. It made my trusty old blue Legend a LOT faster.

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