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Compass pointing in opposite direction

I use my GPS for geocaching and lately the compass has been pointing in the opposite direction I need to travel.  What is causing this and how can it be corrected?

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    Compass is reversed no matter the orientation of the unit.

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Do you have your unit set for north up or track up? This might cause this problem.

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