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1. After last map update, my Garmin nuvi 260 no longer says street names. When I "returned to factory settings" it said names again, but the maps were no updated. Is there a way I can do both? 2. I just moved to washington DC. My garmin has not stopped "searching for satellites" or "acquiring satellites" since I got here. Tried restarting it, didn't work. Is there a special DC add on or am I just gonna have to get out one of those paper maps?

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If it has stopped picking up the satellite signal then the GPS is defective, this is the most common failure other the battery failing, which is about every 2 years, due to the cost of this model ($139 in recent Best Buy add) it is no worth it to have Garmin repair it (average cost $125) unless it is under warranty, the new GPS will come with all the latest maps and one free up date.

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 REMEMBER: It takes hours to do a complete a map update.
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