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Acquiring Satellites I recently used my Garmin to come home from Charlotte, NC to Southern Pines, NC. Not only did my Garmin present me with a route that was much farther, it took me through the UWharrie National Forest en route and I have not been able to acquire a signal as of today, 6/23/08. HELP!

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Does it do this outside of the car too?
Have you resetted the device? (bottom of the Nuvi)

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