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My Garmin nuvi 500 keeps on locking up while driving. I then have to switch it of and on again. It also seems to be very slow. I am already through a turn and then it starts turning. It is my eyes a piece of ****, for whch I paid a lot of money. What can I do to solve the problem, other than throwing it in the dust bin (this how I feel at this stage ) Wolfie

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As with most GPS units, they tell you to refrain from letting them in the sun for too long. Refer to the user's manual and ensure you are following all safety precautions for vehicular use. From there a fresh re-install of the software may be needed. Again refer to the user's manual or their technical assistance for further information.
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