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Problem when receiver is plugged in to charge.

The receiver works fine until I plug it in the 12 volt or ac to charge the unit. The receiver quits functioning and only the windmill screen displays. If I unplug the receiver, then it works fine. If I am driving and need to charge the battery, the unit doesn't operate when being charged (windmill screen displays).

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Are you using the charger that came with the unit? If you do not use the one that came with it, the unit may be reading this as though it were plugged into the computer. It will charge then, but will not operate unless unplugged - just as you are describing.

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