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My Garmin has just started to lock up on me as soon as I switch it on. The screen locks up I can't press any key, it doens't work. A few weeks ago it did it for the first time and after switching it off and on and a few tries, it worked. And today it just locked up again. I've had my Garmin for about 3 years and it worked perfectly fine up unitl now. Any suggestion?

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Yes, common problem with this unit. The touchscreen has failed. Please see this link for more info. Too much info to retype here:


http://www.sharc.net/gps_LCD_repair.htm


- Jim

Posted on Jun 06, 2011

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2. Take the unit to the Security Location you chose when activating Garmin Lock: it will then unlock without the PIN code and you can then either reset the PIN or disable Garmin Lock. The Security Location should not be the owner's home address, but many owners ignore this recommendation. Many owners choose their workplace or a close friend or relatives address for this purpose.

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