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Garmin Nuvi 350

When I lift up my antenna for my GPS, it pop's up a message that say's : GPS turned off (for use indoors) and the starting point on the map is in Kansas, why is that? Can you give me a solution to this problem? Thanks

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  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2008

    when I am 200 kms from home and heading to a destination, it keeps telling me that I am just starting out from home.... help

  • RoadtripLove Aug 15, 2008

    I am having the same problem. My nuvi 350 is defaulting to Kansas and it says the GPS is turned off. I also have to input my country and language preferences every time I start the unit up. How can I get the default locations to save to my own?

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    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    The Demo file will not allow you to acquire a satellite lock.



    - Jim

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All you need is to reset the GPS. THere is a small button under the antenna. Simply press the button, and everything would be reset.

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You need to delete the "demo" file from the unit!

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This is a common problem caused by a defective component on the flip up GPS receiver/antenna assembly. Please see this link for troubleshooting info. Garmin no longer supports the 6xx series.

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