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I have a car that has both 12v cigarette lighter and 5v usb ports.

i can plug the garmin in the cig port, but when i am using my cellcharger which i use often, i noticed i can power the garmin off the usb port. I happen to have a garmin usb cable, not sure where i got it from but it says garmin on it and connects to the garmin unit, and has the usb port which plugs into my microsoft sync system. it works fine but the garmin always thinks its connected to a computer and does not turn "on" properly. i know that i can touch the battery icon and exit the diags screen and it will stay on and charge off the usb port, but is there another way? like short the pins on the wire or something?

plz advise
 
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