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I had a garmin nuvi bought for me as a present. When I took it out of the box, I discovered that the unit had a security pin code entered into it previously. I don't know the pin code so I can't even get into the unit. Garmin wants $200 just to unlock it. I'm hoping there is some kind of master reset or some way to unlock this thing. Can you please help me?

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Sorry but there is no master reset. If it was a gift, tell whoever bought it for you what happened and let them exchange it for you. If it has a security code on it, that means someone else had it before you. New units do not come from the factory with a PIN.

I have had success in unlocking Nuvi's but I will only do it for people who have a valid purchase receipt from a major retail chain and if they can provide me with their Garmin registration info so I can verify that they are the rightful owner.

There are too many of these units out there that are stolen and the culprits are looking for a way to bypass the PIN. This is why Garmin added this feature to their GPS's.

- Jim




Posted on Sep 11, 2008

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The system is designed to make stolen Nuvi's useless and cannot be bypassed without internal hardware changes which will cost more than replacing the unit. Unless you can obtain the pin code AND take the Nuvi to the location it was originally entered then it's totally unusable.

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To set the Garmin Lock on the device:
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  2. Touch Settings.
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  5. The nuvi will prompt you to enter a four-digit pin number.
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