My son was playing with my system and now the pin is always invalid unless im in my secure zone the gps is registered in my name online and i have proof of purchase but garmin wants me to pay them 200 bucks to reset it there has to be another way...
It wont let me do anything even in my secure area my secure area is rite out front of my house it turns on but still asks me for the pin how close do i have to be to that area and also do i just turn it off and back on when im in my secure area or will it just automatically know.... And if i cant get this to work can i just open it up and do a hard reset how do i open it
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The only way you can register that gps is have the original owner call Garmin and have them release it from his account, otherwise you could not use it or get it registered..... all Garmin GPS are registered to unlock maps....and all have a SECURITY FEATURE in them in case of lost or stolen.
You have Garmin lock activated and there are two ways to disable it. The first is to enter the PIN code, which you have forgotten, but the second method is to take the unit to the "security location" where you initially chose your PIN code. Garmin recommend that this is NOT your home or workplace as they are the places a thief is likely to take your unit to in order to try and bypass the PIN.
If you cannot recall either the PIN or the security location then the unit can only be unlocked for you by Garmin. The service is only available to the registered user and only if proof of purchase is also provided. If you didn't register your warranty or if you don't have proof of purchase then the unit is effectively scrap as it is unusable. Even if you do meet Garmin's requirements there is a charge for the service, and so unless your unit has up to date maps the investment is probably not cost-effective.
Hopefully you'll remember your security location and will regain use of your Garmin. If so, don't forget to reset the PIN code, and please take a moment to rate my answer.
Send it back to the guy you bought it from. He'll need to take the unit to the location he used to set the PIN code in order to access the menu and disable the security location feature.
There is no other way around this as it's an anti-theft measure: unless you can get the previous owner to co-operate and sort this out then you have a useless piece of junk. Garmin will not help you either as they only provide support to the original purchaser and even then only if the product was registered with them.
I think the true purpose of the pin is for another income stream to garmin they want $110 to unlock it. If not then why not just register a pin when you register for the warranty then just use your MY GARMIN to get it when you need it???
1. Enter the correct PIN. 2. Go to the secure location where the PIN was set and it won't ask you for a PIN. 3. Send the unit back to Garmin to be unlocked.
Sorry but there is no master reset. The PIN is written into memory that can not be erased. 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.