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How do i charge garmin nuvi 250 on my computer

How do I use my computer to charge my nuvi - I can't get nuvi to shut off while I have it connected to the USB cable

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  • grymccub Dec 25, 2008

    I have windows 98

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    will not connect to computer

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HI,
I have the problem solved I at first had this problem after about 5 minutes of messing with my GARMIN NUVI and having many electronic gadget I thought about diffrent buttons to hit at the same time heres how you charge your NUVI with a computer and a usb cable

1st: make sure your NUVI is OFF then plug in the usb cable from the computer to the NUVI, after you hear your computer ding from new device connected, and the NUVI displays the computer icon move to step 2

step 2: if you have xp go to START and MY COMPUTER. with vista its START then COMPUTER button on the right side

step 3: with MY COMPUTER window open hold the NUVI power switch to the ON position and RIGHT CLICK the NUVI device logo (blue triangle) and select EJECT .. ( DON;T HIT SAFiLY REMOVE)

step 4: when you see GARMIN display on the screen you can letgo of the power button on the NUVI ****** if you unplugthe usb it will display message stating EXTERNAL POWER LOST SWITCHING TO BATTERY POWER***** while it is plugged to the computer the battery meter will disaper

Posted on Dec 03, 2008

  • crazykitty55 Sep 12, 2010

    Not sure if it's charging. I see GARMIN and icon with tower and computer connected. How do I know its charging?

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FixYa is great!  
I just read the response by BlueGenie & it is EXCELLENT for Mac OS X too !!
I have a Mac, here is how to charge Garmin (I am repeating Blue Genie's instructions in Mac OS X style

1) Turn off the Garmin. (make sure it is disconnected from any power source)
2) Plug a mini USB cable into the Garmin and connect the larger end to a USB port on the Mac.
3) Wait now until the Garmin powers up, you will see "GARMIN" appear as an external drive on the desktop of your Mac
IN MY CASE: I also see the word "GARMIN" appear on the Garmin screen and an icon of a computer Hard Drive on the Garmin Screen.   (This icon may or may not be displayed for all Garmins I am using the nuvi 205 )
4) Now hold the power switch of the Garmin all the way to the left.
5)Using your other hand, click on the GARMIN icon that you see on the Macintosh desktop and drag the GARMIN icon to the "TRASH/EJECT ARROW"
6) NOW YOUR GARMIN WILL SEARCH FOR SATELLITES AND WILL START TO WORK! IF YOU UNPLUG THE GARMIN FROM YOUR COMPUTER, YOU WILL GET THE MESSAGE EXTERNAL POWER LOSS, SWITCH TO BATTERY POWER?
If that happens, you can replug it in, but you'll have to repeat steps #3 - #5 above again!

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

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Here's how to do it using Linux.

1) Turn off the Nuvi.
2) plug it into the usb.
3) Wait until the Garmin and the hard drive symbols appear.
4) Hold the Garmin power switch to the left.
5) Right click and eject BOTH the Garmin AND the hard drive.
6) Release the power switch and the Garmin will search for satellites, without any battery level indicator which means it is on external power supply.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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How do I charge a garmin gps from macintosh computer

Posted on May 28, 2010

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  • bobmonkhouse Oct 27, 2010

    This advice did not work for me... but this one from another site is perfect!

    "Turn on the unit, touch the battery/power icon in the top right corner. Hold it for about 5 secs and the unit will go inta a test mode. Then connect the usb cable. You will see your batteries conditon and that it is charging. BTW you can exit this screen and it will still charge, and you can turn the unit off and on and play to your hearts content until you disconnect the cable..."

    Nice.

  • NNJack Dec 30, 2010

    I preferred this method because when I turned off the Garmin, a sign saying "Charging Battery" came on the screen...it was just more reassuring and I only saw it with rmcccabe's answer.

  • m_celestine Jun 04, 2011

    this worked the best on my mac, thanks

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Thank you , to all who posted a solution , they are all similar if not the same.
But worked for me on windows 7. Garmin Nuvi charging via USB.


Cheers Guys !!!

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