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Unlock code I need help with the Pin code on my nuvi 200. I bought it from a friend and they never told me the code.....so if you could help me maybe with a factory reset or anything that would help...i would appreciate it...thank you.....please e-mail me at: ivechanged4u@yahoo.com

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  • ivechanged4u Nov 24, 2008

    Please help me asap....heading to Florida for thanksgiving...need it for the trip!

  • ivechanged4u Nov 24, 2008

    I need help with the Pin code on my nuvi 200. I bought it from a friend and they never told me the code.....so if you could help me maybe with a factory reset or anything that would help...i would appreciate it...thank you.....please e-mail me at: ivechanged4u@yahoo.com

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There is nothing you can do to "reset" besides knowing the code or home location. The entire point of the code is to make the unit worthless if it's stolen. If you can prove legitimate ownership then you can mail it in to Garmin to reset it.

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