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Connecting car charger puts it into PC mode

I find that I have to keep the Nuvi 205 on for some time (and it must be in navigating a route) before conecting the car charger, otherwise if I connect the charger before turning the unit on, the PC connection mode stays on until I unplug the charger and turn off the unit.

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  • shoppingirl Dec 29, 2008

    Everytime I plug my Nuvi 205 into my car charger, it puts it into PC mode and displays an icon that it is connected to the PC.

    I can shut it off and reset it and drive for a while, but it ends up happening again.

    I don't even have a cable to connect to my PC

  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    Exactly as described above. Charger is useless for what I require.




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Go to your account at garmin that you created to manage your maps.

Click myMaps

Click Manage Maps

You should see your unit and it’s unlock codes

Copy all the unlock codes for your device

Close your internet browser
Right click on your desktop

Click new, and then click a new Text Document

Click on the newly created Text Document icon from the desktop

Type your unlock codes into the document
Click File and Save as

Change the file name to gmapprom.unl (( double check this please ))

Change the “Save as type” to "All files"
Close the document

You should see the file gmapprom.unl on your desktop
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Right click on the Garmin folder and click paste
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