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Re: garmin nuvi 200 appears dead
If you've tried a hard reset and nothing happens, your ON/OFF switch might be broken. If it's still under warranty, return to Garmin for repair. If it is out of warranty, and you've tried all suggestions here, try this website. They replace the ON/OFF switch with a new one. Fixya.com is not affiliated with this website but they do seem to have a good track record.
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I can help you fix your Garmin Nuvi 200W. You will find the newest version WebUpdater if you follow my links, released March 31, 2010. I think you will find between a Hard Reset and the new software, your Nuvi will be better than new again.
There are three steps to take to get your Nuvi running like new:
My condolences. I would suggest you plug the unit in to your computer's USB port using an appropriate data cable (in case you no longer have the Garmin data cable, there are lots of devices, including cameras, that use such a cable with the large USB plug at one end and the mini-USB at the other). That would give you a handle on where the fault lies -- in the auto charger cable itself vs the nuvi's socket. If the nuvi charges from your computer, you're halfway home; if not, I suspect the cost of repairing the nuvi's USB jack could exceed the cost of a replacement unit.
The mini-USB jack needs to be either resoldered or replaced. When the jack is loose, you will not be able to charge the internal battery. The jack becomes loose from overuse. The jack needs more mechanical support to the pronted circuit board. I have fixed this problem many times.
I had the same issue..what a pain in the ****. I came up with a solution that worked for me. After the update i deleted gmapprom.img and then created my own map using the garmin MapInstall program. start>programs>garmin>mapinstall
You can download new maps..........free......................but..........
I had this problem last year with my garmin 200 and when I called they said that I was out of the 60 day time window for a free map upgrade but they would give it to me anyway. They gave me detailed instructions on how to download a new map free of charge but they didnt explain which selection replaced what I already had on mine.
As a result, I downloaded the wrong maps and have much less detail. Even though its the "2009" version, its less acurate than my old maps were. But its worth a shot, better than paying for them.
folks, the garmins have an on-board battery that needs to be powered up (at least occasionally) via the usb port - like from your computer. just using the dc car power cord does nothing for this battery. i've had this exact same problem on both my 760 and 780 nuvi units. fixed it using the usb charge. seems to run down differently for all the various nuvi models. my regular charge will hold for 7 hours on my old 660, my 760 and 780 work about 5 hours. my 'power up' failed on the 660 after 10 months with no internal battery charge, but the 7xx models only took about 5-6 months to 'fail.' hope this helps. jack b :-) in midland, tx usa