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GPS would not turn on

I just bought a new GARMIN NUVI 205 and it keeps telling me there is no maps avaoilable and i cannot even change the screen or try and do any settings on the screen. I then pressed the "reset" button at the bottom of the GPS. Now it would not even switch on.......the battery is partially charged, but charger is not plugged into the car at the moment.

I understand the maps should be pre-loaded with this unit.

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Download the manual and find the reset button..it should start right up.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011

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Have you already tried the webupdater or registred the device on garmin.com? There you should get an free mapupdate which could replace your broken maps.

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I hope that helps.

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