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Garmin 250 unit is frozen, and will not turn off......screen is stuck on previous "map" location, and frozen on "day mode"

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Did you try pressing the reset button on the bottom. Its located under the decal. You should be able to press it without having to remove the decal. If that doesn't work, please let me know.

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Posted on Dec 08, 2008

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My Garmin Nuvi 250 w gets stuck on the screen showing a picture connecting a computer to Garmin. I have it in my car and resetting hasn't worked. any suggestions


Hello,

The nuvi is being put into mass storage mode (the mode used to transfer data back and forth to a computer). This is usually caused by using the wrong vehicle power cable.
The correct cable is Garmin part number 010-10723-06.
http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-mini-usb-12v-cigarette-lighter-adapter-for-nuvi.html

Aug 22, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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How  OTRdriver's solution worked for me to clear up my StreetPilot C330 when it...


1- Turn off unit.  2- press and hold the bottom right corner of the screen. 3-While still pressing and holding bottom right corner, press and hold power button and continue holding both until a white screen appears with a black dot. 4- follow the on screen directions and your unit will be back to the day you first got it.

on Jan 09, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS Receiver

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I just brought a garmin 250 from a bootsale but it has a pin lock anyway i can get a code?


Unless the vendor supplied it, you cannot operate a locked Garmin and you cannot bypass the code.

The following is cut and pasted from my existing FixYa Tip and deals with your precise problem:-


You have Garmin Lock activated on your nuvi: there are only two ways you can unlock it.

1. Enter the PIN code (but you clearly don't have it or you wouldn't be reading this).

2. Take the unit to the Security Location you chose when activating Garmin Lock: it will then unlock without the PIN code and you can then either reset the PIN or disable Garmin Lock. The Security Location should not be the owner's home address, but many owners ignore this recommendation. Many owners choose their workplace or a close friend or relatives address for this purpose.

If neither option works then your unit is useless unless you send it to Garmin with proof of first purchase. Garmin charge for the service and if your maps are not up to date then it's really a waste of money as the investment would be better spent on a new unit with current mapping.

I hope that you manage to either fix your problem using my advice or at least can decide whether to abandon the unit and buy another.

You may read advice elsewhere advising you to use a secret menu to erase all user data. This is done by starting with the nuvi switched off and then pressing and holding the bottom right corner of the screen and then, whilst still pressing the bottom corner, turning the unit on. Please note that although this erases all previous user data, it does not bypass Garmin Lock. There is NO bypass for Garmin Lock except by taking the unit to the owner's security location; it would be a useless theft deterrent otherwise.

Jul 19, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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Needs updating


This is not as easy as it seems. I tried to do that when I registered my new unit. In the dowload process (attached to my PC via USB), the site told me I need some special software to manage the download. It looked like some Microsoft product I never heard of. As it finished installing the vector software, the Garmin update maps never got downloaded. Each time I tried, my PC slowed down, to actually crashing ! Rebooting told me it can only come back on in the Safe mode (do drivers). So my only savior was to Reset to a previous date, when all went well. Boy, was that nasty ! Now, my PC runs Vista Premium Home edition using Explorer. I never was happy with Vista.
Your free map Update is good for 60 days from use of unit. So, do not delay.
I still have not updated my Garmin, but should soon.
Try their https://my.garmin.com/maps/nuMaps.htm page to see if you qualify.
Maybe your PC will accept the software to load the new maps into your Garmin. Just be ready to reset your computer to a previous user date, so you can fix your Crash.
PS - I had no time yet to alert Garmin Support of this issue. I enjoyed using it in Hawaii. It really helped.

Jan 13, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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I have a Garmin 250 w that is locked with a pin # or a security location. Is there anyway to unlock it? Thanks


You have to go with 50 meters of the SECURITY location for the unit to unlock automatically, your security location is the place you set up your gps on the first day. you could of been at home or work

once unlocked you must reset the pin number

or you would have to send your unit back to Garmin with the proper ownership receipt. All garmins are registered to unlock map data.

Nov 06, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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Hi My Garmin Nuvi 1200 is frozen on loading maps how do I fix this issue


The only solution is a reset. To do this you turn the unit on (this may take a few tries with it coming on, blanking off, and cycling like this a few times). Once it is on press the lower right hand corner of the screen.

It will ask if you want to reset and you say YES.

This will clear the memory completely (but not the security code, if you have one).

It will start (or you need to turn it on again) and it will have none of your previous settings and none of your previous addresses but it will be working again.

Aug 09, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 1250 Car GPS Receiver

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My Street Pilot C330 will not navigate pass the where to/view map screen Screen seems to be frozen


I have a c340 and instructions say: if your unit locks up. press the power button to turn off the unit, then press again to turn unit back on. If this does not help, reset by the following: place your thumb nail in the groove located under the Garmin logo on the face plate, gently pull off the face plate, press the reset button, turn the unit back on and it should operate normally

Dec 27, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS Receiver

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Nuvi 360 Stuck on loading maps


Have you reset the unit yet (little pusbutton behind the aerial)

Jul 30, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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Frozen screen


Resetting Your c330
If your unit locks up, press the Power button to turn off the unit, then press again to turn the unit back on. If this does not help, reset your C330.
1. Place your thumb nail in the groove located under the Garmin logo on the face plate.
2. Gently pull off the face plate.
3. Press the Reset button.
4. Turn the unit back on; it will operate normally

Apr 04, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS Receiver

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Garmin is frozen on, and will not respond.


Have you tried resetting the unit? Remove the faceplate and press the reset button on the right side of the unit. This may help.

Feb 01, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot c340 GPS Receiver

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