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NEW Garmin 205W Use of Apple Mac USB for charging Causes malfunct

I used my Mac computer to charge a new Gaemin 205. I have a login set up whereby I have to log in prior to allowing the desktop to come up The first time I connected the Garmin I did not log in, so no desktop...charging went well. Next time I logged in and put the machine on SLEEP and hooked up the Garmin to the USB port. As I walk away the blank Mac screen lights up and I see the desktop as if I had awakened the computer.......The Garmin will not turn on now. The screen displays the Garmin Logo, a small message is given about loading maps, followed by a beep. It cycles on and off. That's it. This is the second time this has happened. The instruction book clearly states that a computer cam be used to charge the unit. What do you suggest?

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  • goforut Dec 30, 2008

    I have my Garmin on a new Mac.  I was able to download a new auto icon, so it must be connected, however it does not seem to charge, and while I was typing this note, I got a messag that the device had been disconnected, even though I did not touch it.



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Hold the power button to the left for approximately 15 seconds, then release it. It should reset the unit and turn ON. It happened to me before and it worked.

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Does your Garmin Nuvi 205 or 205W get stuck or freeze at startup or when loading maps?

One trick to try when your GPS is acting up is to perform a Hard Reset.

Occasionally, your GPS may not start properly at all, and display a 'System Software Missing" message. Today's tip will describe how to restore your Nuvi GPS system software using Garmin Webupdater.


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1st: make sure your NUVI is OFF then plug in the usb cable from the computer to the NUVI, after you hear your computer ding from new device connected, and the NUVI displays the computer icon move to step 2

step 2: if you have xp go to START and MY COMPUTER. with vista its START then COMPUTER button on the right side

step 3: with MY COMPUTER window open hold the NUVI power switch to the ON position and RIGHT CLICK the NUVI device logo (blue triangle) and select EJECT .. ( DON;T HIT SAFiLY REMOVE)

step 4: when you see GARMIN display on the screen you can letgo of the power button on the NUVI ****** if you unplugthe usb it will display message stating EXTERNAL POWER LOST SWITCHING TO BATTERY POWER***** while it is plugged to the computer the battery meter will disappear.

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  • Please try to call the Garmin Technical support and then check if the device is still under warranty so that they can replace it.
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