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New Nuvi 760 that won't work

I have had it plugged into the computer for three hours and whenever I take it off and turn it on to get the initial signal it powers down. I have not tried it in the car charger.

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Using the PC to charge a Nuvi is not the correct way to charge. Use either the AC wall charger or DC car charger. Many PC USB ports can not supply enough current to charge a Nuvi.

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Posted on Dec 12, 2008

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My nuvi 260W displays the computer plug in sybole then turns of both while move and sitting still an d is connected to power supply. I have bought new connector for power supply.


Whenever you see the computer to GPS symbol pop up while using the DC car charger, this is an indication of a loose USB jack (bad connection) between the jack and the printed circuit board.

You should only see this symbol when connected to the PC using the USB cable. You should never see it when using the charger. Please see this link for more information and how to have it repaired:


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My nuvi 760 doesn't charge in the car. is there another way to charge it?


It can be charged from a computer. Connect it to your computer with the mini USB lead and it will charge. It takes about 8 hours compared to 4 hours with the car charger or with a mains charger.

If your car charger isn't working it's likely that the fuse is blown. I presume you checked the cigarette lighter socket first and that it's working. If not try something else in the socket and make sure that's not the problem.

At the end of the charger lead plug, that goes in the cigarette lighter socket, there's a ring. Unscrew the ring and the plug comes apart. Be careful not to lose the silver tip. When the plug comes apart you'll see the fuse. You'll get a replacement in any car electrics shop or anywhere that supplies satnavs. I hope this solves your problem.

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Nuvi 760 will not take charge


I don't know which of the three ways you're trying to charge - car cradle, via USB cable to a computer or via accessory AC adapter. An 18 month old 760 should still have a good battery.

If you are using your car cradle to charge consistently, use one of the other methods and allow the 760 to charge for 8 hours. Use of the car cradle can cause the 760 to stop taking a charge after a while, and switching to one of the other methods should "refresh" the internal battery. Since the AC adapter wasn't included in the box, the USB cable method is likely your only other choice. While connected to your computer, you should download & update the 760's firmware. It's fast and free - and could solve other potential issues. Get the WebUpdater software direct from Garmin.

It is also possible that the fuse in the cigar lighter plug has opened. Disassemble the the plug to check for and replace a blown fuse.

If unable to get the 760 to accept a charge, you might need to replace the battery. There are several sources for batteries - but a free call to Garmin Support should be your first move.

Please rate this reply and good luck!

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Not turning on


My unit was totally dead. I just kept it plugged into my computer for about 12 hours. I downloaded the newest software from Garmin. When I unplugged it from my computer, the battery seemed to drain quick, but once I plugged it into the card adapter in the car... everything seems to be running great now.

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Garmin nuvi 760 can't turn on


This morning I try to plug the unit into computer and find out it is out of battery power. I recharge it and it back to normal. Thanks for the following up with me.

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Where do i plug in my 120v charger on my garmin nuvi 760 gps


Hi I have this model too. You must have the 120v charger with the Mini-B  port on it. It plugs into that port on the bottom(PS3 controllers cameras, and other Computer devices often have a mini-B USB

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Nuvi 760 will not turn on !!


I just had the same issue, after using the unit for 11 months.
WOULD NOT power on... and i freaked.
This is what solved it, no matter how strange it sounds...
I held the 'power switch' to ON for 20 secs, then it came on again.

I hope this works for you as well!
-Drew

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Without plugged in my garmin nuvi 200 will not work


That means that you have to replace the battery.

The video on the link below shows how to replace the battery in a Garmin Nuvi:

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Garmin nuvi won't turn on


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

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