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Cant get gps out of demo mode

My garmin nuvi 250w wont get out of demo mode it says my gps is turned off how do i turn it on

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017


SOURCE: My Garmin Nuvi 250w

I called Garmin and they gave me a simple procedure to fix this problem. Turn the nuvi off. Plug the nuvi into a mini-usb cable connected to your PC. Wait until the nuvi screen displays a picture a nuvi connected to a PC. Disconnect the nuvi and it's fixed.

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Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Won't stay on

Have you installed anything lately? Do you have any sd card installed? Usually this is the cause for it to crash. There is a reset on the bottom of the nuvi, when it locks up blank, press the reset button and see what happens...

Posted on Jul 08, 2008

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SOURCE: system software missing garmin 250w

If the unit indicates "software/firmware missing", then you can only try to re-install firmware by running WebUpdater again. If it doesn't work, then the unit has to be sent to service to have it re-flashed.

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

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SOURCE: I can't use my garmin nuvi gps 250W while it is

This sometimes happens because of a problem with the mini USB plug not going far enough into the back of the satnav. It appears to be fully in but it's not. It shows a picture of a satnav connected to a computer as it thinks it's connected to one. Pushing the mini USB plug in further solves the problem.

Posted on Dec 01, 2010

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SOURCE: I updated maps on my


would suggest you reset the GPS and then proceed for the update again.

Follow the instructions below to reset and update your Garmin nuvi;

Performing a Standard Reset

1. Slide the power switch all the way to the left (with the Nuvi's screen facing you).
2. Hold the switch in the position for at least eight seconds.
3. Push the switch to the right to power the Nuvi back on.

Performing a Factory Reset

1. Turn your Nuvi off by sliding the power switch to the left.
2. Press your finger against the bottom right corner of the touchscreen. Hold your finger in this position.
3. Slide the power switch to the right to turn the Nuvi back on. Continue to hold you finger against the screen until you see the factory reset prompt. Tap "Yes" to perform the factory reset.

To update;

1. Plug one end of the USB cable into your GPS and the other end into your desktop or laptop computer. The GPS device will load the appropriate driver automatically, and a message on your GPS tells you that it is connected to your computer via USB.
2. Open your Internet browser of choice and type in the following web addres: " "
3. Download the appropriate version of the software for your computer (Windows or Apple) and Install the WebUpdater by following the wizard (accept defaults).
4. Click "Start," "Programs," "Garmin" and " WebUpdater" to update your firmware and your maps. Periodically check and make sure your software is current.

Good luck.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010

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