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255w in a loop - loading maps, then restarts...can't recharge

Bought a 255w one week ago and used it successfully for 4 days. Had it plugged into lighter for recharging. On 5th day, Garmin won't turn on. Assume battery dead, but when I plug it in, it goes into a loop - Garmin logo, 'loading maps', two beeps...repeat...repeat...etc...until you unplug. Assume the battery is dead, but it won't charge without going into the never-ending loop. Have removed SD card, same problem. Have tried whole process with wall charger, too. Same thing. Am not able to do a hard reset. Just continuing loop. Advice?

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  • rose_russ Dec 26, 2008

    We have encountered the same problem!  Any solutions would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    This happened to me on the first day I had mine (yesterday!) and I just pressed the rest button on the back and it came back on. It's been working fine since then... hope that helps.



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Use a USB connection to your computer and let it charge for three hours. Also download updates while your at it. Cigarette lighter charger is not efficient

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I had something similar happen to my 785 on a 4000 mile trip. I was on hold on the phone with Garmin for 49 minutes before the call was dropped. On my own in rural Iowa somewhere between Grinnell and Decorah, I fixed mine by getting darn fast at drilling down to a reset to defaults button. It took a few times but by the 7th or 8th try I was able to get to Settings, Restore Defaults, and finish the restore process. After the Restore the unit has worked fine for another day of driving.

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Unfortunately there is always a delay between roads getting built and maps getting updated, verified, and finally into products in the shops. On top of all that, the nuvi 255w is a model which has been available for a while now, so if the store had your example lying in stock for a number of months it may also have spent a few months before that in a warehouse before supply to the retailer. Your 18 month to 2 years may sound plenty of time to ensure that your unit has the latest mapping, but in reality it may effectively be the best part of a whole year less.

Garmin recognise that this is a problem so have the "nuMaps Guarantee program". If you buy a new nuvi and register the product within 60 days of it first being turned on and acquiring a satellite signal, you will be offered one free map update subject to simple conditions. To find out what they are, click here.

To find out more about which map updates are available and how to install them, click here.

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The simple way is to send the unit to Garmin they will load the maps for free.
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With your thumb in the lower right corner of the screen - pushing in - like there is an X there - [ push with your thumb before you turn it on] Turn it on -
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Please check the rear charging port to see if its loose. This is a common problem and if the connector is loose, the battery will never charge and the unit will die at loading the maps. Please see this link for more info:

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Mar 04, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Jan 19, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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The problem was following the Garmin instructions too closely. What I found via a GPS forum was that some USB cables can be finicky and trying different USB cables may solve the problem. In my case I found I had to turn the nuvi 255W on normally during registration; then connect the USB cable to device and PC. Then the registration and download worked.
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When using a usb from your computer it is only a trickle
charge to the garmin. Will take a day or two to fully charge. If you use a the cigarette lighter plug that came WITH the garmin, it will fully charge in 4 hours. Stick with garmin approved plugs and all will go smooth. I know, I made the same error.

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Sorry but you'll have to call Garmin. Never purchase anything from a store going out of business unless you check it out in the store and your happy it works.

Feb 09, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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