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No connection to PC

My Garmin 255w is not recognised by my PC (Win XP) although downloading the required drivers, the unit will charge via the USB port but when using the USBDrivers_221(2) software it continues to ask to connect the SatNav even though it has been connected in the stated way

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  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2009

    I have just received my Nuvi 255W as a gift and had a USB/USB mini connector rom another electronic. When I connected it to the Nuvi I could see the nuvi drive"E", however I saw no indication that any charging was in process and unlike the automobile power cord, I could not use the GPS while connected to the computer.

  • jsummarell Jan 01, 2009

    same problem. But my nuvi will not power up at all after connecting to my pc. In other words, out of the box to the usb, and nothing, and now i can not power it up.

  • jgreene37 Jan 06, 2009

    Similar problem with my new Garmin 255w. When I connect the Garmin to the PC to try to register it online it does turn on automatically but does not charge or show up as a new device on my desktop. After a minute or so a picture of a Garmin attached to a PC appears as well as a green "loading" bar but every time it reaches the end of the bar the Garmin shuts down, restarts and the same thing happens again: picture, green bar, restart etc. Unable to register the unit online due to this or download drivers or updates etc. Anyone anything similar? Many thanks!

  • lep123 Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem, bought i just yesterday. and connected it to PC and it was working fine, then i tested it in my car workeds fine, now today i plug it in to my PC and it doesnt recognise it... dunno what to do

  • otter2007 Jan 13, 2009

    yeah I have a similar problem. Once I plug the unit into USB my computer doesn't seem to recognize it. I'd like to download any updates and extras onto it. This is a generic Dynex usb cord from Best Buy and brand new. shouldn't be any problems. Do I have to switch gps into another mode? something else?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    Garmin 255WT will not connect to pc. Screen keeps telling me it is charging. but no battery indicator is shown I have downloaded every driver from Garmin. No dice. I can not register on the web site. What do I do?


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I had the same problem. The solution was so simple but I tried everything I could imagine before this: Remove cable from pc and garmin. Now.. the secret...FIRST switch on your garmin and then connect it to the cable and to the usb port of yor pc! That was is for me! So simple really but in every manual I read it said just connect it, it didnt say first switch it on!!

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Cause of all these problems may be as simple as faulty USB cable. I had initially bought cable on e-bay when i described problem below and didn't think cable was faulty as got the green loading bar etc. Subsequently tried another cable from a digital camera and gps began charging but no green loading bar etc. Finally borrowed cable from friend with similar model and it all worked perfectly: began charging, managed to register (and get the free 2009 maps update) etc. so problem could be the cable. Garmin sell it on their website for 7 euro but I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives in Electronics shops.

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