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Just unwrapped my new Garmin 205w out of the box. It won't turn on, but power cord is working and power switch is on.  Any suggestions or do I need to send it back?

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  • bbrueggeman Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks.  That worked!  Something simple I overlooked, I guess.
    Thanks so much. 

    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    Have you charged it overnight? It won't work if the battery isn't charged.

    - Jim



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My Garmin Nuvi 250 w gets stuck on the screen showing a picture connecting a computer to Garmin. I have it in my car and resetting hasn't worked. any suggestions


The nuvi is being put into mass storage mode (the mode used to transfer data back and forth to a computer). This is usually caused by using the wrong vehicle power cable.
The correct cable is Garmin part number 010-10723-06.

Aug 22, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver


How to Perform a WebUpdate of the Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W System Software

How to Perform a WebUpdate of the Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W System Software


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.


  1. The first step is to download the WebUpdater software.
  2. Plug in your Nuvi GPS into your PC with the USB cord.
  3. Run the WebUpdater program to install it to your PC and update the system software of your GPS.

Your Garmin Nuvi should be running as good as new.

on Jan 17, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I have successfully used my nuvi 205W today.However on switching on for the second time the device is unable to load past the initial Garmin logo and no further. On disconnecting from a power supply (both...

Periodically, the firmware or 'brains' inside phones, mp3 players and GPS devices get confused. They begin to work erratically, or refuse to complete their startup routine at all. The good news is that 99% of the time, new life can be breathed into them by either a reset procedure or a firmware / system software replacement.

Here are the steps to fix your Garmin Nuvi 205W:

  1. If your Garmin NUVI 205 is seen when connected by USB, I recommend you backup your favorites.
  2. Then I suggest a hard reset.
  3. Finally, replace the firmware using webupdate.

I hope that helps.

Apr 12, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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My Garmin Nuvi 205W just white screened. I tried to reset it. Nothing is happening.It just stays white. Any suggestions?

If your Garmin NUVI 205 can be recognized by your computer when plugged in, I recommend you backup your favorites.

Then I suggest a hard reset.

Finally, replace the firmware and system software using webupdate. Your Nuvi should not need to be able to power up for a firmware update to be possible - replacing the firmware should allow it to power up successfully after the update.

I hope that helps.

Mar 15, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Garmin Nuvi 205w and now it wont turn on.

You can restore the Nuvi 205 system software to its factory condition by running Garmin's WebUpdater service. You may also want to try a hard reset of your Nuvi.

I hope that helps.

Dec 28, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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GArmin 205W won't turn back on

I recently ran into the same problem, my 205w would not power back on. I logged in Garmin website under repair solutions. Said hit reset button using pen or stylis. My 205w does not have a
reset button....further comments in the reset instructions said if your device does not a button,
slide on switch to the left and hold 10 to 15 seconds it should power on while your holding it.
it took 12 seconds for me... This was refered to as a soft reset

Hope this helps, Enjoy!

Apr 22, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Garmin 205 w - I cant connect usb driver .I need the driver

you have to download a third party software to upload the maps, I used GPSsendmap, can be obtained free from
Just download sendMap20 rev. 6.0 for windows. It works.

Dec 27, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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

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.

Dec 08, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Garmin nuvi 205w out of box, plugged in to lighter and will not power up

Did you slide the on/off switch on the top of the 205w to the left momentarily?

Does your cigarette lighter socket have power? Is the car adapter plugged into the rear of the unit?

If you have done all this, then I would suggest taking it back where you bought it and have it exchanged for another unit.

- Jim

Nov 23, 2008 | Garmin GPS

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