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I have a new garmin nuvi 205 and it will not work...

It will not work in the power supply of any car. It will come on for a minute saying it is searching for maps and will go off, come back on and then go back off and not come back on. Tried resetting it and that did not work. Got to add the origin one time and then it froze up. 2nd one in a week that has done this. Had a nuvi 200 that did the same thing.

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Look near the SN # and press the reset button.

or

with the garmin off, hold down the right bottom of the screen and turn the garmin on, it will then ask you if you want to perform a hard reset. Choose yes and that should fix your problem.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

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Any time I plug my Nuvi 205 into my car charger, it shows that it is in pc link mode. How do I get my Nuvi 205 to get out of pc link mode while it is plugged into my car? It renders the GPS useless as it...


Sometimes this problem is caused by the charger plug not going far enough into the mini usb socket of the satnav. It feels as if it's fully in but it's not. Pushing it in further usually solves the problem. As your charger is not a garmin make there's no guarantee but there should be very little difference so it's worth a try.

Mar 08, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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Perform a Hard Reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 (Mark 2a)


Perform a Hard Reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W

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Does your Garmin Nuvi 205 or 205W Freeze at Loading Maps?
Does it lock up or stop working?

This tip will describe how to perform a hard reset of the device, and how to backup your 'Favorites' in case the hard reset erases them. The next step in fixing your Nuvi when it doesn't start properly is to update its system software using Garmin WebUpdater.

A hard reset (or Clear All User Data)has been known to resolve unit quirks and strange behavior after firmware updates. It's generally recommended to perform it after a firmware update but is not required by any means. However, if you're seeing quirks and strange behavior with your unit after the firmware update, it is a good idea to do a hard reset of the unit.

Backup and Restoration Procedure for Favorites:

The Hard Reset procedure has been known to delete your Favorites, so back them up beforehand.

  1. From the Nuvi drive, copy '/Garmin/GPX/current.gpx' to a backup location on your computer.
  2. After the hard reset, copy your backed up 'current.gpx' from your computer back to the '/Garmin/GPX/' folder on the Nuvi, but be sure to rename it 'temp.gpx'.
  3. On the next power cycle, the Favorites will be read from 'temp.gpx' into the non-user accessible memory area on the Nuvi where they are actually stored.
Perform the Hard Reset:

*Note that this will clear all user selected settings on the unit

  1. Power the unit off.
  2. Remove the battery and wait several minutes.
  3. Install the battery.
  4. Press and hold (and continue to hold) the bottom-right corner of the screen while powering the unit on.
  5. Continue to hold the screen until the "Do you want to erase all user data?"prompt appears.
  6. Press "yes" and the unit will reboot. This resets all your location settings and user preferences.

If possible after the hard reset, let the unit sit outdoors in the open for about 30 minutes or so to let the unit re-acquire the satellite almanac data.


You have now performed a hard reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W.

I hope that helps.

on Mar 22, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

Tip

How to Perform a Hard Reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W


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Does your Garmin Nuvi 205 or 205W Freeze at Loading Maps?
Does it lock up or stop working?

This tip will describe how to perform a hard reset of the device, and how to backup your 'Favorites' in case the hard reset erases them. The next step in fixing your Nuvi when it doesn't start properly is to update its system software using Garmin WebUpdater.

A hard reset (or Clear All User Data)has been known to resolve unit quirks and strange behavior after firmware updates. It's generally recommended to perform it after a firmware update but is not required by any means. However, if you're seeing quirks and strange behavior with your unit after the firmware update, it is a good idea to do a hard reset of the unit. It's also one of the first things that Garmin will have you do when contact tech support regarding quirky unit behavior.

Backup and Restoration Procedure for Favorites:

The Hard Reset procedure has been known to delete your Favorites, so back them up beforehand.

  1. From the Nuvi drive, copy '/Garmin/GPX/current.gpx' to a backup location on your computer.
  2. After the hard reset, copy your backed up 'current.gpx' from your computer back to the '/Garmin/GPX/' folder on the Nuvi, but be sure to rename it 'temp.gpx'.
  3. On the next power cycle, the Favorites will beread from 'temp.gpx' into the non-user accessible memory area on theNuvi where they are actually stored.
Perform the Hard Reset:

*Note that this will clear all user selected settings on the unit

  1. Power the unit off.
  2. Remove the battery and wait several minutes.
  3. Install the battery.
  4. Press and hold (and continue to hold) the bottom-right corner of the screen while powering the unit on.
  5. Continue to hold the screen until the "Do you want to erase all user data?"prompt appears.
  6. Press "yes" and the unit will reboot. This resets all your location settings and user preferences.

If possible after the hard reset, let the unit sit outdoors in the open for about 30 minutes or so to let the unit re-acquire the satellite almanac data.


You have now performed a hard reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W.

I hope that helps.
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Download Garmin Nuvi 205 Manuals here.
Garmin Nuvi 205 Favorites Backup here.
Garmin Nuvi 205 WebUpdater here.

on Jan 15, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I lost my Garmin Nuvi 205 car charger and wanted to know what i could replace it with or what the charging voltage required is, perhaps i have a spare cell phone charger that would work.


You can buy a new car charger for your GPS from this site:
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=13429#accessoryTab
It should be situated under the accessory tab

I am not sure about the voltage of the device, but it should say somewhere on the unit, the unit's box or the instruction booklet

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Nov 09, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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My Garmin nuvi 205 keeps saying it is connected to the computer when it is plugged into my car charger. It worked great until the original charger broke and I had to buy a new one. Now this charger...


When your Garmin Nuvi 205 stops working or behaves strangely, there are two steps you can take yourself to try and get it going again:

  1. Perform a Hard Reset,
  2. Run WebUpdater to reinstall that firmware.

I hope that helps.

Mar 06, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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My Garmin says no detailed maps found that support routing? It will not go away and the reset I tried didn't work. ???


Did you try a Hard Reset, or just push the button on the bottom of your Garmin Nuvi 205?

Whenever these devices start acting up, I recommend performing a hard reset of your Gamin Nuvi 205. Also, use Garmin's WebUpdater service to make sure you have the latest software on your device.

I hope that helps.

Jan 30, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I have a garmin nuvi 205 and when i power it up, the only thing i can get is a small block that says system software missing


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.

Jan 09, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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When powering up nuvi 205 it says system software missing


To replace the system software of your Garmin Nuvi 205 run WebUpdater to reinstall the firmware.

I hope that helps.

Jan 09, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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My garmin nuvi 205 (gift) will not acctivate i turned it on Garmin came up on the screen made a beeping noise closed and now just a blank screen


My novi 205 is working well .The battery was low and the moment I connected it to my car all was fine

Thank you again .Have a happy new year

muz1

Dec 28, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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Garmin NUVI 205 when turned on says can't unlock maps!?!


Whenever Garmin Nuvis have map problems, I recommend performing a hard reset of your Gamin Nuvi 205. Also, use Garmin's WebUpdater service to make sure you have the latest software on your device.

I hope that helps.

Oct 24, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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