I can turn on my garmin nuvi 250 and it operates normally. as soon as i plug the charger in, it goes into the charge screen. i can not see the maps and charge the unit at the same time. i can't find anything in settings to change this.
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The one supplied with the Garmin expects you to plug the GPS into the PC via the USB and if you use this to try and charge your Garmin in your car it will think it is connected to the PC and show the connection screen. it will charge the unit but you can't see the map.!!!
Make sure that you buy a lead specially for the Garmin for use in the car its the only type of SAT NAV that you will have this problem with.
Steps: 1) Disconnect the nuvi from the charging cable. 2) Press and hold the battery meter icon for 8 seconds. This puts the nuvi into "system test" mode. 3) Plug in the power cable. 4) Click "Exit." The nuvi will reboot, but remain in GPS mode!
The solution is really easy. Works in the car or usb charger or whatever. Once you insert the car charger, wait till the pc connection picture comes. Than unplug the car charger. Re-insert it as soon as the picture goes off. Voila. It is ready to use now!