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Garmin Nuvi PIN reset?

I bought a stolen Garmin Nuvi 260.  How can I reset the PIN?  :-)
What will happen if I'll try several PIN's?  Will it disable the Garmin Nuvi?

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    tudas_ka Jan 16, 2009

    Lemme rephrase the question without :-).  I bought a Garmin Nuvi 260 at BestBuy (me don't have stolen GPS, actually).  I set up a PIN.  In case someone got my GPS, how many times someone enter their guessed PIN?  I acually tried to crack my own Garmin Nuvi, once it lock up or screen frozen, I simply press RESET and ON button and there's the PIN prompt back again...

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    tudas_ka Jan 20, 2009

    sharcnet, did you read my first post and second post completely?  Please re-read it then make your suggestion.

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    tudas_ka Jan 20, 2009

    In my second post I typed a hyphothetical question!  If will emulate someone who wouldn't know my PIN by trying to guess the PIN for as many times I can, I might finally be able to guess it because I'll simply RESET it and try again...


    Now my question is, why Garmin didn't make the Nuvi GPS to be totally disabled after trying to guess the PIN for may be 10 times!

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    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    Your entire post makes no sense.....

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    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    If you really bought it at Best Buy, then return it to Best Buy and exchange it for an unlocked unit.



    There is no way to defeat the PIN and if you send it back to Garmin and its discovered to be stolen, Garmin will contact the authorities.



    - Jim

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I think the true purpose of the pin is for another income stream to garmin they want $110 to unlock it. If not then why not just register a pin when you register for the warranty then just use your MY GARMIN to get it when you need it???

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You cannot reset the PIN. The whole purpose of the PIN is to prevent someone from using a stolen GPS. Please return this unit to Garmin.

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I can't believe you even admit to owning stolen property. 

Yes multiple attempts will lock the garmin, And you will only be able to unlock it by going to the security location that was used when the security pin was input into the system.

Unfortunately, even if you perform master reset on Garmin GPS unit, it does not reset Garmin Lock security feature, which password-protect most Garmin electronic devices to deter theft. If you forget the PIN or password unlock code to unlock the Garmin unit, the best solution is to bring it to Garmin to get unlocked. “Secure Location” does not unlock a locked Garmin unit either as it’s only a temporary fix as when it’s turn on outside the security location, the device is locked again."

So unfortunately, there is only one option: You have to send your nüvi into the Garmin, who can unlock it. Remember original receipt.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

  • Dr. Cliff Foster III Sep 21, 2009

    Unfortunately, even if you perform master reset on Garmin GPS unit, it does not reset Garmin Lock security feature, which password-protect most Garmin electronic devices to deter theft. If you forget the PIN or password unlock code to unlock the Garmin unit, the best solution is to bring it to Garmin to get unlocked. “Secure Location” does not unlock a locked Garmin unit either as it’s only a temporary fix as when it’s turn on outside the security location, the device is locked again."

    So unfortunately, there is only one option: You have to send your nüvi into the Garmin, who can unlock it. Remember original receipt.


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You can unlock it.I unlock nuvi 250 today.Start from 0000 to 9999. There is no limit for pin codes that you can enter.

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