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Garmin GPS 255w Nuvi system files missing

Also computer does not recognize GPS connection to computer

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    same issue



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Call customer service 1-800-800-1020
They were able to fix my 255W by linking to it through my computer.

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Nuvi 255w is not being recognized by my Dell


If the computer does not recognize the GPS as another drive, then it is possible that there is a connection problem with the cable or the internal components of the GPS are shot.
Try the cable with a different device such as a digital camera or another GPS. If this works then the cable is fine, if not replace the cable with another one.
It is also possible that the Garmin support staff are correct.
The nuvi 255w is an older discontinued GPS and should probably be replaced with a newer unit.
The normal life span for a GPS is about 3 to 4 years and that is being generous. The battery life of the GPS can only cycle so many times before it becomes completely dead.

Jan 29, 2012 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver


Nuvi 255W Webupdate

Garmin Nuvi 255W Webupdate

Models: Garmin Nuvi 200, 200W, 250, 250W, 260, 260W, 270
Models: Garmin Nuvi 205, 205W, 215, 215W, 255, 255W, 265, 265W, 275



Does your Garmin Nuvi 200 or 200W GPS get stuck or freeze at startup, or when loading maps?

Looking to reflash the firmware / system software for your Garmin GPS device?

Replacing the brains of your Garmin GPS is the surest way to resolve freezing, hanging, and erratic behavior. Keeping the system software and firmware in your Garmin GPS current and up-to-date is also the best way to keep it performing well.

Your GPS may not start properly at all, and display a 'System Software Missing" message. This tip will describe how to restore your Garmin 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 computer and update the system software of your GPS.

Your Garmin Nuvi should now be running as good as new.

I hope that helps.

Download Nuvi 255W Manuals here.
Garmin Nuvi 255W Hard Reset Here.
Garmin Nuvi 255W Favorites Backup here.

on Apr 18, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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How to fix the problem "system missing software" in a nuvi 255w

To fix this problem, what you have to do is to connect your gps receiver to your computer, then you back up your files onto your system, format the gps device then you restore your maps back on the gps and the software tor the unit. You can upgrade to the latest version of the systems software.
That will do the work. Hope this information helped you.

Dec 23, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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System software missing

Please do not panic If your systems software is missing, all you need to restore it is the disc that came with the garmin nuvi. you can also install it online from the website. Just plug in your garmin nuvi to a computer and go to the website and search for your systems software from the search support.
That should do the job.

Dec 22, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Hello. I can´t conect my garmin nuvi 255w to my laptop. it doesn't reconize the gps. I need the driver

did you download the software tool for the connection to be recognized at the Garmin support site? if not do so

Jul 28, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Nuvi® 255W Car GPS Receiver: I received the Garmin nuvi 255W for Christmas but ...

Microsoft Streets &Trips might not recognize your GPS unit. I found that my latest S&T version only recognizes Microsoft's own GPS puck.

May 18, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Not recognized whenGarminnuvi 255W connected by

There are two types of cable one works in the CAR the other on the PC make sure you have to correct one

Apr 27, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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System Software missing

go on garmin's website, hook your unit up via usb and install the latest software.

Aug 15, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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System Software Missing on Garmin Nuvi 255W

Take a look at this site, Download and unzip the software, plug your garmin in the USB and start the updater.exe program. It gets you started again. Later on you can use the Webupdater to get possible newer software..
It worked for me and my Zumo550

May 25, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Update problem with Garmin Nuvi 255w

I had same problem. I called Garmin customer service who connected me to a computer rep. Garmin hooks with your computer that you have your Garmin plugged into.They can upload the proper software in no time at all.
The rep told me that after I updated my Garmin I might have turned off the unit before it completed updating the new software. You need to wait until the screen with "Where to?" appears.
It works great now. Prepare to wait on hold for a while. I waited just over an hour on Monday, their busiest day.

Feb 28, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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