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Nuvi 205w will not power on when car charger is attached

We can't see the maps or any other functions when the car charger is attached. We used to be able to use the garmin with the charger but now all that appears is a picture at the bottom center of the screen that looks like a garmin with a cord running to a computer tower. It is charging it however we can use it while attached. Any ideas?

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  • italrider Feb 28, 2009

    My unit will not power on at all even when plugged with (110/USB) it looks like its completely dead.

  • SHARCNET-USA
    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    Is the charger a genuine Garmin charger? If not, there are some after market brands that are not fully compatible, which cause your Nuvi to go into "data mode" (connected to a PC).



    If the charger is a Garmin charger, then its possible that you have a loose USB port on the back of your Nuvi where the charger plugs in. The internal connections would need to be resoldered.



    Is the unit under warranty? If so, please contact Garmin. If not, I may be able to help you with this problem.



    - Jim

    SHARCNET-USA

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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


Hello,

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.
http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-mini-usb-12v-cigarette-lighter-adapter-for-nuvi.html

Aug 22, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Have been trying to download nuvi 255W quick-start guide but only find the 205 guide. Either way I am having trouble printing it.


The link provided by Garmin for the nuvi 255W returns the 205 / 205W manual instead. The main difference is the maps. The 205 offers built in maps of the U.S. only - while the 255 offers built in maps of U.S. & Canada.

In order to print the manual, you'll need to save the file and then use the free Adobe Reader program to open it. Use Abode Reader's internal Print function to properly format and print the manual to your printer. The Print command is visible under the "File" section or can be started by pressing Ctrl + P keys.

I hope this helps & good luck! If this was helpful to you, please rate my answer "4 thumbs up". Thank you.

Jul 16, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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I bay n sd card with full europe maps and i put the sd on the garmin 205w but he doesnt work hi dosent show ani maps on the screen


The Nuvi should detect the maps on the SDCARD automatically. A notice appears on the screen to install the maps on your Nuvi. This will take a while to copy the maps from the SDCARD to your unit for installation. After this the maps should be able to function without the SDCARD present.

The Garmin Nuvi needs internal memory for map installation. If there's not much memory left the Map installation might fail. Remaining memory can be checked by connecting the Nuvi to a PC/MAC using an USB cable. It ill appear as an external USB drive. The properties of the USB drive shows remaining memory.

If remaining memory is under 5Gb it might not be enough for MAP install. In this case a master reset to the factory defaults clears memory. This will delete all user data so be sure to store your personal POI's in Mapsource.

A master reset starts by pressing the bottom left corner of the screen for at least 20 seconds while pressing the power button once. A question appears to clear all user data.

Jul 07, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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I have lost all maps and other features on my nuvi 205w


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. This service will reload all native maps and features of your nuvi.

I hope that helps.

Feb 08, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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While using my Garmin Nuvi 205W for navigation I plugged it into my car charger and the screen changed to GARMIN with a computer on the bottom, like it was plugged into a USB port. Can I charge my Nuvi...


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If the device does not power on it could be a result of a extremely low battery. Please ensure that the device is receiving a charge while it is connected to the vehicle power cable. If the battery is receiving power from the vehicle power cable then the battery icon (located next to the time) would disappear from the Main Menu.
If the unit does not power on while attached to the vehicle power cable please follow steps from below to perform a soft reset:
  1. Connect the device to an external power source1
  2. Slide and hold the power key to the on position for 15 seconds
The device should power on.

Notes:
  1. Preferably the vehicle power cable or a USB cable from a computer
  2. Some of the older Nuvi 200 series will have a reset button on the bottom of the device. It can be found on the bottom of the device on the same sticker that the serial number is printed on.
  3. Then Make
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    After installing WebUpdater once from the Garmin website, perform all future software updates from your computer. Simply connect your compatible Garmin device to your computer, then run WebUpdater from your computer's "Start Menu" by selecting "Start", "Programs", "Garmin", and finally "WebUpdater"
    REMEMBER: It takes hours to do a complete a map update.
    Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps.

    Does this help? Let us know. Thanks.

Oct 18, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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Nuvi 205w won't read upgraded map


You HAVE to go through software support as this is an issue with the map. They told me it is because the map KEY is wrong, it is only for the united states, but the map is ALL of north america. The wait time is incredibly long, I have been waiting for over an hour, such bad service

Apr 17, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Am I able to charge Nuvi 205w with a standard cell outlet charger


For us, only the Nuvi car charger works - not plugging the Nuvi into a computer USB port, or using our Blackberry cell phone charger, both of which have the same type of plug.

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