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Update problem with Garmin Nuvi 255w

Registered a Garmin Nuvi 255w and was following instructions to update firmware. Was told to disconnect device and then restart unit and reconnect to usb to continue. Am now getting message on device screen stating that the system software is missing.

Webupdater cannot find the unit and trying to reinstall software states that the files are corrupted.

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  • genevasmom Mar 15, 2009

    I received an email stating that Garmin had a free update for my registered Garmin nuvi 255. I printed out and followed all of the instructions and now my Garmin states it has no routed maps and cannot be used. I emailed Garmin tech support but have not heard back from them yet.

  • nomadic Oct 28, 2012

    thanks will give that a try

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    the nuvi device won't turn on how can I fix it

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    NEED SOFTWARE UPDATE

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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.

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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The phone numbers transferred to your Nuvi are only supposed to be available when your phone is paired to your cell phone. Changing the entry on your phone should allow that entry to show up changed the next time it is paired with the Nuvi. Sometimes, a bluetooth mix up causes entries to be duplicated or entries' phone numbers to get repeated.

To correct this, I recommend backing up your favorites, clearing all user data (this hard reset will remove the phonebook info from your nuvi), and then updating your Nuvi' firmware to make sure the nuvi and cell phone bluetooth process runs as smoothly as possible in the future.

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I hope that helps.
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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.

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  2. Plug in your Nuvi GPS into your PC with the USB cord.
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Your Garmin Nuvi should now be running as good as new.

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How can upgrade my garmin nuvi 255w gps?


Hello,

Using the Garmin WebUpdater will update the operating software.
http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp

Map updates subscriptions are available as lifetime or onetime updates and are registered to the map that is installed on the Nuvi.
http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-numaps-north-america-lifetime-updates.html

http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-numaps-update-city-navigator-nt-2012-north-america.html

The Nuvi 255w is an older unit and is probably due to be replaced. Once the battery dies on the unit, it can not be replaced easily.

There are a number of Garmin GPSs that come with lifetime map updates.
http://www.gpscity.com/search/q=lifetime/&p=1&c=1&t=Automotive+GPS

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To fix the abnormal behavior of your Garmin Nuvi 255W, I recommend a hard reset and an update of your Nuvi 255W firmware.

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To correct the abnormal behavior of your Garmin Nuvi 255W, I recommend a hard reset and an update of your Nuvi 255W firmware.

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