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Can't unlock my garmin nuvi 680

I've forgotten the password for my garmin nuvi 680 and I'm out of town so I can't drive to my security location. I'm on a business trip and need to use my gps! Garmin tells me I'll have to send it in but I was also told there was a master reset code.

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    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    There is no master reset code. If there was, there would be no point for having a PIN. You must either enter the correct PIN or go to the security location. Otherwise, you will have to send the unit back to Garmin. - Jim SHARCNET-USAhttp://www.sharcnet-usa.com

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There is NO master reset code. Whoever told you this was wrong. You have to use your security location to unlock it. Otherwise, you have to send it in to Garmin with the original receipt from an authorized Garmin dealer. This is to prevent use of the unit in case of theft.

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