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Bought at pawn shop

Just charged w/t usb, now nuvi asks me to Enter PIN (which i don't have) what do i do now.

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Re: bought at pawn shop

You will need to contact the previous owner for the PIN or the location of his Secutiy Location. If neither of these options are available you will then have to contact Garmin. This is an Anti-Theft feature.

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Re: bought at pawn shop

Try using the last four numbers of your model number

Posted on Dec 06, 2007

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I bought it at a pawn shop. How dumb can, I be? It ask for a PIN#. And say's Lost satellite reception. What do I do?

Take the GPS back to the pawn shop. They should be able to get the pin number for you from the previous owner.

If they cannot or if they refuse, demand a refund from them. The unit is useless without the pin and it may even be stolen goods (illegal). If the dealer does not cooperate, report them to the local police for investigation.

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I just bought a nuvi 205w from a pawn shop and they could not tell what the pin was to unlock it. How can I make my new gps functional again?

Once the pin number is entered the only way to change it or remove it, if you don't know it, is to send it back to garmin with proof of ownership. This is to stop thieves being able to use them. If you got a receipt from the pawnshop that should do as proof. If not it would be a good idea to go back and ask for one. Garmin contact details can be had at

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I bought gps at pond shop and it's asking me for pin?? what should i do?

Return the unit to the pawn shop. This is a PIN put in by the original user just in case it gets stolen. If the original user sold this to the pawn shop they would of removed the PIN or provided it to the pawn broker. If it was stolen there is nothing you can do but throw the unit out if the pawn broker will not help.

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This GPS doesn't come pass code protected, that code is put in by the owner, so i must assume this is not your property.

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Garmin Lock works by using either a 4 digit pin code or by taking the unit back to a preset security location. Although Garmin warn that this should NOT be the user's home address, that's what it normally is. If you know where the last owner lived then you can try going to that location to see if it unlocks, but if you knew that piece of information you could just ask the last owner...

It came from a pawn shop though, so it's very unlikely that you know who the last owner was or where he/she lived.

There is no other way to unlock your unit without sending the unit back to Garmin. There's a charge for the service and you'll be asked to provide evidence that you own the unit; in practice it's going to be cheaper to buy a similar brand new Garmin model. All I can suggest is that you try to get a refund from the pawn shop (unlikely!) or sell it to another unsuspecting person.

Sorry, but Garmin Lock is deliberately difficult to overcome otherwise it wouldn't be much use as an anti-theft deterrent.

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Purchased device from a pawn shop who states a customer locked it in the store. brought it and researched on line and it appears only sending it to garmin will work. Hard to believe no one has figured it...

If a customer had locked the unit in a pawn shop, it would unlock in the same pawn shop as this would be the security location. And why would you buy a GPS you could not use? You have three options for unlocking a PIN locked Garmin GPS:

1 - Enter the correct PIN
2 - Take the unit to the location at which the PIN was entered
3 - Send the unit back to Garmin

No one has "figured it out yet" and there is no "fix" because this is a security design and not a flaw in the unit. It is to prevent someone from using a stolen GPS. If there were a workaround, the feature would be useless.

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I bought a garnim nuvi 205w from a pawn shop it has a password on it. Is there a code to unlock this unit. My next step is to send it to garmin or back to the pawn shop.

There's a small hole near the power jack. With the unit plugged in, use a paper clip and push in LIGHTLY into this hole. It will reset the unit back to factory specs.

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Asking for pin

There is a good chance that this unit is stolen. The real owner would have removed the PIN before selling it. You could try to contact the manufacturer but they will check the serial number and attempt to contact the previous owner. If it's determined that it is stolen, they will contact the authorities. This is information is taken directly from their website.

Save yourself a lot of headaches... take it back and get your money back.

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I have de solution:
*pick a torx 3 tool
*release de equipment
*put on 22 awg copper cable in the main chip on upper right pin and touch softly the + pole of a 3V batery.
tested in a garmin nuvi 780

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