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Garmin nuvi 250w slide on/off/lock button broken

I have the Garmin nuvi 250w. The slide on/off/lock button is broken. It turns on only when I charge it and it stays on the home screen. While I charge it, I try to touch the screen and it says "turn button to the left to unlock" but then nothing happens when I turn the button to the left. It's still under warranty, but I don't have the original receipt. Turning it on and off, charging it does not work. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!

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You going to have to replace it or beg garmin to accept it for repair/warranty.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009


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I cannot find a reset button on my nuvi 250w. Where is it? (Owners manual is lost)


in case you don't know how to reset your garmin nuvi, you can follow the steps below: There are two types of reset;

Performing a Standard Reset

1. Slide the power switch all the way to the left (with the Nuvi's screen facing you).
2. Hold the switch in the position for at least eight seconds.
3. Push the switch to the right to power the Nuvi back on.

Performing a Factory Reset

1. Turn your Nuvi off by sliding the power switch to the left.
2. Press your finger against the bottom right corner of the touchscreen. Hold your finger in this position.
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My garmin 260w froze will not do anything

If the Touch Screen is not working properly, calibrate the touch screen

Turn unit off then back on.

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Oct 29, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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Won't turn on - when last used 7 days ago was working perfectly.

Hi davisfive,

The Garmin Nuvi 250W and most other 200 series GPS receivers are normally reset as follows:

The reset button is located on the right rear-backside of the unit. Press a blunt non-metallic object or a cut off toothpick into the small hole and hold for approximately 15 seconds. The unit should do a fresh reboot. Sometimes these GPS units can be reset by sliding the Power key to the left for 10-15 seconds to completely shut the unit down. Then, do the same procedure for 10-15 seconds again, to power it back on.

It would be best to assure the unit has external power, and hopefully a full battery charge, for best results. Also you can download a complete manual from this link for more info:

Let me know how this turns out, and if I can help you further.

Regards, Bill

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Sounds like it isnt charged. Also make sure that the rear mini USB jack isnt loose or broken, preventing the battery from being charged. Please see this link:

- Jim

Feb 17, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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Nuvi 250w keeps shtting off when i try to turn it on. Batteries are charged

It is possible that the unit says its charged and everything appears fine however if the battery dielectric has perished as soon as its under load it will turn off you need to replace the rechargable battery. This needs to be done by a Garmin Dealer.

Dec 28, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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Lost pin

The Garmin Lock feature also learnt a place called 'Security Location' when you locked it. Go there and turn the receiver on. It should automagically work.

If you forget your PIN, and your Security Location, Garmin cannot unlock your GPS over the phone; you must send your GPS to Garmin to get it unlocked. Garmin may charge you for this service. If you do send the unit back to Garmin to be unlocked and you are found not to be the original owner of the GPS and it's determined to be stolen, Garmin will contact law enforcement.

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The GPS is turned off on my garmin nuvi 250W and I don't know how to turn it on.

1.- Power off the GPS
2.- Press and hold the reset button
3.- connect the Nüvi to an EXTERNAL power source

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Won't stay on

Have you installed anything lately? Do you have any sd card installed? Usually this is the cause for it to crash. There is a reset on the bottom of the nuvi, when it locks up blank, press the reset button and see what happens...

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