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Stops working when unplugged

Normally, my GPS is plugged into my car lighter. However, when I unplug it and try to turn in on it turns on for a moment and then immediately turns back off.

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Re: Stops working when unplugged

Check the auto turn off settings, could be a power interuption

Posted on Jan 19, 2008

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Can the Tomtom recharge wheh the car is not in use - eg in the garage

No, then tom tom cannot recharge when the car is not on. You need to turn on the car before your tom tom can charge. The battery gets to charge the tom tom when in use. Once the car is turned off the gps will not charge. You can try out a practical by turning off your car and plugging the gps to see if it will work. Or the cigarette lighter, does it work when the car is turned off. Since the cigarette lighter does not turn on when the car is off, then it means it gps cannot charge once the car is turned off.
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Magellan RoadMate won't compute if connected to power

unplug the charger, then turn the 1200 on, once its fully booted, hold the power button for 15 seconds..the screen will go blank after a few seconds, but continue to hold it for 15 seconds.

now, with the charger plugged in and unit off, press and hold the power button for upto 7 seconds or till it starts.

if that fails, let me know and i can tell you something else to do.


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I leave my nuvi 250w plugged in to the cig lighter socket and it normally starts up as soon as i turn on the ignition. now it wont start up at all, is there an internal fuse inside it??

try charging it with the usb cable to your computer for a few hours, then try and start it again.

if that fails, try a reset

note: the master reset will erase all your saved data

with the unit off,and unplugged, try pressing and holding your finger on the low right corner of the screen and slide the power switch to the on position until you see the message "confirm if you really want to delete all user data?" hit yes and let it restart. then it will set up the nuvi again, so follow the prompts.

hook up the nuvi to the web updater and get the latest update

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It doesn't power on. It is fully charged. I tried everything including soft and hard reset.

I have a habd held gps and it will not power up unless it is plugged into the lighter, then I can unplug and it works fine. You might try this just to see. This will also give us a little more info if it does not work. good luck and I hope it works.

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My Garmin Nuvi 255W, which comes on normally when I start the car, is not coming on. It is only about 5 months old. I keep it plugged into the lighter at all times. Do I need to worry about a battery in...

more than that! keeping it plugged into the car is damaging the SIIRF chip and battery when you start the motor. Also the unit needs to be charged properly before use in an AC charger or vIA USB The DC in the car will not fully charge the unit. In fact it also leaks power back to the battery of the car when you turn ignition off, so dropping the volatage and amps of the battery in the GPS.

Always charge/recharge it prior to use in a AC or USB environment

Battery life is average 2 years unless used like you say you have. Then 3-6 months might see it collapse!

try a full and proper recharge first

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Garmin screen is all i get, then it turns off

try changing the batteries or placing the device on charge and unplugging it, if both those don't work go to the support section on garmin's website

Aug 04, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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I just received my Garmin for XMAS and it was working fine but now it just seemed to not charge. Then the little pic on the front shows the GPS connected to a computer desktop. HELP! Amber Fader

Does it turn on at all? Try to charge it on car adaper then, when it will turn on, try this.

The picture is displayed while it is charging through USB cable and you can't normally use GPS.
Turn the GPS on without the USB plugged in, then press the Battery symbol for about 10 seconds, until the test screen appears. Then plug in the USB.
Screen will tell you percentage of charge, and if it is charging.
***Make sure you press EXIT before unplugging the USB cable. Press EXIT, turn GPS off, then remove the cable is safest way

On the bottom you should see "USB type" if nothing is there, it may be the USB port on your computer. Try it again with a different port

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Have you tried holding down the on/off button for 3-4 seconds? Does this button work? If not, please read this article that I wrote:

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My Garmin Nuvi (200 I think) freezes..

My recomendation is to use the original accesory for cigarete lighter. I'll give you an example: when I connect my Nuvi 200 to any other USB cable (computer or home charger) its behaviour is like you said - it "says" that is connected to a computer and remains in stand by. But when I connect it to cigarette lighter (but note - the original one) the nuvi 200 recognize it as a car power source and works. The battery symbol disappear from screen and it works perfectly. When I turn off the engine or simply unplug the device from cigarette lighter (not from nuvi !) it recognizez that and ask me if I want tu turn it off on remains on on own battery. If I make no option the nuvi will turn off automatically after some seconds. So it recognize perfectly the car adapter and its behaviour is adapted to a car.

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Will not turn on

Champ...If your 340 stops responding, try turning it off and back on.If this does not help, reset the 340.

1.Unplug the power and the usb cables to remove external power.
2.Place your thumbnail in the groove located under the Garmin logo on the faceplate and gently pull off the faceplate.
3.Press the reset button for about 3 seconds.
4.Connect the 340 to a power source using power cable. The 340 should automatically turn back on and operate normally.
Good Luck ... Ginny

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