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I have a nuvi 200 that wont run when it is hooked up to a power supply

My nuvi 200 works great but the rechargeable battery only lasts an average of 5 hours. When I go to plug it in with the car charger and continue to navigate, it holds me on the charge screen and I am unable to navigate anymore. I have the same problem if I try to use it when it is plugged directly into the wall socket in my home, the charging screen comes up and I cannot get the unti to acquire sattelites or otherwise work until I unplug it, and then its fine?

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  • dust6403 Feb 21, 2008

    I just went back and looked in the box and found a car charger. It is the only charger that it will navigate with while being plugged in! I feel stupid for not thinking of that earlier. So lesson learned, garmin makes their chargers specifically for their devices and other chargers may charge the device but it wont navigate with them. Thanks Kevin!

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    please help, I am traveling right now and the garmin wont take charge. it keeps showing a picture of a garmin plugged up to the back of a computer! Any ideas???


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Turn on your unit, press the battery icon for 10 seconds, a diagnosis screen will appear. now plug your cable, exit. you will still charge but also navigate. test it

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You're very welcome. I'm glad I could help. And no reason to feel stupid. If everyone knew everything, where would that leave me? :)

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The Nuvi 200 only has a 5 hour battery. Once charged, it can be removed from the charger, but the battery will only last 5 hours. Can you plug it into the car charger and navigate while charging BEFORE the battery dies? If so, and you don't have to remove the charger, you can leave the unit plugged in while you navigate without damage to the unit.

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