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When I try to turn on my Garmin 255w I get the following: Garmin screen, 2 - 3 beeps and then it shuts off. This happens whether on battery power or lighter power. Any ideas? If it involves the reset button, where is it?

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Same thing here. Nuvi 255W has been fine. Yesterday, started behaving just as described above. Strange how there seem to be a rash of these problems.
One odd thing I noticed before the problem though. I had just set a new destination in the Favorites - checked with the map that it was "in the right place" and it seemed fine. When I tried to drive to the destination, it tried to send me to the middle of a field about 3 miles away from where I was heading. Cursed it asd swtiched it off, meaning to look at it later - when I switched it back on, the problem started.
Currently talking with Garmin about possible solutions (other than to pay them money to fix their software).

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I don't have a solution but our unit is having the same issue. Worked fine Saturday night. Sunday morning it is cycling as nancyandgreg say.

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Contact Garmin Customer Support. Tell them what your unit is doing and ask if there is a problem with the software and/or software update.

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