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Garmin nuvi 250w freeze up

I have had my Garmin nuvi 250W for 3 months. The unit has worked great until today. I went to the main menu where it says "where to go" and then Map. I clicked where to, clicked address, hit state and then clicked spell city. It freezes up or shuts down. Also if i try to click settings and go into menu it shut down.
What went wrong and why it shutting down.How do I fix it?

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  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2008

    Exactly the same scenario.

  • kenh33 Mar 28, 2008

    I found a solution to my problem. The problem was a damaged file.

    The fix was as follows:

    I connected my Garmin 250w to my PC with a USB cable.

    They sinked up with the Garmin Web site and did an automatic fix to my problem. My GPS is working FINE now!

  • jhammer68 Jun 22, 2008

    Same Problem But Computer wont pick up Unit when i plug it into a USB.

    Any Ideas PLease help?

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    my language files are corrupt. went to plug into computer, the computer picks it up, but the website wont.



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EXact same model and exactly the same problem for me.

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