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Battery ? unit turned off while in use in the car. checked car cable , okay. doesnt switch on with usb cable neither. could it be the battery? if yes, how do i change the battery ?

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  • pinkig Mar 19, 2008

    how to charge garmin c330 gps from computer

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2008

    my problem is the same - can't get it to charge

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You may have shorted out the battery. Have you tried pluggin the USB cable into the computer? If not, try this. The unit should turn on. If it doesn't, your battery may be damaged.

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My nuvi 260 will not display anything . It turns on okay with the Garmin introduction and then screen goes blank


Sounds like a battery problem. You may have to send to Garmin for replacement of the battery as it's not user fixable. I also highly suggest using a Garmin approved charger/ car charger if you don't have that!!
Or understand this:
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  1. Use the provided vehicle power cable that came with your GPS unit. The unit will charge while powered on and using the device as well as when the GPS unit is powered off and plugged into a running vehicle. About 3 hrs for a full charge. If the unit will not charge in the vehicle, check the fuse in the power cable for the unit and the power outlet in the vehicle.
  2. Use an AC power adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
  3. For most units, the final way of charging the battery is to plug the GPS into a powered on computer with a USB cable2. This method of charging will be a trickle charge and it may take longer (like a full day) than the other two options, however it will still charge the battery. A USB cable is provided with a few GPS models. For those that don't come with this cable, one can either be ordered from the online store or you can use a standard USB to mini-USB cable that fits the unit and plugs into your computer.

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Garmin Nuvi 265W just will not switch on!


Bad or very low battery
Replace at Garmin
But first know this:
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There are three ways to charge the internal battery in your automotive GPS unit.1
  1. Use the provided vehicle power cable that came with your GPS unit. The unit will charge while powered on and using the device as well as when the GPS unit is powered off and plugged into a running vehicle. About 3 hrs for a full charge. If the unit will not charge in the vehicle, check the fuse in the power cable for the unit and the power outlet in the vehicle.
  2. Use an AC power adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
  3. For most units, the final way of charging the battery is to plug the GPS into a powered on computer with a USB cable2. This method of charging will be a trickle charge and it may take longer (like a full day) than the other two options, however it will still charge the battery. A USB cable is provided with a few GPS models. For those that don't come with this cable, one can either be ordered from the online store or you can use a standard USB to mini-USB cable that fits the unit and plugs into your computer.
1 - Please note that temperature can play an effect on the charging of a device. If the battery registers a temperature of 0°C and below or 45°C and above (32°F and 113°F respectively) then it will not charge. When connected to external power it will only be operating off of external power.
2 - The Quest® and Quest® 2 will not charge using a USB cable.

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My garmin nuvi turns on for a second then turns back off whats wrong?


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There are three ways to charge the internal battery in your automotive GPS unit.1
  1. Use the provided vehicle power cable that came with your GPS unit. The unit will charge while powered on and using the device as well as when the GPS unit is powered off and plugged into a running vehicle. About 3 hrs for a full charge. If the unit will not charge in the vehicle, check the fuse in the power cable for the unit and the power outlet in the vehicle.
  2. Use an AC power adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
  3. For most units, the final way of charging the battery is to plug the GPS into a powered on computer with a USB cable2. This method of charging will be a trickle charge and it may take longer (like a full day) than the other two options, however it will still charge the battery. A USB cable is provided with a few GPS models. For those that don't come with this cable, one can either be ordered from the online store or you can use a standard USB to mini-USB cable that fits the unit and plugs into your computer.
1 - Please note that temperature can play an effect on the charging of a device. If the battery registers a temperature of 0°C and below or 45°C and above (32°F and 113°F respectively) then it will not charge. When connected to external power it will only be operating off of external power.
2 - The Quest® and Quest® 2 will not charge using a USB cable.

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if you can verify that the car charger is ok, try plugging it in to your computer using the usb cable. the 1412 should charge with the usb cable. if it still doesnt turn on, try and reset the unit,little pin hole on the side.

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My garmin cannot start


Hi there... If you mean it doesn't do anything when you push/slide the on button, then try this... (mine did the same thing just yesterday and was a result of a very low battery - would not even start with 12v cord in from the car!)...

Find the USB cable that came with your Garmin. Hook the USB cable to your computer, with the other end hooking up to your Garmin (where the normal car cable goes).

The Garmin will probably turn on instantly once you have hooked it up to your PC (assuming the PC is turned on and in Windows etc). This will actually charge the Garmin battery too while hooked up the PC, so leave it connected for a little while (a couple of hours).

If it doesnt switch on automatically when connected to the PC, try using the slide ON switch. Once it is active, it will be in PC transfer mode (assuming you have an SD card in the card slot of the Garmin). Now is a good time to use the Garmin WebUpdate application (available from www.garmin.com) to see if any software updates are available for your unit. If so, go ahead and install them. I updated mine yesterday!

Once you get it working via connection to the PC and the battery has charged up a little, take it back to the car and keep the 12v car cable plugged in all the time. This will continue to charge it up as it is being used (while the car is running of course). You should find that after u get it working on the PC it will again work in the car too...

i think it just turns it off for some reason permanently when it gets a really low/dead battery and only the PC hookup seems to re-activate it... Also, apparently you can hold the slide switch on the Garmin in the ON position for 7 seconds to reset the unit, but that didn't work for me... Worth a try anyway!

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Garmin 760 will not power on


Is the battery charged? What does the battery indicator say? If you are using it in the car, is the power cord connected and working properly? If it is working correctly, you should see a lightning bolt symbol over the battery bar graph showing that it is connected to an external power source and that it is charging.
Try plugging it into your PC and looking at the battery indicator. Do you see the lightning bolt? Does it shut off when your using it on the PC? If not, there is something not right with the car adapter. Also, just because it was plugged into the car adapter does not mean it was charging. Many cars will turn off the cigarette/accessory jack when the ignition is off or shut off after a short while to protect the car's battery from being run down. Try hooking it up the the PC overnight and leave the PC on. In the morning try using it. Does it still shut off? If so, the internal battey may be bad. If it works and doesn't shut down, you have a problem with it not charging in the car and the adapter may be bad.

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Garmin nuvi unit was indicatig battery charging when i . conneted to my computer. I removed and tried to turn this on ...it did not and then I have re-connected to my computer again and even tried to...


It take a day to charge the 260 WITH the correct cable for your computer as it will only trickle charge it.
Car charge does it in 2 - 3 hrs. If car is not charging it check the fuse in the end of the charger
And:
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  1. Use the provided vehicle power cable that came with your GPS unit. The unit will charge while powered on and using the device as well as when the GPS unit is powered off and plugged into a running vehicle.
  2. Use an AC power adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
  3. For most units, the final way of charging the battery is to plug the GPS into a powered on computer with a USB cable2. This method of charging will be a trickle charge and it may take longer than the other two options, however it will still charge the battery. A USB cable is provided with a few GPS models. For those that don't come with this cable, one can either be ordered from the online store or you can use a standard USB to mini-USB cable that fits the unit and plugs into your computer.
1 - Please note that temperature can play an effect on the charging of a device. If the battery registers a temperature of 0°C and below or 45°C and above (32°F and 113°F

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Unit shuts off


I assume this message is when operating from the internal battery alone, correct? It could be that the unit is confused about the power source status... yes, electronics sometimes get confused too.

Have you tried a hardware RESET? The button is hidden behind the front panel, which snaps off by a fingernail slot located directly under the GARMIN logo on the front panel.

* Use caution removing and reinstalling the front panel... it's somewhat fragile... wiggle it a little to get it off.

Press where it says "Press to Reset", hold for a second or two. Charge the unit with the car cord or USB cable, then try to turn it on again.

Once you can get the unit to (hopefully) turn ON, you should run all updates (there may be several!) using Garmin's Webupdater. (Connect to computer with USB cable first.)

Hope this helps!!

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I just called tech support at 1-800-800-1020 and I was told that the battery on the unit may be so low that it won't power on even with a power source. The unit actually uses more power than it's taking in from the car charger. I was told to plug it into the computer using the USB cable and give it a few hours to replenish the battery. Apparently it should be plugged into the computer ever so often to keep the battery from getting too low.

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