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Keyboard corrupt My keyboard is corrupt. American English choice reads Alerican Elfish. There are multiple h's and other letters. I can sometimes get a clearer alphabet by switching to another language. But they are corrupting also.

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  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2008

    me too

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2008

    letter T doesn't appear in the keyboard, "American" appears as "amerecan" and other languages are corrupted also.

  • REH1 Mar 31, 2008

    I have multiple Ks, but no C. Did you try resetting the GPS? Did that do any good?

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2008

    i have multiple letters and some missing letters as well. tried to reset unit but that did not work. help

  • OconRecon Apr 05, 2008

    I'm sorry, I posted in the solution box below when I meant to post here. I'll report back if I find a fix.


  • Texas Slim Apr 14, 2008

    Same problem here. Tried resetting...no help. Had a heck of a time finding the reset button too. Tried running the battery dry and recharging...no help. Now I have no letters at all on the keyboard. I'm getting frustrated!!!

  • Help4myNuvi Apr 15, 2008

    I have the same problem. It seems to be getting worse. I'm missing several letters and have duplicates of others.

  • gertgous May 26, 2008

    My Nuvi keyboard corrupts. Same problem than other people have. Is there a fix?

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    Yeap. After a few months, the keyboad on my Garmin nuvi 200w got mess-up too. I have to try to switch between American and British english keyboard mode for the character to display correctly. Now, even switch is not helping neither. It is getting worst. Any idea how to fix this problem. Thanks.

  • jvilenski Jul 06, 2008

    My 200W has recently developed a problem with the keyboard--it doesn't seem to have one! I have tried several workarounds to no avail. Any ideas? Reseting doesn't seem to help, no matter how many times I tried.

  • Grant909 Jan 18, 2009

    I have had the same problem with my 250W. I have not yet tried to hook it up to the USB port, but I assume that will work based on what's been posted here. But my reason for writing is this: I know just enough about programming to be very suspicious that this not just a random "bug" but rather a deliberate degradation (planned obsolescence) introduced by the manufacturer to try to induce owners to buy the database updates at something like $60 a pop. It's hard to explain this weird behavior in any other obvious way. I hope I'm wrong, because that kind of cynical manipulation would be highly unethical, and I would vow to never buy another Garmin product if it ever turned out to be true. Just sayin'.


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Me three. Just happened today. The keyboard is missing letters. I'm in the process of letting the battery die and see if that will serve as a hard reset, which it seems like it needs.

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  • OconRecon May 08, 2008

    I just called them and did even less. He said just plug it in to my computer and it'll happen automatically without going to a web site, and it did! I had never performed a sync or installed any Garmin software before. Also, couldn't find my USB cable, so had to use one from my Logitech/Harmony remote and it still did the trick (i.e. nothing special about the cable, just as an FYI).



    He said this should only have to be performed once and it should not be a recurring problem.

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Hi Y'all -- I called Garmin today and they said to go to their website www.Garmin.com and load their "Updater". I did and it fixed my keyboard issue. You will need to hook up your Nuvi to a USB port. I had to use the USB cable that came with my wife's digital camera. When you go to the website, go to "support" and then to "updates and downloads". Download the updater and it will make your Nuvi good as new. Good luck!!

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Thanks for the help. I was having the same keyboard issue, and all I did to fix the problem was hook the unit up to a USB port, and the problem was fixed.

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Had the english problem and missing letters all i did to my nuvi 200 plugged it into my blackberry charger and unplugged it less than a minute fixed that quick.

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Go to the Garmin Website, download their "Updater" software, install it, plug your Garmin into an available USB slot on your computer (with a compatible USB cable), run the updater software and it should update the software on your Garmin. The updater mentions there is a problem with earlier versions of the software where the keyboard may get corrupt, and it's fixed with the updated software.

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Just connecting the Garmin to the computer via USB fixes the problem, so we don't really know whether the update had any additional effect.

Posted on Jun 05, 2008

I went to Garmin.com, downloaded the updater and my problem is solved! Thank u TX Slim and all others for posting.

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My wireless keyboard is now doing the same thing. It will duplicate letters and also miss letters. Is this a virus?

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I had the same problem with the missing and duplicate letters in my touch screen. I went to the garmin website and downloaded their updater and it fixed the problem.
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Linda

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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