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Garmin nuvi My garmin nuvi doesn't work while plugged in. I charge it in the car, then have to unhook it and use it on battery. When I plug it in, it turns off. I tried asking Geeks Squad . . . . they couldn't get it to work, either.

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  • Pete1946 May 07, 2008

    My Garmin Nuvi 200W worked great for a week. Now when I plug it into the cigarette lighter while driving I get a Garmin screen with some kind of computer icon. I don't even know if it is charging. I have to unplug it to use it, and the battery is real low.

  • VA-Nomad Apr 16, 2009

    I have the Garmin Nuvi 255W. It does the exact smae thing. It only works under battery power. When its plugged in to the 12V car socket there is a GARMIN screen with a picture of the GPS plugged into a PC. Its useless on any trip longer than a single battery charge because of this.

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