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Freezes up when powered up

My gps is 5 months old and has worked great,but recently it will power up but freezes on the agree page and won't load any further.I hooked it tho the computor but the load bar goes so far and thats it--any ideas if so thanks

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Try this -
Turn the unit on and press your thumb like this:
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THIS BRINGS UP THIS SCREEN - PRESS - - - YES
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Posted on May 07, 2010

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    Gary Rice May 14, 2010

    There are certain factors that must be released by the factory. Call Garmin and give them the s/n - they will walk you through what you need. Garmin does have the capacity to lock units and does so from time to time and also makes mistakes.
    As for formatting - you can't format without being able to boot the unit up. Try WALL CHARGING the unit for 2 days. It has worked miracles for me when nothing else did.
    Best of it and let me know how it goes.

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    Gary Rice May 17, 2010

    There are certain factors that must be released by the factory. Call Garmin and give them
    the s/n - they will walk you through what you need.

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I read the owner's manual and it suggested holding the power switch in the "on" position for 8 seconds to reset the system and it fixed the same problem on my Nuvi 255w.

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Yes, I completely agree with guru. You don

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

  • singamraju Aug 30, 2010

    Yes, I completely agree with guru. You don’t have to replace LCD with new one. When your GPS got struck (Frozen) at “Agree” button. Press Power onbutton with left thumb and place Right thumb at Right hand below corner of the Screen for 10 to 20 seconds (You have to do both simultaneously)
    A window displayed with message, Do you really want to erase all user Data? . Press Yes Button. (You will loose your favorites and the places you have visited before)
    Note: Garmin 255 nuvi W doesn't have reset button, this is the only way to reset, Even if you peel off your sticker, you will left with two small screws.
    Turn on GPS, select the Garmin US option. Rest follows the steps.
    It works fine to me, the only thing I have added is, I have bought adapter AC USB wall mount to charge my Garmin. I have kept charging for 24 hours and rest working fine to me. I dont have any issues. Donot get panic If your GPS showing all places near to Illinois, as the moment you select option Garmin US, it will read all the gas stations, hospitals near to Illinois.

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I have the same problem. It has gone on for 2 months. Now my garmin is completely frozen on the warning screen. It will not turn off or do anything. The computer will not recognize it at all. is there anyway to do anything with this. The system is also heating up.

Posted on May 14, 2010

  • singamraju Aug 30, 2010

    Yes, I completely agree with guru. You don’t have to replace LCD with new one. When your GPS got struck (Frozen) at “Agree” button. Press Power onbutton with left thumb and place Right thumb at Right hand below corner of the Screen for 10 to 20 seconds (You have to do both simultaneously)
    A window displayed with message, Do you really want to erase all user Data? . Press Yes Button. (You will loose your favorites and the places you have visited before)
    Note: Garmin 255 nuvi W doesn't have reset button, this is the only way to reset, Even if you peel off your sticker, you will left with two small screws.
    Turn on GPS, select the Garmin US option. Rest follows the steps.
    It works fine to me, the only thing I have added is, I have bought adapter AC USB wall mount to charge my Garmin. I have kept charging for 24 hours and rest working fine to me. I dont have any issues.
    Donot get panic If your GPS showing all places near to Illinois, as the moment you select option Garmin US, it will read all the gas stations, hospitals near to Illinois.

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Riceski, i have also similar problem, i tried the method you mentioned before. But still the same, any method to just reformat the whole system? I can't access the unit via USB too!!

Posted on May 11, 2010

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