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My new Garmin nuvi 205w gps is frozen on the screen where you agree to not program it while driving. It does not have a reset button and I can't get it open. Is there any way to unfreeze it?

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Can you power it down? If so, you can try to reset it by doing the following:
While powering it up, keep holding your thumb on the lower right corner of the screen. Keep holding until you see "Do you want to erase all user data?" Tap "yes".
Hope it helps, please let me know.

Posted on May 13, 2010


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Screen frozen

There are two ways: One , hold down power button for 4 seconds and a pop up screen will ask you if you want to turn the device off, click yes wait a few seconds and it turns off. Then simply power it back on. Option 2 is a factory reset. This will eliminate any software errors but, will erase any Points of interest or anything you have programmed in it. For factory reset hold down the power button for 10 seconds and it will restore your GPS to its factory state.

Jul 01, 2014 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver


How to Perform a WebUpdate of the Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W System Software

How to Perform a WebUpdate of the Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W System Software


Does your Garmin Nuvi 205 or 205W get stuck or freeze at startup or when loading maps?

One trick to try when your GPS is acting up is to perform a Hard Reset.

Occasionally, your GPS may not start properly at all, and display a 'System Software Missing" message. Today's tip will describe how to restore your Nuvi GPS system software using Garmin Webupdater.


  1. The first step is to download the WebUpdater software.
  2. Plug in your Nuvi GPS into your PC with the USB cord.
  3. Run the WebUpdater program to install it to your PC and update the system software of your GPS.

Your Garmin Nuvi should be running as good as new.

on Jan 17, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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Mu garmin 205w nuvi will not load maps..just stays on screen with garmin logo...have tried the reset options wont work

Hi Todd, This is typically caused by a corrupted map file or associated file. It can also be caused by a corrupted internal flash drive, Please see link to learn more about the problem that you are having and how to resolve it.

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Feb 28, 2014 | Garmin Nuvi 205W 4.4 in. Car GPS Receiver

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It starts but wont let me push agree to start maps

Try resetting your 205w some earlier versions have a reset button on the bottom, if not turn off the unit then turn on but hold it in the on position for about 10 seconds till it restarts.
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Aug 06, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Up date map

In order to update your Garmin Nuvi 205W's system version, you'll need to download software which checks your unit's current version and updates it to the latest version. The current version available is as of December, 2009. Garmin makes it easy by installing a browser plugin instead of having to install a software package. The WebUpdater plugin can be downloaded here:

In order to install the plugin you must first agree to the license agreement. You will then need to close all of your open browsers that are open on your computer to finish the install. Once you have, the plugin will start to install. To finish the system update, Garmin lists several steps on a page;
  • Disconnect your 205W from your laptop or desktop and let it restart
  • Once you see the main screen, you can connect it back to your computer and wait 30 seconds.
  • On the next screen, click the 'Find Devices' button and then click the 'Next' button.
Once your computer finds your 205W and you initiate the update, the plugin will install the new system to your unit.

Hope helps.

Apr 03, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Garmin is stuck on Warning screen --

Whenever these devices start acting up, I recommend performing a hard reset of your Gamin Nuvi 205. Also, use Garmin's WebUpdater service to make sure you have the latest software on your device.

I hope that helps.

Jan 03, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Screen asks to do i want to erase data? how do I clear this?


You can reset your Nuvi by pushing the RESET button on the bottom of the unit. If your Nuvi does not have a RESET button, then slide the Power key to the on/off position and hold it for 8-10 seconds which will reset the unit. Please check this User Manual for future assistance.

Garmin Nuvi 205W User Manual

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May 25, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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My Garmin Nuvi is frozen with a white screen, all I did was take out the memory card and it froze. What can I do?

with the garmin off, hold down the right bottom of the screen and turn the garmin on, it will then ask you if you want to perform a hard reset. Choose yes and that should fix your problem.

May 14, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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