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My Garmin 200w Does not power up for any more than one minute

It slowly started deteriorating two weeks ago. First the alphabet started to disappear letter by letter until only 5 remained . This stopped all my new searches for nearby restaurants and etc. Only my favorites worked. Then, all the programmed cities would disappear in the searches, I got desperate, so I went down the list of every city until I found the one I wanted. Then the unit stopped coming on and displaying maps. It powered up, then powered down. It's not like someone can hack in and give it a virus, I don't even have a usb cable. I thought the Garmin was better than this and I am extremely upset. I bought this unit only a year ago and carried it with me everywhere I went. I need help.

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The battery is going bad and is swelling up and pressing the boards together causing the problems.

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I bought my Garmin Nuvi 200 a couple of weeks ago but now it won't turn on even when I plug it into the charger. What can I do?


I can help you fix your Garmin Nuvi 200W.

Not being able to start up is a sign that the system software or firmware of your Nuvi has become corrupt.

There are three steps to take to get your Nuvi running like new:

  1. Back up your Favorites.
  2. Perform a Hard Reset.
  3. Download and then run Garmin WebUpdater to replace its firmware / system software.

I hope that helps.

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Nuvi 200 series manuals available here.

Jan 15, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Garmin Nuvi 200W Hard Reset

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Does your Garmin Nuvi 200 or 200W Freeze at Loading Maps?
Does it lock up or stop working?

This tip will describe how to perform a hard reset of the device, and how to backup your 'Favorites' in case the hard reset erases them. The next step in fixing your Nuvi when it doesn't start properly is to update its system software using Garmin WebUpdater.

A hard reset (or Clear All User Data) has been known to resolve unit quirks and strange behavior. It's generally recommended to perform it after a firmware update but is not required by any means. However, if you're seeing quirks and strange behavior with your unit after the firmware update, it is a good idea to do a hard reset of the unit.

Backup and Restoration Procedure for Favorites:

The Hard Reset procedure has been known to delete your Favorites, so back them up beforehand.

  1. From the Nuvi drive, copy '/Garmin/GPX/current.gpx' to a backup location on your computer.
  2. After the hard reset, copy your backed up 'current.gpx' from your computer back to the '/Garmin/GPX/' folder on the Nuvi, but be sure to rename it 'temp.gpx'.
  3. On the next power cycle, the Favorites will be read from 'temp.gpx' into the non-user accessible memory area on the Nuvi where they are actually stored.
Perform the Hard Reset:

*Note that this will clear all user selected settings on the unit

  1. Power the unit off.
  2. Remove the battery and wait several minutes.
  3. Install the battery.
  4. Press and hold (and continue to hold) the bottom-right corner of the screen while powering the unit on.
  5. Continue to hold the screen until the "Do you want to erase all user data?" prompt appears.
  6. Press "yes" and the unit will reboot. This resets all your location settings and user preferences.

If possible after the hard reset, let the unit sit outdoors in the open for about 30 minutes or so to let the unit re-acquire the satellite almanac data.


You have now performed a hard reset of your Garmin Nuvi 200 and 205 series GPS unit.

I hope that helps.
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Backup & Restore Nuvi Favorites here.
Download Nuvi 200W Manuals here.
Download Garmin WebUpdater here.

on Apr 18, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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My garmin won't turn on, it was on a minute ago.


check the batteries they may need re-charging if the batteries are okay, then there may be something wrong with your device.

Aug 04, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Garmin 200w map freezing problems


Not being able to start up and freezing up are signs that the system software or firmware of your Nuvi has become corrupt.

I can help you fix your Garmin Nuvi 200W.

There are three steps to take to get your Nuvi running like new:

  1. Back up your Favorites.
  2. Perform a Hard Reset.
  3. Download and then run Garmin WebUpdater to replace its firmware / system software.

I hope that helps.

Jul 17, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Missing letters from my alphabet


You will most likely need a firmware upgrade from this website to fix the problem: http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp
It will walk you through the steps and your letters should be back to normal after the update.

Feb 07, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Can't use the Nuvi. worked ok for a couple of weeks.


Go into the setup menu and choose maps. A screen will come up telling you what maps are installed. If nothing is there, you may have to reinstall the maps (you'd have to contact Garmin for this).

Jan 08, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Windows XP will not recognize Garmin 200W


I had the same issue. I would plug it in and it would recognize the device then it would disappear.

What I did to solve the problem was to first turn on my Gamin 200w. After it was finished loading maps then I plugged in in to the usb port. My machine recognized the device without any problems. I am running Windows Vista Home Premium. Hope that helps.

Jul 25, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Garmin is stuck at loading maps


I had a 200 W Nuvi with the same problem. Luckily it happened with the first 3 months, so i could return it to Garmin under warranty for a free replacement

Jun 17, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Garmin 200 W problem


I have similar problem with my Garmin 200W. I have two D's instead of E. I tried to use the MODE and choose British language and that way solved the problem but the the British one has similar problem. So of the alphabets are twice and some are not showing. Please Advice.

Jun 16, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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