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I have a Garmin nuvi 200 GPS I bought and there's a PIN secuirity code on it. I asked the previous owner for the security code, but it doesn't unlock the device - is there a way to overide or reset the PIN if it's unknown?

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Default would be 0000, 1111, 9999, 1234. If it was changed by the previous owner it could be anything, and would need to be reset.

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I've been trawling for unanswered questions; this information may be too late for you (or perhaps it may help you resurrect a useless machine which you have put away) but it will certainly help others searching for advice with the same problem.

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I've been trawling for unanswered questions; this information may be too late for you (or perhaps it may help you resurrect a useless machine which you have put away) but it will certainly help others searching for advice with the same problem.

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I hope that you manage to either fix your problem using my advice or at least can decide whether to abandon the unit and buy another.

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