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Garmin will not come on. Hasn't been plugged in for a month.

Our original charger got messed up. We purchased another one from
Walmart. Still nothing. My daughter has the same nuvi, we tried her
charger still nothing.

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Given that you've tried other chragers, it seems likely the problem is battery related - especially if you've already tried steve's suggestion. How old is your nuvi? It is not uncommon for GPS batteries to go down after a year or two as they are subjected to temperature extremes and repeated charges and discharges. If the battery is the problem, it makes more sense to replace it for $30 than to spend another $300 on a new GPS. This can be done easily enough:

The company that produced the video sells a kit which includes the battery and tools necessary to do this yourself if you'd like. See:

I hope this helps. Happy travels!


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Connect the GPS to your computer via the supplied USB cable overnight. The USB port on the computer will "reset" the battery to allow it to charge via cigar lighter when in the car or via an included (not all models included an AC adapter) AC adapter.

After an 8+ hour connection to the computer, the GPS battery should be able to receive charges normally again. If at any time if the future, the GPS will not charge, perform this charge method again.

It is also possible that the internal battery is now depleted and will no longer accept charges. In this case, you might want to contact Garmin Customer Support at the link below:

Their telephone support is free and is the quickest way to review options or arrange for factory repairs.

Please rate this reply if you found it helpful - good luck!

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