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I cant get the power cord to connect to the nuvi and give it power, the cord is in good condition

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Is the port on the back of the unit damaged? If you keep the nuvi in your pocket or a bag with other items, some lint may of worked into the port. I have had this happen with my phone before.

Is the orientation of the mini USB connect lining up? If all looks good then there may be damage to the cord or unit. Have you tried the USB cable. If it fits then it is the power cord.

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Will not turn on


Hi Larry -

Your Nuvi 765T should light up when you connect it to your computer's USB port. If it doesn't, there may be a problem with the USB port. Try connecting to the other USB ports on the computer (or a different computer - such as one at work, etc.) if needed. This will help rule out a defective USB port on the computer. You can also connect to a USB charger for another device that you may have instead. It may not charge with another product's USB charger if it provides a very low power output though. The auto plug will not charge the Nuvi when it gets into this condition. Even if it does not light up, leave it plugged into the USB charger / or port over night.

Check the GTM20 traffic receiver plug. It has two LEDs on the body. The one closest to the power cord end is the Traffic Reception Status light and the the one closest to the plug end is the Power light. If either of these lights is on when connected to the Nuvi, the fuse is good. If not not, you may need to change out the fuse in the FM traffic receiver plug. The plug powers both the traffic reciever and Nuvi. Carefully spin off the bright metal ring to disassemble the end to access the fuse. Replace if it is open / blown. If you need replacement parts, they can be purchased from Amazon for about $6.

After charging over night via charger or USB port, disconnect the nuvi from the power / USB cord and turn on by sliding AND holding the power switch in place to turn it on. Keep it held in position for 10 - 15 seconds before letting it slide back. During this time, the Nuvi should start up.

If it will not power up, the battery may be unable to accept a charge. You can replace the battery yourself, but it requires a steady hand, jewelers tools, good eye sight and patience from people selling parts to do this on eBay for as little as $6. Here's a link to those auctions.

If you'd prefer not to do the work yourself, a second option would be to let Garmin handle the "repair". Your 765T is likely out of warranty, and garmin offers a "flat rate repair" fee of $99. If you opt to do this, you will send your 765T to garmin and they will send you a different 765T that has been factory refurbished; complete with the most recent maps available already installed and a gaurantee good for 90 days. Not a bad deal when you consider the cost of upgrading just the maps one time on the 765T. You can start the process on garmin's site, linked here. I have used this service myself and was quite happy with it.

I hope this helps & good luck!

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The cord does not make good connection on my nuvi 260. I don't want to spend $79 plus shipping to send it to Garmin (Again) what are my alternatives?


I had a similar problem with a different Nuvi model and bought a kit at Walmart that worked. The kit gives you several different plugs to try.

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My nuvi 670 froze nothing work impossible to reset


Can you connect it to your computer? Does it come up when you do? If so, and if it behaves normally then the issue is with the power cord/ 12 volt adapter cord you use in your car.
Replace the power cord.

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Can't connect garmin nuvi 660 to PC USB


Your Nuvi should be Off before connecting....

My Nuvi came with a patch cord that connects from Nuvi to laptop
its a usb cord, same usb cord you find for cameras

Your computer should see that a usb cable is connecting
go to.... www.MyGarmin.com and update maps

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I used my tom tom cig lighter power cord to power


I think it destroy. The tom tom might of use to much power, and toasted the nuvi.

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usb doesn't need to be connected to both inputs just try one or the other

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The problem is very simple... The GPS unit perceives whatever you plug in depending on the power supply figure.
If you car charger is not giving enough power, then the GPS perceive the cable as being connected to a pc.... thus not charging. Check with an car electrician if you can raise the power supply on your car...

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Found out from Garmin Tech services how to reset the NUVI. Good to go.

Thanks.

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Could be the cord or your car plug. Does it fit snug? I have a 1996 Acura TL and the way the cigarette lighter is designed, I have to give it a bit of pressure so it makes good contact. try your unit in another vehicle and see if that solves the problem. If so, it's your car's cigarette lighter connection.

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I did connect it to the computer via my USB cord - a Garmin menu came up and after opening a couple of the choices the Garmin was workable again. I don't really know why. But all is good here.

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