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When I connect the car charger, it displays a picture of a desktop computer. The maps go away and I have to disconnect the charger for it to operate properly.

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This is a common problem with the Garmin 200 series of satnavs. It's caused by the mini USB plug of the power lead not being fully pushed in to the back of the satnav. Because of the way it's made it feels like it is fully in but it's not. Push it in further and it should be ok.

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No map data availble


Your Garmin GPS has an internal memory or an SD-card that contains an "operating system" and "map data".The operating system is like windows or Mac OSX. It contains the menu and everything the GPS displays. The "map data" is a digital roadmap the GPS uses to calculate your route. If the map data was on a SD-card that was inserted in your GPS, it could me that you lost the SD-card. That could be the reason your GPS can't find the map data. Sometimes it happens that when people connect their GPS to a computer to update the "operating system" of the GPS something goes wrong. For example, when you disconnect your GPS from the computer while the update software is still writing data to your device, the connection gets lost and you're left with corrupt files on the GPS. It could also be a defect in the internal memory of the GPS. I suggest you try to update the operating system with a program called "Garmin Express" (just google and easy find it). You need to connect the GPS to your computer with a USB cable. Then you can perform an update. I hope it helps to solve your problem. What you could also try is to soft reset your GPS. To do that, you need to remove the silver or blue frame around the screen of the GPS (it pops off). Behind this border there is a reset button.
If the map data is completely gone, and you don't have a backup there is only one solution: Buy the latest map for your GPS online and download it to your GPS. It's expensive. In that case it's better to buy a new device in a shop. Most new devices contain Lifetime online map updates (model name nuvi -then the number - LM or LMT) (LM= Lifetime Mapupdates T= Traffic information) Then you can update your map data every three months if you want.

Nov 08, 2013 | Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS Receiver

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My Garmin Nuvi 270 will not work when charging on the computer or in the car. It just shows the computer connection picture. Once I unplug it, it functions normally. I would like to have it plugged into...


It's normal for it not to work when plugged into the computer. It's not meant to work so changes can be made to it's software or maps, like updates, through the computer. These would not be possible if the satnav was operating.

When it's plugged into the car charger it should work. The problem is caused by wear on the mini USB socket on the back of the satnav. It appears that the mini USB plug is pushed in fully when it's not. Push it in further and the problem will be solved.

Oct 17, 2010 | Garmin NUVI 270 GPS Receiver

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I tried downloading a map update for a brand new garmin nuvi 1300 and now it says cannot unlock maps and doesn't work. Any quick fix?


These are the instructions for unlocking maps from the Garmin website:

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  1. Log into your myGarmin account1
  2. Select myMaps
  3. Click Manage Maps and Downloads
  4. Below the appropriate device, select the "Details" link
  5. Look for the Unlock Code listed on this page
  6. Copy all the unlock codes for your device
  7. Close your internet browser
  8. Right click on your desktop
  9. Click new, and then click Text Document
  10. Click on the newly created Text Document icon from the desktop
  11. Type your unlock codes into the document
  12. Click File and Save as
  13. Change the file name to gmapprom.unl
  14. Change the “Save as type” to "All files"
  15. Close the document you should see the file gmapprom.unl on your desktop)
  16. Right click on the gmapprom.unl file and then click copy
  17. Connect your Garmin device to your computer and click Computer/My Computer
  18. Click on the 'nüvi (drive letter:)'2
  19. Right click on the Garmin folder and click paste (see next line for nuvi 1xxx series)
  20. For nuvi 1xxx series devices, the gmapprom.unl file is required in the ".System", "Garmin" folder which is a hidden system folder. In order for you to see the hidden system folder:
    • For XP:
      1. In MyComputer go to the Tools menu and choose Folder Options...
      2. Select the View tab
      3. Select the radio button next to "Show hidden files and folders"
      4. Uncheck the box next to "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)"
      5. Click OK
    • On Vista:
      1. In the Computer window go to the Organize menu and choose "Folder and search options"
      2. Select the View tab
      3. Select the radio button next to "Show hidden files, folders, or drives"
      4. Uncheck the box next to "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)"
      5. Click Ok
Safely disconnect your Garmin device from the computer to complete the process. If you are having any issues duplicating the steps above or are still receiving the message "Can't unlock maps, your unit will not function without maps” please contact Product Support.
1 The device must be registered to view the Unlock Code.
2 In My Computer, some units may be labeled 'garmin (drive letter:)'.

Aug 07, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 1300 Car GPS Receiver

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My garmin ran out of charge and when it was plugged in to the car charger it says loading maps then stays on the garmin page and goes no further...


Disconnect the nuvi from the car charger and connect it to your computer's USB port with the supplied cable (or any USB cable you have that fits it), and leave connected overnight (8 + hours).

You should be able to get the GPS to start up as expected after charging via USB port. if this happens again, simply repeat.

Good luck!

Jul 15, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I have just purchased a sendai universal home charger, when I plug it is my Garmin 200, and the other end into the electrical socket I get a picture on the screen, looks like a computer with a plug running...


The nuvi thinks you've connected it to the USB port of your home computer. It's charging, so pay no attention to the screen.

If you HAD connected it to the USB port, you would also see the nuvi as a storage device attached to your computer. That's how you can download pictures that you can display on your nuvi. It's also the mechanism used when you update your maps and/or software.

Apr 16, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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While plugged into car garmin will not display maps


It has gone into "Mass Storage Mode" because it thinks it is connected to a computer. Are you using something other than the Garmin power cord such as a cell phone charger?

Apr 04, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Navigon 2100 screen problem


When you changed your charger, did you get the right one?
I bought an iGo and thought I could use the standard min usb tip. However, tip number A53 does charge and show the map.
I hope this answers your question.

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Hello, when I turn my Invion GPS model: gps-4v506-ius, and then seect the navigation screen, it says "map not found." It's been like that for a couple months now, HELP!!!


Believe it! if it says maps not found putting it away for a few months wont repair it Ypu need to have the maps reinstalled. possible to corrupt maps easily by a spike from car charger or even leaving unit in a hot car or starting the engine while unit connected.

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"Cannot unlock maps" when GPS is disconnected.


Hi,

Go to your account at garmin that you created to manage your maps.

Click myMaps

Click Manage Maps

You should see your unit and it’s unlock codes

Copy all the unlock codes for your device

Close your internet browser
Right click on your desktop

Click new, and then click a new Text Document

Click on the newly created Text Document icon from the desktop

Type your unlock codes into the document
Click File and Save as

Change the file name to gmapprom.unl (( double check this please ))

Change the “Save as type” to "All files"
Close the document

You should see the file gmapprom.unl on your desktop
Right click on the gmapprom.unl file and then click copy

Plug your Garmin device in and then click Computer/ My Computer
Click on the nüvi drive

Right click on the Garmin folder and click paste
Safely disconnect your Garmin device from the computer


All the best
Regards
Richard.

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I accidentally ran into this problem today when I inadvertantly plugged the wrong charger into the unit. I'm guessing that the device isn't getting the precise current it's expecting and thus thinks it's plugged into a computer. I'd suggest getting hold of a different charger and see if the problem goes away.

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