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I have a Nuvi 255. I used to be able to use the device while it was plugged into the car charger. since I've updated the maps, I cannot. When I plug the device into the charger, i get an icon on the device (connected to a computer) and I understand this is the mass storage mode. How do i get back to being able to use the device while riding and plugged into the charger?

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This is a common problem in the garmin 200 series satnavs. It is caused by wear on the mini usb socket on the back of the satnav where the power cord plugs in. The plug appears to be fully pushed in but it's not. Push it in further and the problem will be solved.

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REMEMBER: It takes hours to do a complete a map update.
Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps.

By the way, the correct Garmin approved power OR download cables are a must!!
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