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Will not turn on, even with power from car power cord

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  • monabill Apr 30, 2008

    I know where the reset button is but where is the mode button

    on a garmin nuvi 200w series. thanks.

  • monabill May 05, 2008

    I don't know what i did but it works fine know. I took notice that the red light on the power cord on the car charger was dim but today I plugged it in 5/4/08 and it was alot brighter. strange?

  • c21trudy Jul 20, 2008

    Where is the reset button? Where is the mode button? How do I turn the Nuvi 200 off?

  • RunningL May 11, 2010

    Wow I was about to loose hope for my forerunner and found this post! It WORKED! :) Thanks!!!

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To power the unit back on, press the "Mode" and "Reset" buttons at the same time. Let go of those two buttons, press the power button, and the unit will turn back on."

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

Diggs234567 saved the day! press "mode" and "reset" at the same time. Let go and then press the power button. Fixed!!

Posted on Jun 28, 2008

THANK YOU SOO MUCH! That worked perfectly!

Posted on May 01, 2008

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