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Have you hooked it up to a computer???

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My nuvi 1450 won't turn on and the garmin website updater won't reconize it hooked up to my computer even my computer won't reconize it.


I had the same problem with mine and got it working by doing the following while on the phone to Garmin. Plug your charger cord into the device and your computer (do not use a laptop, you need the higher current from a desktop for this). Hold the power button down for as long as it takes for the Garmin logo to display, this could be as much as 1 minute. As soon as the image shows on the screen, release the power button. If your Garmin isn't completely shot you will see it boot up.
If you have the Garmin Web Updater program on your computer, run it and update the operating system software to insure you have the latest greatest from Garmin. Once that is done, update your XML data files - they'll be on the list of updates if you need them. Once those are done you can update any voice or language files you'd like.
Lastly, leave your GPS plugged in at least an hour or two to give it a charge. Overnight would be better to insure your battery is really well powered up.
At this point your Garmin should function normally. The Garmin tech I spoke with told me some units start acting funky when the battery runs down too low and if it's REALLY dead it won't even take a charge or power up when you hook up your charger cord. Try holding the power button for as long as it takes to get a spark & you should be on your way. If not, call Garmin's support number for your locale & they're do their best to get you back up & running again.
Cheers, Jeff

Sep 01, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 1450 GPS Receiver

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Garman shows screen of being hooked to a computer but is hooked to car charger and will not load maps


the plug at the back of the GPS is shorted, it will need to be replaced, the part is not avail to the consumer and so you must have it repaired at a Garmin factory approved service center

Oct 28, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Garmin nuvi® 255W Car GPS Receiver. Problem: Reboots during Map


The simple way is to send the unit to Garmin they will load the maps for free.
If you keep trying - try this -

With your thumb in the lower right corner of the screen - pushing in - like there is an X there - [ push with your thumb before you turn it on] Turn it on -
when this screen comes up - push YES -

then try your maps.
If they do not load on your pc [ which must have the unit hooked up and a legit copy of the newest maps ] then send the unit to Garmin. They will load your maps for you FREE. 86278d7.jpg

May 11, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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My Garmin Nuvi 265W will not turn on. A couple of weeks ago when I booted it up, it had reset back to like new. Asking me to do set up and such. It's been cool since then. Today I shut it off at 5pm and...


I can help you reset and fix your Garmin Nuvi 265W.

Getting stuck on the flashing Garmin logo, or a message about not finding any maps, are indications that the firmware / system software inside your GPS has been corrupted.

There are three steps to take to get your Nuvi 265W running like new:

  1. Back up your Favorites.
  2. Perform a Hard Reset.
  3. Download and then run Garmin WebUpdater to replace its firmware / system software.

I hope that helps.
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Nuvi 265W Manuals here.

Oct 15, 2009 | Garmin Nuvi 265W GPS Receiver

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Garmin message says "system software missing"


The firmware on the unit has been corrupted. The other problem is that the unit will most likely no longer commuicate with your PC.

The firmware needs to be reinstalled using a specific program.

Please see this link for more info on this problem.

http://www.sharc.net/discus/messages/6/273.html?1251906244

- Jim

Sep 01, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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How do I hook up the garmin to my computer for updates?


you can use the usb cable you got with your garmin and hook it to your computer, but go HERE first and download the web updater and follow the directions after installing the program.

bill

Aug 28, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Update problem with Garmin Nuvi 255w


I had same problem. I called Garmin customer service who connected me to a computer rep. Garmin hooks with your computer that you have your Garmin plugged into.They can upload the proper software in no time at all.
The rep told me that after I updated my Garmin I might have turned off the unit before it completed updating the new software. You need to wait until the screen with "Where to?" appears.
It works great now. Prepare to wait on hold for a while. I waited just over an hour on Monday, their busiest day.

Feb 28, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Error message when I turn NUVI 260W on....


Try three things:
1)Do a reset
2)Do a Master reset
3)Try doing a full software update by getting the free program from Garmin called WebUpdater.

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After installing WebUpdater once from the Garmin website, perform all future software updates from your computer. Simply connect your compatible Garmin device to your computer, then run WebUpdater from your computer's "Start Menu" by selecting "Start", "Programs", "Garmin", and finally "WebUpdater"
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Unless you bought the Lifetime maps you may have to pay for current maps.


Jan 21, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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My garmin cannot start


Hi there... If you mean it doesn't do anything when you push/slide the on button, then try this... (mine did the same thing just yesterday and was a result of a very low battery - would not even start with 12v cord in from the car!)...

Find the USB cable that came with your Garmin. Hook the USB cable to your computer, with the other end hooking up to your Garmin (where the normal car cable goes).

The Garmin will probably turn on instantly once you have hooked it up to your PC (assuming the PC is turned on and in Windows etc). This will actually charge the Garmin battery too while hooked up the PC, so leave it connected for a little while (a couple of hours).

If it doesnt switch on automatically when connected to the PC, try using the slide ON switch. Once it is active, it will be in PC transfer mode (assuming you have an SD card in the card slot of the Garmin). Now is a good time to use the Garmin WebUpdate application (available from www.garmin.com) to see if any software updates are available for your unit. If so, go ahead and install them. I updated mine yesterday!

Once you get it working via connection to the PC and the battery has charged up a little, take it back to the car and keep the 12v car cable plugged in all the time. This will continue to charge it up as it is being used (while the car is running of course). You should find that after u get it working on the PC it will again work in the car too...

i think it just turns it off for some reason permanently when it gets a really low/dead battery and only the PC hookup seems to re-activate it... Also, apparently you can hold the slide switch on the Garmin in the ON position for 7 seconds to reset the unit, but that didn't work for me... Worth a try anyway!

Jan 16, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Batter low message when plug into lighter holder


Sound as though the I3 is not getting power from the lighter. Hook the garmin to your laptop and turn on the laptop, now turn on the I3, does it still shows low battery message on the screen? If the answer is yes then the USB connector has failed (know problem with the I3). There are many unit sold on ebay with broken USB connector. If the I3 doesn't show Battery Low then the lighter cable is defective.

Dec 18, 2007 | Garmin StreetPilot i3 GPS Receiver

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