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My Garmin Nuvi GPS keeps flashing "Garmin" with or without the power cable plugged in. I cannot get it out of this mode (can't even turn it off). What is wrong and how do i fix it?

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  • bill_tincup Sep 08, 2010

    I tried downloading the recommended webupdate software, but I had to hold the power button on for the unit to communicate. Then it said I had the latest version already installed. My GPS unit just continues to flash "Garmin" on and off. What is the problem?


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Hello. Carefully lift off the thin frame around the screen using your finger nail to gently pry it up. Under that frame you will see a reset button. Push that button and you will reset the device. Generally this will solve the problem. If it does, great. If not, your only choice is to send it in to Garmin for a repair or replace it. J.

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Its possible that any operating system corruption. The software files on the GPS is corrupt. Do a firmware update and problem will be solved.

To update the software, connect your satnav to your computer, download and install webupdater from if you haven't already done so. When it's installed it will search for updates. Follow the guide.

Good luck.

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I would suggest you reset the unit,if that doesn't solve the problem, then you will have to update your garmin nuvi, I think its out of date and needs to be updated. Follow the procedures below on how to update your garmin nuvi:

1. Plug one end of the USB cable into your GPS and the other end into your desktop or laptop computer. The GPS device will load the appropriate driver automatically, and a message on your GPS tells you that it is connected to your computer via USB.
2. Open your Internet browser of choice and type in the following web addres: " "
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1. Turn your Nuvi off by sliding the power switch to the left.
2. Press your finger against the bottom right corner of the touchscreen. Hold your finger in this position.
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