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Garmin 255W will not power on. The screen will flash the Garmin product screen and beep, but will never turn on. Its just over a year old. Any ideas?

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I don't have this model, but have you tried charging the battery up before you attempt to switch it on? My sat nav will not switch on if the battery has died, just wondered if yours is the same. When mine was new the first thing I had to do was charge the battery (similar to a new mobile phone). This is worth a try.

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Touch screen doesn't work


Have you tried the screen recalibration; by touching the upper right of the screen for 30 seconds or so while turning on the unit. This usually cures the problem.
Next try; sliding the "Power" key to the left position and hold it for eight to ten seconds to reset the Garmin. I have attached a link to the Garmin manuals for your 255W.
Once you get it going you should update your unit also at the Garmin site. The updates will fix the software glitches.
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https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/manual.jsp?product=010-00718-20

Jun 02, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Screen seems OK but there is no way to interface as it does not respond to touch. Unit is 255w and about 2 years old.


The solution to this problem is for you to calibrate the screen. Before calibrating the screen, i will advice you reset the gps. To reset your device, hold down the power button for about 15 seconds, it will restart itself and power up fully, if the touch screen does not still work, then calibrating the screen will do the job for you. To calibrate the screen, follow the steps below:
  1. Turn off your nuvi,
  2. Hold the upper left corner of the screen, then turn on the nuvi,
  3. Release the power key once the garmin screen appears,
  4. Continue to hold the upper left corner of the screen for 30 seconds till a white screen with 'touch dots' appears,
  5. Then follow the rest of the guide from there.
It might take a few tries before it works for you but you have to keep trying till you get it right. I am very certain that this will work for you.

Dec 31, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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When I turned on my Garmin nuv 255W Car GPS Receiver it reminded me to update it because my software was over a year old. My question is how do I update if possible without incurring any cost? Andy


Hi soami696,

To update the software for your unit, free of charge, follow these instructions:

1. Go to http://www.garmin.com/products/webupdater, and download WebUpdater to your computer.
2. Connect the GPS unit to your computer using the Mini-USB cable.
3. Run WebUpdater and follow the on-screen instructions.

After confirming that you want to the update, WebUpdater will automatically download the update and install it on your device.

Reboot your GPS receiver, and you should have the latest updated software from Garmin.

For a copy of a manual for your series of GPS units, go to this link and download here:
http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/2675_OwnersManual.pdf

This manual covers operation of several 200 series Garmin GPS Receivers, such as 205, 205W, 215, 215W, 255, 255W, 265, 265W, 275, and 285W, etc.

Let me know how this works out for you, and if you need further assistance, I'll be glad to help. Thanks.

Regards, Bill

Sep 19, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Nuvi 255w is stuck on the loading maps screen. Computer is not detecting the device when I plug it in with the USB. Its not older then 3 years old andalready having issues.


A system reset might be the best solution but it will erase all your favourites. To reset With the power off press on the bottom right corner of the screen with your finger and while pressing, power on the unit.

Jul 17, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Will not turn on


I have a garmin 255W when turning on all itdoes is go to a white screen with black dot thatsay Press dot .It wont turn on how do you fix this

Jan 19, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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My garmin nuvi 205 no longer has voice but it still beeps when I use the touch screen so the speaker works. What could be the problem? It is a year old and worked until yesterday. Everything else is fine.


sounds like the driver for the speaker circuit is defective, call Garmin, since it is only one year old they may repair it for free to protect there good name, I assume u don't have the speaker turned off, this can be checked by going into the tool symbol and selecting sound volume.

Nov 27, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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System Software missing


go on garmin's website, hook your unit up via usb and install the latest software.

http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp

Aug 15, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Garmin 255W turns on and shuts off


Have you tried resetting the unit.Press and hold the RESET button on the bottom of the nuvi for several seconds,DONT use a ball point pen to do this,use something that wont damage the unit,if this doesnt work,do a hard Reset.Or try rebooting by holding the Power switch on for 15 seconds.Good luck.

Jul 23, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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