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Garmin nuvi 200w my alphabet is sometimes missing letters. what do i do?

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I just this moment resolved this problem with Garmin's Tech Support. Here's what to do:

1. Turn off your NUVI.
2. Find a standard USB cable with a mini connector on one end.
3. Connect the NUVI to a booted computer (I did this with a Windows computer) and let the computer recognize the GPS as a MASS STORAGE DEVICE.
4. AFTER the Nuvi has been recognized as a hard drive, correctly disconnect the GPS from the computer.
5. The Nuvi will turn on in locked mode. Follow the on screen instructions to unlock it.

Your problem should be resolved. The technician I spoke to said that this procedure fixes the problem 99% of the time.

Good luck.

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

  • Don Lanteigne Oct 08, 2011

    I just ran into this problem myself. My alphabet had two letter "P's" and no letter "R." I tried this repair and it worked as described in your instructions, fortunately I had the required USB cable which was provided by my Sony digital camera. WOOHOOOO!!! Thanks buddy!

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THANKS Bryan - I have been trying to contact Garmin for weeks. Your solution took about 20 seconds and worked! I need my GPS for work and was about to give up and buy a new one. You saved me so much time, money, and frustration!

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The letter 'r' is no longer on my alpha address screen


I can help you fix your Garmin Nuvi 200W.

The Nuvi's brain has had a stroke; you can give it a new brain again with a system software update.

There are three steps to take to get your Nuvi 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 200 series manuals available here.

Mar 31, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Does your Garmin Nuvi 200 or 200W GPS get stuck or freeze at startup, or when loading maps?

Looking to reflash the firmware / system software for your Garmin GPS device?

Replacing the brains of your Garmin GPS is the surest way to resolve freezing, hanging, and erratic behavior. Keeping the system software and firmware in your Garmin GPS current and up-to-date is also the best way to keep it performing well.

Your GPS may not start properly at all, and display a 'System Software Missing" message. This tip will describe how to restore your Garmin Nuvi GPS system software using Garmin Webupdater.

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  1. The first step is to download the WebUpdater software.
  2. Plug in your Nuvi GPS into your PC with the USB cord.
  3. Run the WebUpdater program to install it to your computer and update the system software of your GPS.
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Your Garmin Nuvi should now be running as good as new.

I hope that helps.
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Download your Garmin Nuvi 200 Series manuals here.
Download your Garmin Nuvi 205 Series manuals here.
Garmin Nuvi Hard Reset Here.
Garmin Nuvi 200W Favorites Backup here

on Apr 17, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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My Garmin Nuvi 200W, when I turn it on sometimes it failed and after few hours when I tried again sometimes it works


Your Nuvi has suffered the firmware or system software equivalent of a stroke.

I can help you fix your Garmin Nuvi 200W.

There are three steps to take to get your Nuvi 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 200 series manuals available here.

Feb 24, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Now have letters missing and some are duplicated.


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  1. Click the following link to download the WebUpdater program: http://www.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp
  2. Follow the on screen prompts from the website
  3. Choose RUN/OPEN
  4. Follow the on screen prompts
After the program has been installed it should run automatically. If it does not please use the steps below.
To run WebUpdater:
  1. From the Start menu, click All Programs and find the Garmin folder
  2. Click WebUpdater
  3. Connect your nuvi to an available USB port on your computer
  4. To search for an available update, choose NEXT
  5. As the program automatically finds updates, choose NEXT to load the update. Once the update is complete, you can search for other updates such as voice languages, Bluetooth, and Traffic Receiver.
  6. Disconnect the unit to ensure it powers on.
Take your unit outdoors and keep it in a stationary position with an open sky view until it reacquires satellites.

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Missing letters from my alphabet


You will most likely need a firmware upgrade from this website to fix the problem: http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp
It will walk you through the steps and your letters should be back to normal after the update.

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1. Try a hard reset (instructions are in your manual)
2. Try downloading and installing any unit software updates (free) from the Garmin site.
Please let us know if this solves this problem.

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