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Garmin Nuvi 205W won't switch on. My 205 will only switch on if I remove the battery, reconnect it, then switch on. It will only allow me to switch on once. Then I have to go through the procedure again. Battery is fine, screen is fine GPS is fine, No error codes, to hidden menu error codes. What's up?

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  • dawid_pretor Nov 07, 2010

    I did a number of resets including erasing all user data.

    Battery voltage 4.03V tested and displayed in GPS maintenance pages.

    Battery indicates full green bars when disconnected from power.

    Only way to turn the unit on is to disconnect the battery. Reconnect it. Then power the unit.

    Then unit would then act normal. I move the switch left and it powers up.

    If I tried to switch the unit on after the battery reconnect, then it will not come on until I apply ext power.

    This means the unit remembers that the switch was made under bat power only.

    If I leave the unit on Ext power and switch it off, it does so normally by indicating it is charging the batteries on the screen for a few seconds before the display blanks. Moving the on switch to the left and the unit switches on. Remove the ext power and the unit asks to stay on or off. If selected on, it stays on battery. If selected off, it will not come on again. Then I have to disconnect the battery first.

    I do not have a spare battery to test if it is a battery fault. I do not want to spend money before I know which of the parts are broken, the board, or the battery.

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In your Garmin Nuvi 205W won`t switch on, is pluged to power but won`t turn on or you all ready try to reset the unit
slide on switch to the left and hold 10 to 15 seconds it should power on while your holding it.
but still no power there can be many reasons for an Garmin Nuvi 205W not powering. Reasons like software faults, battery faults or even charging connector faults.




Posted on Nov 07, 2010

  • Aviral Saxena
    Aviral Saxena Nov 07, 2010

    Are you sure battery is fine?
    it appears to me a faulty battery if soft reset didn't worked.
    else connectors may be faulty

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1st: make sure your NUVI is OFF then plug in the usb cable from the computer to the NUVI, after you hear your computer ding from new device connected, and the NUVI displays the computer icon move to step 2

step 2: if you have xp go to START and MY COMPUTER. with vista its START then COMPUTER button on the right side

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Does your Garmin Nuvi 205 or 205W Freeze at Loading Maps?
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The Hard Reset procedure has been known to delete your Favorites, so back them up beforehand.

  1. From the Nuvi drive, copy '/Garmin/GPX/current.gpx' to a backup location on your computer.
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*Note that this will clear all user selected settings on the unit

  1. Power the unit off.
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  6. Press "yes" and the unit will reboot. This resets all your location settings and user preferences.

If possible after the hard reset, let the unit sit outdoors in the open for about 30 minutes or so to let the unit re-acquire the satellite almanac data.


You have now performed a hard reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W.

I hope that helps.
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Garmin Nuvi 205 WebUpdater here.

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