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Unit doesn't work with vehicle power cable

The unit works properly on battery power, but as soon as you plug in the vehicle power cable, the screen shows a picture of the unit plugged to a computer tower. I've tried resetting, and that didn't fix the problem.

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  • jnugent Jul 09, 2008

    Same problem. When product plugged into adapter it shows as being plugged in a computer.

  • hayden386 Jul 12, 2008

    Same problem. Unit works when not plugged in but get that same symbol when connected to power in the car.

  • kfirestar Aug 07, 2008

    My unit won't work either when the supplied cigarette lighter charging plug is plugged in. It shows a computer symbol on the screen and will not work unless unplugged and run on its own battery power. I would appreciate someone getting in touch with me kfirestar@hotmail.com if they have found the answer. Thanks ever so much. Greg

  • Anonymous Aug 22, 2008

    Same Problem - and now the battery is dead and it does not seem to be charging as it will no longer turn on at all!

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    Same problem , fidoliedo - what sort of answer was that a design flaw ! ,

  • BillRS Dec 06, 2008

    Yes, I have the same problem, I charged it using a USB, now when I plug it in to the car adapter, I get the 'computer tower pic'. So what do I do to get around it? (besides unplug it and use battery?

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    didn't have this at first, now do. must be a way to resolve

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If you are using the USB cable, that won't work. You must use the bracket plug. the USB cable will charge the unit and you can't use it while it's charging. If using the USB, the system thinks you are either charging the unit or connected to a computer. This is a design flaw.

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Same thing here...won't work when plugged into car charger (or PC), but works fine in battery mode

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If the unit does not power on while attached to the vehicle power cable please follow steps from below to perform a soft reset:
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  2. Use an AC power adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
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Replace at Garmin
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  2. Use an AC power adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
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There are three ways to charge the internal battery in your automotive GPS unit.1
  1. Use the provided vehicle power cable that came with your GPS unit. The unit will charge while powered on and using the device as well as when the GPS unit is powered off and plugged into a running vehicle. About 3 hrs for a full charge. If the unit will not charge in the vehicle, check the fuse in the power cable for the unit and the power outlet in the vehicle.
  2. Use an AC power adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
  3. For most units, the final way of charging the battery is to plug the GPS into a powered on computer with a USB cable2. This method of charging will be a trickle charge and it may take longer (like a full day) than the other two options, however it will still charge the battery. A USB cable is provided with a few GPS models. For those that don't come with this cable, one can either be ordered from the online store or you can use a standard USB to mini-USB cable that fits the unit and plugs into your computer.
1 - Please note that temperature can play an effect on the charging of a device. If the battery registers a temperature of 0°C and below or 45°C and above (32°F and 113°F respectively) then it will not charge. When connected to external power it will only be operating off of external power.

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  2. Use an AC power adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
  3. For most units, the final way of charging the battery is to plug the GPS into a powered on computer with a USB cable2. This method of charging will be a trickle charge and it may take longer (like a full day) than the other two options, however it will still charge the battery. A USB cable is provided with a few GPS models. For those that don't come with this cable, one can either be ordered from the online store or you can use a standard USB to mini-USB cable that fits the unit and plugs into your computer.
1 - Please note that temperature can play an effect on the charging of a device. If the battery registers a temperature of 0°C and below or 45°C and above (32°F and 113°F respectively) then it will not charge. When connected to external power it will only be operating off of external power.
2 - The Quest® and Quest® 2 will not charge using a USB cable.

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I have a nuvi 200 that wont run when it is hooked up to a power supply


Vehicle Power Cable to the nüvi and connect the otchapin.screen1.jpgher end to your computer, your nüvi does not operate as a GPS unit - it goes into some sort of charging mode. However, if you FIRST turn on the nüvi in the battery mode then go into the test mode (press the battery icon for about 8-9 seconds) from the main screen, THEN PLUG in the USB cable, and finally exit the test screen, your nüvi will restart chapin.screen2.jpg(reboot) and it will operate just like it was plugged into the cradle connection in your vehicle.

This mode will charge the battery
AND operate as a GPS.

It works with my computer USB cable, my cell phone charger and my car charger for my cell phone.

Don't forget to turn off the nüvi before unplugging."

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