Question about Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

When I plug the gps into the charger a computer picture shows up and I can't get it on any other screen. What's the matter?

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 26 Answers

Did you recently purchase that charger?

This usually happens when the charger is not compatible with the unit. or you could be using a non-Garmin charger. There are some "store-brand" chargers that work well, and some do not. Store brand Charger are made to be Universal. To fit multiple devices and maximize profits. You want a Garmin Specific Charger, and here is the logic why...

The reason behind it:

1. The Garmin USB Cable that you connect to your computer has a special 4-pin configuration telling the GPS that is is connected to a computer. This is the configuration most "generic" chargers use to maximize device compatibility.

2. The Garmin Car Charger has a different pin configuration with 2 less pins, giving it only positive ( + ) and Negative ( - ) to charge the GPS.

When the GPS receives the 4 pin, which is also found in a "Motorola" Cell phone charger, it will automatically sense that it is connected to a computer.

Long winded, but I wanted to explain why. Simple fix, Just go get a new charger and make sure it's Garmin compatible.

Posted on Jan 06, 2011


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My garmin 780 doesn't operate with the car charger plugged in. goes to a scenery photo that has a small picture of it plugged in to a computer at the bottom of the screen, and does not load. is that...

hi danielktx, its doing that because it thinks the charger is the USB cable and connected to the computer...either you have the wrong charger (is it factory or after market) or the charger it self is faulty.

EX f31817b.gif

Standing Member of G.O.T.
Please Support Our Troops

Sep 18, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

1 Answer

My garmin was working and the other day i plug it in the car charger in and now my garmin will not work while it is on the charger. If I take it off the charger it will work but not on the charger. what...

Does it show a picture of a satnav connected to a computer when plugged into the car charger? Sometimes this happens because the charger plug is not fully pushed into the back of the satnav even though it feels like it is. Pushing it in further may solve the problem.

Jul 14, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

When I plug my nuvi 260w into car charger, the screen goes blank with a picture of unit hooked to computer. I cant use the GPS unless I unplug from charger

Sometimes this happens because the plug of the charger is not fully pushed into the back of the satnav. It feels like it is but it's not. Pushing it in further may solve your problem.

Jun 11, 2011 | GPS

1 Answer

My garmin 205w only works if it is unplugged from the charger but only holds a charge for about 15 minutes. if it is plugged in it shows a screen that shows the unit plugged in to a computer tower. Any...

Sometimes the satnav goes into mass storage mode, when plugged into the charger, and shows the unit connected to a computer because the charger plug is not pushed in fully to the back of the satnav. It appears to be fully in but it's not. Pushing it in further may solve the problem.

May 30, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

When I plug in my car charger I get a screen that shows Garmin and a picture that looks like a computerbox with a cable. Can anyone help?

Sometimes this happens because of a problem with the socket in the satnav. When you plug the charger into the satnav the plug feels to be fully in but it's not. If you push it in further it could solve the problem.

Mar 02, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

After connecting to car charger or computer. screen has picture of computer and cable, but main screen can not be accessed. Device operates fine when not plugged in.

When it's connected to a computer it's supposed to have this picture. It's not meant to be accessed except through the computer since files are updated in this setup which could not happen if the main screen was being accessed.

When connected to a car charger this should not happen. Sometimes it happens because there is wear on the mini USB socket on the satnav which causes the plug to stop, when you're plugging it in, before it's in fully. Push it in further and the problem should be solved.

Jan 19, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

Have a phone charger 12 volt that fits and charges the nuvi 200 but with it plugged in it wont show anything but a computer and nuvi on screen. unplug and it works but only for a while til needs a new...

thats because the phone charger is wired different to the gps charger , u need a genuine charger, if when pluged into pc it takes longer to charge, best to have gps turned off while charging from pc..... if it still does not work/ hold charge battery in unit gone , caused by being in active for over 3 months

Dec 29, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

Charger won't work

I have the exact same problem? Any solution?

Jun 30, 2009 | Garmin n?vi 260W GPS

1 Answer

When pluged in it shows me a computer and gps screen connected idk why its dong this any help will be appreciated =)

When you plugged your device to a lower ampere or voltage it will show a PC data connection screen, use car adaptor or charger that is 12 volts and 1.0 ampere. don't go below or data screen shows, if it is above 1.0 amp it will overheat the motherboard of your device.

Apr 24, 2009 | Mitac Mio C310 GPS Receiver

Not finding what you are looking for?
Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver Logo

431 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Garmin GPS Experts


Level 3 Expert

2130 Answers


Level 3 Expert

76848 Answers

TO Lady

Level 3 Expert

638 Answers

Are you a Garmin GPS Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides