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I am thinking of purchasing a garmin gps but it says its pin is locked how do i fix this if I purchase it?

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The pin is a security code made by the previous owner and is registered at Garmin. The unit would have to be sent back to Garmin to be reset and re-registered. Be careful the GPS was or could been stolen. Thanks for using FixYa

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Cathy, what follows below is cut and pasted from a Garmin tip I wrote for your problem:-

"You have Garmin Lock activated on your nuvi: there are only two ways you can unlock it.

1. Enter the PIN code (but you clearly don't have it).

2. Take the unit to the Security Location you chose when activating Garmin Lock: it will then unlock without the PIN code and you can then either reset the PIN or disable Garmin Lock. The Security Location should not be the owner's home address, but many owners ignore this recommendation. Many owners choose their workplace or a close friend or relatives address for this purpose.

If neither option works then your unit is useless unless you send it to Garmin with proof of purchase. Garmin charge for the service and if your maps are not up to date then it's really a waste of money as the investment would be better spent on a new unit with current mapping.

I hope that you manage to either fix your problem using my advice or at least can decide whether to abandon the unit and buy another."

So to summarise, unless your seller knows the PIN or unless the seller can take the unit to where Garmin Lock was set up in order to deactivate it for you, you have purchased a useless brick, sorry.

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Brand new the unit does NOT have a PIN. Therefore, there is no where to "locate" it. You need to ask whomever you purchased the unit from what the PIN is. Failing that, ask them the location at which the PIN was set. This is the security location, and going there will unlock the unit. The only other option you have is to send the unit back to Garmin. Be aware, however, if you cannot prove to them that you purchased the unit, they WILL NOT return it to you.

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The security pin ID was designed to discourage theft of Garmin GPS products. You can change the security PIN by taking your GPS to the location where you set the PIN and or send it back to Garmin with proof of purchase. I would see if you can update your unit through Garmin web site to see if it helps with the power issue, if not, it probably is the hardware switch and will require you to send it back to Garmin. If you purchased your unit from Costco, simply return it for a new one. Membership privileges. If you purchased it from your local retailer such as Auto Nav 2000 Plus, Inc. I'm sure they can assist you with getting your issue resolve with Garmin. If you purchased it eBay or an auction site, you maybe out of luck. Good Luck

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Brand new, the unit does NOT have a PIN. You need to contact the seller and ask them the PIN. Your only other options to unlock the unit are to take it to the location at which the PIN was entered or send the unit back to Garmin. Garmin will require proof of purchase before they will unlock and return the unit to you.

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If a customer had locked the unit in a pawn shop, it would unlock in the same pawn shop as this would be the security location. And why would you buy a GPS you could not use? You have three options for unlocking a PIN locked Garmin GPS:

1 - Enter the correct PIN
2 - Take the unit to the location at which the PIN was entered
3 - Send the unit back to Garmin

No one has "figured it out yet" and there is no "fix" because this is a security design and not a flaw in the unit. It is to prevent someone from using a stolen GPS. If there were a workaround, the feature would be useless.

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