I recieved my Garmin Nuvi GPS as a gift Feb. 08. Today 8/23/08 it stopped working. The screen has a grey blur over it, you can barely see anything. I tried unplugging it for awhile and turning it off and on. So far nothing. Please help. Thank you.
Two things it could be first.. you cleaned it with windex or some kind if cleaner which damaged the screen or the lcd in the unit is going out common in the older garmins... if this is the case you will have to send it back to garmin to have it repaired
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It sounds like the nuvi's file system has become corrupted, so it no longer sees the maps that were loaded into it. You might connect the USB cable between the nuvi and your computer to see what you can see when it acts like a USB storage device.
Also, if you haven't already registered your nuvi with the Garmin web site, you should. They have a downloadable browser extension that should prove helpful. If it complains that you have no maps loaded, then you'll have something to hang your hat on.
Assuming the nuvi is otherwise healthy, this might be the time to purchase the current map version, which will download directly into the unit through the USB port.
The Garmin Lock is a theft-deterrent system that locks your nuvi. Each time you turn the on the nuvi, you would have to enter the PIN or drive to the security location. (where it was orig programmed) To set the Garmin Lock on the device:
From the Main Menu, touch the Wrench (Tools) icon.
Touch Security. (you may need to touch the down arrow button)
Touch the tab labeled Off next to the Garmin Lock heading.
The nuvi will prompt you to enter a four-digit pin number.
Enter a four-digit code as your pin.
Re-enter the four-digit pin.
to a 'Security Location' and let the unit acquire satellites (the
security location will unlock the unit if the pin is forgotten or lost).