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Garmin 205w nuvi cannot unlock maps - GPS Devices

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  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    cant manage maps

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    how do i unlock my maps?!

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    Cannot unlock maps

  • mamba215 Sep 28, 2009

    it requires a pin number,what must i do?

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Ok so I decided I was going to return this thing tomorrow after hours of frustration, so I decided to get crazy with it and then figured out something that seems to have worked (will probably still exchange it for a Magellan or something other than Garmin though).

It's gonna sound crazy, but I opened up the Garmin drive on my computer (Mac, so not sure how this works on PC), and deleted everything I could see (not hidden files). EVERYTHING.

I then went ran Disk Utility and reformated the "Hard Drive" (on PC I would guess your able to do the same somehow). It still ran after that, but obviously could not find maps (since I just wiped every trace of a map away).

Next step, I ran Garmin Map Manager and transfered map for my state (AZ) (I have the latest map update saved on my computer, so I'm guessing Manager used that). Unplugged from comp, powered up, and voila! I will need to download my voices and vehicles again, but hey at least it's working again.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

  • cporrino Apr 13, 2009

    CORRECTION:

    I ran Garmin Map Install not Map Manager as stated above...


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Them, email me your units internal serial number. Its a 10 digit number (not the number on the outside). The number starts with a "3" and can be found by pressing the tools button, then system and then "about".

Please email me at sharcnet-usa AT sharc DOT NET


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