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My garmin nuvi 225w stopped working on a car trip. When I tried to turn it on it says "press dot" with a dot and cross hairs. i can press the dot once or twice then it freezes. I tried the reset where you power on the device by holding the top left corner while powering on and nothing changed

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My nuvi 260w screen is black and "blinks garmin". If I touch the screen it does nothing but blink. Has anyone had this problem? Also, I have tried to hit reset and nothing happens.

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SOURCE: my garmin nuvi 260 will not go past the loading maps screen

There is a corrupt or missing file associated with the mapping thats causing it to lock up. When that file is missing, your Nuvi never gets to the routine for communicating with your PC. That's why your PC can't detect it.

I've fixed this problem before. The unit must be placed in PRE-BOOT mode, forcing Windows to recognize it and then using a specific program, reflash the firmware to an older version that doesn't care that the file is missing. The unit will then boot properly and you'll regain detection to the unit in Windows. Then you can repair/replace the missing files and then reflash back to the latest firmware.

Yes, its a pain and not an easy process to the novice.

- Jim

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SOURCE: Garmin Nuvi 255 2008 screen not respnond to touch

There should be a reset on it and it should bring it back.

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SOURCE: nuviĀ® 255W Car GPS Receiver: The screen of my Garmin nuvi 255w GPS is white and...

Press and hold the lower right corner - then see second picture

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SOURCE: White "press dot" screen

Have you tried pressing the dot? Press all of them until the screen has been calibrated and hopefully you'll come back to a main menu.

- Jim

Posted on Jul 21, 2010

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Where do I plug in the charger on the Nuvi 225W?

You plug it into the mini USB socket in back of the satnav. You can get the manual at
which shows the mini USB socket for plugging in the charger on page 1 (after the contents pages)

One day my nuvi 245 continues to show "press dot". So I keep pressing dot only for somewhile because after just 1 second from "turning on" touch screen does not work. That means even...

Your touch sensitive screen may have failed. The touch sensitive screen is a thin transparent film that is secured over the front of the display screen.

When it fails, you can no longer select or input anything into the GPS via screen. This of course renders the GPS pretty much useless. Garmin will exchange your defective GPS with a factory refurbished unit with the latest maps and provide a 90 warranty for many GPS units. The Nuvi 250 service cost is $69. I could not find your Nuvi245 model listed so you might want to contact Garmin directly to see what the replacement cost will be.

I hope this helps & good luck. Please rate my reply. Thank you.
Apr 09, 2011 • GPS

Garman 225w won't start, stops after "loading

The micro usb port is at the back. Connect Vehicle Power Cable to the nüvi and connect the other 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 (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.

What to do? touch screen just stopped working? worked, and then 30 minutes later nothing...turned off/on several times, can't enter PIN or push "view map".

Try to remove the battery and re insert it back in to see if it will work. Or hold down the power on/off for about 15 seconds, that should do the job.
If that does not do it, then calibrate the screen, to calibrate the screen, follow the steps below:
  1. Turn off your nuvi,
  2. Press your finger on the upper left corner of the touch screen,
  3. While holding your finger on the touch screen, turn on the nuvi.
  4. Continue to hold your finger on the screen for about 30 seconds until the calibration screen appears(white screen with touch dot),
  5. Then follow the on screen instructions.
That should do the job for you. hope this helps.

I justed purches Garmin nui 225w Do this device have a bluetooth setup.

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When i turn my nuvi on, the screen goes blank and says "press dot"

Keep pressing the dot, its in calibration mode....

if you need to re-calibrate it this is how...

Turn unit off then back on

Slide Power Key to the right ( lock )

Hold your finger on the screen for 30 seconds until the calibration screen appears

Follow on screen instructions
( this may be where you see more dots)

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I have a garmin 255W when turning on all itdoes is go to a white screen with black dot thatsay Press dot .It wont turn on how do you fix this

Press dot stays on screen

When your Garmin Nuvi 205 stops working or behaves strangely, there are two steps you can take yourself to try and get it going again:

  1. Perform a Hard Reset,
  2. Run WebUpdater to reinstall the firmware.

I hope that helps.
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