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My garmin 250w does not get satellite signals.

yes it can be very much possible that the gps device is not getting satellite signals due to older version of map.update the gps device with its latest firmware updates for maps then check out.also other possible reasons for this problems are are inbuilt antenna in the gps device is got weak there are external gps antenna available in the online sites like radio-shack and best-buy shops.but if the antenna is not the problem then it can be problem in the battery of the gps.the battery is got weak.the battery needs replacement in this case.but if the battery is also not the problem then check out if the no or low signal problem is only at one place or every where.if there are tall buildings and trees covering the gps or its in the packed room or car.then it looses signals this case it has to be placed directly facing towards the open sky.where the space is wide open then check will start catching the signal.but as per you question if nothing helps then yes the older map version in the device is definitely one of the reason for no signal in the device. this will help.please do rate the solution.keep updated for any further assistance if more help required.thanks.
7/28/2022 11:39:43 AM • Garmin nuvi 250W... • Answered on Jul 28, 2022

Update maps manually

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7/20/2022 7:01:43 AM • Garmin GPS • Answered on Jul 20, 2022

I cannot register online; tells me that my serial number is invalid

Call Garmin
My 760 had an error in the serial number. The garmin tech solved this in seconds with the corrected number.

7/10/2022 12:19:48 AM • Garmin Nuvi 760... • Answered on Jul 10, 2022

Garmin 1300 touch screen not responding??

A Garmin Nuvi 1300 that won't start, freezes on 'loading maps,' or is acting erratically is symptomatic of having corrupt firmware.

To correct this, I recommend backing up your favorites, clearing all user data, and if it still is stuck, then updating your Nuvi firmware.

Follow these three steps to take to get your Garmin Nuvi 1300 running like new:

  1. Back up your Favorites.
  2. Perform a Hard Reset.
  3. Download and then run Garmin WebUpdater to replace its firmware / system software.

I hope that helps.
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7/5/2022 8:01:31 AM • Garmin nuvi 1300... • Answered on Jul 05, 2022

Update garmin nuvi 1490

We have shared the Few Steps for the Garmin Nuvi 1490 update: 1. Firstly, you must go to the add device and click on it. 2. Then you find your GPS device. 3. In-app, you will search by itself if any updates are shown. 4. When the update list opens, you have to click on the select all. 5. After that click on it and install all the updates.
6/16/2022 8:48:01 AM • Garmin GPS • Answered on Jun 16, 2022

How to activate my nuvi 660 using my mac and itunes or

I had the same problem and was able to resolve it using the procedure (listed below) from Audible technical support.  It's wordy, but the long and short of it is that you need to activate the Nuvi on a PC machine, then you can use it on the Mac.  To transfer files, open iTunes audiobook window, then drag your books of choice from that window to the Nuvi icon on the desktop.  I had no problems using this procedure.

Thank you for contacting On its behalf, I would like to apologize for any inconvenience and I am most committed to satisfying and resolving your inquiry to the fullest of my abilities.

As per your email I understand that you wish to use your Garmin GPS with Audible on your Mac.

Unfortunately, the Garmin is not supported on a Mac with Audible audiobooks unless it is first activated on a Windows PC. If you have access to a Windows PC please follow the requested steps below to activate it on a PC first. Once successfully activated you will be able to use your Mac to transfer your audiobooks onto it.

If you have access to a Windows PC to activate your Garmin GPS through the Audible Manager software please do the following to get started.

Make sure Audible Manager is installed in your PC, otherwise please go to: Audible Software page ( ) and download the version for Download for Windows 2000, XP, or Vista. Select Run or Save. During this installation process, a message: "If you already own an Audible Ready mobile device, please select it from the choices below", will prompt, please select Garmin GPS Devices from the list.

If Audible Manager is already installed on your PC: Launch Audible Manager, click on Devices > Add new device. You will be asked to connect to the Internet. Click Yes to connect. From the list of devices, select the Garmin GPS Devices, and click ok.

Once installed successfully now please follow the requested steps to activate your Garmin Nuvi using the Audible Manager software. 

Ensure that the device is connected to the PC and Internal Memory is selected to activate the Main Memory of your GPS. Please note you may transfer your audiobooks onto the SD card as well if you have one. 

Right-click the Garmin plugin in the bottom left corner of Audible Manager ( below Mobile Devices ) and choose activate. 

After entering your username and password, click ok. 

Once your Garmin has been successfully activated using a Windows PC you may now use your Mac to transfer your Audible audiobooks to your Gramin. 

Before you can transfer your audiobooks on to your Garmin device please follow the requested steps below to download your audiobooks.

Please log into your Audible Account, Click on My Library on the top of the page next to Home, Once you are in your online library towards your right hand side, you will find a tab called "Download It". This will start your download action from our server to your computer. 

This will download the selection onto your desktop and open iTunes. If the file downloads to your desktop, double click or drag the file into the iTunes library. 

Connect your Garmin device to computer. 

Drag the book from iTunes onto the Garmin device.

Playing Audible Files on Garmin Nüvi

From the Main Menu after powering on the Nüvi, select Travel Kit > Audible Book Player.
You can locate the title in the Audible Book Player by clicking on the Browse button. You can search all titles, or by Genre, Author, or Narrator. Select the category you would like to search by, and select the title. Press the Play button to begin enjoying your Audible selection.

Title: Garmin Nüvi Installation

Unfortunately, at this time we do not have any information regarding the Garmin GPS being supported on a Mac in the future. However, I will be glad to forward your email address to upper management so you are notified once the Garmin GPS is supported on a Mac.

As always, I hope I have met all your needs and requests, as it has been a pleasure assisting you today. If I could be of any further assistance, or answer any further questions, please let me know and I'll be happy to do so. 

I appreciate and value your business as an Audible customer.

Here at Audible, we truly value and appreciate your business; if you need further assistance, please respond to this email or if you wish, please provide me with a contact number and the best available time to reach you.

For additional questions, how to contact us and hours of operation, please visit us at:

Hakime R.
Audible Customer Support
5/16/2022 3:58:32 AM • Garmin Nuvi 660... • Answered on May 16, 2022

Downloaded book to my

what is the book you have downloaded?
5/16/2022 3:45:30 AM • Garmin GPS • Answered on May 16, 2022

Free updated maps for my garmin nuvi 200

5/9/2022 5:35:23 AM • Garmin nuvi 200W... • Answered on May 09, 2022

My gps has been of for a while now its locked on last location how do i reset as its not picking up sattelites

try this for Garmin GPSMap 178C Unable to acquire satellites with a GPSMAP 172/178 There could be a few causes of the device not acquiring satellites. If the device has moved a large distance since the last time it has acquired satellites or has been turned off for longer than a few weeks or months, the device may not be able to acquire the satellites correctly. The first troubleshooting step is to perform an Auto Locate procedure. This procedure will clear the device's memory of previous satellite information, and try to download new information. Note: This will not clear any user data like waypoints, routes, and tracks. To perform the Auto Locate procedure, please follow these steps:
  1. Start with the device powered OFF
  2. Press and hold the Page button and Power ON the device
  3. Continue to hold both the Page and Power button until the I Agree button is highlighted in the lower right corner of the screen
  4. Press the Enter button
The device should now switch to the GPS satellite screen. Leave the device in clear view of the sky for at least 10-20 minutes to acquire satellites. If the device acquires the satellites before 20 minutes, the device can be used or powered off. If the Auto Locate procedure does not correct the issue, the next step is to update the internal operating software of the device to the latest version. Please refer to the related FAQ for more information.
5/6/2022 8:41:00 PM • Garmin GPSMAP... • Answered on May 06, 2022

Garmin 178C Stays on for 20 secs then turns off

I had the same problem. In your settings you can set this thing to monitor your battery's power so it auto shut down if your battery goes below 11.2 volts or so. I disabled this and it has worked ever since.
5/6/2022 8:19:14 PM • Garmin GPSMAP... • Answered on May 06, 2022

How do i restore map details on my Garmin nuvi 2455?

usb cable that came with gps unit garmin express software app or click on support link maybe more help
4/16/2022 9:01:09 AM • Garmin GPS • Answered on Apr 16, 2022

How do I release stripped screws?

You can always try using a rubber band to help the points grab. Only other option would be to get a dremel and file the tops from the screws then remove them after you have the cover off.
1/29/2022 5:02:34 PM • Garmin GPS • Answered on Jan 29, 2022

Does garmin have vietnamese language

hi, I don't know if you managed to solve the no Vietnamese language directions for the garmin gps but here is one way to do it.

[1]-Go to this link, download and install the voice studio

[2]-When you run the program there will be a list of all the phrases the GPS unit uses to give u direction. when you record instead of reading the phrase written just say the phrase in Vietnamese( or whatever language you want) and save it.

[3]-Once you record all the phrases on that list in the language
of your choosing, then test hit the test button to make sure
the phrases sound right.

[4]-Finally just send it to your Garmin GPS unit.(Make sure that
your device is connected to your computer when you send to
the deice though). (Duh!!)

I hope this help you whatever language you needed

1/9/2022 6:49:54 AM • Garmin GPS • Answered on Jan 09, 2022

Can we download European maps

If you bought the satnav in the USA it won't work in Europe. If you bought it in Europe you can download the maps but the full map of Europe won't fit on it. You can fit Western Europe or add and remove countries as you need them. It's probably not a satisfactory solution when traveling with a motor home. You can put the map on an SD card but the nuvi 200W has problems reading maps from SD cards of 2 Gb or more. The map of Europe would take a 4 Gb card to hold it all.

You would probably be better to buy a cheap satnav of Europe. You can get them from
if you want to buy on line or Halfords shops if you prefer to deal with someone face to face. Some of them cost less than €100 and would be near the same price as buying the map of Europe.

Or if you want a satnav that covers both the USA and Europe and will work in both the Garmin nuvi 1370 or the 2370 would do the job but costs a bit more.

I hope this answers your question.
12/27/2021 5:21:48 PM • Garmin nuvi 200W... • Answered on Dec 27, 2021

Garmin c530

Unfortunately, even if you perform master reset on Garmin GPS unit, it does not reset Garmin Lock security feature, which password-protect most Garmin electronic devices to deter theft. If you forget the PIN or password unlock code to unlock the Garmin unit, the best solution is to bring it to Garmin to get unlocked. “Secure Location” does not unlock a locked Garmin unit either as it’s only a temporary fix as when it’s turn on outside the security location, the device is locked again."

So unfortunately, there is only one option: You have to send your nüvi into the Garmin, who can unlock it. Remember original receipt.
12/20/2021 11:49:29 AM • Garmin... • Answered on Dec 20, 2021

Garmin Nuvi 1450 will to power on

Leave it connected and charging. It can take hours to recover.
12/16/2021 12:35:29 PM • Garmin GPS • Answered on Dec 16, 2021

..wiring diagram for a garmin GPS C330

notify garmin for assistance
11/5/2021 5:15:33 PM • Garmin GPS • Answered on Nov 05, 2021

My garmin GPS says GPS off how do I turn GPS on

Look in the menus. There should be a setting to turn GPS on or off. if your GPS has a remote antenna, and it's not connected, make sure it is, that would cause the GPS to 'turn off' the GPS radio.
10/18/2021 6:38:54 PM • Garmin Touch... • Answered on Oct 18, 2021

How do I bypass a pen lock screen on a Garmin nuvi 1450

Go onto the Garmin web site and reset the 1450.
10/14/2021 6:42:57 AM • Garmin nuvi GPS • Answered on Oct 14, 2021
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