My Garmin Won't Turn On

By Kallie Johnson

Garmin manufactures several lines of GPS units. Some are designed for use in autmobiles. Others are designed for outdoor use, typically by hikers, hunters and campers. All Garmin global positioning systems are powered by a rechargeable battery. If your unit won't turn on, the battery is the first thing to check. It can be recharged through a computer USB port, an electrical outlet or a vehicle's cigarette lighter outlet.

Things You'll Need

  • Garmin power adapter
  • Paperclip

Step 1

Insert the power adapter into the mini-USB outlet of your Garmin. It will be on the side or back of the unit. Make sure the end of the cord is securely positioned in the outlet.

Step 2

Plug the other end of the power adapter into a power source. If using a USB port or cigarette lighter outlet, turn on the computer or start the car.

Step 3

Press the Garmin's power button. If the unit turns on, allow the battery to completely charge. If the unit turns on, then immediately turns off, the rechargeable battery is dead and should be replaced. If the unit doesn't turn on, try a different power source and adapter. If the unit now works, the first adapter you tried is likely defective. If the unit still does not turn on, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4

Remove the Garmin from the power adapter and perform a "soft" reset on the unit. This is done in one of two ways, depending on the model. Look for a recessed button marked "Reset." It is usually on the bottom or back of the unit. If your model has one, use a thin, straight object such as paperclip to reach the button. Press it down for 10 seconds. If your model does not have a reset button, hold down the power button for 10 seconds.

Step 5

Reconnect the Garmin to a power source. If the unit still does not turn on, it may be defective or the mini-USB connector may need to be replaced. Take it to an authorized Garmin technician to get the problem diagnosed and fixed.

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