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Garmin Nuvi 260W Related Questions

Do you need to perform and update or reset your Nuvi 260W? Need to troubleshoot a problem with it not coming on or working right? However reliable this device is, it is still likely the user will encounter an issue or have a question eventually. These are some areas where Experts have assisted users. Read below for similar problems verified Experts have assisted other users with.

What could cause a five-year old Garmin Nuvi 260W screen to be blank?

Case Details: It will not power on. 

It could be that the battery is failing or because a bad power adapter. Check the power adapter by using it to charge some other device just to make sure that is not the problem. If the adapter is good, disconnect the GPS from the power source and try to turn it on by pushing on the power switch and holding it there for a minute. If that does not work try to charge the device by connecting it with a USB cable to a computer. If there is no change after an hour’s charging then the battery might need to be replaced.

Why is a 260W GPS not able to display any maps but only flashes ‘Garmin’ on the screen till the battery dies?

This is typical of a battery going dead and due for replacement. The battery can be replaced by the user. Or the alternative is to have it done by Garmin which will cost considerably more. The advantage, however, is that any work done is covered by a 90-day warranty.

How to update a seven-year-old Garmin Nuvi 260W?

Updating a 260W is a two-stage process. The unit software will need to be updated first after which map updates should be checked. A unit software update will need a free Garmin tool named WebUpdater. 

It might be worth considering investing in a newer model because the current one is outdated. A newer model has a considerably larger memory and carries a warranty. Another point in favor of change is that the battery on the existing unit is reaching the end of its life and will be due for replacement anytime now which is an unavoidable expense.

Should one-year-old maps on a Garmin Nuvi 260W be updated when prompted?

The prompt is merely a reminder that the maps are old and might need to be updated especially if major changes have taken place in the interim. However, it is a good idea to update the unit software also known as firmware. To do this a free softare called WebUpdater needs to be downoladed to a computer. Once that is done connect the device to the computer through a USB cable and run the program.

How to troubleshoot a 260W which has stopped working?

The unit will need to have a hard reset which will cause the existing data to be erased. Follow these steps after which it should be up and running again. 

  • Turn off the power to the unit.
  • Press and hold the bottom-right corner of the screen and power the unit on.
  • Keep the screen pressed till a prompt ‘Do you want to erase all user data’ appears.
  • Press ‘YES’ and the unit will start to reboot.

When this is completed the unit should be working again.

A Garmin Nuvi 260W is an incredibly reliable GPS. More often than not their problems boil down to battery replacement or software updates. When in doubt always ask an Expert and you can be assured of the right answer promptly delivered. They are backed by years of experience and available at your convenience.

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