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Nuvi 855T locks up 10-15 seconds after power up

When I power up my Nuvi 855T and attempt to navigate screens, the user input is frozen after a period of time. Resetting the unit and clearing user data has no effect. Performing a software update [I've tried 4.20, 4.30 and 4.50] has no effect. What screens I happen to navigate to has no effect. If I don't enter anything and wait, it'll lock up.

I was hoping to perform a diagnostic on it to see if it is trying to talk to some broken peripheral but don't know how of if the unit supports diagnostics.

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Email correspondence from Garmin tech support:

"Thank you for contacting Garmin International. We had an announcement
today that there will be a software update to address this issue coming
out within the next week. This is an issue we have found to be affecting
a large amount of 885 and 855 units. Please try the WebUpdater again
after next Tuesday to see if the update has been released. With the
update, your unit will be back to normal. Please let me know if there is
anything else I may assist you with."

I think the solution is obvious: Return the Nuvi 855T and get my money back.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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If I found a garmin nuvi gps it got a locked on it how can I reset it or something


Most GPS navigation devices from Garmin has a reset function which allows user to access a Maintenance Mode screen with system information, diagnostic details or perform the reset function to restore Garmin Nuvi or other series unit to its original default factory settings.

Depending on which model of Garmin GPS unit you're using, the following routine can reset the Garmin device to original factory loaded settings, or bring up the Maintenance Mode with access to System Information and View Diagnostics screen, where users can see various logs, and of course, clear all user data (reset to factory defaults) or clear Waypoints.

In order to reset Garmin device or enter into maintenance mode, perform one of the following procedures:

Power off Garmin unit. Press on continuously the upper top left corner of screen and then power on the unit by pressing once on the Power button. You should be prompted to clear all user data, or asked if do you really want to start up in maintenance mode. Press "Yes" to reset (warning: all data will be erased and lost, so backup before proceeding) or enter maintenance mode.

Hack above works on Garmin Nuvi 660, 680 series.

Turn off Garmin device. Press down on bottom right corner of the touchscreen, and then power on the GPS unit. You should be prompted whether do you really want to erase all user data, or asked if do you really want to start up in maintenance mode. Press "Yes" to reset (warning: all data will be erased and lost, so backup before proceeding) or enter maintenance mode.

Trick above works on Garmin nuvi 200, 250, 360 750, 760 series unit. In fact, there is a video demo by user of Garmin Nuvi 360 on how to perform the hidden reset function.



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My Nuvi 265w screen is frozen


Hello Mark,

try giving the unit a hard reset, this is done by powering the unit off if you unable to turn it off let the power die out. when the unit is off place your thumb in the bottom right corner of the screen then power it on, do not remove your thumb untill the message " Are you sure you want to erase all user data " appears.

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Try the Hard Reset procedure outlined in this tip.

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Does your Garmin Nuvi 205 or 205W Freeze at Loading Maps?
Does it lock up or stop working?

This tip will describe how to perform a hard reset of the device, and how to backup your 'Favorites' in case the hard reset erases them.

A hard reset (or Clear All User Data) has been known to resolve unit quirks and strange behavior after firmware updates. It's generally recommended to perform it after a firmware update but is not required by any means. However, if you're seeing quirks and strange behavior with your unit after the firmware update, it is a good idea to do a hard reset of the unit. It's also one of the first things that Garmin will have you do when contact tech support regarding quirky unit behavior.

Backup and Restoration Procedure for Favorites:

The Hard Reset procedure has been known to delete your Favorites, so back them up beforehand.

  1. From the Nuvi drive, copy '/Garmin/GPX/current.gpx' to a backup location on your computer.
  2. After the hard reset, copy your backed up 'current.gpx' from your computer back to the '/Garmin/GPX/' folder on the Nuvi, but be sure to rename it 'temp.gpx'.
  3. On the next power cycle, the Favorites will be read from 'temp.gpx' into the non-user accessible memory area on the Nuvi where they are actually stored.
Perform the Hard Reset:

*Note that this will clear all user selected settings on the unit

  1. Power the unit off.
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  3. Install the battery.
  4. Press and hold (and continue to hold) the bottom-right corner of the screen while powering the unit on.
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  6. Press "yes" and the unit will reboot. This resets all your location settings and user preferences.

If possible after the hard reset, let the unit sit outdoors in the open for about 30 minutes or so to let the unit re-acquire the satellite almanac data.


You have now performed a hard reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W.

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There are two solutions to get your Garmin Nuvi 885T running smoothly again. I have posted detailed directions in the Tips section of this Fixya website. Follow these two links to find step by step instructions on how to perform both the hard reset and the software upgrade.

I hope that helps.

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Backup and Restoration Procedure for Favorites:

The Hard Reset procedure has been known to delete your Favorites, so back them up beforehand.

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*Note that this will clear all user selected settings on the unit

  1. Power the unit off.
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  3. Install the battery.
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  5. Continue to hold the screen until the "Do you want to erase all user data?"prompt appears.
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I recommend either resetting the device or update the software. You can find software downloDepending on which model of Garmin GPS unit you’re using, thefollowing routine can reset the Garmin device to original factoryloaded settings, or bring up the Maintenance Mode with access to SystemInformation and View Diagnostics screen, where users can see variouslogs, and of course, clear all user data (reset to factory defaults) orclear Waypoints.
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Hi,
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I'm assuming that because you havnt got past the password screen yet you dont have any of your own settings on there yet?
Try this:
Hold your finger on the lower-right of the Nuvi screen while you turn the unit on.
Keep your finger pressed until the pop-up screen appears.
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I hope that helps..
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