What If Garmin GPS Not Turning On After Several Attempts?

Garmin GPS offers great navigation features. But there may be situations when it will not turn on due to some issues. In case your Garmin GPS is not turning on even after several attempts, this post is for you. We have mentioned all the possible troubleshooting ideas in this post that will definitely help you fix this issue. Keep reading.

What You Will Get To Know In This Guide? 

We have mentioned the following things in this troubleshooting guide. Have a look:

  • Garmin GPS Not Working After You Installed New GPS Map: A corrupt map file because of some malware or incomplete installation or download may trigger this type of problem. So, you should compare the size of the map file, scan it before you install it, and check its compatibility with the device. For more details, keep reading.
  • Garmin GPS Not Turning On After Device Update: Ensure that the plug has been pulled or ejected safely or the device update file may corrupt. If the Garmin GPS still doesn’t turn on, you should delete the installed update manually and go for a reinstall.
  • Purchased A New Garmin Device And Garmin GPS Not Working: In such a situation, you should check the display screen, motherboard and charger of the Garmin device. If there is no fault in the GPS device hardware, try resetting the GPS to fix the issue.
  • Garmin GPS Not Turning On, Even When Plugged In: Plug in your Garmin device to a different outlet, make sure the temperature doesn’t exceed the conducive range, and go for a master reset at last if the hardware is perfect. We have mentioned it in detail with all the steps, keep reading.
  • GPS Not Working After Map Update: While downloading a map update, some of the map units may get transferred so, trying a Garmin GPS reinstall may fix the issue. Corrupt USB driver may also be a reason that Garmin GPS is turning off unexpectedly.

Detailed Solutions 

Looking for a stepwise solution to the above-mentioned issues? Here we go.

Situation 1: Garmin GPS Not Working After You Installed New GPS Map

After finishing the installation of the new Garmin map update on your device, the GPS device seems absolutely fine until there is an error message on your screen saying, ‘Can’t authenticate map’. Are you facing a similar problem where you Garmin GPS can’t be turned on after you installed new GPS map on your device? If yes, follow these troubleshooting steps and get the issue resolved:

  • With not any backup file and .gma file deleted, the best way to recover is to use the clone. You should start with the desired map download using Mapinstall software. By doing this, you’ll be getting all the three files (.img, .uni, .gma ) in the system folder of your SD card.
  • Delete all the old gmap files from system folder of the Garmin GPS device and then copy the new files into the system folder.
  • In case you are not able to find any of the above-mentioned files in your Garmin GPS device, you should browse the folder options using Windows Explorer and then tap on the option ‘Display all hidden files and folders’ in order to make the files visible.
  • If you can’t still find the files in your system folder,
  1. a) Start the Garmin GPS device and then navigate the Volume screen.
  2. b) After that, press at the upper-right corner of the device’s screen and hold it for 10 seconds until ‘Developers Screen’ shows up.
  3. c) Next, click at MTP settings and then change the selection to ‘Mass Storage’ from ‘Auto Detect’.
  4. d) At last, click at ‘OK’ button and then restart the Garmin GPS device in order to use it in the selected ‘mass storage’ mode.

Note: To use the developer screen, you can also press the Speedometer present on the dashboard screen of your Garmin GPS device and hold it.

  • After doing that, you’ll definitely be able to access the system folder and find the old Gmap file present on your Garmin GPS device. Delete the old one and then start the device again. By doing so, the error won’t be shown on your screen anymore.
  • Finally, use the Mapinstall software and try reinstalling any map that you want on your device.

If You still face the same issue, you can contact Garmin Support team @1-833-201-7905.

Situation 2: Garmin GPS Not Turning On After Device Update 

If after updating your Garmin device firmware, Garmin GPS is still showing error when you try to turn it on, don’t worry. Just follow these simple steps and easily troubleshoot this problem.

  • To start, confirm if you have charged your Garmin device or not. In fact, you should recall the last time when you charged your Garmin device. If you have done it and it is charged, you can start with the master reset process.
  • To reset, disconnect the Garmin device from the electric outlet.
  • After that, press the power button given at the lower-right side of your Garmin device and hold it. At the same time, keep your finger at the screen and patiently wait for the device display to appear.

Note: Keep in mind that resetting the device will delete all the data from your device, once you tap on the ‘Yes’ option on the prompts being shown on-screen. You should not skip or ignore this step. 

  • After this the next step is to follow all the on-screen instructions and reboot the Garmin device. By doing so, any software issue that is affecting the Garmin GPS functions will automatically settle down. 

Note: Resetting Garmin GPS is very important in order to clear any software issues, which may prevent ‘reboot’ on your device.

  • After doing this, if your Garmin GPS is still not working, check if the GPS antenna has been plugged in properly or not.
  • Sometimes, the Garmin GPS not working post an update is also caused in case there is no GPS reception in your area. So, you should make sure that there is strong GPS signal at your current location.

In case, you attempted to perform any kind of reset and it was not successful, you should delete the GPS device update and then install it again.

  • To do this, reset the Garmin GPS device (follow the above guide) and then connect it with your laptop or computer using a USB cable.
  • Then, download Garmin Express app on your computer. Once the program launches, you should register your device in order to search for the available updates for your Garmin device.
  • If you still can’t see the update dashboard, click at the Home icon present at the top-left side of the Express program window. After that, click the ‘Install’ button and easily update the device.

Note: While updating Your Garmin device, you shouldn’t unplug the Garmin GPS and patiently wait for the update process to finish. Additionally, make sure that you are ejecting the Garmin GPS safely after the firmware update is finished.

Is Garmin GPS still not opening? Call Garmin Support team @1-833-201-7905 and get instant help.

Situation 3: Purchased A New Garmin Device And Garmin GPS Not Working

Here are the reasons and their troubleshooting ideas for ‘Garmin GPS not working’ error in case of a new Garmin device.

Corrupt USB Driver

Usually, Garmin Nuvi devices such as Garmin Nuvi 30, Nuvi 40, and Nuvi 50 or the installed applications on them fail to reboot because of a corrupt Garmin USB driver. So, if your Garmin GPS has stopped responding to the commands, you should Update your Garmin Nuvi device and software.

  • To begin, download Garmin USB driver and install it on the device.

Note: You should also make sure to update the other programs to their latest version.

In case, the install or update of the USB drivers fails, you should check if the .NET framework is compatible with your device or not.

Incompatible .NET Framework  

  • In case, you’re using the old or incompatible version of .NET framework on the Garmin device, you should update it immediately with the most recent and compatible framework version required for your GPS device.
  • Apart from this, you should install Windows media player 11 or a greater version if you are operating system is Windows.

Improper Map Installation On Your Garmin Device

If you have newly purchased a Garmin device, the map may not be a correctly installed on the device. Well, it is a very rare thing but still we would suggest you to not to take a chance by skipping this troubleshoot.

So, let us tell you about the resolution process. You must have been aware of the fact that partially downloaded or installed Garmin Map will not let the GPS turn on until you fix it.

So, to troubleshoot this issue:

  • You should connect the Garmin device to your laptop or computer. After that, you have to download Garmin Mapinstall to install it on your computer.
  • Launch the Mapinstall software and select the device connected to your PC from the drop-down and click on ‘Next’ option.
  • The grey rectangle represents the map region that can be selected by you. However, if you want, you can select the whole map by using the drag-drop option. In case, you have to install any other map, simply click at the drop-down box and choose the map you wish to install on the Garmin GPS device from the list.
  • After selecting the map, click at ‘Next’ button to finish the installation process.
  • The maps will then start being downloaded on the SD card or the Garmin device connected to the computer.

Note: You should wait patiently for this process to finish because the time consumed in downloading and installing the Garmin maps on the GPS device will depend on the size and number of maps. Also, you shouldn’t forget to scan any .exe file once the Mapinstall software download process is finished.

In case, you still can’t install Garmin maps or come across any other such error saying ‘Garmin GPS not turning ON’, contact the GPS Support online to get instant help.

Faulty Hardware

You should ensure to check the Garmin GPS device’s hardware as a hardware problem may also cause ‘Garmin GPS won’t turn on’ error.

In detail, make sure your Micro SD card is not placed loosely or in an improper way, you have charged the device batteries to transmit enough power to your Garmin GPS device, and the motherboard is not in a damaged condition. In case, you feel that any hardware issue is there with your GPS device, you should contact the retailer or manufacturer for an immediate replacement.

Situation 4: Garmin GPS Not Turning On, Even When Plugged In

In case your Garmin GPS is not turning on even when plugged in, there might be a number of reasons behind this. So, it’s very important that you check all those reasons one-by-one until your device starts working properly.

Dead Batteries

In case you just purchased a Garmin GPS device, first plug it using the charger (as your device may be discharged). Well, if you have fully charged the GPS device and it is not able to hold the charging for a long time and soon turns off or is not turning on at all when you disconnect the power supply, it indicates that there is a need to change the batteries of the GPS device. In this situation, you should contact the manufacturer without thinking twice.

Corrupted Or Misfit Micro SD Card 

In a newly purchased Garmin GPS device, if the Micro SD card is inserted loose or not placed well in the provided slot, it may cause this issue. You should simply remove the micro SD card and then try to turn the device on. If it is working, then your SD card is the reason behind the error. So, try to re-insert it again properly. In case, the GPS turns on after that, you can continue using the same SD card. If it doesn’t turn on even after that, it means that SD card has gone corrupt and you have to buy a new one.

Bad GPS Logic Board 

Garmin GPS Logic Board is a rectangular closed plastic case with all the display controls and buttons on it. Having a fault in the logic board may result in an error ’Garmin GPS not turning on’ and you can’t help yourself here. You have to reach a expert get the logic board repaired or replaced. 

Check the Power Outlet

You should examine the power outlet to make sure that it is working properly and supplying sufficient power to run the devices. Or, you can try plugging in the power cable of your GPS device to any other electrical outlet. If there is a problem in the electricity supply, it won’t let the batteries charge properly and cause the issue.

Check Power Cable

You should make sure that the power cable of your GPS device is in working condition and supplying power without any problem from the power source to the Garmin device. If there are any cracks in the cable, it may cause delayed charging or no charging of your GPS device.

Check The GPS Device Charging Jack

A displaced, loose or broken jack of your Garmin GPS device will not let your device get charged anyhow. So. It’s important to check if your charging jack is in a proper condition and not moving while you insert the power cable. In case, it is loose or broken, get it repaired or replaced.

Still facing the ‘Garmin GPS won’t turn on’ Error? Call Garmin Support Team @1-833-201-7905 And Get Instant Help. 

Situation 5: GPS Not Working After Map Update

If you have successfully updated the Garmin Maps on your device and then are facing an issue like GPS not loading or opening, you should follow the instructions given below to fix this issue:

  • Check whether the map data after update is corrupt. In case it is, replace it instantly. Also, try to recall if you had safely ejected the Garmin device after the GPS map update was finished.
  • However, if you hadn’t ejected the Garmin device midway of the free map update process, reinstall the Express program and before doing that ensure your device battery to be fully charged.
  • If you are not using the original USB charger, most likely the Garmin Express will be affecting the GPS application in your device negatively. So, it’s very important ensure to use only the original USB adapter.

Go through the guide Garmin express app download in case you have an issue with downloading the express program.

  • You may also try reinstalling the older GPS on the Garmin device by doing a reset on your device. Again, if you cannot reboot the Garmin GPS or Garmin device, you should unplug the other connected devices and run a malware scan on your computer. Then, try system restore method.
  • The DAB traffic service may also lock up the Garmin GPS, thereby not letting the Garmin GPS turn on. So, if you face such a trouble, either patiently wait for the next firmware update for your device or try to restore it to the previous update.

Advanced Solution:

  • Sometimes, you may download the GPS maps successfully, but they won’t get uploaded to the GPS unit. If you are facing something similar, you must first fix the map installer.
  • Next, try to reconnect the GPS device with your computer and then let the maps load. Once the process completes, a green progress line will appear on the screen with a message saying, ‘yes the new map is completely installed and the GPS unit is ready to be used’.
  • If you can see the green light but the message is not there, contact Garmin Support team to get immediate help.
  • And lastly, go to the device settings and then check if the Garmin map update is installed on the device or not. Apart from this, you should also make sure that the installed maps checkbox is checked.

Hope, this guide will help you troubleshoot all the issues related to your Garmin GPS. In case, you have any other query, you can contact our GPS experts @1-833-201-7905.

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