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Garmin Nuvi 205


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  1. Out of the Garmin 200, 205, and 250 which would you recommend?

    Nicole - September 23rd, 2009
  2. Hello! I come from Canada and I bought a Garmin 205 during my summer vacation in Florida.
    When I was comming back home the first day no problem but the second day when I tried to enter my \Home\ address I could not find a Canadian map in the GPS.
    How do I go about putting a Canadian map in this Garmin 205?
    Do I need to do or buy something special?

    Andre - September 27th, 2009
    • The Nuvi 205 only comes with maps for the region (or country) where it was purchased. You will need to purchase the Garmin map of Canada (like this) either on SD card or download. The SD card is easiest.

      Tim - September 27th, 2009
  3. I found my 5 year son playing with my Nuvi 205 and now is asking me for a PIN Number. I asked him if he remember what numbers he press but no luck. What can I do to fix it?

    Sergio - September 28th, 2009
    • There is a PIN override by turning on the GPS in the same place (by GPS position fix) as the PIN was created. Otherwise you can send it back to Garmin and for a fee ($175 if I remember correctly) they will unlock it.

      Tim - September 28th, 2009
  4. A restaurant website, at my request, put its phone number AND ADDRESS into my 205. If they can do that, why can’t I?

    jack - September 29th, 2009
  5. Sir,

    I want to know the compatibility of Garmin 205 with Google Earth on computer Vs same the competing model of Mio C230


    Shaukat - October 8th, 2009
  6. I have been using my Nuvi 205w for geocaching since I got it 1 year ago. I could load 200-500 caches at a time from there website’s pocket querry option via a USB cable. Last time I tried, the device wouldn’t exept the caches. I thought maybe the memory was full so I deleted all favorites and tried again…no luck. I tried 2 different USB cables …no luck. Other than this , the device works fine. Any suggestions? Bill

    Bill - October 10th, 2009
  7. I don’t know what’s wrong with my garmin nuvu 205 w is not work I buy the up day one time but somthig aper on my screen it’s say not calific for

    jose i paez - October 12th, 2009
  8. Hi. I am from the Phils. I want to buy a Nuvi 205 in the States because the price is not expensive there. And then I will use it in the Phils. What should I need? Also does the Nuvi have warranty on parts and service? How long?

    Elvie - October 29th, 2009
    • Buying a Nuvi 205 in the States will probably end up being more expensive than buying it locally. If purchased in the U.S. it will come loaded with a map for the U.S.

      To use it in the Philippines, you will need to buy the map to load into the Nuvi, which is over $100 USD.

      Conrad - October 29th, 2009
  9. Hello. What do you mean by text to speech feature? What voice prompt is there in Nuvi 205?

    Elvie - October 29th, 2009
  10. The text-to-speech feature means that the GPS voice says something like “Turn right in 100 feet at Elm Street.” The Nuvi 205 does not have this feature; the nice voice says “Turn right in 100 feet” but doesn’t name the street. The street name IS displayed in text on the unit screen, but it is not stated aloud. It’s a nice feature to have especially if you can’t glance at the screen a lot. But, I have the 205 and I’ve done okay without it.

    Faith - October 29th, 2009
  11. I want to change the datum from WGS84 to something else and enter GPS points in variable UTM coordinate grids on the nuvi 205. Can I do this ? If so, how ?

    Pol - November 3rd, 2009
  12. I am wanting to buy my 17 year old a GPS can you please tell me if the 205 or 255w garmin is the best..thanks..

    jane - November 7th, 2009
    • The 255w has everything the 205 has but adds a widescreen and includes maps of Canada (in addition to the USA).

      Tim - November 7th, 2009
  13. I live in the states and my parents live on a farm in Canada…how do you put directions on the gps? they have a land location number or they live off a numbered hiway..what do we use..because the mail goes to a post office in town. I hope someone can help us!

    Wayne - December 20th, 2009
  14. I have just received the Garmin 205. We cannot mount anything to our windshields according to Minneso9ta state law.
    What is the best alternative to mounting on my 2006 Chevy Impala? Thanks


    Roy - December 25th, 2009
    • Roy, the best alternative (and even preferred by people in any state) is a friction mount. The Garmin part number is 010-10908-02 and you can find several here.

      Tim - December 25th, 2009
  15. How do we delete a favorite?

    charlie - January 21st, 2010
    • To delete Favorite

      Where to > Favorites > All Favorites > Tap on the one you want to delete > EDIT > Delete

      To delete Recently Found addresses,

      Where to > Recently Found > Clear

      KMO - January 27th, 2010
  16. How do we delete an address?

    charlie - January 21st, 2010
    • how to delete addresses on garmin 250w

      walter thorpe - October 23rd, 2010
      • What kind of “addresses”? Favorites? Recently found locations? Something else?

        Tim - October 25th, 2010
  17. Two computers one downloaded updates and new map for Garmin 205W and update and new map for a 205 on the other. Anyone tell me if the maps are compatible? I am having problems with download and install of the 205 map. The file is corrupt or the DL stops. Just hate to spend another day downloading a the map in the PC. I know the problem is the firewall and AV althoguh they are turned off before download begins.

    Mark - January 31st, 2010
  18. hi i buy a up day program maps of 2010 but but i’m not load to my 205 w my computer say something about the program 2007 if some friend can help me tk by

    ISIDRO PAEZ - January 31st, 2010
  19. Hi. I bought a nuvi 205w and then purchased a costa rica addition. It requires 16k. Does the 205w have 16k internal available? If not, can I install it on an sd card? Or can I delete some files I don’t need (russian Bulgarian etc) in order to free up enough space?

    Dave in miami - March 6th, 2010
  20. What is the microphone hole for on my nuvi 205 since it has neither bluetooth of voice activation anything else that uses microphones!? And are there any interesting secret features anyone has found!?

    Matt - March 19th, 2010
    • The hole isn’t for anything. I suspect the hole is only there so that they can use the same shell on different devices with different features, some of which will take advantage of the hole.

      Tim - March 19th, 2010
      • Yes the hole is for something. Its for answering your cell phone. Bluetooth wireless technology is available on SOME Nuvi 205 series models. Using Bluetooth wireless tech your nuvi can connect to your mobile phone to become a hands free device. If you touch the little book on your Nuvi it really does help you with your Nuvi. Tells you about hands free calling and what ever else you want to know about YOUR Nuvi.

        lakoda - September 16th, 2010
  21. Can anyone confirm whether this model will give voice directions in Russian? I’d like to recommend it to a friend of mine (his first language is Russian). Thanks!

    John - March 22nd, 2010
  22. I have a Nuvi 205 that i cannot get to turn on…have left on computer overnight….tried the reset button….charged with car charger..all i have is a black screen…the unit is only a year old….can anybody help me before i throw this thing in the lake…..


    David - May 1st, 2010
    • I’d give Garmin support a call before throwing it in the lake.

      Tim - May 1st, 2010
  23. Can someone plese give me “An idiots guide ” as to how I can load and see the map loaded on my Nuvi 205’s hard drive (not SD card) in Garmins Mapsourc program. I am able to transfer waypoint routes etc to Mapsource that recognises maps on my SD card but does not recognise the SA Street maps 2010 version that is loaded to my harddrive.

    Paul - June 5th, 2010
  24. Pls my nuvi 205 routing device does not say street names! Although it says things like ‘turn right, turn left and so on!’. In the language setting, i saw something like TTS (text to speech) but unfortunately nothing to click to activate this function. What should I do?

    ADEPEJU - August 10th, 2010
    • See: Enable Text-to-Speech: TomTom or Garmin

      Tim - August 10th, 2010
    • The Nuvi 205 does not have “text to speech” function. It does say “In 1 mile turn left” and such and it shows the street names on the screen, but no, it does not say “turn left at Birch Street.” So, if you’re driving with someone who can glance at the screen, it’s not a problem. Or if you’re not in heavy traffic and you can glance at the screen. But, otherwise, yes, it would be nice to say the street name

      Faith - August 10th, 2010
  25. Hi. I’m kind of interested to know more about the NUVI or any GPS that says the name of the street. What brand and model is it? Thanks.

    Elvie Zamora - August 10th, 2010
    • Elvie, any GPS with Text To Speech will do that, which is most models these days but not the 205.

      Tim - August 10th, 2010
  26. If you want to stick with Nuvi (which are good), both the 260 and 255 have text to speech. But, really, like the prevous comment, anything that lists “text to speech” in the features will say the street name as part of your directions. You can easily searh online for which models have this feature.

    Faith - August 10th, 2010
  27. I have a garmen 205 it giving me wrong directions. It will show you to turn right but tell you to turn left. Sometimes it will just take you way off in the wrong direction and at tmes it wirks right. Do I need to trash it or is there anything else I can do?

    Curtis - October 24th, 2010
  28. All locations new and old. Even when you hit Hospitals in area it sends you the wrong way.

    Curtis - October 25th, 2010
  29. I have a Nuvi 255..are there downloadable maps for Costa Rica available that will work? The ones I have seen seem to take up alot of memory…is there enough in the Nuvi to handle the maps if i have no other additional maps on there..other than the us and canadian one it came with? Is there a map company that is more reliable than others?

    Sheila - February 13th, 2011
  30. I got Nuvi 205 from US.it is 2 year old.
    I want to load India and Mid east maps on it.
    Any chance to get it free?
    please suggest method to load it.

    Vikram Gajjar - May 16th, 2011

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