How to Calibrate (or Re-Calibrate) Your Garmin nuvi GPS Touch Screen

by Michael on November 8, 2010 · 1 comment

In late August I mentioned the Garmin nuvi battery recall. Unfortunately, our Garmin nuvi 260W was in the “small subset” off affected units, so we sent it off for service. Better that than have our battery start a fire, right?

After a brief delay, Garmin sent our GPS back, and all appeared to be well. Unfortunately, my wife soon discovered that the screen calibration was all out of whack, and she had to press between keys on the virtual keyboard to get her typing to register.

Frustrated and annoyed, I was concerned that we’d have to fight with Garmin to get this fixed – and I naturally assumed that they’d disclaim liability, instead blaming it on us.

Fortunately, I was wrong. After a bit of digging, I discovered that you can easily calibrate (or re-calibrate) the screen yourself. To do this, you simply have to:

  1. Press and hold the power switch to the left for 30 seconds
  2. Touch the each of the dots that pop up, one after another

That’s it. Honestly, it reminded me of the old screen calibration process on Palm PDAs. Quick and easy, though not particularly well documented.

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