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Garmin etrex handheld

I am having problems understanding the set up of my etrex handheld. i have followed the instructions of setting up but its not showing anything on the screen please can u advise me .

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There's really nothing to setup, you just mark waypoints and it displays them on the map. If you press enter on any screen, it will give you options for that screen.

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Most reset would revert the unit back to factory default and therefore may and could erase all user stored settings and configurations.

Having been forewarned, Pressing "up"+"enter" keys while powering up the eTrex will reset the eTrex to factory defaults. So, all pressets and data will be lost.

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