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I have a Nuvi 250W and just downloaded new maps from Garmin (bought the online lifetime option). Now I only have the major routes on the display. I seem to have lost the minor roads? How must I fix this. Secondly I receive instructions to turmn east or west. How do I set this back to left and right?

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First press tools, then settings and then maps. Press map info and the name of your map should be displayed with a tick beside it. If there's no tick press the map name and a tick will appear beside it. The map is now selected and should be ok.

If that doesn't solve the problem it may be because the map is locked. To unlock the map follow the instructions on http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us/support/searchsupport and that should solve the problem.

The problem of east/west may be solved when the map is sorted out. If not change the voice. Press tools, settings, language and the voice name and select another voice. If there's not another english speaking voice you can connect your satnav to the computer and open webinstaller. When it finishes checking for software updates it will give you the option to download new voices. Tick the ones you want and then press next. They will be downloaded and then when you have disconnected from the pc go through the process of selecting a new voice again.

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