The maps are stored in specific mapset files with *.img extension in
the flash memory of the GPS unit. Each mapset file contains one or many
maps in it. Beside that, the Garmin GPS navigator can also recognise and
load up one additional mapset file from SD card residing in the "Garmin
" folder and named as "gmapsupp.img
Here are the mapset files supported by Garmin Nuvi 255w GPS navigator:
- gmapbmap.img - the default base map
- gmapprom.img - the primary mapset
- gmapprom1.img - the secondary mapset
- gmapoem.img - the OEM mapset that cannot be unselect by user (if it exist)
- gmapsupp.img - the supplemental mapset which you can have one in the GPS flash memory and another one in the attached SD card.
Therefore, the Garmin Nuvi 255w GPS supports up to 6 mapset files,
including 1 in SD card. Normally new maps installed by the user will be
stored in gmapsupp.img.
You will lost all the maps in the previous mapset file if it is
overwritten by a new file with same filename. If you want to keep the
existing maps, ensure that you store the mapset file with an unused
filename (from the 5 filenames above). Alternatively, you can make use
of special tools to merge new maps into existing mapset file.
You can view the name of your base map in Tools > Settings > System > About > Basemap.
You can view the name of maps in the other mapset files in Tools >
Settings > Map > Map Info. There, you can tell the GPS to load the
map by checking on its name, or not to use the map by unchecking it.
In case there are 2 or more non-overlaping maps available for the same
location, the map with the highest priority number (defined in the map
itself) will be used by the GPS.
Note that certain map which are locked by vendor need a 25 bytes unlock
key stored in a *.unl file in the same folder and with the same name as
the mapset file where the locked map is stored in.
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