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Garmins can only be updated by connecting it to a computer. To connect the Garmin 255w you will need a usb cable. If you don't have one that came with it you can check all your other electronic devices like camera, camcorder,mp3 player etc..( my mp3 player usb cable worked fine). Carefully and gently try each one. One you get a usb cable connect it directly to a usb port on your computer and not thru a usb hub. then go over to the Garmin site and register the unit and download Garmin updater to update your unit. I am attaching the Garmin link for you. Thanks for using FixYa

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1. It's most likely that the map has become unselected.
  • Press TOOLS (The spaner icon on the bottom right of the screen showing WHERE TO and VIEW MAP)
  • Press SETTINGS (The spanner icon) or LOCALE if your model doesn't have a settings icon.
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You'll see the name of any maps installed and there should be a tick beside them if they're selected. If there's no tick press the map name and it will tick them. That may solve your problem.

If that doesn't solve your problem the map may be locked. You can get details of how to unlock your map at
There's more information there than you need so you can strart at paragraph 2.

In the unlikely event that there's no map name when you press MAP INFO it would mean that the map has been deleted and needs to be reinstalled.
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