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Resetting User Preferences on GPS

I have resently purchased this unit from a previous owner and would like to know how do I go about clearing up his/her user information. I live in another state and when I do a search or anything it will pull up information from Texas and California where the previous owner must have lived. Basically how do I reset/clean out this unit so I can basically use it as if I just freshly bought it out the store and took it home. Please help and thank you :).

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  • Ben Canada Jan 05, 2007

    Will try this and thanks for the quick answer on this.



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Canada, When your 700 initially boots up to the user menu, press the zoom out key "-" and the repeat button (on top of the unit). This will bring you to another menu. Scroll down until you see reset user data or something along those lines. There's one that resets the "gps user data" and then there's the other one that you want to use. After you select reset user data, your unit will clear out all memory (from users preferences anyway) and will automatically shutdown. Fire it up after this happens and this should fixya. -Daniel

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