Hidden Features of a Nuvi 250W

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Hidden Features of a Nuvi 250W
There are several hidden secrets within the Nuvi 250W. (handheld gps image by Christopher Dodge from Fotolia.com)

The Nuvi 250W is one of Garmin's navigation devices for Global Positioning Systems. It is a lightweight model that can fit in your pocket, and is mainly used on automobiles. It contains several features that are very useful while travelling. Basic features include a touch-screen interface, a rechargeable li-ion battery and an SD card slot for additional data. There are several hidden features that you can check on your Nuvi 205W; these features offer tweaks that some users may enjoy knowing about.

Diagnostics Menu

To go to the Diagnostics Menu, turn on your Nuvi 205W and press and hold the battery symbol for more than six seconds. The 205W's screen will show figures and statistics that gives you details about your device. It checks the RAM and the ROM of your system, and details information about your firmware, your free memory and other vital data that you may need about the system. You can also adjust the brightness and the contrast of your screen through this menu, and you can test your screen's functionality by pressing it on random points. When you exit this diagnostic menu, the unit will reboot to save the changes you have made.

Debugging Feature

You can access this hidden feature by going to the map screen, then press "speed" or "arrival" which accesses another menu. When this menu pops up, press and hold for about six seconds, and you will be taken to the debugging feature. A new window will pop that says "Error Reports" that logs all the errors on your device which you can delete if you want. Pressing the next button will give you new sets of information, like the memory status of your device.

Other Hidden Features

You can also make the GPS Window satellites pop up on the screen by pressing and holding on the area where the GPS signal indicator is located. You can also reset your device and restore it to its factory settings. You can do this by pressing and holding on the lower right corner of the screen while turning on the device. Please remember that when you restore your device on its factory settings, you will lose all the custom settings you have made.

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