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How to test Garmin maps for another geographical region?

Let's say I purchased Garmin City Navigator NT Europe maps, downloaded them to an SD card and inserted it into my DriveLuxe 50. Now, while I'm still in USA, I'd like to test them just to make sure that they work properly. How do I do that? Let's say I want my DriveLuxe 50 to create a route from one European address to another. Is there any way to do something like that?


  • t923347 406 Points
    I would think if you disabled the NA maps (Settings > Map & Vehicle > myMaps and removed the checkmark beside the NA maps) you could then insert the SD card into the 50 and once rebooted you should see the Euro maps as active under myMaps. At that point you should be able to search Europe locations using the Europe maps.

    You maybe able to do this by inserting the Euro map SD card and not disabling the NA maps, I'm not sure.
  • sussamb 656 Points
    Yes you can have both maps active at the same time. Set your device to simulation mode and you can then easily search for places, create routes etc to set up your Drive before you go. Easier still use Garmins BaseCamp program to do all your planning then send all the data to your Drive.
  • Boyd 1759 Points
    edited July 28
    On older Nuvi models I believe you actually had to engage simulation mode and choose a location in the supplemental map coverage area. IIRC, things like search and routing wouldn't work properly unless you were somewhere in the map region.

    Has been a long time since I tried this, so maybe newer devices are a little different.
  • Ramaprem 110 Points
    I once did this with my 3590 or 3597.
    It was necessary to go into simulation mode in order to do this.

    If I remember correctly, first I had to "navigate" – using the worldwide (almost featureless) map of the nuvi – with the touch screen to the area that I wanted to use.
    After that, you are "in" Europe.
  • Boyd 1759 Points
    I think there is one more step, you have to tap a button that says "set location" (or sometthing like that) after you have moved the map.
  • t923347 406 Points
    edited August 6
    Once in Simulation Mode, pressing Set Location is correct. Also it wouldn't be the "almost featureless" map (basemap) you'd see if you had the Europe map selected in myMaps. It should be the fulling functional CN Europe map.
  • Ramaprem 110 Points
    Yes, using the "set location" feature sounds familiar now.

    It's been awhile since I have done that, but this is what I was referring to regarding the basemap: I think I had to "drag myself" across the Atlantic from where I was to where I wanted to do the simulated trip. That's what I meant by using the base map; having to swipe the screen to your intended location area. While swiping between continents, there wouldn't be any features to speak of – because the basemap would be active. (Of course, in this case, the Atlantic Ocean wouldn't have many features!)
    I could be wrong; I could not be remembering this properly.
  • sussamb 656 Points
    That's certainly one way. Another is just do a Where to to somewhere on the map, just pick a city. Then you can set location there. I find that easier than scrolling across.
  • Boyd 1759 Points
    edited August 8
    Ramaprem said:

    I think I had to "drag myself" across the Atlantic from where I was to where I wanted to do the simulated trip.

    I thought that was quite clear in your earlier post and found @t923347 's comment a bit odd. Of course you will see detail once you drag the basemap into the coverage area of the supplemental map.

    But the basemap isn't really "featureless", see my post from 2008 over at gpspassion. :)

  • t923347 406 Points
    I was simply saying that if the OP had a full version of CN Europe and if it was active you would see it, and all it features, and not just the limited things shown when using the Basemap.
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