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Create Your Own POIs

Why Not Go Further And Create Their Own POI Files? It Really Is Not Hard To Do. GPSInformation.org Includes Tips On Creating Waypoints For Garmin Units. Or You Can Use POI Editor To Create Their Own Points Of Interest For Garmin Or TomTom Receivers. More References, How And Format Converters Can Be Found On The Resources Page PDI.

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GARMIN 260W


Hi It is more important to know how to add POIs. Here is a simple tip: 

1. Create some directory especially for download. I use the following one: C:\Garmin_POI_GPS_DATA_TEAM 

2. Download and save all CSV and BMP files to that directory. You may create any subdirectory and use it to save POIs for that category. 
I use: C:\Garmin_POI_GPS_DATA_TEAM\Restaurants, C:\Garmin_POI_GPS_DATA_TEAM\Petrol etc. 

3. Garmin's POI Loader will find all files in these subfolders and will use them to create a category. 
Garmin POI Loader will search through the directory C:\Garmin_POI_GPS_DATA_TEAM and will create/transfer all corresponding POIs to your connected GPS. 

4. You can remove any POI file simply by removing it from your POI folder. and re-running the POI Loader software. This POI update procedure takes about 1-2 minutes. 

In summary, keep your POI files updated on your PC and run POI Loader to update your GPS or SD card via any SD card reader. 

Cheers

Feb 13, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Unable to send and open data sent to my Garmin GPS from Anquet map. I planned a route on my Anquet map software with wayponits etc but was uable to send it to my gps. I have enquired with Anquet and they said to save it as a GPX file which I have done and it seems to have sent it to my GPS. When I plug my garmin in the usb and open the file it shows the GPX file. When I go into waypoints on my gps there is no trace of my planned route How do you read this file on my GPS?


Currently, the POI Loader only supports CSV files because that is the format that most data vendors support. POI Loader may support additional formats in the future.

MapSource only supports .mps, .gdb and .gpx files. You can save files as .txt files if you wish to use this data in other applications.

Sadly Garmin does not produce any software which can convert .txt files.

However, this maybe possible with GPS Utility. Please note GPS Utility is not Garmin software and Garmin does not support this. Click on the following link for more information:

www.gpsu.co.uk

Oct 13, 2008 | Garmin GPS

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downloading a POI Loader for my Garmin c550


I did it here but don't know how to download POIs...

http://www.gpsinformation.org/penrod/poiloader/poiloader.html

Aug 18, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver

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says memory full and will not work


Hi dogman33, This is a common problem with the nuvi 660s with older firmware. Garmin's solution is to perform a "hard reset" and to upgrade the device firmware. Upgrading firmware is an easy procedure, just visit Garmin's website (www.garmin.com) and download the software called WebUpdater. Run that and follow its directions. Here is how you can perform a hard reset to clear all your waypoint memory: MAINTENANCE MODE: Step 1. Turn your Nuvi unit off, remove any SD cards from the SD card slot and make sure that the unit is not plugged into any computer. Step 2. Place a fingertip on the upper left hand corner of the touch screen and keep it there while turning the unit on, a prompt should read " Do you really want to start in maintenance mode?" Step 3. Select the yes button. Step 4. Enter your PIN if enabled. Step 5. Main Maintenance Mode screen should have 4 selections: System information View Diagnostics Clear User data Clear Waypoints Step 6. Choose "Clear Waypoints". After some time the unit should reboot. Hope this is helpful! spydee

Jul 25, 2007 | Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS Receiver

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