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I tend to use

http://www.poifriend.com/

It gives you the option of sending it DIRECTLY to a GPS but to do that your GPSmust be connected to your computer and the software for the GPS must be running.

Itmay take more than one attempt (sometimes takes a couple of tries with tomtom's)

The other method is to download it as a ZIP file and extract that zip file to the POI folder on your GPS then add it manually from the GPS itself or use the GPS software to update the POI.

If its from the Magellan site then you still have similar options and the unit does need to be connected or you can also use a memory card to transfer to the GPS if its is a pro unit that is hard wired to a vechicle or boat.

Bob

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

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Step 3. Copy the POI files from your PC

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