Can a GPX file be used on a Garmin 255?

 

I was looking at some files that might be of interest for an upcoming trip. Some of them were only available as a GPX file. When I look around the directories on my 255W I do see exactly one GPX file. I don't think I put it there. What I wonder is can I download the GPX file from this site and then just copy it to where I found the other GPX file already on the unit. I am attempting to download POI information, not a multi stop trip.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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If you want the locations to show up as Custom POIs, then you need to load them to the unit using POI Loader. POI Loader will load both CSV and GPX files.

If you copy GPX files to the unit, they will show up under your Favorites not under Custom POIs.

Gpx on 255 W

Thanks. For some reason I hadn't picked up the fact that the loader would load GPX files.

GPX on 255W

Actually, when I did it, they show up the same as the CSV files. It worked out well.

This model has TTS

jwboyes wrote:

Actually, when I did it, they show up the same as the CSV files. It worked out well.

255 w garmin tracking

Can the tracking be shut off. Its is like big brother is watching where I have been with distance speed and elevation

mark

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No, it can't be turned off.

Trip Log?

traveling_lost wrote:

Can the tracking be shut off. Its is like big brother is watching where I have been with distance speed and elevation

mark

What, exactly, are you talking about? Are you referring to the cyan colored line that you leave everywhere you go? If so, it's called "Trip Log". You should be able to turn that off in the settings under "Map".

Trip Log

traveling_lost wrote:

Can the tracking be shut off. Its is like big brother is watching where I have been with distance speed and elevation

mark

You can't turn off the logging, but you can choose to have it displayed on the map or have it hidden:

Tools-->Settings-->Map-->Trip Log
Select Hide or Show

I believe it's hidden by default.

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traveling_lost wrote:

Can the tracking be shut off. Its is like big brother is watching where I have been with distance speed and elevation

mark

Mark - although you can't turn the trip log (tracking) feature off, you can delete the stored data whenever you want. On my 750 its Tools - My Data - Clear Trip Log

Now I have some questions about logging...

GadgetGuy2008 wrote:

...Mark - although you can't turn the trip log (tracking) feature off, you can delete the stored data whenever you want. On my 750 its Tools - My Data - Clear Trip Log

Since I have only a 200W, which doesn't have logging, the idea interests me and leads to three questions:

1. Is the logging function the same as creating "breadcrumbs" to review what points you've passed through?
2. If it is, how does it know what points to save? Or is it simply a continuous record?
3. Is logging what I've heard that police might use to check your speed, from a record? Just curious about that--no laws that I think I have to worry about having broken!

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NEOhioGuy - Garmin 2639, MIO Knight Rider

Trip Log

NEOhioGuy wrote:

Since I have only a 200W, which doesn't have logging, the idea interests me and leads to three questions:

1. Is the logging function the same as creating "breadcrumbs" to review what points you've passed through?

Yes, it records a series of connected points as you travel. However, software that advertises the "breadcrumb" feature lets you turn it on and off at will and usually has the option to follow the breadcrumb trail back to where it started. Our Nuvis have no such options.

2. If it is, how does it know what points to save? Or is it simply a continuous record?

It lays enough points to be able to describe your motion and direction. A long straight road will have less points than a route with numerous turns. It does this continuously, until it uses 10,000 points. Then it starts overwriting the oldest points. Think of drawing a road being only able to use dots connected by straight lines. To show a straight line, you only need 2 dots. To draw a smooth curve, you need a lot of dots placed fairly close together. The software figures this out automatically as you move.

3. Is logging what I've heard that police might use to check your speed, from a record? Just curious about that--no laws that I think I have to worry about having broken!

A track log will show your average speed during a section or between two points. Looking at a track log, I see distances between dots ranging from 0 feet to .5 mile. The track log shows for each point; duration of that "leg", heading, lat/long, speed and time of day. Good enough for a court record, I would say. The question would be how to get at that data. They would need a copy of MapSource or some other specialized software to download it and view it.

tracking

thanks for information

mark