Garmin Nuvi 255W

 

I have been using Garmin Nuvi 255W for last 2 days and so far fairly happy with it. TTS sounds little robotic sounding but I can live with it. I have heard that you can set proximity alerts on this unit that will alert you when you are approaching school zone, traffic cameras and red light cameras etc...

Default list of POI does not have traffic cameras or redlight cameras ... Do I have to pay for that or I can download it from somewhere?

Thanks in advance.
DL

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New Garmin Nuvi 255W user

da_libran wrote:

I have been using Garmin Nuvi 255W for last 2 days and so far fairly happy with it. TTS sounds little robotic sounding but I can live with it. I have heard that you can set proximity alerts on this unit that will alert you when you are approaching school zone, traffic cameras and red light cameras etc...

Default list of POI does not have traffic cameras or redlight cameras ... Do I have to pay for that or I can download it from somewhere?

Thanks in advance.
DL

Red Light and speed cameras are available here at POI-Factory, however I believe there is a charge for the files unless you are an active user. It takes 5 weeks of monitoring and posting to be classified as an active user.

If you go to the Garmin Garage website, there are several programs you can download that will help customize your unit. Download and install the Garmin Communicator, POI Loader and Web Updater. From here, you can download additional vehicle icons, voices for your unit and other goodies.

While the 255 is a new unit, you may need to do an update using Web Updater before the new voices will work. It also helps (tremendously) to have external storage for your NUVI. I recommend a 2 GB SD card for your particular model.

Have fun, and welcome to the site.

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Two Weeks Plus One Day or $5

da_libran wrote:

I have been using Garmin Nuvi 255W for last 2 days and so far fairly happy with it. TTS sounds little robotic sounding but I can live with it. I have heard that you can set proximity alerts on this unit that will alert you when you are approaching school zone, traffic cameras and red light cameras etc...

Default list of POI does not have traffic cameras or redlight cameras ... Do I have to pay for that or I can download it from somewhere?

Thanks in advance.
DL

See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/262
and
and http://www.poi-factory.com/poifiles/us/red-light-cameras

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Thanks !

Thanks !

all the poi you need are here

mrgreen
all the poi red light school zone speed traps etc are all here

nuvi 5000 & nuvi 200w

Wave files

Have you read this thread on wave files for your unit http://www.poi-factory.com/node/13429 ? I installed them for the speed and red light alerts.
Go to this thread to get the correct sox version for download http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16728

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I have the 255 and the 255W.

I have the 255 and the 255W. Combined with the files on this site, these are great travels tools. The more I use it, the more useful it becomes.

Free Here!

You can get the files you need right here at POI .com!! These folks are Great and this site is awesome! All you have to do is be an active member its easy.

Thanks

Voices with 255W

I too have the 255W. Run the web updater and some of the voices will get updated and sound better.

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Nuvi 255W

Setting Proximity alert on Nuvi 255W

I have downloaded custom POI file form this site in csv format and using POI loader uploaded into my Nuvi 255W. I was trying to set the proximily alert using the unit as per instructions in the manual that is on the website and my unit does not show the option for setting proximity alert settings. I called the Garmin Tech Support and they told me that 255W does not have that feature... Is it true ? He was not very sure and had to look around for this particular problem after putting me on hold.
Any help is appriciated.
Thanks.
PS. I basically want unit to alert me when I enter the School Zone Speed Limit.

poi

set them before you install them in your unit ,you have a choice to set the distance away you want the alarm .in the poi loader program

Where do I do that ?

Where do i do that? in the software ?
I am using POI loader from Garmin.
Thanks for your help.

proximity alerts

It's easy to set proximity alerts.

If file name has "speed" or "redlight", the garmin poi loader will automatically set proximity alerts appropriate for the files.

If you want to set your own proximity alerts, select "manual" option in poiloader instead of "automatic" ... and it will step you through all of your poi's and allow you to set your own distances and speed.

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I think I got it ... i had

I think I got it ... i had to select manual configuration.
It basically alerts you with tone. I was wondering if I can add wave file that says .. approaching school zone.. watch your speed.

Am i asking for too much ???? Sorry if I am ....

Thanks

the alert will sound only if

the alert will sound only if you are navigating to one of the custom POI right ?
Will it alert me if I am going to a diffrent location and one of the custom POI with alert (school) is on the way which i have not selected as a via point. In other words....if i am passing one of the custom POI on my way to differnt destination, and custom poi is happened to be on that road...
Hope i am explaining it right...
Thanks

Alerts

da_libran wrote:

the alert will sound only if you are navigating to one of the custom POI right ?
Will it alert me if I am going to a diffrent location and one of the custom POI with alert (school) is on the way which i have not selected as a via point. In other words....if i am passing one of the custom POI on my way to differnt destination, and custom poi is happened to be on that road...
Hope i am explaining it right...
Thanks

The alert will sound if you are passing near one of the points in the file. As long as the trigger is on your route, the alert will sound. This includes when you just have the unit on and displaying the map without having input a destination.

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wave files

da_libran wrote:

I think I got it ... i had to select manual configuration.
It basically alerts you with tone. I was wondering if I can add wave file that says .. approaching school zone.. watch your speed.

Am i asking for too much ???? Sorry if I am ....

Thanks

Yes you can add wave file to say approaching school zone are about anything you want.Go to this site and type in what you want it to say and follow instuctons to save the file. http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php

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Wow Cool !!! now how do i

Wow Cool !!! now how do i attach this saved file with alert ... in other words i have already dowonloaded csv file using POI loader to my nuvi... Now i have to attach the file I created using the cool site you posted..
sorry I am new to this.....

thanks in advance...

You have to do a little work

You have to do a little work with your computer first so the gps will accept the wave files.

Read this thread on wave files for your unit http://www.poi-factory.com/node/13429 ?
Go to this thread to get the correct sox version for download http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16728

Files on your computer will look something like this.

>My Pois=main folder
>>subfolder=cameras
>>>redlight cameras.csv
>>>redlight cameras.wave
>>>speed cameras.csv
>>>speed cameras.wave

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Red light and speed camera POI

Just pay the 5 bucks for the month or 20 for the year and you can update the POI on red light and speed cameras from POI factory. I did it the first day- it's easy and works great.

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Ajax

Adding proximity alerts

Check out this site....walks you through the whole process.

http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/pagepoi.htm#pag...

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Nuvi 255W

wave files

da_libran wrote:

Wow Cool !!! now how do i attach this saved file with alert ... in other words i have already dowonloaded csv file using POI loader to my nuvi... Now i have to attach the file I created using the cool site you posted..
sorry I am new to this.....

thanks in advance...

You may want to look at this for wave files also http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/pagepoi.02.htm#... but use the sox file I linked you to http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16728 .Gary done everybody a favor and posted the right one.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Where ?

Where ??? i think you forgot to inclulde a link on your post.

Thanks.

If you are asking about the

If you are asking about the link for the sox file by Gary see http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip

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I was wondering about this post

dstith76 wrote:

mrgreen
all the poi red light school zone speed traps etc are all here

nuvi 5000 & nuvi 200w

Was wondering about this post !!!

Just click on redlight

Just click on redlight cameras at top of the page.You have to be active member to download them for free or a small fee if you want now.

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custom proximity Audio Alert

charlesd45 wrote:
da_libran wrote:

I think I got it ... i had to select manual configuration.
It basically alerts you with tone. I was wondering if I can add wave file that says .. approaching school zone.. watch your speed.

Am i asking for too much ???? Sorry if I am ....

Thanks

Yes you can add wave file to say approaching school zone are about anything you want.Go to this site and type in what you want it to say and follow instuctons to save the file. http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php

I have tried few times setting up audio alert that says "School Zone ahead. Slow Down" following instructions on this site http://brillharts.com/GarminAlerts/

I am not having success on the audio part. If someone have done this on Nuvi 255W or similar unit which doesn't have mp3 support, please post the procedure.
Thanks.

Did you download the sox

Did you download the sox file at http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip ?

Once you download it unzip the file and right click and copy it.Now click on my computer,then click your local disk.You will see a file called Garmin.Open it up and paste the sox file there.
Go to http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php and type in what you want to say on file.Follow instructions to save.It will save as a wave file.Now put this wave file you created in the same folder as the school zone.Name csv and wave file the same name.Don't type nothing but the name and double check they are the same.Run custom poi in simulation mode to see if it works.You will have to run poiloader in manual mode for the alert to work unless you see a speed in the file name like school zone @25

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sox file

charlesd45 wrote:

Did you download the sox file at http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip ?

Once you download it unzip the file and right click and copy it.Now click on my computer,then click your local disk.You will see a file called Garmin.Open it up and paste the sox file there.
Go to http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php and type in what you want to say on file.Follow instructions to save.It will save as a wave file.Now put this wave file you created in the same folder as the school zone.Name csv and wave file the same name.Don't type nothing but the name and double check they are the same.Run custom poi in simulation mode to see if it works.You will have to run poiloader in manual mode for the alert to work unless you see a speed in the file name like school zone @25

I tried downloading that file but nothing seems to be happening. I see two round speedometers showing some activity but on my browser status bar, it shows "Done".
I dont think it has downloaed the file. And when i click on Free user, it says ... your IP address xxx.xxx.xx.xx is already downloading a file. Please wait until the download is completed.

Any other site I can download that file from ???

Thanks.

I just tried to download it

I just tried to download it and had no problem.Was going to email it to you but you don't have contact turn on for PoiFactory.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Download OK

I also was able to download it without a problem.

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sox file download

Gary A wrote:

I also was able to download it without a problem.

Do you have to be a member to download that file?
Thanks.

No Membership

da_libran wrote:
Gary A wrote:

I also was able to download it without a problem.

Do you have to be a member to download that file?
Thanks.

No. when you click on the link above and get to the RapidShare page, click on the "Free user" button which will take you to the actual download page. Then, click on the "Download" button to start the download.

Its only a 428KB file so it should download quickly on any broadband connection.

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sox file

Gary A wrote:
da_libran wrote:
Gary A wrote:

I also was able to download it without a problem.

Do you have to be a member to download that file?
Thanks.

No. when you click on the link above and get to the RapidShare page, click on the "Free user" button which will take you to the actual download page. Then, click on the "Download" button to start the download.

Its only a 428KB file so it should download quickly on any broadband connection.

That's what I am doing but then it gives me the following.....

Error
You want to download the following file:
http://rapidshare.com/files/139638423/sox.zip | 428 KB

Your IP address (shows my IP here) is already downloading a file. Please wait until the download is completed.

Premium members can download any number of files simultaneously. Become a Premium member now. The download will be available shortly.

Create Premium Account

Like you said with broadband it should not take that long. It also said one time.. File dowloaded.
Not sure where it downloaed on my PC if it did.

Thanks

Something Is Stuck

What web browser are you using?

Try this: close your web browser and delete all the temporary internet files. Re-start the browser and try again.

Do you use any kind of a download manager? If so, try turning it off temporarily.

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Using IE 7

Gary A wrote:

What web browser are you using?

Try this: close your web browser and delete all the temporary internet files. Re-start the browser and try again.

Do you use any kind of a download manager? If so, try turning it off temporarily.

I have cleared the temp file by going into tools.. still same problem. Not sure about how to check for if i am using any download manager.
Thanks

Firefox

I tried downloading with Firefox.
When i paste that link in firefox, I see Rapidshare logo in the middle of the page and under that
it says ... FILE DOWNLOADED.
then there is a file name under taht along with the file size which is 428KB. BTW file is not clickable on this page.
under that i see 2 meteres. one for free user and other for premuim user...
when i click on Free user.. i see that same logo
and under that it says ERROR...
the message there says ......
You want to download the following file:

http://rapidshare.com/files/139638423/sox.zip | 428 KB

Your IP address xx.xx.xx.xx is already downloading a file. Please wait until the download is completed.

Premium members can download any number of files simultaneously. Become a Premium member now. The download will be available shortly.

I must be doing something wrong.
Thanks.

Maybe Rebooting The PC

The part of the message that says "Your IP address (shows my IP here) is already downloading a file. Please wait until the download is completed" tells me that the RapidShare website thinks it has an open download session in progress with your PC.

You may have to try rebooting your PC and if you have a router, try power cycling it, also.

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any other way of getting the file?

Can you email me that file please ?
Thanks

Email Sent

da_libran wrote:

Can you email me that file please ?
Thanks

Email sent with file attached. smile

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THANKS

GARY,
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING. WILL TRY AND POST MY RESULTS.
WISH GARMIN WOULD HELP EVERYONE LIKE PEOPLE FROM THIS BOARD.
Keep up the good work folks !!!
THANKS AGAIN.

UPDATE:
I have installed the sox.exe file in Garmin folder
and my Nuvi 255W gives me custom Audio alert on my custom POI .

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP ...

THANKS

charlesd45 wrote:

You have to do a little work with your computer first so the gps will accept the wave files.

Read this thread on wave files for your unit http://www.poi-factory.com/node/13429 ?
Go to this thread to get the correct sox version for download http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16728

Files on your computer will look something like this.

>My Pois=main folder
>>subfolder=cameras
>>>redlight cameras.csv
>>>redlight cameras.wave
>>>speed cameras.csv
>>>speed cameras.wave

I have installed sox.exe file in Garmin folder on my PC and set up custom audio alerts for custom poi's on my Nuvi 255W
Works great.
Thanks.
smile

proximity alerts and the nuvi 265T

I just got off the phone with Garmin technical support who told me my 265T does NOT have the proximity alert feature.

"...If you want to set your own proximity alerts, select "manual" option in poiloader instead of "automatic" ... and it will step you through all of your poi's and allow you to set your own distances and speed...."

The Garmin POI Loader (downloaded it today from Garmin) doesn't have an option for manual configuration.

The 265T is a nice piece of equipment with a lot of features, but I feel a little cheated when they tell me it has something and it doesn't have it. The User Manual even says it's there.

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Corazon wrote:

The Garmin POI Loader (downloaded it today from Garmin) doesn't have an option for manual configuration.

Are you using a Mac by any chance? If so, you need to download the beta version of POI Loader from http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/32218 .
If you are not on a Mac, look again -- it shows "Express" mode and there is a dropdown to give you the "Manual" option.

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Manual Mode

Corazon wrote:

I just got off the phone with Garmin technical support who told me my 265T does NOT have the proximity alert feature.

"...If you want to set your own proximity alerts, select "manual" option in poiloader instead of "automatic" ... and it will step you through all of your poi's and allow you to set your own distances and speed...."

The Garmin POI Loader (downloaded it today from Garmin) doesn't have an option for manual configuration.

The 265T is a nice piece of equipment with a lot of features, but I feel a little cheated when they tell me it has something and it doesn't have it. The User Manual even says it's there.

If you click on the dropdown manu, you will see Manual option. Click on the following link....

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/da_trader/snap1.jpg

Proximity alerts

Corazon wrote:

I just got off the phone with Garmin technical support who told me my 265T does NOT have the proximity alert feature.

"...If you want to set your own proximity alerts, select "manual" option in poiloader instead of "automatic" ... and it will step you through all of your poi's and allow you to set your own distances and speed...."

The Garmin POI Loader (downloaded it today from Garmin) doesn't have an option for manual configuration.

The 265T is a nice piece of equipment with a lot of features, but I feel a little cheated when they tell me it has something and it doesn't have it. The User Manual even says it's there.

You have that option.

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Thanks for all the info. Now

Thanks for all the info. Now I'm all set, just need to have active status and I can load the red light camera POI.

good info for a newb. thx

good info for a newb. thx

Need help from you

Sorry I have not your answer but I need to ask something from you. You downloaded file in CSV Format but GPS accepts the POI files in GPI format to run this file. How did you conver this file in GPI Format or just rename the file.

Please reply.

Thanks

Muhammad Sakhi

You download the files, put them into a folder and then use the free Garmin program POILoader to process them into a GPI file.

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Garmin Nuvi 255W and Voices

are there any other places to download free garmin voices besides the garmin site?

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