HI and I am a new user..or was a long time ago
To save time I have the c340 with sd card inslot using it for updated 2009 map update..I have dloaded Garmin poi loader..Mcdonalds poi and the macd alert..Can I load this into my Garmin and if so could i have alittle help doing so..I am alittle lost with the dl software..Thanks
Glad to be using and trying this again..It is alot of fun
ok i did what i have been reading..i downloaded 3 things for poi..Burgerking..A mp3 alert..a bmp and the poi file itself..i changed the files so they were all the same..Is that right?or do ya do only 2..I have not tried yet..they show up in a custom poi..with a garmin streetpilot c340..can I only load 1 poi at a time??Any help would be helpful......Dave
The c340 does not have an MP3 player, so the MP3 alerts will not work. Search for a long thread regarding a program named SOX.EXE. You will need to convert the MP3s to WAV files and follow the correct steps for using the SOX.EXE program including being sure that it is placed in the correct folder on your computer.
Also, that unit cannot read Custom POIs from the SD card. You will need to install them directly on the unit.
That unit has approximately 2MB of space for Custom POIs which will give you approximately 15,000 - 20,00 Custom POI locations.
You also need to load ALL of the Custom POIs at the same time. Otherwise they previous ones will be overwritten.
Glad to be using and trying this again..It is alot of fun
See this post on subfolders and see if it helps.Something I typed out for future use. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/15804 look for Installing files from site.
Wave files will not work on the c340.I have tried it several times with no luck.Another c340 user reported the same thing.You are very limited on how many pois you can install to the c340.I kept two files on my computer.One for the ones that I use all the time and would fit on the unit and a backup folder that I would use for trips etc.For pois you can load about 2mb.That does not sound like much but you can load a lot of pois with it.McDonalds takes 884kb of space.That takes a lot of space.
If you install all of your 2009 maps on the SD card, you will have maximum room for POIs on the c340.
Curious on why that would help?The c340 does not show as a drive on the computer.The unit would still have 2008 maps on it only allowing 2mb of space for custom pois.The only savings would be by putting 2009 maps on sd card would be the difference on added space to the unit.The 2mb of storage is what Garmin told me I had on my c304 with 2008 maps.Now if you could remove old maps from the unit you would have something.Don't believe you can do that.
Thanks for the help..will wait on the mp3 issue..I downloaded the burgerking cvr and bmp..do they both have to have the same names in the folder or bmp and cvr..i also downloaded the walmart bmp and cvr or whatever file..ok 1 burgerking is about 5 miles away..does it alert when u get near to it or do u have to go into custom poi's and set it..I thought a couple years back when i fooled with them all u had to do is get near to one and it alerted..
The sd card is used for the 2009 update of maps..I did not want to put pois onem..You have been very helpful and nice,,60 here in Kissimmee fl retired trying to find things to do..
what is the procedure to put lets say walmart and a icon..bmp..in a folder..Just putem in the folder or do u have to change spelling on anything..thanks
Let me make this suggestion.I own a c340 and have used it for a while.I would just forget about the bmp files.You can't see them unless you zoom in real close and it just takes up more drive space.You have to use what space you have for the custom pois you want.But if you want to use them the csv file and the bmp file has to be named the same except for the extensions.Just type the exact name for each and the extensions will take care of themselves.To get alerts you must use the manual mode when you run poiloder to install the files to your gps.
My poi files show up in folder as excel spread sheet..Could u erase a bunch that you would never need and save file to mske it smaller especially for mt stree c340 seeing it only holds 2 mgs for poi's
Look closely at the file folder and se if you don't see the name of the file plus Microsoft Excel Comma Separated Values File with it.Looks like excel with a in it.It is a csv file.Yes you can open the file and pull the lines back on the columns so you can see everything and delete out what you don't need.When you finish is will prompt you to save it.It will save again as a csv file.
To get your Nuvi to alert ... you need to do one of two things:
1. Put the words "speed" or "red light" in the file name. I know, I know, it looks stupid, but renaming a file "BURGER KING SPEED" will automatically alert when uploaded to your gps with poiloader. Same with "BURGER KING redlight"
2. Or, if you want to MANUALLY set your alerts, set poiloader in the MANUAL mode and it will step through each cvs in your poi folder ... and allow you to ignore a particular file ... or set an alert distance or speed for a particular file, say "Burger king.csv"
I'm not sure if the person I got in touch with was correct or not but, I was wanting to remove the original map from my C340 so I could load up with more Custom POI's and the person at Garmin replied with this:
Dear ******* ***********
Thank you for contacting Garmin International.
This is not recommended. You may put additional POI's on the SD card. This is a preloaded unit and is programmed to look for the maps in a certain location. If you remove the maps and then have a problem, the warranty is voided and we would charge you $125 to repair the unit. The repair would put the maps back on the unit and you will face the same thing.
Now I'm not sure if this is true or not as I have yet to try it but, I will this coming weekend. When emailing Garmin I gave them my serial number along with the software version and the model Streetpilot C340 could they be mistaken?
You can't put poi's on a sd card for the street pilot c3xx series. You can on the 500 series, but I will say no way. There were many of us that tried and it does not work.
Yeah, that's what I had read and thought but, I haven't tried it since the latest firmware update either so I will try again tonight when I get home to my POI folders and see what happens. I will let you know how it goes.
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