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My Nuvi 660 Doesn't Recognize SD Card

 

I did a "Search" and it seems I SHOULD be able to load my POIs onto an SD Card and have my Nuvi 660 read the POIs from the SD Card by pressing "Extras" and finding the POIs there.

Other people said that when they boot their Nuvi w/ a SD card loaded with POIs, they get a screen asking if the user wants to transfer the POI files to the GPS memory. (I'd prefer to leave the POIs on the Card, BTW)

Unfortunately, I get NEITHER result.

When I press "Where to?", then "EXTRAS" I get a message "No Extras Loaded, For Details please visit www.garmin.com/extras," and when I boot my Nuvi, I get no message on the screen about the SD card.

HOW I LOADED THE POIs ONTO THE SD CARD:

I Used the POI Loader to find the POIs I downloaded from the POI Factory to a folder on my desktop called "POIs", then tried to load the POIs directly onto my SD Card ("Removable Drive F" on my computer) but got a message saying it didn't find a folder on that drive. Do I have to create one-what to call it?

What I ended up doing was to use the Garmin POI loader to load the POIs to another folder on my Desktop (I called it Garmin POIs). I got a message saying "2216 POIs successfully downloaded." Then I simply dragged that file (a "POI.qpi" file of 1.6megs) onto my SD card, which I then plugged into my Nuvi 660.

But as mentioned, my Nuvi 660 doesn't seem to recognize the SD Card, or the "POI.qpi" file.

Am I missing something here?

Thanks,
Bob

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Bob

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bobinyelm wrote:

Then I simply dragged that file (a "POI.qpi" file of 1.6megs) onto my SD card, which I then plugged into my Nuvi 660.

But as mentioned, my Nuvi 660 doesn't seem to recognize the SD Card, or the "POI.qpi" file.

Did you use another SD Card reader (besides the nuvi's internal SD reader) to transfer the POI's to the SD Card? Maybe the nuvi's internal SD reader can't read the SD Card that you're trying to use in it at all. Can you read/write files from that SD Card to/from your PC while it's plugged in the nuvi's internal SD reader? I don't know if the older 3xx/6xx's can read the new SDHC cards (someone verify as I don't have an SDHC card to try) but it may be that the size of the SD Card and whether or not it's an SDHC card will affect if the nuvi's SD reader can access it.

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nuvi 760, nuvi 765T, nuvi 855, nuvi 3790LMT, nuvi 3490LMT - SoCal area

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Just to add to Mr. Nimrod's comments, you can test your memory card in the Nuvi by loading a jpg image on the memory card and then inserting the memory card into your Nuvi. Open your picture viewer on the Nuvi and you should be able to see the image. If you don't then you know your memory card doesn't work in the Nuvi.

I loaded the POI file

I loaded the POI file ("POI.gpi") onto the SD card using a card reader plugged into my USB port.

To test as you both suggested, I loaded a .jpeg photo onto the SD card (using the SAME card reader), then plugged the SD card into my Nuvi 660 and it reads the photo perfectly.

I then connected my Nuvi to my computer via a USB cable, and I can access the .gpi file (that supposedly contains the POIs) AND the .jpeg picture file "through" "My Computer".
Information: The Nuvi is "NUVI Drive F" and the SD Card in the Nuvi then becomes "Drive G."

I can of course look at the files in the Nuvi via "My Computer" "Nuvi Drive F" as well (and the .gpi file and the .jpeg files are there).

None of the files in the NUVI itself appear to be the ".gpi" type as are the ones the Garmin POI Downloader converted the POI Factory POI files to, however.

There are ".gpx" files in the NUVI, however, for whatever that's worth.

Is the ".gpi" file type the correct type for the POIs? (I would imagine since the Garmin POI Downloader I installed from the Garmin website SHOULD know what kind of file to create, but I am at a loss to ask other intelligent questions).

I am really hesitant to load the POIs directly into the NUVI itself because others have had their GPSs "freeze".

I also have a C-330 Street Pilot, and understand to use the POIs in THAT unit, I WILL have to directly download into the C-330 itself (since it won't read POI files from its SD card), but just don't want to take the chance w/ the NUVI if I can avoid it.

BTW, the SD card is NOT one of the newer SDHC type cards. It's a "plain" 512MB SD card (no files on the card except the .gpi and the installed .jpeg picture).

Bob

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Bob

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bobinyelm wrote:

I loaded the POI file ("POI.gpi") onto the SD card using a card reader plugged into my USB port.

Most of us just use the Nuvi as the reader/writer for the card and POI Loader places the POI.gpi file into the correct folder -- \Garmin\POI. Just create those folders on the card, move the file to the POI folder, and you should be good to go.

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Nuvi 660 -- and not upgrading it or maps until Garmin fixes long-standing bugs/problems, and get maps to where they are much more current, AND corrected on a more timely basis when advised of mistakes.

What POI Folder?

[Most of us just use the Nuvi as the reader/writer for the card and POI Loader places the POI.gpi file into the correct folder -- \Garmin\POI. Just create those folders on the card, move the file to the POI folder, and you should be good to go.]

My Nuvi (as seen inside "My Computer") doesn't have a POI Folder I can find.

Inside "Nuvi" I have Folders labeled:

Audible
MP3
Garmin (no .GPI files inside this folder, only .GPX)
JPEG

My downloaded POIs on the SD Card DO have a .GPI suffix.

But I have no POI Folder (as far as I can tell) inside "Nuvi", and
NONE of the folders inside "Nuvi" even have any .GPI files.

Just where in "Nuvi" does one put POIs if his Nuvi is unable to read POIs from an SD card, and there is no POI folder?

You say create them in the Card, then move them onto the Nuvi, but why put them on a card at all if my Nuvi cannot "see" POIs on the card (though it "sees" .jpegs on the card)? If I have to use my computer to move them onto Nuvi, I can just keep them in a folder on my desktop or something, right? Just trying to better understand.

Since my Nuvi CAN read and view pictures from the SD card, I am still curious why it cannot see the POIs (though obviously I can see the POIs on the card in "My Computer.".

Bob

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Bob

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bentbiker explained where the .gpi files go. To reiterate:

On the nuvi drive
(where x is the drive letter of your nuvi):
x:/Garmin/POI/your_gpi_file.gpi

On the nuvi's SD Card drive
(where x is the drive letter of the nuvi's SD Card drive):
x:/Garmin/POI/your_gpi_file.gpi

If you don't have a POI folder inside of the Garmin folder, create one youself.

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nuvi 760, nuvi 765T, nuvi 855, nuvi 3790LMT, nuvi 3490LMT - SoCal area

You may want to look at your

You may want to look at your owners manual http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/1262_OwnersManual.pdf pages 61 and 62 about the drive problem.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

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bentbiker wrote:

Most of us just use the Nuvi as the reader/writer for the card and POI Loader places the POI.gpi file into the correct folder -- \Garmin\POI. Just create those folders on the card, move the file to the POI folder, and you should be good to go.

bobinyelm wrote:

Just where in "Nuvi" does one put POIs if his Nuvi is unable to read POIs from an SD card, and there is no POI folder?

The reference I made was to \Garmin\POI -- that is the directory/folder that must be created on EITHER the gps or the card (I use the card as you originally planned).

bobinyelm wrote:

You say create them in the Card, then move them onto the Nuvi, but why put them on a card at all if my Nuvi cannot "see" POIs on the card (though it "sees" .jpegs on the card)? If I have to use my computer to move them onto Nuvi, I can just keep them in a folder on my desktop or something, right? Just trying to better understand.

I never suggested that you move them onto the Nuvi. Since your POI.gpi file is already somewhere on your card, I suggested that you "just create the folder(s) on the card" and move it to that folder.

bobinyelm wrote:

Since my Nuvi CAN read and view pictures from the SD card, I am still curious why it cannot see the POIs (though obviously I can see the POIs on the card in "My Computer.".

Because it is in the wrong place on the card. A jpg or mp3 file can be located anywhere on the card and will still be recognized by the Nuvi.

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Nuvi 660 -- and not upgrading it or maps until Garmin fixes long-standing bugs/problems, and get maps to where they are much more current, AND corrected on a more timely basis when advised of mistakes.

Ah HA

Now I am getting somewhere.

I wrongly "assumed" that because my Nuvi has POIs from the "factory" you were saying that there is already a POI Folder inside Nuvi (as seen by "My Computer,)" and that the existing factory-loaded POIs would have the same .GPI suffex as the ones I downloaded. I now gather the factory loaded POI database is quite different from the ones one adds.

OK, I think I understand (but please correct any misconception I still may have):

1) For Nuvi to read my POIs (in .GPI format), they must be in a Folder named "POI" on the SD card, or in the Nuvi device itself inside a new (since I don't have one now) folder that I must create inside the "Garmin" folder already inside the Nuvi.

Your last sentence put it all together by saying unlike ,jpegs (which can be anywhere on the SD card), POIs must be inside a folder named "POI".

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RESULTS of ABOVE

OK,
1) I created a folder called "POI" on my SD card and put the .GPI file (1.6Mb file) inside it.
Result: Nuvi couldn't find it.
2) I then created a folder called "POI" inside my Garmin folder, and put the same 1.6Mb .GPI file in it.
Result: When I select "Extras" Nuvi DOES find it!!!

Pressing "Extras" brings up a page saying "Custom POIs" on top of an otherwise blank screen.

Next Question:
When I press "SPELL" to try to find one of the type I downloaded (one of the files I loaded was all WalMarts) by typing "WAL" or "WALMART", it says "No Matches Found."

Does that mean my downloaded POIs are corrupted, or that I STILL don't know what to do?

I will try downloading the files and loading them again just to make sure I didn't screw it up somehow.

BTW, just to review- I downloaded the desired POIs from the "POI Factory" site and put them into a folder (I called it "Downloaded POIs") on my computer, then used the Garmin "POI Loader" to take them from that folder and put them in Garman format into one (I named "Garmin POI Folder") for "finished" .GPI formatted POI Files. Then I copied and pasted the .GPI files from THAT folder into the new one inside my Garmin folder (inside Nuvi)called "POI." Hope I did that correctly as well.

Bob

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Bob

You are making it much harder than it is

bobinyelm wrote:

Now I am getting somewhere.

I wrongly "assumed" that because my Nuvi has POIs from the "factory" you were saying that there is already a POI Folder inside Nuvi (as seen by "My Computer,)" and that the existing factory-loaded POIs would have the same .GPI suffex as the ones I downloaded. I now gather the factory loaded POI database is quite different from the ones one adds.

OK, I think I understand (but please correct any misconception I still may have):

1) For Nuvi to read my POIs (in .GPI format), they must be in a Folder named "POI" on the SD card, or in the Nuvi device itself inside a new (since I don't have one now) folder that I must create inside the "Garmin" folder already inside the Nuvi.

Your last sentence put it all together by saying unlike ,jpegs (which can be anywhere on the SD card), POIs must be inside a folder named "POI".

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RESULTS of ABOVE

OK,
1) I created a folder called "POI" on my SD card and put the .GPI file (1.6Mb file) inside it.
Result: Nuvi couldn't find it.
2) I then created a folder called "POI" inside my Garmin folder, and put the same 1.6Mb .GPI file in it.
Result: When I select "Extras" Nuvi DOES find it!!!

Pressing "Extras" brings up a page saying "Custom POIs" on top of an otherwise blank screen.

Next Question:
When I press "SPELL" to try to find one of the type I downloaded (one of the files I loaded was all WalMarts) by typing "WAL" or "WALMART", it says "No Matches Found."

Does that mean my downloaded POIs are corrupted, or that I STILL don't know what to do?

I will try downloading the files and loading them again just to make sure I didn't screw it up somehow.

BTW, just to review- I downloaded the desired POIs from the "POI Factory" site and put them into a folder (I called it "Downloaded POIs") on my computer, then used the Garmin "POI Loader" to take them from that folder and put them in Garman format into one (I named "Garmin POI Folder") for "finished" .GPI formatted POI Files. Then I copied and pasted the .GPI files from THAT folder into the new one inside my Garmin folder (inside Nuvi)called "POI." Hope I did that correctly as well.

Bob

When you run POI Loader, point it to read your files from the computer and put the output on the SD card in the Garmin/poi folder. That way you are certain things were read correctly, compiled correctly and stored on the SD card correctly. Putting the compiled poi in a folder on your computer and then trying to copy them to the SD card is probably the step where it fails. Let POI Loader do all the work.

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ɐ‾nsǝɹ Just one click away from the end of the Internet

Spell just works at the

Spell just works at the level you are on. You may have set up poi files with categories. If you scroll down and don't see Walmart, spell will not find it. It may be in a sub level.

Since spell is not finding what you want, just make any selection until you see list of custom POIs (it will display the 50 closest POIs). When you get to the individual POI level, you should see the POI name on the left and the distance / direction on the right. Select one and it will bring up the Go screen. You can select Go or Map to view on map.

This should let you see if POIs loaded correctly.

Let us know if you find them.

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Hawk - Nuvi 1450

Making it Harder than it needs to be...

OK...

I used the Garmin POI Loader to take a POI file I downloaded from the POI Factory directly to the POI folder I created in the "Garmin" folder inside my Nuvi (found in "My Computer").

The file I downloaded was "Flying J Truck Stops", a CSV File (29kb), and I used the Garmin POI Loader, which put a file in my POI Folder (F:/Nuvi/Garmin/POI/POI.gpi) that is titled "POI.gpi" a GPI File 35kb.

The file IS in there, in other words (I checked via "My Computer" and drilled into the folders and verified it).

Then I turned on my Nuvi, pressed "Where to?", and then pressed "Extras."

I then see a screen that has "Custom POIs" at the top. The little circle of dots rotates for a second and disappears.

The "Custom POIs" remains at the top, but rest of the screen is completely blank. Nothing else appears there.

I did the same with a few other downloaded POI files such as Malls, Costcos, National Monuments, and each appeared in the Nuvi's POI Folder I created, but will not display on the "Extras" screen (the one that has "Custom POIs" at the top.

I MUST be doing something wrong, but what?

What SHOULD I see under the "Custom POIs" header on the "Extras" page? Should I see a list of the lists of POI categories I loaded, or should I see all the individual POIs (hundreds)?

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Bob

Tap It

bobinyelm wrote:

The "Custom POIs" remains at the top, but rest of the screen is completely blank. Nothing else appears there.

Tap on Custom POIs -- it is a button, not a heading.

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Tap the Button

Doh!

What else can I say?

I guess the SD Card is only useful for pictures on my Nuvi 660, but who cares as long as I can load the POIs onto the built-in memory.

Thanks, all.
Bob

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Bob

Noooooo...

bobinyelm wrote:

What else can I say?

I guess the SD Card is only useful for pictures on my Nuvi 660, but who cares as long as I can load the POIs onto the built-in memory.

As I said in two previous posts, you can create a Garmin folder on the card and then create a POI folder within the Garmin folder; if you cut the POI.gpi file from the Nuvi and paste it into the POI folder on the card, it will work perfectly. As I said, I do store mine on my card.

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Nuvi 660 -- and not upgrading it or maps until Garmin fixes long-standing bugs/problems, and get maps to where they are much more current, AND corrected on a more timely basis when advised of mistakes.

I think I got it

I was searching and found this post just in time thanks
here's what I did (newbie point of view)
downloaded Walmart - saved (not open)to shared doc.

with card in 660 listed as removable J drive
I "file-new-folder" renamed to Garmin
open Garmin
then "file-new-folder" renamed to POI
started POI loader _device "j"
point POI loader to shared doc. click next and boom
DONE
start 660 "new data found on card" OK
copy to your nuvi "no"
but from here I'm LOST
as how to pull them up

not to hijack this thread I will start my own thread

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etrex legend for were I've been, 660 for were I'm going

[As I said in two previous

[As I said in two previous posts, you can create a Garmin folder on the card and then create a POI folder within the Garmin folder; if you cut the POI.gpi file from the Nuvi and paste it into the POI folder on the card, it will work perfectly. As I said, I do store mine on my card.]

Believe it or not, I did exactly that this morning (put the POI file inside a Folder I named "Garmin" on the SD Card) before reading your specific procedure.

Up until then, I had not put the POI folder inside another folder titled "Garmin" on the SD Card, but rather I had it as a stand-alone POI folder on the SD card. I must have spaced the part about putting the POI folder in a Garmin folder inside the SD card the first 2 times you tried to make that clear.

I MUCH prefer having them on the SD card, since I can upgrade the card w/o actually connecting my Nuvi to my computer-just plug the card into a card-reader.

And, yes, it DOES work perfectly now.

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

I wish they had put this stuff in the instruction manual somewhere. Maybe it's in there, but I couldn't find it!

Now I can teach my daughter/son-in-law how to put POIs in their Nuvi 660. He is a software developer and gave up in frustration sometime back.

I also installed some of my POIs in my Street Pilot C-330 today (it won't used the SD card for POIs and it has a much smaller memory).

As an aside, the C-330 is much better in some ways than the Nuvi since it has TWO speakers and about 5 times the audio volume of the Nuvi (which I can only hear w/ the windows up even in a very quiet car).

The C-330 will blast my ears out even w/ the windows open riding in my 7.3 liter diesel Ford van (which is noisier than the "Hammers of Hell" since you sit right on the engine).

The Nuvi whispers, the Street Pilot screams.

You guys are GREAT.

Thanks,
Bob

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Bob

[not to hijack this thread I

[not to hijack this thread I will start my own thread}

Your addition is perfect and very related.

I made the same "mistake" after loading POIs.

When I tapped "Extras" I got what I naively thought was a "header" titled "Custom POIs," but which is actually a touch-screen "button" (as was helpfully pointed out by another patient forum-member)that when tapped will bring up all of your POIs that you just loaded.

The only downside of leaving your POIs on the SD card (rather than transferring them onto the device memory) that I can see is that everytime you turn on your Nuvi, you will get a notice saying "New data found on card" (OK/Cancel). Cancel takes you to the "Where To" screen w/o having to see the screen offering to put the data on the Nuvi.

This place is GREAT!

Bob

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Bob

One more thing Bob

Please click the Quote link instead of Reply, if you're going to quote someone's reply. It's easier to read.

bobinyelm wrote:

Now I can teach my daughter/son-in-law how to put POIs in their Nuvi 660. He is a software developer and gave up in frustration sometime back.

That's odd. Software developers usually know about details of everything, including folder structure. I used to be a software developer too.

bobinyelm wrote:

As an aside, the C-330 is much better in some ways than the Nuvi since it has TWO speakers and about 5 times the audio volume of the Nuvi (which I can only hear w/ the windows up even in a very quiet car).

The Nuvi whispers, the Street Pilot screams.

You can adjust Nuvi volume level by using Turboccc tool. Won't be as loud as StreetPilot but it helps.
Take a look at this:
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16263

Not sure if that tools works with Nuvi 660 or more importantly I don't know if Nuvi 660 supports TTS or not.

EDIT:
Nuvi 660 supports TTS. You should be able to use Turboccc tool to modify your TTS voices.

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bobinyelm wrote:

The only downside of leaving your POIs on the SD card (rather than transferring them onto the device memory) that I can see is that everytime you turn on your Nuvi, you will get a notice saying "New data found on card" (OK/Cancel). Cancel takes you to the "Where To" screen w/o having to see the screen offering to put the data on the Nuvi.

Bob,
With the 660, you should choose OK (not cancel) and it will take you, as you said, to the screen offering to transfer the POIs to the NUVI. On that screen is a checkbox to quit asking the question and then you can say "No". With some models other than the 660, you must actually say "Yes" to the transfer before a second screen gives you the checkbox and chance to say "No" to the transfer of each new POI.gpi file encountered.

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