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Nuvi 205 Extras

 

I have a nuvi 205, updated the firmware just last month, but there has been this one category in the tools section called extra's and it seems to be empty?

What is supposed to be there, can I put something in there?

Nuvi Extras

Extras is where custom POI you download from this site and put into your unit using Garmin's free POILoader program reside.

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and where?

would I find
Garmin's free POILoader program reside

http://www8.garmin.com/produc

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Here's a basic procedure

Basic POI Loading Procedure Using WINDOWS

Following this procedure will allow you to load custom POI into your Garmin unit. These are VERY BASIC instructions and are intended as a basic procedure to learn how to load POI to the memory in your unit.

1. Download and install the latest version of POILoader from http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/.

2. Create a Folder to hold all your Custom POI. NOTE: I put my folder on my Desktop.

3. Download the desired POI files from POI Factory and put them into the folder created in Step 2.

4. Visit the Icon library and download the desired icons for your POI files and put them into the folder created in Step 2.

5. Visit the Sounds Library and download the desired sound files for your POI. NUVI 2XX units require WAV sound files. WAV files require you to install a sound conversion program called SOX. SOX.EXE can be downloaded from http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip. Unzip the folder containing the program SOX.EXE. Select the SOX.EXE file, right click and select COPY.

6. Using Windows Explorer, go to C:\Program Files\Garmin. This must be the same folder that has the program POILoader.exe. Right click on any BLANK space in this folder. Select PASTE. SOX.EXE should now be copied to the folder. Check and be certain the folder contains BOTH POILoader.EXE and SOX.EXE.

7. If SOX.EXE is not copied to this folder, WAV sounds will not play.

8. Using Windows Explorer or another program, open the folder containing the files to be loaded into your NUVI.

9. Match the file name to the ICON file. Rename the ICON file so it has the same name as the POI file. POI files can be either CSV or GPX – it doesn’t matter. These file names must match exactly with the exception of the file extension. NOTE: there can only be one period in a file name. A period in a file name marks the beginning of the file extension. Icon file names can only end in BMP.

10. Match the file name to the SOUND file. Rename the SOUND file so it has the same name as the POI file. POI files can be either CSV or GPX – it doesn’t matter. These file names must match exactly with the exception of the file extension. NOTE: there can only be one period in a file name. A period in a file name marks the beginning of the file extension. Sound file names can only end in MP3 or WAV. NOTE: Using WAV files requires another program not found on POI-Factory.

11. Connect your NUVI to your computer using the USB cable. Wait for the NUVI to show it is connected and ready to receive files (Black screen with an ICON at the bottom showing it is connected to the computer.)

12. Run POILoader.

13. Select Garmin Device as Where to save your Points of Interest.

14. Press Next and wait for the program to find your NUVI. The NUVI will be shown in the box labeled Device:.

15. Press Next. The program will ask the location of the files to be loaded. Use the BROWSE button and select the FOLDER containing the POI, ICON, and SOUND (Alert) files.

16. Select the measurement units used for your NUVI. Feet and Miles per hour or Meters and Kilometers.

17. The NUVI suggests running the program in Automatic. For BASIC file loading, this is sufficient. NOTE: The only two alert sounds that will play automatically are for Red light and Speed cameras. For other alert sounds to play, you must select MANUAL and set either a distance of speed alert trigger. Press Next.

18. POILoader will begin to convert the POI files, ICONs and ALERT sounds and load them to your NUVI. If POILoader encounters an error with a source file, it will tell you the name of the file POI file containing an error. When finished, POILoader will tell you the number of POI successfully loaded to your NUVI.

NOTE: Every time you run POILoader, it will overwrite the previous output file and you will loose any POI not contained in your source folder.

19. Disconnect your NUVI using the Stop or Eject USB device.

20. Power up the NUVI and select WHERE TO -> EXTRAS and see if CUSTOM POI is displayed. Press CUSTOM POI and you should see a list of all the POI loaded.

TROUBLESHOOTING:

21. If you do not see a custom icon or hear the custom alert sound for a Custom POI that successfully loaded, it is most likely because you have a double file extension (two periods in one or more of the file names.)

22. Open Windows Explorer. Select TOOLS. Select Folder Options. Select VIEW. Under FILES AND FOLDERS uncheck the box that states: Hide extensions for known file types.

23. Using Windows Explorer, open the FOLDER containing the custom POI files, icons, and alert files. Verify each file name has only ONE period just before the 3 character file extension. Rename any files containing more than one period so the file contains only ONE period.

24. Restart this procedure at Step 9.

Repeat as necessary.

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Oh Boy

If that's the "basic" procedure, I'd hate to see the "expanded" one. mrgreen

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Tampa, FL - Garmin nüvi 660 (Software Ver 4.90), 2015.10 CN NA NT maps | Magellan Meridian Gold

But each of the steps is pretty basic to us

Gary A wrote:

If that's the "basic" procedure, I'd hate to see the "expanded" one. mrgreen

Gary,

We've done this so much that it is second nature. Once you download POILoader and SOX, the rest is quite simple. Wait until he wants to organize the files - that's Charley's department.

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When you put all the

When you put all the instructions down in print it does look a little scary for the first time user.I know that is how I felt 1 yr and 47 weeks ago.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

Book

You guys could write a book. You know, the "POI Loader user's manual" that Garmin didn't bother to write. smile

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Tampa, FL - Garmin nüvi 660 (Software Ver 4.90), 2015.10 CN NA NT maps | Magellan Meridian Gold

problems with above procedure!

hi we are total newbies to this while POI business...and had hoped that by following the instructions that success would have been sweet...alas we are struggling...as of point 4!
I have downloaded my POI file from internet.
I have downloaded POI Loader
and then?
Icon library/Sounds library? we are now literally LOST in the jargon!
please help as hoping to use the POI files on navi on Fri this week!!!
PS I had hoped that by downloading my POI files and then downloading POI Loader that by plugging in my Garmin Navi that all would happen automatically...
HELP required!
Thanks so much wink

4. Visit the Icon library and download the desired icons for your POI files and put them into the folder created in Step 2.

5. Visit the Sounds Library and download the desired sound files for your POI. NUVI 2XX units require WAV sound files. WAV files require you to install a sound conversion program called SOX. SOX.EXE can be downloaded from http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip. Unzip the folder containing the program SOX.EXE. Select the SOX.EXE file, right click and select COPY.

6. Using Windows Explorer, go to C:\Program Files\Garmin. This must be the same folder that has the program POILoader.exe. Right click on any BLANK space in this folder. Select PASTE. SOX.EXE should now be copied to the folder. Check and be certain the folder contains BOTH POILoader.EXE and SOX.EXE.

7. If SOX.EXE is not copied to this folder, WAV sounds will not play.

8. Using Windows Explorer or another program, open the folder containing the files to be loaded into your NUVI.

9. Match the file name to the ICON file. Rename the ICON file so it has the same name as the POI file. POI files can be either CSV or GPX – it doesn’t matter. These file names must match exactly with the exception of the file extension. NOTE: there can only be one period in a file name. A period in a file name marks the beginning of the file extension. Icon file names can only end in BMP.

10. Match the file name to the SOUND file. Rename the SOUND file so it has the same name as the POI file. POI files can be either CSV or GPX – it doesn’t matter. These file names must match exactly with the exception of the file extension. NOTE: there can only be one period in a file name. A period in a file name marks the beginning of the file extension. Sound file names can only end in MP3 or WAV. NOTE: Using WAV files requires another program not found on POI-Factory.

Welcome-------Simplify

Carrerclan wrote:

hi we are total newbies to this while POI business...and had hoped that by following the instructions that success would have been sweet...alas we are struggling...as of point 4!
I have downloaded my POI file from internet.
I have downloaded POI Loader
and then?
Icon library/Sounds library? we are now literally LOST in the jargon!
please help as hoping to use the POI files on navi on Fri this week!!!
PS I had hoped that by downloading my POI files and then downloading POI Loader that by plugging in my Garmin Navi that all would happen automatically...
HELP required!
Thanks so much wink

Welcome to the site.

Do not try to do too much too quickly. What you want to make sure you are comfortable in doing over and over again is being able to use POI Loader to put points of interest on your nuvi. Please DO NOT attempt to use icons and sounds until you can use POI Loader for POI files.

Please make a backup of your unit first.

To make it easy, when you click on the first link below, hold down the "Cntl" key as you left-click. That will open a new "Tab" in your browser in the "Tab" bar. Click on that 'Tab" to do the first exercise - leaving the "Tab" you are now reading open and available to click on and return here.

This link helps you get a backup by attaching your GPS to your computer. (NEVER do anything to your GPS until you have a backup)
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/30394

After you have a backup then follow the instructions here:
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/30396

Once you have accomplished these exercises, please report to us what happened.

The simple way to start loading POIs

Take a look at my FAQ -

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/30728

dobs108 smile

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