I know you can't do it now, but what is the general consensus that something like this could be done with a firmware update? I emailed Garmin 2 weeks ago asking them this, but they never replied. It sure would be nice if it's possible.
I would love to have this capability. Heck my C-340 has the slot so why not use it for something?
So you telling me that the c3xx series can't have custom POIs on the SD card??? I know that I can store POIs on my SD card on my 530. So what is the SD card on the 3xx series used for?
Yes, unfortunately that is the case. The SD card is only for putting maps on it, while POI's get stored on it's internal memory, which is only about 2 megs worth. It makes for having to juggle POI's depending on where you are going.
WOW, that sucks! I was going to get a 330, before i ran into the 530 for such a good price. Thank God that I didn't.
How about ALL owners of c3xx take action by going to Garmin website and send in our requests for a firmware upgrade to our c3xx to enable us store and use SD for custom POI? As it is now, the SD slot is pretty much useless. It borders on deception.
A reputable leadership company such as Garmin should and must listen to its customers. We have seen too many past leaders fell by the wayside when they ceased to listen to customers.
From what I've heard, the SD slot holds maps and all original POI's from Garmin (depending on what map version you have). Everytime custom POI files are uploaded they replace the previous custom POI's (original POI's are unaffected). Make sure you keep all of your essential POI's in a "master" folder for future uploads. I believe that the internal memory for the c3xx series is 2 MB, so I've had to select which POI's to upload depending on the trip.
I think this is a good idea. Maybe if enough of us make some noise, they will do something about it. It doesn't seem to me it would be too terribly hard for them to make the c3XX series be able to store and read POI's off the SD card. I may as well email them again, seeing as how they never got back with me in the first place.
from a business standpoint. You will want to upgrade to a model with the capabilities you desire. If you want a unit that will read poi/mp3/jpg from the sd card, they want you to upgrade to a more expensive unit, that's business.
If someone finds a way to do that via a hack or other creative means, they will find a way to shut it down (ref the TTS mod and latest firmware to remove it).
Why buy a Lexus if you can turn a Kia into one? Same thing, nobody would buy the Lexus. Why spend 400. if you can make a 200. unit do the same thing. Perhaps future models will all have the same sd capability, and the ones that are just map holders will go by the wayside...eventually.
Anyway that's my take on the subject.
I can't address the C Series directly - don't have one - but re the I5 the universal consensus and the comments of a Garmin rep said self sufficient POI storage on an SD card was not possible.
For the I5, at least, that is not the case. The SD card holds POI's outside of the unit memory, and they are completely accessible.
For whatever help it might be, see the thread called "Street Pilot I5 memory Storage". Hope it works as easily for the C series as the I5.
It doesn't work. I saw that thread too and thought I'd give it a try. I can transfer them via the PC to the SD card using the loader, but the unit itself still only recognizes the POI's on the internal memory.
Has anyone gotten a response back from Garmin in regards to this? I still haven't heard anything, and it's going on a month now since my original inquiry. So much for speedy customer service.
^^^^^^One thing is for sure.....customer service in America seems to be going down the drain. I've been trying to renew my cell phone contract (and upgrade my phone) with verizon wireless and it has been an incredibly frustrating experience.
I am unsure what the rep referred to for POI storage on an I5, but my daughter stows POIs on her micro SD for use in her I5...
And I sow TONS of MP3s and CSVs in both the memory and 2GB SD cards (and topo maps to boot on the SD) with no problems with running out of space... It is very easy, and similar to the I5, even easier, IMO-
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