I just acquired a Nuvi 255W, and inserted an SD card.
Now, I would like to install the rest areas for several states onto this card. I need someone to tell me how to do it, or to get referred to a source that I may read to learn how.
that stands for READ THE FAQs.
for the Rest Area file.
Note that a standard installation will load the POI File but will not load an icon, not load a custom audio alert, and will not pop up an alert as you approach or pass a rest area. But all three extras can also be done with a tad more work.
Note also that you don't need the SD card to load POI files--they'll fit in your nuvi's internal memory just fine.
My opinion is to keep it simple:
Download the combined rest areas file, even if it includes states you don't go to. It is simpler than loading several states and hardly takes any room in the nuvi. The combined file may have more recent info than some state files.
Never mind the SD card for now, it is not needed because the nuvi has more than enough capacity. If you want to use it in the future, it is easy to make the change.
To get started, you don't need icons or custom audio alerts. Just loading the rest areas file into the nuvi with PoiLoader (Garmin free download) will provide a chime and on-screen alert when you approach a rest area. You can also see all the nearest rest areas at any time you access the nuvi "Custom POIs" menu even from a long distance away.
When you download the combined rest areas file, save it in a folder I call "Custom POIs," wherever you want to keep it permanently on your PC, in a subfolder, "Rest Areas." Other future subfolders could include "Walmarts" or "Red Light Cameras." The subfolders arranged this way become different categories inside the nuvi's "Custom POIs" menu.
Connect the nuvi to a USB port on the PC, and run PoiLoader. Once the PC recognizes the nuvi, browse to the "Custom POIs" folder. Go to the next screen where you have a choice of running PoiLoader in auto or manual. Run in auto and all the rest area POIs will give you an alert at the default 1320 feet (quarter mile). That is too close, in my opinion, so I run PoiLoader in manual to specify a proximity alert distance of 11440 feet (two miles).
Once you make sure everything works this way, you can improve it by loading an audio alert, special icon, use the SD card, or load other POI files.
Many forum participants are knowledgeable and ready to help with any questions you have.
If you will go to
and do Beginner's exercises 1, 2 and 4
then you will gain some experience that will provide you with a good foundation for later experimentation.
I agree that you should run "manual" mode of POI Loader with around 2 miles (say 10,000 feet)
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25721 for custom pois.You will need sox.exe and wav file for voice alerts if you want them.255 can not play mp3.It is all covered in the outline what you need to do.
A recommendation - many of the individual state rest area files have not been updated for 2-3 years. The coordinates for the rest areas are typically the actual location of the buildings which are usually far enough off the highway of travel that the alerts will not work.
May I (humbly) suggest you use the "Rest Area Combined" POI file to be able to get proper alerts.
This file sets the coordinates at the actual entrance
to the rest area off the highway and will alert if the alert distance is set with POI Loader in the manual mode. Many people recommend an alert distance of 5000 to 6000 feet for the alert to be able to get in the proper lane to get safely off the highway.
Thanks to MrKenFL for maintaining the Rest Areas Combined file! This is a major undertaking.
We appreciate it.
I appreciate your support.
MrKenFL does do a good job on the rest stops.My last cross country trip I found them not only to come in handy but very accurate.So to the OP, this should be the file to use.Doesn't take up that much space on your unit.
Thanks for ur information.
should red light and speed camera files be in the same folder on my computer when I load them using POI loader?
I would appreciate any help. thanks.
It is according on how you want to set them up.No categories then yes they can be in same folder.Example.
My Pois =main folder.
Or with categories
My pois =main folder.
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25721 for custom pois.
Every time POI Loader is run it overwrites any existing output file on the target. You can run POI Loader and rename the output file (as long as the extension remains .GPI), or you can put all your files into one folder and run POI Loader a single time.
I prefer to use one folder called "Custom POIs" with subfolders inside named "Red Light Cameras" and "Speed Cameras," which will become categories inside the GPS menu under Extras/Custom POIs.
In the future it will be easy to keep POI files organized when you add new subfolders for Rest Areas, Walmarts, or whatever you want.
For the simplest explanation, see my FAQ -
You were right - the FAQ was used for the first time and it saved a lot of typing!
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