I've installed several custom POI files (Walmart, Rest Stops, Flying J/Pilot, & others) to my Garmin 765T. I also have the bmp file & alert file for several of them. I've renamed the bmp & mp3 files to the same name as the POI file. I can open all of my custom POI files & choose any POI as a destination & the GPS calculates a route.
However when I enter a route that takes me past a POI (an Interstate Rest Stop for instance) that is in the POI database the POI doesn't show up on the map & the voice alert doesn't work. I have Proximity Alerts enabled. What am I doing wrong? TIA
You have to be zoomed in to 300 ft level.
A possibility is that you have double extensions on your .bmp and .mp3 files. Follow the instructions in this FAQ.
Tnen look at the folder containing your POI files and see if double extensions (ie xxxx.bmp.bmp) are the problem.
I assume you have done
Tools > Settings > Proximity Points > Change > On
to turn on the alerts.
Let us know
If you are using this rest stop file http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6643 you should be getting alerted when going down the interstate .The coordinates are set for the entrance to the rest stop.Most alerts will sound when on the road of travel that the coordinates are located.If coordinates are more then 50 to 75 ft off the road of travel you will not be alerted unless you have selected go to.
Edit: You may want to look at these tricks for the icons to show http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/pagepoi.05.htm .
Like charles says, the Rest Areas Combined file has the POI close to the exit ramp while some state files have the POI in the parking lot which could be 200 feet off the road. The result - no alert. Even though you might not want all rest areas in all states, it hardly takes up any room in the GPS.
Because the Bears are losing badly, I could do a simulation of a route that passes by a McDonalds & a rest stop. Jill announced both pois & displayed the icon. However on a recent trip, about 1 out of 5 McDonalds failed the proximity warning. Perhaps the poi location was setback from the street.
Just curious - my 1490T does not have a Proximity Points setting in the tools/setting menu. Is this something that is in all Garmins? And if so - where is it in the 1490T?
You will not get that on the menu unless you have Custom POIs loaded WITH alerts.
I think the proximity alerts are set when you use the POILoader. It has the options where you can set the distances, etc that sets off the alert.
You have to zoom in pretty close to see them.
OK, I've checked out the various solutions & suggestions I've received. Zooming in does help but that's not what I wanted to hear. I was hoping I could install the custom POIs & the alerts & they (especially the Rest Stops) would just show up on the regular zoomed out map as I was cruising on down the Interstate. I'm kinda disappointed it doesn't work that way. I am going to use the suggestion of saving some custom POIs as Favorites along the route I plan to travel to see if that works.
I do have Proximity Alerts turned on. I thought I could adjust how far in advance they worked but the only adjustment I saw was for a one time tone or continuous tone.
Thanks for all of your replies.
I thought I could adjust how far in advance they worked but the only adjustment I saw was for a one time tone or continuous tone.
They can be set by the POI Loader for proximity, or TourGuide parameters.
Are you using the Rest Areas Combined file? When loading with POILoader, do you use Express or Manual mode? Try manual mode--I have the rest areas set for distance alerts and use a value of 15,000 feet to give me a nearly 3-mile heads up. I always get the alert (a custom downloaded wav file from this site) and see the icon on my map as I pass by. To use wav files, you will also need the sox.exe file on your PC. Check the FAQs.
Yes, I'm using the Rest Area Combined file. I probably used Express Mode since I'm not aware of a manual mode. I'll try that to adjust the proximity setting. Thanks.
If you plan to set file up for alerts you will need to select manual mode instead of express for poiloader.Manual lets you set for distance or speed.
You can also build alert distance in using gpx files see http://www.poi-factory.com/node/28521 and use poiloader in express mode.
The Rest Areas Combined file has the POI location in the exit lane which would be 10 or 20 feet off the roadway. The proximity area is a rectangle as long as the proximity distance in front of your car and as wide as 50 feet to the right and left of your car. Some have said the side distance is 100 feet. It doesn't matter, since 10 or 20 feet is within either 50 or 100 feet. No matter what proximity distance was used, you should have gotten a reliable alert for every rest area using the Rest Areas Combined file.
When running POI Loader in express mode, the proximity distance is set at 1320 feet (quarter mile). This distance is just a matter of personal preference. I like 11440 feet (two miles) so I can be in the right lane and decide whether I am stopping.
I don't use icons on the map to plan ahead. I access the list of rest areas in the nuvi menu under "Where To?/Extras/Custom POIs/Rest Areas." The closest location is at the top of the list with its compass direction and distance in miles (which could be behind you) followed by the next-closest ones.
See my FAQ for the simplest way to load Rest Areas, but it does not address sounds and icons.
If the rest area file had the word "redlight" as part of its name, I know it will cause POILoader's "Express" mode to set a .25 mile alert distance. The same would be true if a TourGuide audio file was attached. But, how does "Express" mode do anything with just the downloaded RestAreasCombined(Ver.AC) file?
That is right! You found the answer! I always run it in manual, it doesn't happen in express.
If the OP loaded Rest Areas Combined in express mode, no proximity alert is loaded. That is why he gets no proximity alert driving past a rest area. So if he runs POI Loader in manual and enters proximity alert and a distance, he will get the alert.
There is also a way to use TourGuide in the file name with a csv file to set a max distance of appx 1 1/4 mile.You can still use express mode for poiloader.See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/7043 .See comments from Hornbyp
Rest areas TourGuide 124.csv
Rest areas TourGuide 124.wav or mp3
I use the combined rest stop POI. I use poiloader.exe to do manual install of the files. I name it "RestAreasCombined(verAC).csv". Giving the same file name RestAreaCombined(verAC).bmp for the .bmp. My icon always shows up on screen using the default zoom. Just be sure they are in the same folder. It should work, like it does for me.
Thanks to MrKenFL for maintaining the Combined Rest Areas file. The POIs are located at the exit lanes so the alerts are always reliable.
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