Does anyone know how many POIs will fill the average NUVI?
On if you're storing them on the Nuvi's internal storage, or an SD Card.
I've seen differing opinions on the ability to use 8gb-SD cards in Nuvis...but 4gb cards are known to work.
Garmin's support web site says:
Q. How many POIs can I fit into my unit?
A. There is no set limit on how many POIs can be loaded into the Garmin device. This depends on the size of the POI files and the space available for POIs. The size of the loaded POIs will depend on the amount of text included with each POI and the size of any included bitmaps. Since POIs can be loaded into internal memory or onto SD cards, the space available will vary widely. Typically, the user should be able to fit more than 3000 POIs onto a unit. If the available space is exceeded, POI Loader will tell the user how much space is available in the device and how much space would be required to fit all the POIs that were chosen.
I can only tell you that my map 60CSX has over 200,000 poi's on it and apparently still has room.
Storage space seems to be the limiting factor, rather than the actual number.
As as experiment, I had just over a MILLION loaded on a Streetpilot C510. They occupied 54MB on the SD card. These were very simple POIs - just <long,lat,name> - the minute you start embedding JPEGs & MP3's the amount of storage used goes up rapidly.
(I read somewhere, that one of the maps has 6 million+ POIs stored within)
If the available space is exceeded, POI Loader will tell the user how much space is available in the device and how much space would be required to fit all the POIs that were chosen.
I've seen POI Loader 'blow up', due to lack of space - I don't recall ever seeing it do anything as useful, as tell you "how much space would be required". I think the people who write Garmin's documentation should talk to the people who write Garmin's software :-)
i have a garmin i3 gps system with a 2GB men card with lots of space i have almost 9000.00 places of
interest and plus all the CD Mapes NA and still have
lots of mem left.....
POIs in my C330 right now. I have no clue to how many more will fit, but I'm willing to try to find out.
I tried loading the cemeteries poi with over 124, 000 and the POI loader wouldn't allow it. Too many items, I guess.
I just loaded the 'Cemeteries.csv' POI file with 124,104 POIs unto a nuvi 350. Loaded OK.
The file is downloaded as a .zip file. Did you unzip it first? What unit are you trying to upload to? What error did you get?
I have downloaded about 12 POIs. I loaded them properly with the POI loader and after each load I can only access the last POI that I loaded when I go to My Locations, Custom POIs. Am I doing something wrong. Oh by the way I'm using my new Nuvi 360. HELP!
I have also put more than 100000 POIs on my 680. Working just fine.
I believe you'll find that you must re-load all the previous POI's as well as the new ones. I'm still learning, too, but that has worked for me on my unit (StreetPilot C330). Hope this helps
It all boils down to how much free sapce you have on your system. If your system allows you to use a sd card then the poi can be limitless with the right size card. you should be real safe with a 4gb card. good luck
I've got a Zumo. I load all of my POI files onto a 2GB SD card. (Just create the same POI folder on the SD card so POI loader recognizes it.) Currently running 380,000 POIs. I like doing this cause I can assign a specific icon (bmp image) to each file.
FYI... I did take everything off the Zumo's internal drive that is not necessary. Especially all the text & voice files that I will not ever use. (I just moved them off onto my PC for storage.) That alone almost doubled my available space.
Each time you run poi loader to load poi, you effectively rewrite the poi.gpi file.
If you have 12 files, you need to put them within the same folder then direct the poi loader to that folder and load all the files.
There are ways around this, by renaming the poi.gpi file to "what_ever_you_want.gpi" then the next time you run poi loader to load a poi you will have the files
what_ever_you_want.gpi as well as the last loaded poi file which will always be poi.gpi
For more info search poi.gpi on this site.
MR.WORKIE just to add to your message.
I think it's also a compromise between how much of a free space you WANT to have and how much time are you willing to sacrifice waiting for the big card to load. I have 4gb card in Nuvi350 and it takes several minutes before i can even get into the unit and plan a route. It's very annoying to say the least. I think 1gb card would do it for me.
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