Just wondering if downloading interstate rest area poi's will cause proximity alerts to sound on my gps everytime I pass one or does it just show up on my map? OR, do I have to do a search for them manually, when I am traveling?
As will all the POIs that don't have built in alerts (like the redlight file), they won't alert unless you set an alert when you run POI Loader.
Run POI Loader in Manual Mode. When that POI file comes to the screen set the proximity distance you want up to 37 miles.
You can also search for them as well.
Thanks, I appreciate the response. If I set the proximity alert for 37 miles, won't that also set the red light alerts, as well, for 37 miles, unless I run the POI files by themselves? Because I keep all of my POI's in one folder, it has been my experience that if I transfer only one file to my GPS, then it deletes all of my other POI's. Currently, my PO loader is set to about 1500 feet, so, I get a proximity alert at about that distance when I approach a red light camera. Shall I assume then, that I will also get an alert at about 1500 feet when approaching a rest area?
You still want to have all the different POI files in the same folder and load ALL of them at the same time each time.
But if you use the MANUAL MODE (that's the key), you will be able to select a different proximity alert for each FILE.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend that you set the alert at 37 miles. I was simply pointing out that that is the limit of the software currently.
Following MM's advice above, when you run poi loader and if you have all the files you want to load in the same directory, as the poi loader loads each file, you should have the ability to enter a proximity distance or speed setting for each file. At this same screen you will also have the opportunity to disregard any speed/proximity or just ignore the entire file.
So, for example, you could set the rest areas for 2 miles and the redlights at 1500 ft.
You can search this site for various discussions on when alerts will or won't go off. Hornbyp has done some experimenting on this issue.
click here to read about it.
Thanks a bunch, Mama. One last inquiry. I did as you suggested and ran it in manual mode so I could select different distances for different files...now, the next time I run POI loader, I can run it in express mode and it will keep all of the previous selection that I entered in manual mode the previous time?
Nope. Express Mode will only set alerts that are built into the files. (You can read more about it in the POI Loader Help.)
So, if you want custom alerts, you need to run it in Manual Mode each time.
Bummer! Everytime I update the redlight camera poi's, I'll have to run manual mode so I won't lose the custom ones.
If you are happy with your settings for the rest area file and don't want mess with (re)loading that file again and again when loading other poi files.
You could load that file (or files), then navigate to your garmin or sd card then find the poi.cgi file and rename it to what ever you want.
Each time you run poi loader it will rewrite the poi.cgi file but won't rewrite the file you renamed.
This way, you will have the rest areas intact. Then when you load the redlights again to update...you won't need to mess with the rest areas.
Wow, are you smart or what?
I read and can retain. Although sometimes I mix it might up.
Hope this is a solution for you.
Too bad for me that that doesn't seem to work on the Zumo. I lose my subfolders when I try that. Oh well.
Lol, now you tell me.
I haven't heard of that with other units.
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