Did I make a mistake purchasing this unit???
OK, so I just got the 2595LMT, and so far I am on the fence about this unit. I love the customizable features, love the voice commands, and love the new menu interface (coming from the 7x5 and 1450 units).
What I don't love....
I can't add or change anything from MapSource. It just does not recognize the 2595. Also, I can't use the POI Loader either. I had to load the POI's on the SD card in my 1450, then put the SD card in the 2595 and transferred the poi's. Did the same thing with my favorites.
Is anyone else having this problem? I tried both my widows XP desktop, as well as my windows vista laptop with no luck.
It does show up in the new webupdater on my vista laptop, but nowhere else.
You might want to read this post:
Hey Nats50, thanks for the reply. However, what do I change in there to be able to use mapsource and poi-loader?
If your 1450 connects to the same computer properly and is recognized using the same USB cable then it sounds like your 2595's USB port connector may be defective. You could try another cable and see if it works but if it still doesn't you will need to contact Garmin or return or exchange the 2595.
Have you tried running webupdater to see if it will work with that software?
From the manual:
The device is connected
to the computer, but it will
not go into mass storage
1 Disconnect the USB cable from your computer.
2 Turn off the device.
3 Plug the USB cable into a USB port on your computer and into your device.
The device automatically turns on and goes into USB mass storage mode.
4 Verify your device is connected to a USB port and not a USB hub.
How do I know my device
is in USB mass storage
When your device is in USB mass storage mode, a picture of a device connected
to a computer is shown on the device screen. Also, you should see two new
removable disk drives listed in My Computer.
As jefft186 and jfossy suggested, on the main screen (where the "Where To" is), touch the volume icon to go to the Master Volume screen, then touch and hold the top right corner of the screen for about 5 seconds or so to get to the Diagnostics Page, scroll down to MTP Settings and choose it, select Mass Storage and save. Now Mapsource and others can see the device. Also, make sure to uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and tick "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" under Tools>Folder options>View. Btw, I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. It should work on XP and Vista as well.
Well, I updated the maps last night and also tried the MTS change, and now it works. Don't know why or how, but I am relieved that it works because I really like the 2595! Thanks for all you help!
I have a 2595lmt and have loaded the speed cameras and rest areas, but I cannot for the life of me get the sound alert files to work for me. All I get is the customary "BONG". I have read and have tried using .wav files with sox but it still doesn't work. I loaded a new file to the 2595 with only the rest areas, and not the speed cameras and deleted the file with the speed cameras but the Camera icons still show up. Any more hints for me?
if my alerts would still work. I haven't yet been near one of my poi's to know whether or not it would work. I might add something in there just to try it.
WINDOWS POI Loading Procedure
These instructions will teach you how to load custom POI, icons, and alert sounds to your Garmin unit. These instructions show one process on how to load and categorize POI to either your unit’s internal memory or to an SD card for your unit.
1. Download and install the latest version of POI Loader from http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=999-99....
2. While some units can load and play MP3 files, all the newer NUVI units can only play WAV alert sound files. WAV files require a sound conversion program called SOX. SOX.exe can be downloaded from http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip. Unzip the folder containing the program SOX.exe. Select the SOX.exe file and right click and select COPY. If you load and use SOX.exe, any unit can use and play WAV alert sound files NOTE: You only need to load SOX once.
3. Using Windows Explorer or a similar program, go to C:\Garmin. (Windows 7 puts the Garmin folder in Program Files (x86) folder.) This must be the same folder that has the program POI Loader.exe. Right click on any BLANK space in this folder. Select PASTE. SOX.exe should now be copied to the folder. You can also drag and drop the file from the unzipped folder and drop it into the POI Loader folder. Check and be certain the folder contains BOTH POI Loader.exe and SOX.exe. If SOX.exe is not copied to this folder, WAV sounds will not play in any unit.
Preparing to load POI Files
4. Create a Folder to hold all your Custom POI. NOTE: I put my folder on my Desktop.
5. Download the desired POI files from POI Factory and put them into the folder created in Step 2.
6. Visit the Icon library and download the desired icons for your POI files and put them into the folder created in Step 2.
7. Visit the Sounds Library and download the desired sound files for your POI. All Gamin units can play WAV sounds, but newer NUVI units can only play WAV sound files. WAV files require you to install a sound conversion program called SOX. SOX.exe can be downloaded from http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip. Unzip the folder containing the program SOX.exe. Select the SOX.exe file, right click and select COPY. NOTE: You only need to load SOX once.
8. Using Windows Explorer or another program, open the folder containing the files to be loaded into your NUVI. A single folder can contain only 32 POI files ending in GPX or CSV. Alert sounds and icons are not counted.
9. Match the file name to the ICON file. Rename the ICON file so it has the same name as the POI file. POI files can be either CSV or GPX it doesn’t matter. These file names must match exactly with the exception of the file extension. NOTE: there can only be one period in a file name. A period in a file name marks the beginning of the file extension. Icon file names can only end in BMP.
10. Match the file name to the SOUND file. Rename the SOUND file so it has the same name as the POI file. POI files can be either CSV or GPX it doesn’t matter. These file names must match exactly with the exception of the file extension. NOTE: there can only be one period in a file name. A period in a file name marks the beginning of the file extension. Sound file names can only end in MP3 or WAV. Using WAV files requires another program not found on POI-Factory. (See step 5.)
O P T I O N A L Creating Categories
11. The number of POI files you have for your unit can be increased by using subfolders. You can have 32 subfolders each holding up to 32 POI files with their alerts and icons. Subfolders also allow you to organize POI files by type into categories. Garmin’s POI Loader will process only one level of folders within a top-level folder.
NOTE: There are other methods of increasing the number of custom POI that can be loaded but this method is one of the easiest to use.
12. Open the folder you created for your custom POI. Using Windows Explorer or another program, create additional folders to hold POI files. Each of the subfolder names will be listed in alphabetical order as a category when you select Custom POI from your Garmin screen.
MY POI - This is the top-level folder
>>Auto Repair - subfolder and category
>>Fast Food - subfolder and category
>>Gas Stations - subfolder and category
>>Misc Stuff - subfolder and category
>>Restaurants - subfolder and category
The folder MY POI now has 5 subfolders to categorize POI. You can have 32 subfolders.
13. Copy or move the POI file and its icon and/or sound file to the category subfolder.
MY POI (Top Folder)
>>Auto Repair (Subfolder)
>>>Ford Dealers - Connecticut.GPX
>>>Ford Dealers - Massachusetts.CSV
>>>Ford Dealers - Connecticut.bmp
>>>Ford Dealers - Connecticut.wav
>>>Ford Dealers - Massachusetts.bmp
>>>Ford Dealers - Massachusetts.mp3
>>>Tire Kingdom, Merchant Tire & NTB.CSV
E N D of Optional Categories
14. Connect your NUVI to your computer using the USB cable. Wait for the NUVI to show it is connected and ready to receive files (Black screen with an ICON at the bottom showing it is connected to the computer.)
15. Run POI Loader.
16. Select Garmin Device as Where to save your Points of Interest.
17. Press Next and wait for the program to find your NUVI. The NUVI will be shown in the box labeled Device:.
18. If you use an optional SD memory card for extra file storage space with your NUVI, the SD card must have a Garmin folder. (Note: POI Loader 2.6.1 and later create the correct folders on an SD card if they aren't there.)
19. Press Next. The program will ask the location of the files to be loaded. Use the BROWSE button and select the FOLDER (or top-level folder if using categories) containing the POI, ICON, and SOUND (Alert) files.
20. Select the measurement units used for your NUVI. Feet and Miles per hour or Meters and Kilometers.
21. The NUVI suggests running the program in Automatic. For BASIC file loading, this is sufficient. NOTE: The only two alert sounds that will play automatically are for red light and speed cameras. For other alert sounds to play, you must select MANUAL and set either a distance or speed alert trigger. NOTE: If a file name contains ANY number, POI Loader will assume it is a speed alert and play the sound file for that POI automatically. Press Next.
O P T I O N A L Creating Alert Points
22. POI Loader can set alert points to notify you before you reach a point of interest. Alerts can trigger by either speed or distance. There are 2 simple methods to create a speed alert. One method is to include the speed in the file name. School Zones 20.CSV will create a speed alert for every POI in the School Zones file. You will receive a single warning when you are about 30 seconds from entering a school zone listed in the POI. If you are traveling more than 20 (MPH or KPH depending on your settings) you will receive multiple alert tones until you slow down to 20 or below every time you approach a school zone in the file. The second method is when loading a POI file using POI Loader in MANUAL mode. You can set alert points for each file. NOTE: Sound and icon file names must match if a custom alert sound or icon is used.
23. POI Loader lets you select either a SPEED or DISTANCE alert when you load files in the manual mode. POI Loader makes you choose to set one, but not both if you check the box saying “This file contains proximity alert points.” Enter either a speed that will trigger an urgent (repeating) alert or how far from the POI you want to be notified.
24. Speed Alerts - If a file name contains a valid speed number (School Zones 20) or if all records in a file have speed encoded in the name (by adding the @ symbol and a number after the name of the POI), then all records in the file will include speed and proximity alerts. For example, a data file with the file name “School Zone_15” generates speed alerts of 15 mph (or kph, depending on the type of units selected in POI Loader) for each POI in the file but if a POI in the file has the @ symbol followed by a valid number, this is used instead. The file School Zone_15 can contain individual locations with either a higher or lower trigger speed. If a POI is named Brook High School @25, the urgent alert will only trigger if I am over 25 when approaching Brook High School. All other locations will trigger the urgent alert at 15.
If a file contains certain key words such as “GATSO,” “mobile,” “SPECS,” “safety,” “speed,” or “camera,” but does not have a speed, POI Loader defaults to an alert speed of 0, which means you will always be alerted. You can override this default value by entering a value for the speed in Manual mode or including a speed in either the file name or use the @ for individual POI.
25. Distance Alerts - Distance alerts can also be set using POI Loader in Manual mode. Distances are entered in either feet or meters depending on the unit settings. Common values for distance settings are 1320 or 400 for approximately 1/4 mile, 2600 or 800 for around a half-mile, and 5300 or 1600 for a mile. You can set this value to suit your need. This setting will set the same distance for all locations in the file. Different alert distance settings for individual POI can only be done using the GPX format.
POI Loader calculates a proximity alert distance based on speed. You can enter proximity alert distance for individual Custom POIs in a .gpx file. You can also enter proximity alert distance for all Custom POIs in a data file using Manual mode.
26. Combination settings - You can set both distance and speed alerts with either CSV or GPX files. If you use CSV files, you can have only one distance or proximity alert when the file is processed by POI Loader. GPX allows setting speed and distance for each POI. POI Loader will set both speed and distance alerts for CSV files if the file name has a valid speed and a proximity distance is entered. EXAMPLE: Loading School Zones_15.csv and specifying the file has a proximity distance of 1300 feet will provide 2 alerts. One alert will be when you are approximately ¼ mile from the school zone, and a second alert if you are traveling over 15.
If the file name contains “redlight”, POI Loader assumes all records (locations) in the file have proximity alerts with a distance of 400m/0.25 miles.
27. POI Loader will begin to convert the POI files, ICONs and ALERT sounds and load them to your NUVI. If POI Loader encounters an error with a source file, it will tell you the name of the file POI file containing an error. When finished, POI Loader will tell you the number of POI successfully loaded to your NUVI.
NOTE: Every time you run POI Loader, it will overwrite the previous output file and you will loose any POI not contained in your source folder.
28. Disconnect your NUVI using the Stop or Eject USB device.
29. Power up the NUVI and select WHERE TO -> EXTRAS and see if CUSTOM POI is displayed. Press CUSTOM POI and you should see a list of all the POI loaded.
30. If you do not see a custom icon or hear the custom alert sound for a Custom POI that successfully loaded, it is most likely because you have a double file extension (two periods in one or more of the file names.)
31. Open Windows Explorer. Select TOOLS. Select Folder Options. Select VIEW. Under FILES AND FOLDERS uncheck the box that states: Hide extensions for known file types.
32. Using Windows Explorer, open the FOLDER containing the custom POI files, icons, and alert files. Verify each file name has only ONE period just before the 3 character file extension. Rename any files containing more than one period so the file contains only ONE period.
33. Restart this procedure at Step 8.
Repeat as necessary.
I set up a test proximity alert added to a folder already in my Nuvi and it works fine. I heard my custom .wav as soon as I got within my assigned distance.
I got a great deal on my 2595, I guess you can call it an early Christmas present. My fiance has a great hookup at Best Buy and was working an off duty job in the store on Friday night from 11pm thru 5am while the crew cleaned up the black Friday disaster. There was one 2595 left and the manager gave it to her for $149. I would not have purchased it at all since I had just bought a 1490 from Walmart for $149 two weeks prior, but at that price I couldn't resist!
So far I would highly recommend the 2595 to anyone looking for a high end unit. I am considering getting the Eco Route HD unit for it now. It looks like it would be a pretty cool add-on for it.
Excellent write up Box Car. I got it to work, for some reason it was not deleting the old poi files when uploading new ones. Even though it said there were no custom files, they still showed up. I used poi loader and connected the 2595 to the computer and it asked if I wanted to delete old poi's which I did. Then loaded the new poi and everything worked perfect.
Excellent write up Box Car. I got it to work, for some reason it was not deleting the old poi files when uploading new ones.
I still need to work on it a little because of the BUG in 2.7.0 where it writes the correct format file to the SD card but uses the wrong extension.
Thanks for telling us everything worked. We'll get ready for about a 1000 instances about "I am having problems getting files to the unit I received for Christmas." which will be starting in about 3 weeks.
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