It has been a while since I did any of this. I had an old Garmin 265wt that died. Just recently I purchased a new Garmin Nuvi 3700 series.
I would like to move the old POI files off my SD card and back to my computer.
Once on my computer - I would like to edit or delete some of the files that I never used.
Once that is done - I would like to move them to a micro SD card to use on my new GPS unit.
Problem is - I don't know how and I do not remember how to download any of the POI files. I remember I did it once for my old unit - but all that has been forgotten.
I need some direction on where to start and some how-to help. First off - if someone would help me get the files off my old SD card and on to my computer -that would be a big help. Also - I do not remember how to download the POI's and put them on the SD card. Any suggested reading or YouTube videos to watch to re-learn the process. I'm not dumb, but I just don't recall. It has been several years between units and I want to get back in the swing of things. So please help and be patient with all my questions. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!!!
I hate to beak it to you, but there is no way to edit the POI files loaded on the 265. Transfer yes, edit no. The reason you can't do anything other than transfer is they are all contained in a compiled file, most likely called POI.GPI on your 265. The POILoader program read the source files and then compiled them into an internal format used by the Nuvi OS. The only resolution will be to reload from the source files downloaded from here. Your Favorites is a different animal. You can copy the Current.GPX file to the new unit. Save the copy as temp.gpx in the GPX folder. Once you boot the new unit, it will read the temp file and append it to what's in the unit's file. Once it's been read, delete the temp file.
I would start from scratch. It sounds like all you have on the SD card is the gpi file. That contains all the custom pois that were converted. Could use something like Babel to load the file to edit it.
If you can get copy of the current.gpx .Connect gps to computer and click on Garmin folder then GPX folder.Inside that you will see current.gpx .This is your favorites. Once on the computer rename to temp.gpx so you can transfer back to new gps using same instructions.
I would also make copy of the gpi file just in case. Then delete the data off the SD card. Using http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25721 to install custom pois. Don't forget 3700 series needs wav and sox.exe for voice alerts.
edit. Must have been typing a long time. Some info may be duplicate of the first post. Here is the Babel program http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/gpsbabel/ .Have not used it.But this question has came up before on gpi files and this is the answer given to edit the file.
Upload your poi file to Mapsource.
Won't that work???
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend..it's back to the grind for me...
MapSource will not read .GPI files if that's what you are asking.
A lot of good comments so far.
Here's one more reason to create Custom POIs anew for your new device rather than just copy them from your old nuvi:
Many Custom POIs are updated and revised very frequently. If your old Custom POIs on the nuvi 265 are more than six months old, you'll likely be putting some incorrect info onto the new nuvi. Downloading the current Custom POIs from The Factory and installing them to the new nuvi with POI Loader will give you much more current data to use with the new GPS.
Here is a FAQ for downloading and using POI Loader
Yes that is what I was asking.
I do make my files on the computer in Mapsource then use poi loader so I wasn't sure.
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