My GPS will not recognize and read the POI files. I have done this a 100 or more times. I use POI loader and an SD 2gb. It writes the file fine and shows correctly using explorer.
When I plug in the chip the start screen comes up and then nothing. I tried starting the GPS with the chip in but still no read. I formatted the chip and then started over and still the GPS will not read from the chip.
I know the GPS is working OK because when I plug-in the map update chip it reads and works fine.
Any ideas please! I am leaving on a cross country trip next Tuesday. Unfortunately I deleted the previously stored POI files.
I found the problem and the solution is a valuable software lesson.
I tried a new SDE chip, new POI software, just one POI data file, etc., and nothing worked.
I then decided it might have nothing to do with the Garmin, SD chip or the software and could be my computer.
So I ran a Register Cleaner program and then re-installed the POI file on the original SD chip.
It worked perfectly and loaded right up.
THE LESSON: If something has been working for years and all of a sudden stops working you may have corrupted your register.
Registry cleaners for the most part do no good.
You got lucky that you didn't wipe out the computer.
I have been using CCleaner for many years to keep my computers working properly.
CCleaner has been downloaded over a billion times.
The registry cleaner of it (and all registry cleaners) should be used with great care. They have been known to mess up the computers registry.
Anything done in the Windows Registry should be approached with caution. CCleaner (formerly known as Crap Cleaner) is probably one of the better tools available for automating cleanup work in the registry. It always offers to copy the registry before deleting or changing entries which is an offer "you shouldn't refuse."
However, it is well known the registry does get bloated with fragments relating to incomplete program deletions and patches which does lead to slow startup of Windows. Cleaning the registry of fragments and artifacts no longer needed as they don't reference items installed is a good practice but it should be approached with care - and always, make the backup!
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