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Did everything you said to do over & over. got files to load, got icons to load, but no luck with sounds. all in same file called Garmin,just can not get sound yo work, all i get is a ding. HELP AGAIN!
Double and TRIPLE check that you don't have double file extensions. For example, starbucks.mp3.mp3 which will cause the Custom Alerts NOT to load.
In the FILE BROWSER on your computer, be sure that you don't have the file extensions set to be hidden.
Tools > Folder Options > View and scroll down and uncheck "Hide extensions for known File types".
Yes i'm loading everything in the same folder before running the poi loader.All names are exactly as the csv file with mp3 at the end of each. The bitmap image works fine, the csv file works fine BUT NO SOUND
Try a different sound file.
I . . . changed the file to mp3
If you had to add the mp3 extension, is it possible that you have your computer set to hide extensions? If so, you might now have a double extension. Please confirm that your computer does not have the checkbox checked to hide extensions, AND confirm that if the 350 has a setting like my 660 under ProximityPoints/AlertsChange/CustomPOIs, that the alerts are turned on for custom POIs.
I did what you askes me to do, i removed the mp3 from the files and reloaded them.Only 2 work now the speed trap & red light camera, but that's better then none.Just can't figure out what's wrong with the other ones. Got them all in the same place(poi factory)Thanks for all the help but i'm still stuck.
I did what you asked me to do, i removed the mp3 from the files and reloaded them.Only 2 work now the speed trap & red light camera, but that's better then none.Just can't figure out what's wrong with the other ones. Got them all in the same place(poi factory)Thanks for all the help but i'm still stuck.
I am assuming when you say "i removed the mp3 from the files and reloaded them," that you did so after going to MyComputer/Tools/FolderOptions/View-Tab and unchecked the box to hide extensions for known file types.
Since only those POIs that have automatic alerts built into the files, my first question would be whether you ran POI loader in manual mode when you reloaded and set alerts for the other files. Proximity alerts do not automatically trigger for all files -- they must be set (except for the few that have triggers built into the file or location names).
Do MP3's work on the 200?
No. But there's a work around using WAV files.
Search the forum for a discussion about SOX.EXE and you will find instructions. Be sure you get the correct version.
NO! I did not run POI loader in manual mode.I reloaded files in standerd mode.Haven't had a chance to use yet,but hope to later today.Will keep all of you imformed as the out come,Thanks to everyone who has helped in my quest to slove this promlem.
I reloaded all files in manual mode today going out soon to see if this will work.Thanks
IT Worked! Manual Load Was the answer thanks so much to each of you that helped me out. Hope some day i can help
I have a Nuvi 765T and find that when loading the mp3 files for POI they work if I turn off the mp3 player and listen to the radio. When I have the mp3 player in the Nuvi running and a POI comes in correct distance all that happens is the mp3 thats playing stops and the next mp3 file starts playing. If I turn the mp3 player off then the alert mp3 plays Is there a way to listen to mp3's and have the correct alert mp3 play when needed?
It sounds like your 765T may have firmware written by the same group that wrote firmware for the 6XX models. MP3 skipping is a known problem with some models. Converting the mp3 alert files to wav files is the only known solution. Read here:
Just a few of the many topics on the subject. Just do a search for mp3 skip wav and you'll find plenty of them to read. Garmin has not fixed the firmware problem. Many of us have notified them, but to no avail.
Thanks for all the help. After a number of tries and thinking that the latest version would be best, I finally tried sox12177.zip and it worked great. I converted my mp3 file to wav/mono and all went well. I'm hoping I can help someone out here some day as well. I just got the 765T and had been using a 2720 unit with no problem until the colder weather started. Seems the back lighting in the unit doesn't like the cold anymore. Since I got it new when it forst was available it has sat on my dash through all seasons and no problems. Now the screen is very dark until the vehicle warms up completely. Thought it was a good reason to get a new unit. Sure miss some features on the 2720 and hope they will be added to the 765T in the future.
I downloaded the alert sounds for Costco and Starbucks, but as I approach to any one of the two while playing music from my mp3/SD card... I guess that the alert sound tries to kick in and my music starts skipping for the next song (3-5 seconds later) the next song and so on, but I never get to listen the alert sound any ways.
This is an identified problem on several models. The solution is to load alert files in wav format rather than mp3 format.
Here are just some of the topics I found using the search function:
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/4538 (this topic, the one you posted in, nearer the top of this page)
Thanks a lot Gary A ... let me give it a shot
MM, I just got started today with the new Garmin Nuvi 200. Been learning about how it works etc. I noticed POI's and understand what they are.. I already had Mapsource and created a waypoint and named it Redlight Camera. I saved it from Mapsource and added the file extension *.gpx. This was put in a POI Data directory along with a wav file I d/loaded. I changed the wav file name to the same name as the GPX file Redlight Camera.wav. I used the POI loader from Garmin and u/loaded them to my new Garmin Nuvi 200w. They are in the Extra's section after Where to: I have not made a run to see if the wav file will play. I hope I am doing this right with naming the wav file the same as the GPX file. I am not sure were I should post this message. Please advise and I will do so. My nuvi want play mp3 someone said.
Hmmm, a couple of red flags pop up.
1. You indicate that you saved it from Mapsource and added the file extension *.gpx. Hopefully, you mean that you used the "Save As ..." function in MapSource to save the file as a GPX and didn't just manually change the file extension. You can't just change the file extension. It won't work correctly.
2. You don't mention downloading the correct version of SOX.EXE and placing it in the correct folder on your computer. This is essential for the WAV files to work as alerts.
I am looking for a female voice asking
"Do you have enough gas!"
I want to add it to my POI of places I refuel.
You can create what you want at this website:
There are several female and male voices to choose from.
Is there a method or trigger that can be incorporated in the CSV POI file to set individual sites as either alerting or not alerting, or are you stuck with everything in the POI file as alerting or not alerting?
Is there a method or trigger that can be incorporated in the CSV POI file ...
See response in this thread
Nube here doing something wrong. I only get the ding when close to my POI's and not my mp3's. What I am doing wrong? I have my icon, sound, location files all named the same (even case). The locations are on my map, and I even get the icons, but I don't get the sounds. Any suggestions?
You didn't mention which make & model GPS you have. Does it have an mp3 music player?
There is also great information in this topic:
I have Nuvi 255. I'll double check if I'm actually trying to play .mp3 or .wav files and get back.
I see the Nuvi 255 doesn't doesn't have MP3 playback so I'll assume that all .mp3 files are not going to work, but can it play .wav files or any other format sound files for POI's?
Thanks for the help.
If your model does not have an mp3 player, then you will have to convert the mp3 files to wav format or use native wav files. There are lots of topics on this process.
Ok where am I going wrong?
I have downloaded the HD dealer and rest area files + the HD icon and HD sound file. I have all of them in PC folder called Garmin POI.
I use the downloader and specify the POI folder.
Downloads fine and I can find them on my 660 but no sounds or icons when I tried to navigate in map mode as a test.
Plugged in the USB cable again and searched NUVI. The only thing in there is the gpx file, there are no sound or icon files so I assume that is the issue. How do I get the downloader to load all three files to the 660? Yes they are all named the same except for the extension.
You won't see any icons or sound files they are part of the poi file... Are you sure you don't have double extensions? That is the most common error.. The second error is the files do not have the exact same names.. Are your proximity alerts turned on?...
edit also I have a separate folder called my pois that I store the .csv, bmp & mp3/wav files in, but that really shouldn't matter as long as you navigate to the correct folder when asked for the files by the poi loader...
And did you SET an alert when you loaded the file? Regular POIs don't alert by default.
I just started to upload POI Sound files, and I am including WAV'S along with MP3's.
I'm sure all of the gpsr's without mp3 players will be grateful...
Yes to all of the above.
If I look at my POI folder on my PC, all files have the same name with the required extension & no double extensions.
Proximity alerts are on. I assume that I can test by being in map mode and just dragging down the road until I get close, then should see icon and hear MP3 file???
That is what I am doing & it doesn't work but I can
search for HD dealers or rest stops and find them along with the flag icon if I tell the 660 that is where I want to go.
Soooo, to make sure I understand correctly...
Once the downloader does it's thing to the NUVI there should only be one file? It combines all files with different extensions into one?
What ever this problem is - I bet it's 100% operator error, just not sure what I am doing wrong.
When I save the sound/icon files I saved the sound by - save target as and verified I can open and hear on PC. On the icon files I opened in paint and saved....of course changing names to match except for extension.
Pick the nearest tedlight camera and select go, then yes.. when asked if you want to simulate drive...
FNG here - how do I put in simulation mode and I don't have any redlight camera info downloaded.
click on wrench>settings>system>gps simulator ON.. That is using my 270 there may be slight differences depending on the gps... OOps my error select the nearest HD dealer...
Thanks - learned something but turning simulation on didn't fix.
did you load it with the poi loader in manual mode and set the alert as MM asked?
Loaded in Express mode, alert is set.
Should i use manual?
This is the first time I have messed with POIs and the downloader.
Edit - just verified once again, Prox alert are checked, Custom POIs.
Yes load in manual mode and check this poi contains proximity alerts..
Did that, set alerts for 1000ft. Just tried again in simulation mode again, no good.
Giving up for tonight, wine is kicking in.
Ummmmm, maybe a Red Wine alert.
Thanks for trying.
Click on tools>folder options>view and make sure "hide extensions for known files" is not checked... If it is then uncheck it and see if you have any double extensions...
It has been and is unchecked.
Can you confirm for me that the downloader takes the three files and combines them into one file on the Nuvi?
So once downloader does its thing there is no way to verify what you have in terms of POIs, sound files or icon files other than try the route via simulation or actual drive?
It is the poi.gpi file... And no, there is no way, other than to look at the location, zoomed in to 300' or closer and you should see the icon..
Are you sure your unit isn't in muted? or the volumn turn down?
There are several things that might cause the alert not to sound:
The location must be no more than 50' from the street you are traveling on.
The location has to be on the street you are traveling on.
The files aren't named exactly the same excluding extension.
Volume or mute settings
Proximity alert settings
Proximity alert wasn't set while loading the poi
There is something wrong with the gpsr... i.e. The voice file you are using is corrupted etc..
and probably a few others..
BTW I personally only use the proximity alert for enforcement cameras. I generally don't care if I am passing a Bank of America or CitiBank or Costco or whatever. I have those files and if I want to visit a location I look up the closest one and select go...
The only other file I would have an alert for is possibly the rest area poi...
When I started using poi I like many others set up my gps to alert me of various stores, etc but in a very short while I found it was driving me crazy...
I had mine talking to me all the time...too much newbie enthusiasm, and playing with the new toy.
but it was just a phase
Why when I try to download a sound file I click on it and it will not download instead it plays with windows media .
Right click and save instead of opening:)
Does anyone out there have any mp3 or wav sounds of railroad steam engines ??
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