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Bob wasn't the only contributor of WAV files, It would be safe to say the others were in the single digit percentage wise.
Did any of those few survive the nuking of bobdee's wav file event?
When one of our long time members came up with wav and sox.exe to get voice alerts .Wav files where very limited on the site. Mostly mp3 was available. Bob worked with the site converting all the mp3's to wav files. A few other members done some also. Bob by far done a large majority of them. He done some with sound effects in them like the siren with red light cameras. He got the Cow award for his work during that time frame. So yes he done a lot of them. I still remember the large numbers showing up in recent posts. See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/20896
The recent discussion is quite interesting. If there are none/few wavs left, I wonder if someone with experience with mp3>wav conversions (this excludes me) and the various programs/websites that can do this would consider creating a FAQ and submitting it to The Factory. Ideally, the new faq could be linked to the current sox faq (hint hint, charlesd45) :
Since more and more Nuvis do not have mp3 capability maybe someone needs to do it again. Or maybe Bobdee still has them.
I only use one for the RLC another for Rest Areas Combined, I created the WAV and if anyone needs them just drop me an e-mail message and I'll attach them to the reply.
Both are with Jill's voice
"WARNING Red Light Camera Ahead"
"Rest Area Coming up in two miles"
Bobdee requested that they be deleted from the site, so I would doubt he will be willing help.
"You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille"
Folks if it was done before it can be done again, and it's not because of one person that the world will stop turning.
I will look into what I can add to the link.Most new members as well as other long time members including my self. I would think would prefer the convenience of downloading them from the site.
I will assemble all of my backup files and work it out with Jon for them to be re-posted.
I will then create new files for those POI's that need them, so if you have created files that need a Notification WAV, just hit my contact button and leave me a message.
Thanks for all the time involved with doing this Bob. Sure others like my self will appreciate this.
BobDee - this is very generous. Seems like the absence of the mp3 player in new units has been causing problems for beginners.
I converted them already..but before Miss POI left I had only done "A" through "B", and offered to do the rest. She said they were working on something for the site to do it, and told me not to bother.
A few weeks went by and I did the rest. I think I still have them if Jon wants them.
it is not difficult to convert mp3 to wav file.
very easy... not rocket science at all.
.can I change that? I own a Garmin 660
[Volume On My Camera Alert Is Very High...] .can I change that? I own a Garmin 660
If the Camera Alert is a "sound" file (as opposed to bongs) and it is louder than other "sound" files on your device, you could use some program to reduce the volume and then reload the camera POI and sound files.
Otherwise, there is an icon on the menu page that you can press and get access to volume settings.
I bought nuvi65 last week and asked the client if it alarm you if your speed is more than limit they said yes ofcourse!!! but I realized that it has only speed camera alert that not useful for me ,
can any body help me and send me the file I can activate the SPEED LIMIT SOUND ALERT in my garmin.
Devices such as the 3590 can be set to chime if exceeding the speed limit by setting the device for a European location, e.g. Germany. I don't believe the 65 has such a feature, but try it.
This is helpful info.
.... by setting the device for a European location, e.g. Germany. ....
I'm hard pressed to understand why a GPS receiver would ever even ask a user to set the "local". I can understand having settings for options like English/metric or alert sound on/off, but to not give control over something as straight forward as an alert alarm and then have the GPS turn around and ask "oh, by the way, where are we?" seems absurd.
And yet, when you do a hard reset of a Garmin GPS, the first thing it asks you is the locale. There actually is a very simple reason why I believe it's done on a Garmin, and that is to comply with local regulations.
Using the Germany example given in the linked thread, Germany likely has a law in place which stipulates that the GPS receiver offer an audible alert whenever the driver exceeds the posted speed limit.
Another example is mainland China. Chinese law does not allow GPSrs with what they determine to be "high sensitivity". So for China, an equivalent to Selective Availability in the US is turned on when the GPS is set to the China locale.
I'm sure there are others. Of course, there's always Russia, where you direct the GPS.
And yet, when you do a hard reset of a Garmin GPS, the first thing it asks you is the locale. There actually is a very simple reason why I believe it's done on a Garmin, and that is to comply with local regulations.....
I think that the purpose of the question after a hard reset is to get a rough idea of where the GPS is, which helps getting a faster lock. The GPS calculations are tricky and because of Doppler effect the GPS has to search a lot of different frequencies to find its signals, and knowing roughly where it is can help it zoom in on its frequencies and thus its location much faster. I would be very surprised if there were any local laws regarding putting information into a GPS.
i have followed the instructions exactly, as far as i know, but POI loader will not recognize the "Redlight-Camera11" file. i have tried every way that i know how, i guess i will have to find someone less than 50 years old that can read between the lines on how to do this.
Make sure you are using a wav file not a mp3 for your sound file.Plus the sox.exe needs to be in the correct location for the sound alert to work. See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730 and follow the instructions. Instructions for custom pois http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25721
Your post shows 11 after Redlight-Camera "Redlight-Camera11".Is that a typo?You don't need that.
i did all of that to the letter, i have saved the file, with .csv and .wav it only gives "save link as" and not save target as, i guess im too computer illiterate.
1.When you go to the sound files.You click on the name of the file first.
2.When the attachment comes up with the extension.Example Redlight.wav.You then right click and select save link as.Make sure to click on the wav file just to hear it work.
I can not see any reason why POI Loader would not recognize any file that had an extension of .csv or .gpx.
So, one of my questions would be whether you have double extensions - see
Assuming that is not it, when you say "will not recognize", tell us more about what POI Loader does. We assume you are pointing POI Loader to the Folder containing "Redlight-Camera11" - not to the file itself.
Note that a file name of "Redlight-Camera11" is going to generate a "speed alert" if you are going over 11 MPH. That is not what you want. See
Why does a Red Light file have a number in it? Where did you get this file?
Charles has given info on sox.exe above.
Assuming your downloaded the redlight and speed camera files from here at The Factory, the filenames for each should be Redlight-Cameras.csv and Speed-Cameras.csv. Is that what they are (or did you change the filename to something else for some reason)? You wrote that your redlight file is Redlight-Camera11 and I assume its extension is .csv, correct?
Before starting, let's see if your custom POIs have actually loaded. On your nuvi, tap Whereto, then tap Extras, then tap CustomPOIs. Do you see any loaded custom POIs?
First, note that adding numerals to a filename will cause you untold grief. I strongly suggest (in fact, I insist) you rename the camera files by removing any numerals like the "11".
Second, when you say POI Loader won't load the file, do you receive an error from POI Loader or does it just not load the file even though you had expected it to? At the end of running POI Loader, do you get a message something like "Successfully loaded xxx POI locations"? Can you also tell us if you've succeeded in loading and using Custom POIs other than the camera files and if so, do they work for you? This will let us know if your problem is with all custom POIs and POI Loader or if there's something unique going on with the camera files causing it to fail. Failing to get any Custom POIs to work is different than failing to get camera files with alerts to work and knowing what's failing will guide us in determining which questions to ask.
If you're using a PC, double extensions can trip you up and should be remedied first:
Also, if you think your issue is with file downloads, tell us what browser you're using to get the files to your computer.
Third, it appears that you're also trying to add a custom wav audio alert (and maybe a custom icon?) which is further complicating things. First install a simple Custom POI and get it to work before getting fancy with wav files and icons. You want to make sure that you're downloading and saving the csv files to a folder on your computer is working and that POI Loader will install the POI file to your GPS. Without a custom wav audio alert, you still will get the default "boing" alert sound with a successfully loaded camera POI file.
Lastly, stick with this and you will succeed. You aren't the first by far to say "I followed the instructions exactly" only to find that you missed at least one step and this is especially true when trying to add custom wav audio alerts with sox.exe, etc. If this isn't a quick fix for us to get you running with Custom POIs, we will start asking you to state exactly what you did and exactly what messages of success or errors you see. Be patient with us and try not to get too frustrated. Our success rate at helping folks is really quite good. You will also note that my responses tend to be several times longer than responses from others and this may either help or hinder you...sorry about that
PS—after reading some of the other comments, I ask that you clarify your problem in one respect. I read your message as saying that POI Loader does not recognize your POI data file, the .csv file. But being in a thread discussing Alert Sounds, I wonder if your problem is just getting your desired custom wav audio alert to sound. Is your problem getting redlight camera alerts in general or did you succeed in getting redlight alerts and your only problem is changing the default 'boing' to a custom wav file?
Ah, could this be the file trying to be used since it has an '11' in it?:
In that case, when at that page, right-click the link to the audio file, then click "Save target as..." to save it to your POI folder.
And if this is the file you're using, remember that you need to convert the mp3 file to a wav using conversion software or websites. Your nuvi 67 can not play mp3 files and you do need to convert the file to a wav, not just rename the file changing .mp3 to .wav.
Once converted to a .wav file, then finally make sure that the filename before the . matches the csv filename:
if the csv is Redlight-cameras.csv,
then the wav file must be Redlight-cameras.wav, not Redlight-camera11.wav.
There is a wav file located here http://www.poi-factory.com/node/38354 .Just right click on it and click save lnk as . As per the instructions I listed above. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730
1.put the sox.exe application file in the same folder where PoiLoader.exe is located.
2.The wav file for alerts must be named the same as the CSV or GPX file except for the extensions.
3.The biggest problems with the alerts not working are the files not being named the same except for extensions and having double extensions. Double-check each of them. The best way to prevent double extensions is to go to your folder options in the control panel and click view then find hide extensions for known file types and remove the check mark. Click ok. See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/41141
Just a heads up that I’m cleaning up the sound alerts a bit.
As I've been adding the WAV files Charlesd45 sent in, JM has asked me to attach specific sound files like McDonald’s, to the McDonald’s POI file page, removing the sound from Alert Sounds Library.
We are hoping to dwindle the Alert Sounds Library down to only generic sounds such as Art Gallery, etc. making it much more manageable.
This will take a while so I appreciate your patience.
Let me know if you have any questions.
but very much appreciated!
... JM has asked me to attach specific sound files like McDonald’s, to the McDonald’s POI file page, removing the sound from Alert Sounds Library.
We are hoping to dwindle the Alert Sounds Library down to only generic sounds such as Art Gallery, etc. making it much more manageable.
This makes good sense.
Thanks for all that you do.
What is keeping the windmill alive all about? ??
Sounds good to me. One question. Is there any way that when someone sends in a custom poi file. On the same form can you also attach the wav,mp3 and bump file? Even on the update of the file include the option. It would take off some of the extra work by Jon and you having to go back and add it. Plus less work for the member making 3 requests.
If you notice, next to my avatar there are some symbols, like a windmill. It generally means that I have been posting regularly, every week.
At the top of the page, click the LEARN tab and scroll down to Other Pages. Select Frequently Asked Questions and read the section on Active Members. Also the section on Badges.
There's a lot of reading there, under Learn that can help you understand what's going on here.
It's my first post. I have Garmin in dash Honda CRV 2017 Touring (Canada). How can I load custom voice alerts for Red light camera, speed camera and enable proximity alerts.
I was using Nuvicam earlier for my old car in which I changed the region to UK which enabled proximity alerts.
I am struggling to do same but I guess there is no such option to change region in Garmin-Honda.
Can some one please help!
These sound files are a great idea and help many when using automotive GPSr's. There are however many POI files here, mostly in the Outdoor category, intended for use with handheld GPSr's. Most of these units cannot play sound files.
Although it does no harm, in most cases, the effort to create a sound file for a handheld is wasted. Consider the intended use of the POI file when creating them.
Again I thank those who put their time into the creation of these sound files.
These sound files are a great idea and help many when using automotive GPSr's.
Nope, at least not in my VW Passat Garmin based built in.
Will not accept RLC and Speed cams nor POI's complete with accompanying sound and image files.
Having said that, I can load them using a convoluted procedure, but none will be visible or heard.
Welcome to POI Factory, pavanuppu! This is a friendly place where a discussion about your Garmin/Honda may point you in the right direction.
It would be better to start a new thread. All members are entitled to do this, and the thread will be exclusively about your question.
I am just a member, and you will find that it is members who will be helping you. We have members who have discussed Hondas before.
Just copy your previous post. Click on this link and then "Post new forum topic." Paste your post and add a Subject:
edit: pavanuppu has made a new post at:
Does anyone know if the NUVI 1450 will play mp3 alerts for red light or speed zone cameras.
Or do I have to use wav files with the sox program.
Thanks in advance for your answer
1xxx series does not have MP3 player.
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