Hi trying to upload some custom POI files. Everything goes well until the end. Then in the POI loader it says congratulations you have successfully installed you custom api files on your device. Then in the box below it says unable to convert.wav to the proper format therefore the audio file was not transferred. Not sure what this means. Thank you
Download and install sox.exe on the computer. See charlesd45's FAQ:
Then POI Loader will be able to convert .wav files to the proper format.
I do have the Sox file in the same file folder. Maybe there is something wrong with the Sox file.
After un-zipping Sox.Exe, you'll need to place the sox.exe application file into the same folder on the computer where PoiLoader exe is located.The FAQ will guide you through the process. It also includes the correct sox.exe to use.
Just got a new PC after 12 years and completely forgot this has to be done for Garmin POILoader to convert WAV sound files. I unzipped the files from charlesd45's FAQ into the POILoader directory and now everything works like a charm again.
Make sure you have the correct version of the SOX file. POILoader will only work with an older version. 14.1 - I think. I'm 75 so don't hold me to that version number. Somebody here will know for sure.
Guess what? I completely forgot sox.exe after formatting and doing a clean install of Windows 10 until you just reminded me! We haven't needed the GPS lately!
It's 14.0.1, not to be confused with 14.1.0 if memory serves me right. It's available here at the POI Factory.
The Garmin link mentioned in charlesd45's FAQ no longer has sox.exe
I don't want to download it from sites around the internet. Here is a known good source:
The FAQ http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730 has the correct Sox. Look under B. Here is a video that may help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsJTUmvb6_o
Charles, you are right. I was looking at A instead of B.
I got stymied by this WAV file issue again today. Custom POIs were loading correctly but WAV sound effect files were generating error messages.
I'd solved this awhile ago with the advice in this thread, but I'd since gotten a new computer, and even though I thought I had the right version of sox.exe in the same folder as POILoader.exe, I finally figured out that I'd put sox.exe in the folder with the POILoader.exe file I'd downloaded from Garmin. That doesn't work, because that's just a file one uses to install POILoader and not the program that runs after it's installed.
You have to put the extracted version of sox.exe in the same folder where the executable program file of POILoader is located after you run the downloaded install file. Your mileage may vary, but on my Win10 PC it's at C: > Program Files (x86) > Garmin > PoiLoader.
There's another wrinkle. In newer versions of Windows, to protect Windows and your apps, you need to be a Windows administrator to add a file like sox.exe to a Program Files (X86) folder. When you try and a window pops up saying, "You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder" [oooooooh... that sounds ominous], you may be able to just click Continue to do it, but if that doesn't work, you'll have to websearch how to get Windows administrator privileges on your PC. You can do it, if some blue meanie boss hasn't blocked it on your PC. You don't need to take a class and get certified as a Windows administrator, heh, you just have to fiddle with the right settings in Windows. Webpages can tell you how.
Anyway once I'd successfully moved sox.exe to that Windows program folder, POILoader worked correctly to load sound effects files on my Garmin GPS for custom POIs.
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