Hi I am just wondering how I should setup the Files I paid for (1 Year Membership)on POI Factory for the Redlight & Speed Cameras. I believe I have the Redlight camera setting for half a mile or 2640 Ft and the Speed Cameras for 25 MPH.
Maybe the Half a mile for the redlight cameras are to much but I wanted to allow enough stopping time.
I have the Garmin 3597 GPS.
Thanks for your time and help
On mine they automagically default to, within POILOADER to a default distance and speed... Hopefully others will provide greater information...
JanJ...Thank You for the help. I notice when I installed these that there was no Distance or speed selected for me. Also when I use POI Loader and Sox.exe (located in the POI Loader directory) will it install the Wav and BMP files automatically.
..are within the file. You don’t have to do anything. They will alert at the proper distance and/or speed. And, yes, both wavy and bmp files will be installed.
Thank You for the help. I just dont want to find out that I installed the files wrong on my GPS.
What tends to be the distance of the redlight and the speed one?
Are there any general hints or tips that I should no what theses cameras. Where I live we do not have these things.
Thanks for your time and help!
Try my FAQ to load red light and speed cameras. I also have the nuvi 3597:
...Where I live we do not have these things...
Well, we have red light and speed cameras in New York City and Long Island where I live. If you visit us here you should have these files loaded.
I also used the files when visiting Seattle and Denver last year.
...I just dont want to find out that I installed the files wrong on my GPS...
If you feel the files were installed wrong, run POI Loader again and choose the radio button to "uninstall all custom POIs." Then start over.
Hello..I think my Sandisk 8 gig card died. It does not show on Garmin Express and it will not install files now. I bought a 32 gig card a few weeks ago but forgot where i put it :< so I just bought another one. Any ideas if I am doing something wrong or is the card dead.
I had a little space left for memory on my Garmin so I put the red light cameras on the Garmin. This proves to me that the memory card is dead.
Hi Dobs thanks for the link. I believe my sandisk 8 gig card is dead which is a shame. I just bought one a few weeks ago and lost it some place in my house I have the main POI's I want on my garmins memory which are the red light and speed cameras.
I was born and raised in Beverly, MA until I was about 12-13 then we moved away. I am glad I am only visiting the Eastern states now and not living there as I could not afford the taxes.
My two cents
I agree with your thought. Even for folks who later want to tinker and tweak settings, start with the defaults to see that they work and what to expect for an alert for you and your device. Both the speed and redlight POI files will give an alert at what many folks consider to be desirable settings without modifying any alert settings so start with that.
Then test the files by driving past your nearest known redlight cameras and speed cameras. Do they alert? If a custom icon or audio file is also loaded, do they show on the display and offer the custom alert? If the nearest POI locations for these files are far from the user, it's always possible to simulate a route from Point A to B that does not start at your GPS device's true location. Just pick an A and B that pass by a redlight or speed POI location.
I do think that adding a custom audio alert (wav or for some older devices, mp3) is desirable over the default "ding" is a good idea for redlight and speed POIs.
Downloading, installing and using POI files is easy and quick so it's possible to experiment with settings easily and quickly. I also think that when first using custom POI files, don't worry about creating subfolders on the computer to hold catergories of POI files. Start simple by placing the POI (and if desired, icons and audio) files in a single folder.
Lastly, POI files, even with custom icons and audio, take little space so go ahead and load them to the GPS device and don't add extra complexity at first by loading to an SD card.
End of my 2 cents...
Hello I found my 32 Gig Micro SD card that I bought. I put it in my Garmin 3597 and its not recognized. Do I need to format this card and can I do this within the Garmin GPS. Is there a guide on how to do this.
How do you know it is not recognized? Are you using Mac or Windows? Have you configured your 3597 for mass storage mode rather than MTP mode?
The 3597 should work fine in Auto Select Mode. The card should be formatted to FAT32.
AlanDB...I use Windows 10 Pro on a PC. How do I get my 3597 to configure for mass storage mode rather than MTP Mode. I researched online and it told me to put the MicroSD card in the slot and to format it to Fat32 inside the Garmin Unit. I can't get the format option to come up for me. I would think a new Sandisk card would already be formated Fat32.
I put the MicroSD Card in a SD holder and put it in my card reader and it reads the card fine. I can not get Garmin Express to recognize the card nor POI Loader. I get this error when trying to use POI Loader and putting the POI's to the card: There was an unexpected error during the creation of the customs POI File.
Im open to suggestions.
To put it in Mass Storage, go to the map screen. In the lower left corner press the "speed" tab to get to the dashboard. Press and Hold the Speedometer section until the next Dialog comes up. Scroll down to MTP settings and choose Mass Storage. You may want to just use the Single Session so you don't have to go back and change it.
It is possible that your unit is not properly choosing the correct setting, but I've never had that problem. It has always worked with MTP Auto selected.
If you can't get the card recognized you may have to insert the card in your computer and Format the card from there. I don't recall, nor can I find the option to Format the SD card while inserted in the Unit.
I'll have to refer to the Manual to see if I can find it.
I have a couple of links for you.
Formatting a Card https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=ZpYaMzfRLI8SE5KmrY9k27
Card not recognized, https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=i8HMiyq9RR7I8eg596g3wA
Nuvi 3597 Manual. http://static.garmin.com/pumac/nuvi_35x7_OM_EN.pdf
Before I wrote my response on here I actually went to these web links. I can not get my computer to recognize my card reader so I am thinking its to old and doesnt work on windows 10. I tried formating the card per what garmin told me to do was use the garmin GPS device and use File Explorer. It recognizes the card as 32 gig and says its empty but it will not let me format it.
This is something that is simple to do but the compute is blocking me on whatever I do.
Garmin Express does not recognize the card and POI Loader when I try to put the poi files to it it says: There was an unexpected error during the creation of the custom POI File.
Garmin told me the files may not be in the correct format but I told them I was able to put a few files on the garmins memory but it will not work on the Micro SD card. I have tried a 4 gig and 32 gig Sandisk card with no luck.
At one time the 4 gig card word and now it doesnt.
Okay I was able to do this. (Surprise Surprise) and I formated the card. I guess I will see what happens after this. Ill keep you posted.
Looks like Garmin Express now recognizes the 32 gig card. The help that Garmin gave me did not say anything about the Mass Storage mode that you told me about.
Ill keep u posted....Looks like I get the Same error message after doing all this. Even though Garmin Express recognizes the card I still get the error message. Could I be missing something else.
Not sure. But it's possible you have a cord going bad, or a USB port, either on the GPS or on your computer.
Do you have access to another computer and/or USB cord?
I have just enough gps memory to copy the red light and speed camera POI's to my GPS's memory. I cant copy any more as my memory is full. I just cant copy to the memory card. I think my card readers are to old to work on Windows 10 as I cant get them to recognize on the computer.
I did format the card with your help via the GPS. The card is recognized with Garmin Express. I also used another USB cable but I could not get it to sync with the cable. Weird...
Is it possible to just copy the POI's that I want to the Memory Card using File Explorer. Can you tell me the directory structure oh how to do this?
Try putting the sd card in the adapter and insert in the computer. Then try using POI Loader to upload to the card. I've done this lots of times,
When you insert into the GPS, make sure the GPS is turned off. I.E. Hold the power button until the Turn Off button pops up.
As I mentioned I believe my card readers are older and do not working in windows 10. I only have 1 working computer in the house which I am using to write this message to you. I was reading where people have installed POI's on there memory card but I see that they have to be converted to a GPI File.
The company that makes the card reader says it will work on windows 10 but no luck yet.
Im going to go to Best Buy now and buy an updated Card reader for Windows 10. Ill be back in about 45 minutes.
Okay Im back with a new Windows 10 approved card reader. It seems to work now. Now getting POI Reader to write the POI's to the card. Ill see if I can figure it out until u get back.
So after geting the new card reader and formating the card via the card reader the gps will not move the POI's to the GPS. I am trying to figure out how to move the Files from POI Reader to the Card Reader that are located on the computer.
After figuring out POI Loader and having the files put to the Micro SD Card I get the same error as before. I thought it was the GPS so its either the files or the Program which I will reinstall.
I Uninstalled and Reinstalled POI Loader and put Sox.exe to the directory. I downloaded a POI and made a test folder and installed it to the card. I reinstalled the memory card to the GPS and it worked. I guess some how the files on the computer got corrupt but I'm still testing that theory.
Update3 (Problem Resolved):
Some how my POI's that I downloaded got corrupt. I had a backup copy of the POI's on another hard drive on the computer. I was able to install the POI's with no problem. When I was talking to the Garmin earlier they mentioned this that the Files may not be formatted correctly or could be corrupt. So if you get an error message like: "There was an unexpected error during the creation of the custom POI file." then you should redownload the POI and try again. In my case the POI's got corrupt my computer.
I see that my files got doubled and installed 2-3 times which I am not sure I will do anything about it as I dont want to take the chance on the files not working again. Does it matter that my Redlight camera and Speed camera files are on my Custom POI's 2-3 times. Will it make a difference and will the POI's sound off when i get close to a red light camera or speed camera
Well I deleted all the POI's on the SD card via POI Loader and reinstalled the PO's. I didnt like the idea that the POI's were on the GPS 2-3 times. Now it looks better and everything seems to work. Nice to know I wasted several hours doing something that should of taken no more than 5 minutes. I appreciate all the help and support from this group.
I am glad I didnt have to buy a new GPS. My next map update I will have to install to a SD card as my GPS Memory is maxed now. I went to best buy and the Garmin GPS's I looked at were plastic. I prefer the metal 3597 ones as they dont look so cheap looking.
Don't copy the POI files (csv and gpx) from The POI Factory to your Garmin as I fear they'll end up as Favorites or Saved places and will cause all sorts of grief.
We would need to take a look at the files you have on the GPS. There is a good chance that there are a lot of useless files that can be deleted like help files and language file. Doing that should free up enough space.
Well you are correct/ After looking at my Saved Tab I have two folders one named: A;; Saved Places and Address. Address has my two saved locations for my trip and the All Saved places are I have no idea what unless they are POI's that I installed.
Pwohlrab...Do I run the GPS as a drive then delete the files I do not need. Could this be dangerous and I should probably back up my files before doing this. I will wait for this trip to be over before I do any tinkering around.
How do I know which ones to delete?
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