I'm sure this has been covered here a million times and I just don't know where to look, so my apologies upfront
When I upload to the memory card in my GPS, what's the best format to use to make the files easy to find and use?
I've only done one file so far & I put it in a folder which I thought would make it easy to find, but my GPS doesn't show folders or their names. - Duh, it's not a computer!
If I plan on using a dozen POI files, what's the best way to organize things?
When you upload files to your RV760, like most other Garmin GPSr's, the data goes into the GPX folder either on the SD card or the unit itself. This makes organization difficult.
There are ways to organize by using categories but I find that to be more trouble than the effort is worth.
What I do is combine many POI's into one file while staying within the GPSr storage limits. I store the files on SD cards, one for each geographical area where I travel. Sometimes, if I'm travelling cross country, I will swap SD cards mid trip.
I find using SD cards is more convenient than dragging out the GPS and plugging it in for every update.
This is just my way of organizing. I'm sure others have a different approach and hopefully will share their ideas.
You can't upload POI files, unless you have used POI Loader or have put them in GPX format. POI Loader converts them to .gpi format. They can be put in the root of the SD card and the unit will find them and use them. .GPX files have to go into a GPX folder on the SD card.
As mentioned in bdhsfz6's post, you can put them on separate SD cards and swap them out. Small cards capacity cards work well, since .gpi files are small.
Inserting new cards will not remove the previous POI files, and eventually you will end up with all the files in the POI folder on the unit and you will have to either Delete the existing files from the Catgory dialog, or connect the unit to the computer and use Explorer to remove them,
Personally, I keep all my POI files on the unit. They are easy to manage on the unit and don't take up that much space.
If you use POILoader then why not keep ALL the files on the unit. Only the nearest 50 or so will show anyway.
Seems like wasted effort maintaining and swapping SD cards for different areas.
Well, I'm learning!
I uploaded donaldb530's WalMart POI and put it in a folder labeled 'WalMart' on my 64gb chip and then had a heck of a time finding it on my GPS
The GPS said "New Extra Data Found on Card - Install This Data to Make it Available if the Card is Removed?" - Not knowing exactly what this meant, I selected 'No'
Then I went looking for it. I eventually found it under 'Where To
- Categories' at the very bottom, labeled 'Custom POI's'
Of course I used the POI loader and all that went well, but it didn't show up as a category of it's own, under 'Where To' like I assumed it would . . . . and like I wanted it to, but maybe that's not even possible - Lots to learn about this new GPS as it has about a hundred features not found on the Nuvi 550 I bought 10 years ago to use on my motorcycles and which I'm still using today, BECAUSE it's so intuitively simple to operate. I suspect the Nuvi will still get some use, right under the RV760 in our new motor home
Thanks guys! - Appreciate the help
Arranging files or creating groups is not difficult. Scrungygundogs wrote the procedure over ten years ago.
You need to build a file structure on your PC containing the poi files in sub folders. Say you want campgrounds but want them organized a state and national parks, Good Sam, Jellystone and the like.
Create a folder on you PC named POI. Under that, create another folder called campgrounds and then load all your camping POI in either CSV or GPX format int that folder. Any icon or sound alert for these also go into the same folder.
To create another category such as fuel, you back out so you are again under the POI folder and add your various fuel poi,icons and sounds.
When done, you tell POILoader to process the POI folder on your computer. These will load into the GPS with the groups showing. The individual POI are sorted and displayed under their group headings.
Here is the FAQ on custom pois. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25721 and the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhhb5FPyLW0
To find installed custom POIs on your device:
Touch Where to?
Scroll down to Other Categories
Touch Custom POIs
Touch the desired custom POI category (if applicable)
You may want to look at this for other problems that may come up. https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?productID=135455&tab=topic...
Thank you both! - That's exactly what I needed to know. Organize things on the computer & that makes it all easy to find on the GPS
A new bit this morning - When I turned the GPS on it reported "The Memory Card Has Reached the End of It's Useful Life and Can No Longer Be used". The POI file I uploaded yesterday is gone! Brand spanking new (just opened it yesterday) Samsung 64Gb chip and now the GPS tells me it's no good!
One step forward, two steps back! Looks like I need to use smaller memory cards
Yes, 32GB is the current limit.
Info other users also may interested in for SD cards. https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=UsL6MuMMCM8PpgAhUUCqp7...
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