I just purchased my first GPS, a Garmin c530. I have successfully downloaded a list of Wifi Hotspots for the Atlanta area. When I touch Where to, then Extras, I see “Custom POI’s, but no title. In other words nothing to indicate the following list is a listing of WiFi Hotspots. So, my question is there a way to name POI lists with a Garmin c530?
If you create a main POI folder on your computer and create a subfolder under that and put your Custom POI file in the subfolder, the name of the subfolder should be created as a category on your unit.
Be sure you point POI Loader to the main folder when you run it.
Thanks for the reply. That's exactly what I did, I think. I created a folder in "My Documents" called POI. I then downloaded and saved a file named Atlanta Wifi Hotspots.csv in the newly created POI filder. In other words, the file is named, but the c530 just calls it "Custom POI" It does show all the hot spots but without a name one wouldn't know what the various entrys were for.
Create a SUBFOLDER named "WiFi" (or whatever) under your POI folder.
So, it would look like this.
>My Documents (ignore this because it doesn't matter where you put them)
>>POI (main folder)
....Atlanta WiFi Hotspots.csv
Then, point POI Loader to the POI folder.
MM, there's a bug (well at least from my perspective) that if you only have ONE file in a subfolder, then POI loader will only put the content of the file directly under it without creating the subcategory. So using the example above, the content of the CSV will be listed directly under the WiFi unless you add another POI file. Then Atlanta WiFi Hotspots will show up with its content under it.
Thanks to you both. I did as MM described and created a subfolder named Wifi Hotspots and put the downloaded file in the Wifi Hotspot folder but I still ended up with only a (Custom POI's) title when I selected "Extras"
Traveler, if I understand you correctly, I need to add another subfolder and another file in my POI folder to get the name association to work.
Thanks, I'm trying it now.
Thanks, Traveler. I remember, now, a previous discussion about it. It didn't occur to me since I have many subfolders.
From my own experience, you need at least two subfolders and each folder needs at least two POI files...but like MM said, many of us now have so many files and subfolders accumulated, we forget about this little bug.
You Guys Rock!
Finally, I created a subfolder under my POI folder and simply named it Atlanta. I then put both the Atlanta Wifi Hopspots and the Atlanta Museums files in the Atlanta folder and Bingo! Under all categories I have a selection for Atlanta Museums and another selection for Atlanta Wifi Hotspots.
Thank you both!
I named my primary folder "Custom POI" on my computer. When loaded, the name on my Garmin c340 is "Custom POI". Can I rename it to "My Locations" and "My Locations" will display instead of "Custom POI" or will the file possibly not load or the name "Custom POI" is the default entry?
Nope. You can't change this on the unit. You can name the folder on your computer anything you want, but it will still show "Custom POIs" on the unit.
I was wondering how many POI's you have on your GPS device. The reason I ask is that I have just passed the 500,000 mark. I store all my POI's for my c530 on a 2G SD card. In a previous post from you I learned how to make subfolders in my custom Poi category. All went well and loaded correctly. But one thing is bugging me now. I noticed when checking out the POI's that sometimes in certain subfolders I would hit the category and it wouldn't go immediatly to the POI's. There was a slight delay, sometimes as much as 15 secounds. Yet other sub folders I would hit would go immediatly to the POI's. I was wondering if this is happening because of the sub folders or maybe because I am getting too many POI's collected. And finally I want to make sure that by adding all these POI's that it will not effect the performance of the unit. Otherwise I will need to tone down my POI collection. Does this happen to you? Any input from you would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Since it's easy to load and reload the POIs, I tend to load different sets of POIs for my needs and as the mood hits. At any one time, I average around 50,000 - 75,000 locations. I have lots more in folders on my computer that I will load at different times.
There are some that I keep on there all the time. Starbucks, Target, Outback, WaWa, Panera, Qboda, redlights, speed traps, etc. Others I take off when I'm not going to be needing them for a while. For example, I might put my geocaching queries on for the weekend and then take them off until I'm going out searching again. Or the Honda motorcycle dealers, I take off when I'm not riding.
Or if I'm going out of town, I load stuff just for the areas I'm going into in addition to the nationwide POIs like Starbucks.
My thought is that the total number loaded has some effect on the loading speed, but the number that have alerts on them has an even greater effect. I don't think that the subfolders would be affecting it. I also, don't think that the overall performance of the unit would be too negatively affected, but I would imagine that at some point with a large enough number loaded there certainly is the potential for some effect.
Thank you very much for your reply. I took my GPS out for a little test run tonight and everything is working perfectly. No big deal about the delay on some POI's coming up a little slow. I deceided to put most of the alerts I have on the c530 unit itself and will leave the rest of the POI's on the SD card. All seems well. Once again thank you very much for your reply.
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