I bought one of those Kenwood Garmin in dash units and want to load POI on them, is it basicly the same procedure, just load it on the card and put the card in the unit ? Is there anyway to get it on the unit with out ripping my dash appart again to get the unit out ? maybe thru actuall kenwood receiver ? thanks in advance for the help.
To my understanding, the in dash units aren't able to load custom POIs
Here is the link for the indash unit: http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Car_Entertainment/Mobile_Video_n_N... It appears you can upgrade the unit via an SD card so you may be able to load poi's via a card reader and poi loader...
Thanks. So no way to do it with out the SD card ? I have to rip the whole thing apart.
Are you sure the SD card slot isn't accessible from the front? Perhaps under a flip up cover or panel?
The original Kenwood units used the Garmin G510 GPS which had a hinged cover on the side and an SD slot underneath. The unit should be mounted somewhere under your dash and you should be able to access the cover (the hinges are on the bottom, so the cover swings down from the top). Of course, the unit is black, and difficult to see, so bring a bright light with you.
Since I had mine installed last year, I've heard the newer units don't have the SD card slot, but use a USB connection instead. If this is the case and you can reach it, you may want to plug in an extension and feed it someplace where you can plug in a memory stick with the information on it a little more easily.
Garmin and Kenwood seem to do equally well at supporting their products, but don't expect Kenwood to know much about Garmin technology and vise versa.
on kenwood in dash units press and hold the open button and the screen will open all the way to access the SD slot
Which Kenwood unit do you have? Mine only has the CD/DVD slot under the screen. The GPS is a separate Garmin unit located under the dash. Yours sounds like a newer model. Far less complicated and more user friendly than mine.
Why would you want an in dash unit any how everytime you need to upgrade it you have to tear the dash apart to get the unit out so you can hook it up to your PC
Chances are, your eyes are on the smaller GPS screen longer, and not on the road. The larger screen of the in-dash unit makes it easier/faster to read and also easier to hit specific areas with your finger.
Updating and adding POIs with an SD card isn't really a problem if the unit was installed properly, and evidently, the new units have everything up front anyway.
In the manual it does say that there is a SD slot, but on the unit it self (under the dash) not on the front under screen. I will have to play with this a bit more. Thanks for the help.
My truck has an open space, large enough to store a garage door opener and couple of other small things. I mounted the unit there, with the SD door facing outward. It's very convenient. My wife has a Honda with a similar storage space covered by a lifting door. Check your dashboard out. You don't HAVE to mount it underneath. It's small and the cabling will reach just about anywhere.
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