It seems that if I want to import an updated .csv POI file, I have to upload ALL of them. I tried updating the latest red light/speed camera POIs from a separate folder. After uploading those two POIs, all my other ones were gone.
Seems I have to put each POI file in the same folder and import all of the every time I need to add an updated single POI file. Weird...
Are you using sub folders for each poi subject?If so it should not be a problem.
Yup, I sure was. I put the red light and camera POIs in a new folder and when I uploaded them, all my other POI files were gone and just those two were there. I moved them back into my "main" custom POI folder and uploaded them all back. Not really a big deal, I guess, but it takes some time as I have almost 100,000 POIs in all those files. I would have thought the stand alone POIs would just replace the existing ones on the Nüvi and not erase the others...
There are many post on this site re: this, but in a nutshell ... you can avoid having to reload all your POI's each time by renaming your poi.gpi file on your GPSr.
In other words .. load you Red Light files and then rename the .gpi file "redlight.gpi", then load your restaurants and rename etc. etc.
Otherwise, if your not dealing with lots of alert settings, it's not a big deal to simply manage a folder and have them all load each time.
Yup, that's probably what I'll end up doing. Just keep them all in the same folder and upload them all anytime I get an update. It only takes about 20 seconds, so no biggie...
There are many post on this site re: this, but in a nutshell ...
Here are a few threads:
I have a folder on the computer that has the POI's that I want to - and load in the GPS and I have another folder of POI's that are stored but not loaded. For me that works the best.
I posted a detailed procedure on how to organize and load your POI. Search for my post and it is a cookbook how to!
I have a POI folder and a POI Holder Folder. I load from the POI folder and move them to POI Holder if I don't want to load them. Makes it simple to keep track of. The subfolders in each are the same also. So I have a Coffee folder in each, but when I travel to AZ, I just move my Arizona coffee file to the Coffee folder in POI and run the loader.
Why don't you just keep your POI's loaded into the GPS all the time? Is it a memory issue? I have almost 100,000 custom POIs and a bunch of mp3s on my 660 and still have around 700 megs of memory left. My ginormous combined restaurant POI, made from the individual POIs here, only comes a touch over 4 megs.
as I have almost 100,000 POIs in all those files....
I have over 520,000 POI's. And haven't put a dent in it. I just dump the new ones into a "My GPS POI's" folder and keep adding to it. I keep adding and adding. I think I am trying to fill it up. Hmm half a million and still 480mb left. At the size of the POI files I think I will be in the millions before I get close to reaching the max. Then I guess I will have to start loading them onto my 4gb SD card. LoL
Wow, how long does it take to upload all of those POIs? Heck, where'd you find that many?
I find that a combination of the POI loading techniques work best for me. I change the names of the ones I want to keep on the GPS, ones that don't change often (like the terrific job that was done with the combined Rest Areas). That way they don't have to be reloaded often. Ones that change often (like the red light POI) I just leave in a folder and upload the folder weekly, leaving it as poi.gpi.
With shaking hands, I'm humbly submitting this idea to the great auditorium: wouldn't be good to maintain a mirrored image of unit's internal folders (aside from the holy backup!) on our pc's, make the whatever updates/changes, hook up the unit to the pc and run a syncing program?
This way the program will compare all similar files and ask permission to update, those not identical, in both directions.
I think that mainly the POI files are suitable for this approach.
If it's too goofy... well, take me to the pasture and pull the trigger!
Well it takes about 3 to 5 minutes to reload. Ever since I have owned this 660 I have been scanning different sites and d/l the POI files I find that may be of some interest to me, either now or in the summer months when we start vacations. You probably wouldn't believe how much info is on the internet. LoL
Some of us poor folk can't afford the expensive toys.
If you are installing these to the internal memory and not a card then why not install the new ones to a card and when you insert the card the unit should ask if you want to import the new ones to the main memory. I haven't tried this, but it seems to me that method would merge the new ones into what you already have rather than overwriting them.
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