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In-Dash Garmin Nav Systems

Some in-dash infotainment systems use Garmin for navigation.

Custom POIs can sometimes be installed on these in-dash systems using Garmin's POI Loader software via a memory card or disk.

In other cases, custom POIs might require an alternative process or not be available.

Discussion threads for some makes/models are linked below.

FAQ: Garmin Nav Systems

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FAQ: Garmin Nav Systems

POI Wont load on DriveAssistâ„¢ 50LMT

I used POI LOADER to load them on my DriveAssistâ„¢ 50LMT. Its new. The poi tries to load then says there is a unexpected error during the transfer of the custom POI Files. what am I doing wrong in loading them.

Fred W.Renon III



For a Garmin drive smart 61.

I have made a custom route for our Route 66 trip.

Have installed Open Maps.

1) Would you recommend continue using the Open Maps of USA or buy the Garmin USA North America map? I have simulated the route on the Garmin and seems to work OK. Just don't want to arrive in the USA and find I have problems.

What Am I Doing Wrong: POI Alert Distance

I've tried to set up POIs to alert me when ~3 miles away. In the past I've succeeded but I apparently made some mistake that I keep repeating. I know I've made an error as the alarm goes off after entering a parking lot rather than 3 miles off.

This is what I've done:

start POI Loader
remove all previous POIs

start POI Loader
select: units: feet & MPH

GE version

New version just loaded and functional!

If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem quickly resembles a nail. (Maslow's Hammer)

Extending a GTM-60 power cable

I need to extend my GTM-60 cable. It appears without cutting the cable (yet) that the cord has some type of ethernet wiring as well as, power wiring.

Before I butcher a brand new GTM-60 cable, does anyone know what actually is inside and what cabling I would need in order to extend the cord about 3 feet?

More Help with Extra POI Editor

Now that EPE will not support Google Maps or vise versa, I tried to display the points of Google Earth without success.

Tools > Open in GoogleEarth(tm) F9
=EPE cannot find the path to Google Earth

Help > Does not work

Options > Preferences
= no place to insert the path to my Google Earth Application

How would I display my points on GE through EPE?

Garmin (wifi traffic updates)

Do u need to have garmin connected to wifi to receive free traffic updates?

Robert Tschetter

POI Loader

when I launch POI Loader 273 it tells me to uninstall (same page) which I have to, when I launch it again it re-installs and I can use it only once. I have to go thru this every time.
Has anyone else experience this or have a remedy?

Can anyone confirm that proximity alerts actually work?

I would really appreciate hearing from anyone that has had a positive experience getting proximity alerts working for custom points. I've tried every tool that Garmin provides, placed legal values in the "Proximity" fields, created valid .gpx/.gpi files that were saved initially to my PC, then moved to the appropriate locations on my unit.

Update Builtin POI's

Does Garmin ever update the POI's that come with their products?

Under no circumstances whatsoever, will logic and common sense be tolerated.

DriveSmart61 standard power cord

I have a DriveSmart61 and want to hard wire the power into my car. When I cut the power cord I found in the standard power cord 3 wires...Red>Black>White. I know what the red and blacker for but have no idea what the white wire is for.

Smartphone Link Update

An update to the Garmin Smartphone Link for Android is now available from Google Play.

Help with Extra POI Editor

I have being using EPE for years to remove duplication from POI files as well as converting files to different formats.

Recently, the column data changed and I have attempted to correct this to my desired information but I am having no success . Previously, if a problem occurred , I was able to reinstall a download version of the EPE, but this download is no longer available.

Mass POI editor for Garmin

I'm looking for a mass POI editor. Something that would allow me to view and edit all my POIs in a flat file such as Excel or CSV.

Each row in the table would be a POI record, and there would be columns for Name, Phone, Categories (comma separated), Symbol, Latitude, Longitude.

Garmin Brings New Lineup of SmartDrive GPS Units to CES

Garmin announces a new line of SmartDrive units at CES 2019:

Looks like the dedicated GPS is not dead yet.

Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s, HereWeGo for Android.

Route Limitations

I have discovered by Trial and Error that when uploading a route, or creating a route, that you cannot have more that 29 Vias.

Years ago I created some routes for my trip on Rte66 in Delorme Street Atlas. I had to use a lot of bias to stay on the true route. I have converted these Delorme files to GPX XML and loaded one state file and waypoints to my 3597.

Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Garmin maps available for Streetpilot 7200

What is the latest Garmin map that will work without any problems on my Streetpilot 7200?



Hello, guys and gals,
some of you might already know me for some old mods of TomTom devices and for the iPhone unlock program ZiPhone.

Anyway, I am here to find people who know well the GCD format.
Unfortunately the only tool I could find until now is RGN_Tool by turboccc (who apparently left the scene).

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