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Do Alerts interfere with one another

Having recently loaded a number of POI files with icons and alerts, I get the feeling that not all of the alerts are playing.

I looked in the help for the POILoader for comments, but found none. So, I want to pose a question.

Naming Conventions

It has fasinated me that of all the POI file, MP3/WAV files and BMP files that I have recently downloaded, the CSV, MP3 and BMP files have never had the same name. YET, the Garmin POILoader requires that the names all be the same. It took some effort for me to change the names to be the same.

VA DOT Defends Red Light Camera Study

This is sure to stir the pot

"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Contributors of the Week 2009-12-28

The last Cow Award of 2009 goes to Random2545!!!

You have been doing a great job contributing all types of content to the group. None of it is posted yet due to my vacation, but I wanted to give you the recognition you deserved.

You are one of the people that flooded my in box and the Moderation queue this last week.

Thanks for all of your hard work and wonderful files.

Miss POI

Chit Chat Thread for the week of January 4, 2010

This is the place to talk about things that are not gps related.

Have fun...

This thread will be closed on Monday and a new one will be opened.

MaryAnn Melby AKA Miss POI

CES 2010

With CES 2010 only a few days away, what are you interested in reading about? I am looking forward to reading more about the Garmin Nuvi 1820 and 1860.

Vehicle GPS that shows your Altitude?

We have been using a Garmin 550-C for a number of years now and have been mostly happy with it. Before we purchased it we had a hand held unit that was probably designed for hiking but it did show altitude. We really liked that feature and miss it in our much more expensive Garmin.

Do any of you know of a Vehicle GPS Unit that will show Altitude??

Check the spelling of your Posts with Tiny Spell Portable

If you are like me, I am not a good "touch" typist, so I often misspell words because I did not hit the right keys.

There is a handy little application that checking your spelling in any windows application "on the fly". It is portable (meaning it can be run from a flash drive and does not need to be "installed" on your computer - just put a shortcut on your desktop).

.MP3 versus .WAV files

I have read in posts that .MP3 files sometimes "skip". I realize that .WAV files are larger than .MP3 files. But, if .MP3 files skip, why would the preference not be to use only .WAV files (they are not that much bigger)?

Related Question: If the POILoader files both .MP3 and .WAV files named exactly the same, what does it do?

Direct competition... Will the evolution of smartphones see off sat-navs?


Smartphones with GPS and talking map applications are increasingly competing with sat-nav devices, experts say.

If money was no object, which Gps would you own and why?

I am really curious? I have three gps garmins and saw my buddys new Tom Tom the other day it was very smooth and the audio directions were more extensive. I like the 855 nuvi with the voice controls but I also the 765t. What would you pick?

Garmin 765T, Garmin C340, Garmin 265WT, Garmin C550

poi icons

im new to my novi 255, just downloaded shell gas poi, i think i did it right? i did get the successfil screen - went through the poi loader, the locations are in my extras but on the map it only shows a ( dot ) not the shell icon ??? please help

Suggestions for FAQ on Garmin - Loading POI files with POI Loader"

Something like this would have cleared up several questions for me.

Add wording to Step 2:

Closing in on 200,000

Dont know if anyone has seen or paying attention but i was surfing around the factory and seen that the 200,000 member mark is rapidly approaching, Any takers when the 200,000 member will make his/her appearance onto the site. My self, i am looking maybe around 1/4/10.

Jerry...Jacksonville,Fl Nüvi1450,Nuvi650,Nuvi 2495 and Mapsource.


Hey folks,
Just a little note to thank you all for your files and assistance in my short six days on this site.
As a career Asst. Fire Chief, I would like to ask that while you all are out "ringing in the New Year" if you drink, PLEASE LET SOMEONE ELSE (who has not drank) DRIVE!!! so that you will be able to see next year safely.

New 2010 IL laws regarding cell phone use while driving

A new year usually brings new laws with it and that is the case in IL. If you drive in IL, you should be aware of 2 new laws that become effective Jan 1, 2010 prohibiting texting while driving and cell phone use in certain situations while driving.

Nuvi 350

MS Streets & Trips (MS is Microsoft)

Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010 will now export GPX files. I tried a route without push pins and one off-route push pin, and it exported them all. Hooray!! Versions 2002-2006 you could use GPSBabelGUI to convert the data (pushpins and routes) to other file types, like POIs and ITNs, but all versions from 2007-2009 you couldn't.

Escort 9500ix Radar

I just bought the Escort 9500ix It has the safety camera data base. It also has the Mark Location.
So far I love this unit. I am still learning the ins and outs. I seen a few older post about this unit but thought Id bring it back up.

Anyone have any tips or comments on this 9500?

Newbie here

Just found this website. Got a TomTom Go 730 for Christmas a real step up from my Lowrance Ifinder. I'm still learning the ins and outs of the new GPS and found out about this place. I'm keeping the iFinder for geocaching and the Tom Tom will be my vehicle GPS.

I did use the ifinder for a 1400 mile trip around Lake Michigan last summer but the lack of routing is tough.

speed camera alerts

I downloaded the Walmart file. I started to get Speed camera 1mph alarms . I was told that if I took out the (1) at the end of the file this would stop it.
Didn't work. I replaced the file with the latest version without the (1) I still keep getting the alarm every time I pass a Walmart. How do I stop it without deleting the whole file?

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things!