Ok so I have a Garmin Drive 50-LM and I downloaded the speed cameras from this site.
So I downloaded all of the files and the POIs are showing up on the GPS I can go in and look at them and they are properly installed
I can even look at the *.gpi files on the actual drive itself in the \Drive 50\Internal Storage\POI
Now I want to make it clear that I did NOT just copy these files over onto the drive. I used the Garmin POI Loader to be able to
And yes I have the sox.exe in the same directory as the the POI Loader as well.
And yes, the file names are identical and the 3 files are all in the same directory the *.csv file the *.bmp file and the *.wav file
Now I heard that some devices do not support the mp3 format any longer so that is why I did not use the MP3 file.
I mean I can see the POI as well when I get near the point the icon is coming up but I don't hear the warning sound.
All the files are the same name as well they are identical this should be working. Having the sox.exe in the same directory as the POI
loader and doing everything that I did but still I am not getting the warning sound. I can see that there is a camera there and
the image is on my map but no sound.
I have all the files I should need to get this working I don't understand why I am not getting the sound. And yes I checked the extension as well and there is no double extension or anything like that I know I read that this can also be an issue but I checked the file name extensions and that isn't the case here.
I also have "Hide extensions for known file types" unchecked so it forces it to show all extensions on files. So I would see any double extension.
This is in the File Explorer Options
I have followed all of the information that I could find about this on this site and other sites so far. I can't seem to find a solution for it.
Garmin audio alerts may work with MP3. I would try adding MP3 files to check if it works any better.
Also, can you open and listen these audio files? The audio file(s) may be corrupted. Just click on the WAV or MP3 file to open it and check if it works.
Yes I can open the files and listen to them using VLC with no problem.
Now from what I read the newer devices don't support MP3 but some of the older ones do.
And if it was just a corrupted file I have the file downloaded multiple times for all the speed zones as well and it is all the same sound
so they would all be corrupted I doubt it. And the fact that I can open the file and listen to the WAV file ok that means they are not corrupted.
And this is where I was reading that you need to use a WAV file:
"The mp3 is the problem. Garmin dropped mp3 support quite a while ago. You need to WAV files and the SOX file program."
Dunno what to say I am finding conflicting information now.
I took off all the old *.gpi files from the device I went in and deleted them all. I left just the camera file that was given to me by Garmin
on there and I deleted the ones that I created earlier. The one called USCanadaCyclopsSample.gpi which is just the demo.
Then I went and downloaded the MP3 version for each sound. I took the WAV files out of the directory and stored them in another location outside of where the POI files are being stored.
I listed to the MP3 files to make sure they were ok and I could play all of the files on my computer before they were uploaded. Everything was fine and I was able to play them, no issues there.
Then I used the POILoader again to upload all of the cvs files back into the device again. Again I had all 3 files in the same directory the *.cvs, *.bmp, *.mp3
I went out and tested it and I got to a red light camera and the camera showed up on the map again it showed up as the little red camera
but it didn't do the warning sound.
So it hasn't worked with either the WAV file or the MP3 file now. I am really stumped again I have the sox.exe in the same directory as the POILoader. I mean all the voices works it gives me diretions ok .. I can hear that clearly but it just doesn't play the "red light camera ahead" sound when I come to one or "speed camera ahead"
Everything else plays fine except the custom POI sounds
I was even watching a tutorial video on Youtube as well and he does the exact same thing that I am doing.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Garmin\POILoader>sox.exe
sox.exe: SoX v14.0.1
And the sox.exe isn't corrupt or anything I can go to a dos prompt and intoj the directory and type sox.exe and everything comes up ok the file appears to be ok.
And the files are named all the same for the csv, bmp and mp3. Here is some examples
I am compiling and uploading each one separately too the 3 files for each one are in a different sub directory. I have one for each of the speed cams well from like 30 KM/H to 100 KM/H warnings as well. And I am selecting manual as well in the POI Loader as well so I can set the distance from the RedLight and Speed Cam. I set it to be 250M and for the other speed cames for say 60 KM/H . I set that so that it should ding when I go over that speed in the zone.
I am going close enough too.. I go right though the intersection and not a peep. The icon is there but it doesn't do the sound.
And on the Garmin device under settings Proximity Alerts
Audio is set to Single Tone
Alerts has both the Garmin Red lights Cameras and CustomPOIs checked
I think I am going to try setting it to continious tone
you only have 3 options in ther Single Tone, Continious Tone or OFF
Good work jamieb9999. The POI installation procedure is quite simple, you followed it as well as you could. The only remaining option is to visit the store and get a replacement unit. It may be something wrong with your unit.
I don't know if that is the case or not I have to be missing something... I mean the unit is working perfectly.. I just don't know why it isn't playing the audio.
Like I said, I hear all the other audio the voices and I hear dings for other events like when I start speeding or there is a change in speed
I have it set to warn me on those events and I hear those dings but not the custom poi sounds
So I have uploaded all of my files in a zip file with the directory structure intact.
If anyone else is running a Garmin Drive 50-LM that is having this issue please feel free to download this zip file the sound files
have also been amplified a bit because I found the other ones to be a bit too quiet so it is loud now but not to the point that it clips or anything.
The only things you will want to do now is download the updated *.cvs files and over write the ones that are in here because they will be outdated and the cvs files that I downloaded are for Canada and you may be in another country anyways.
Download the latest BMP and the cvs file and the WAV files for your country
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ONLY HAS BEEN TESTED WITH THE GARMIN Drive 50-LM
GPS device. It may work for other ones and it may not make a backup using Garmin Express before attempting any of this!
If the team that runs gps-data-team.com want to grab a copy of them and put the wav and bmp files on your site then go ahead.
I am putting these out there in case some one else is having the same problem I was and save them a few grey hairs.
And yes it appears that you need to use the WAV file but it has to be in a certain format mentioned above or it won't
work. I downloaded the files from this site but I guess they were not quite correct because the Garmin Drive 50-LM was
having an issue with them. Once I ran them though Audacity and saved them in the correct format they seem to be working.
I ran a few simulations on my GPS
Settings, Navigation and then I checked GPS Simulator
And now I am hearing the custom POI sounds!
Hope this solution works for others as well and enjoy the files.
I know, that is w here I downloaded it from, Mark, and sometime is off with the
format of the file that Garmin wasn't accepting it. Once I ran it though Audacity
and saved it again as a PCM wav at 44,100 Khz and mono, then it worked.