Been pa-rousing the web for the last couple of days and think I have it figured out. From what I have gathered, if you want to have sound and symbol included in your file you would have one directory with three items in it. The first being the Garmin CSV file, the second being the BMP file and the third being the Garmin MP3 audio alert file.
When using the POIUploader application, it is this that merges the three items (data, image and audio files) together and uploads it to your device. The CSV file is what holds the co-ordinates thus is essential.
and please someone correct me if i am wrong, but it seems like there is no difference (at least on stuff downloaded from this site) between csv files and gpx files, you need either or, but not both, and it doesnt matter which one you download.
so you need
the POI loader program will do the rest for you, and your garmin will warn you when you drive near a speed trap. Sweet...
I have just recently purchased a Garmin Nuvi 285WT to replace a Garmin C340. I downloaded numerous POI files for the C340. I am trying to do the same for the new 285wt. I travel in a motor home and want such as the Walmart,etc. overnight stopping places.
Jimw, why don't you simply reuse previously downloaded POI files?
You can load all previously downloaded POI files using the POI Loader, or simply copy your existing POI.gpi to your new Garmin unit. You can also rename your old poi.gpi, as explained here.
I havent updated my POI's since 2008, and forgot the process. After visiting this topic, it makes more sense, and after wasting a few hours figuring it out I should have come straight to this topic. Good information Mark............
...which folder in the Garmin GPS do these files go in?
If you are attempting to store a track on your GARMIN GPS go to Garmin/GPX file and save the file in this directory. But name it something other than current. If you name it current it will just be over written as you use your gps. Call it Trip 1, Trip 2, etc. Or anything related to the track.