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post #1 of 7 Old Jun 29th, 2008, 12:17 pm Thread Starter
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Angry BMW Nav III closed off to POI's ?

Recently I purchased the European camping grounds poi's from MyPOIWorld. Around £14. Read that SP2820 was a compatible device, and assumed the NavIII (aka2820) would also be supported. Well after many failed attempts to load this data, imagine my surprise when I received this reply from Holland.
"Dear Mr. Hilton,
The issue is with the design of this unit which has been closed off for
receiving external POI's.
Garmin is not able to address this without the sanction of BMW as this
was a special purpose design for BMW.
Without their help and assistance we are not able to support this. Most
other Garmins are supported.
Our future products will more and more move in the direction that you
pointed out and more and more ext and pictures will be loaded in future
on navigation devices. "
MyPoi World Support

One good note, MyPoi World did refund my money. Thankyou.

I have emailed Garmin to confirm this and am waiting a response.
I am going to be one unhappy camper if I find out that after spending top $$$$'s to buy this unit from BMW, (and the NAV II previously) that Garmin have disabled my ability to add functionality eg camp grounds etc.
In all other respects I have been very happy with my BMW badged Garmins, but this "FEATURE" certainly isn't in any documentation or manuals I've seen.
Has anyone had experience with loading POI's onto BMW badged Garmins ?

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post #2 of 7 Old Jun 29th, 2008, 3:47 pm
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Re: BMW Nav III closed off to POI's ?

I own a Nav III, and I use POI Loader to add all my POIs. No problems whatsoever. I don't know if the EU version differs from the US version, but the story of the MyPOI guys is a load of crap IMHO....

Found here: http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/
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Re: BMW Nav III closed off to POI's ?

Thanks Surfman, not sure about EU / US specs, doubt if they differ but who knows. I'm familiar with POI Loader and have the latest version from garmin, like wise the Nav III is using V 4.4. (also dealer base V3 )
I recall once not being able to download safety camera poi's, but figured I hadn't done something right. After this problem with camping grounds I did a bit more digging. Seems that the file type needs to be .gpx to transfer, but there maybe others. Problem with "MyPoi" World was that their interface was unable to "see" the Nav III when connected, not an issue with mapsource.
Can you tell me what poi's you have loaded (link) and I'll continue to explore this issue.
I truly hope it's not just the NavIII, in which case I'll get back to this company.

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Re: BMW Nav III closed off to POI's ?

When I was researching Garmin GPS units, I had read multiple places that when dealing with BMW branded units, like the NAVIII or the newer Zumo, that you do have to deal with BMW about most everything. Generic Garmin stuff is not guaranteed to work with it. It's considered "proprietary" so Garmin won't acknowledge it.
It's like Microsoft and computers. If you purchased a computer with the Microsoft O.S. pre-installed (99.9% are) you have to deal with the computer mfg. for all O.S. problems. Don't call microsoft, they will tell you to call the other guy.
I purchased the generic 2820 for that very reason.
You could try and find the poi listing thru bmw?
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Re: BMW Nav III closed off to POI's ?

Thanks Scott, point taken. Just waiting to hear from some more NavIII owners about uploading Poi's successfully. BMW have the dealer base pre installed, but not as Poi's. You can update this data, ( I just did from V2 to V3 )

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Re: BMW Nav III closed off to POI's ?

I am using POIs from this site: http://www.poihandler.com/default.aspx

It's all CSV files (comma separated values), and they work like a charm here...
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Smile BMW Nav III WILL upload POI's

Well many thanks to Surfman and others. Seems the advise given to me by MyPoi World was indeed inaccurate. Just finished installing a data base of camp grounds in Norway which uploaded just fine. Seems that with the file type .csv all is well. All we need to do now is get there before it turns too damm cold to camp.

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