A few nights ago I decided to buy the Roadside America Attractions and Oddities POI download for GPS. At $20, it seemed like a good investment in finding the goofy stuff I love.
But, here I sit… a sad panda. I think my Zumo 450 GPS has moved beyond being an irritant. It is now trying to kill me.
I went through the simple and straightforward process of buying the Roadside America download. I plugged the GPS unit in to my computer, clicked download and… nothing. No error messages, no nothing. I went through the motions like a lunatic (expecting a different result) about 10 times.
So, after poking around on the device, restoring it to factory settings and ultimately downloading the POI file to my car Nuvi instead, it turns out the the Zumo 450 does not have enough space to download the 52MB .gbi file.
I looked around the web to see if I could find something that would allow me to convert the Roadside America .gbi to another format which could then be “massaged”. I tried GPSBabel but got no joy. Sonofa!
Patience isn’t my strong suit. I took a deep breath and tried to put all thoughts of punching a hole in my iMac away. There had to be a way to make this work, right? I mean, it isn’t rocket science.
I grabbed a 16GB SD card off my desk and using Spot it Out’s instructions loaded the files on there. Surely this had to be the answer! I popped the card into the Zumo and… my Zumo doesn’t recognize the data. I got nothing but an infuriating “No Extras Loaded” message when I went to the Extras option on the GPS.
Aaaaaarrrgh! You have got to be flippin’ kidding me!
Just for giggles, I tried another SD card. This time a 2GB version. Same result. No Extras Found.
For cryin’ out loud! I realize that the Zumo 450 is an older now retired unit, but c’mon. At this point I was pretty well incensed and ready to meltdown. I may or may not have let out a scream like Mr. Rooney did when they towed his car away.
I broke down and sent an email to the retailer Spot It Out to see if they would supply me with a different file format. ::crosses fingers::
If you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear ’em!