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Sony NV-U50 Theres is a way to add Camera Locations POI Etc
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giotecno
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:36 pm    Post subject: Sony NV-U50 Theres is a way to add Camera Locations POI Etc Reply with quote

Guys I have managed to install a program called POI Observer and the data base it was very very difficult as I had to go into french and german websites to get the details but I will give you some links so you can get started as I know theres a few of you out there with this unit. I can also tell you you can also run windows cE 4.2 applications I got a Divx player running and its sweet.

heres a picture and link of the french website of a sony running the software

http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=42820&whichpage=4&SearchTerms=sony

the program and its english guide are in the Navifriends website but you will have to register to download them its free so its ok and you have to use online translating tools to browse the site as its in german and I tell you installation is tough. heres the link to the site

http://www.navifriends.com

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great find giotecno. Iam going to have a go at loading POI Observer when a get some free time. Thanks again. Smile Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if any problem guys I will try my best to help out as I know what it was like to get this device and not be able to load the camera database.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too. Maybe we can pool knowledge at the end and do a step by step guide?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great idea dippy m8.
I have downloaded configurator, batcher and the observer. As I said I just need some free time.

giotecno m8 any help would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scary.

Managed to get POI Observer running without much problem without the Sony software. Then ran the two together - was ok for a short while, then basically keeled over. I then had a few scary minutes when the unit wouldn't then work at all; no application, no nothing. Wouldn't even connect to the PC via activesync so no way of repairing it. Hard reset/soft reset made no odds.

Luckily it decided to reconnect to the PC in the end (20 minutes), so was able to get it back as shipped. So have abandoned POI Observer until I'm sure it really will work!

Be careful if you play!

But putting POI Observer on isn't actually too bad at all, to be honest,and it looks very good, so I might try again after the weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys if you mess up remember you can just use the CD that comes with the unit to restore the unit to factory default, so dont worry if you have problems and with the poi observer each time you start up the unit I tend to let the virtcommgr to re capture the com port so it starts fresh and doesnt stall the system. I wanna write a mini guide but am very very busy at the mo but will help if i find time
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glurk.

Try as I might I've not succeeded in getting poibatcher to make me a .obs file. I've massaged the camera database into a form such that poibatcher accepts it.

It will process that successfully and create a .cat, .lvl,.nam, .dat, .rid and .mpl files, but just won't make a .obs file, which I think is all I now need for POI Observer to work?

Any clues? What have I missed I wonder?

It's very hard when you don't understand German!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to reply to my own post.

Sussed it. All sorted. Can be done. Huzzah.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Except that it doesn't work. At all.

Giotecno, answer me just one question. What comm ports are you using in the virtual comm port driver please?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm enjoying talking to myself. However.

Final definitive answer.

It DOES work. And if anyone is interested I'll document exactly how to do it - but I'm not going to bother if there's no interest because it's a fair number of steps.


But I've just been out for a test drive and my Sony U-70T is now showing me speed camera warnings using POI Observer.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dippy m8 Iam very interested I just need to know the basics.
1 Where are the POIObserver and Virtcommgr loaded.
2 How does the Sony start the programs.

PS I have only just started to read the manuals.
PPS Great to see you have cracked it. :D
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First thing is to make the unit NOT boot into the nav-u software otherwise you can't proceed. You need to install a program called showtaskbar.exe as the boot software to get to Windows CE interface so you can do anything at all.

Done that bit or want help with it?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep Dippy is right you need to be able to access the windows CE start bar to give you the access required to load poi observer and other software e.g. divx player etc
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well,I loaded showtaskbar.exe into windows\startup folder. soft reset Sony zero. Went back into active sync explorer only desktop.ini in it. Iam glad you guys have got it working but with only a couple of hours free a day I will have to wait till I get a day or so. Thanks.
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