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New to the forum....how do I import from a memory card???

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Hi All,
I have had my Garmin 595 for a few years and mostly use it to download and export GPX files from my day's ride and share it with friends using the Relive app. Recently a friend gave me a GPX file he saved on an SD card. I tried to import it into my Garmin after inserting the card into the memory slot. Nothing.....

I have spent hours reading through this forum trying to figure out how to do this with no luck. I can't even seem to import the file into BaseCamp.

I also save some waypoints into my Garmin while creating a trip I was planning down the Mexican Baja. They are now stuck in the memory and I cannot seem to be able to delete them. My Garmin device memory is almost full. How do I free up more memory?

Dave
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Re: New to the forum....how do I import from a memory card???

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Unless in the correct format and in the correct folder on the card you won't be able to import it. Check the card is formatted FAT32. Create a folder on the card named Garmin and a GPX folder in that and move the .gpx file to that. It should then work. Alternatively just copy the file to the GPX folder on your device.

You say your device is almost full. How much free space is there? You can always delete unwanted text, voice, keyboard, help, vehicle and EULA files if you really are short.
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Re: New to the forum....how do I import from a memory card???

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I have 563 Mb free out of 7Gb.

I will try the file structure you mention and see what happens.
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Re: New to the forum....how do I import from a memory card???

Post by rbentnail »

For other folks' SD carded files I do not try to put them on my 595, it never works. The 595 and sometimes Base Camp seem to have a problem moving files directly from an SD card. What I do, because the laptop doesn't care what the card format is:

I have a Document folder on my laptop named Base Camp Routes and Points. I copy the route from the SD card to that folder, making sure I note the route name. I then make sure Garmin Express is shut down completely. You may have to go to the menu all the way at the bottom right of your computer to see if it's running in the background. If it is, right click and Quit. Trust me, Express and Base Camp do not play well together.

EDIT: from here on it's helpful to make a side trip into Garmin Express. This will help in the future, believe me. Open Garmin Express. be patient, it takes a while. When it's running, in Settings, untick the "start automatically when device is connected" and the "run in background" boxes. Save, then close Garmin Express. And check the computer bottom right menu again, close Express again if running in the background.

I then open Base Camp and wait. It takes a while for Garmin software to boot up. Just wait or do laundry or brush the dog's teeth or whatever. Give it plenty of time. Do not connect your 595 yet. I then pick the Base Camp list folder I want to import to, then select File/Import Into [folder name], then the usual file search to select the route to import then OPEN. Now I have the route in a List Folder in Base Camp and can do with it as I wish including transferring to my device.

For internal memory clearing, pg 2 of this thread -> https://www.zumouserforums.co.uk/viewto ... 5&start=10 helped me immensely. But there's some things you need to do first:

1) transfer from your 595 any info (routes, Saved Points, tracks, etc.) that you want to save to Base Camp;
2) ON YOUR 595, not plugged into Base Camp, delete any active routes you do not want in memory any more;
3) ON YOUR 595, not plugged into Base Camp, delete any active Saved Points you do not want in memory any more;
4) follow the directions from dave726 on pg 2 in the thread link above.

Now you will have as much free memory as you can get. To prevent this from happening again I do this:

From Base Camp, I do NOT put routes in internal memory. This eats up memory and the way to get it back is to delete the route. But I don't want many routes deleted. I want them always available. But I don't want to fill up memory. See the dilemma? The way around this is to NOT transfer routes to Internal Storage from Base Camp. I drag and drop my routes to User Memory, i.e., my installed SD Card in the 595. This way you can delete an active route and never have to transfer it from Base Camp again. Deleting it from Internal Storage ON THE DEVICE does not delete it from User Memory so it can easily be re-imported ON THE DEVICE whenever you want to and it's not filling internal memory by being active all the time. File (route) management for Internal and User Storage can be done in Base Camp without removing the SD card from the device as long as active routes are deleted first as described above.
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Re: New to the forum....how do I import from a memory card???

Post by jfheath »

What is in the GPX file ?

Routes ?
Tracks ?
Waypoints ?

And how was the gpx file created by your friend ?

Quick pointers. Waypoints / Favourites on the SD card will not show up on the 595 unless you have at least one Favourite in internal memory.

The Gpx format is a standard. But it is a standard that has the ability to provide optional add ons by companies that want there own custom features. These are the gpx extensions, and garmin use them a lot. Most systems that read gpx files simply ignore the sections that they are not programmed to recognise. For example, a gpx file from Basecamp contains 100s / 1000s of gpxx points that describe its route precisely - route points every few 10s of metres. Most gpx readers ignore all of them and plot a route with straight lines joining the key via and shaping points.

I suggest you load the gpx file into a new list in Basecamp, to see if that can determine what it contains.
Put something that you have created onto the card - a gpx / an mp3 file for example. Make sure the Zumo is reading the card .

Today, I discovered something really important. I found another way that doesn't work.
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Re: New to the forum....how do I import from a memory card???

Post by jfheath »

Also - if genuine Garmin style waypoints ARE on the memory card, the Garmin will not find them unless you have at least one stored in internal memory. If you haven't, then create one. tap on the map to get a blue flag, name it and save it. Then see if you can find any on the SD card. If it doesn't work, keep one stored anyway in memory anyway.

Today, I discovered something really important. I found another way that doesn't work.

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