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||Posted - 30 nov. 2006 : 05:08:55
C310x new users are always anxious to get an answer fast so that they can continue the non-stop exploration. I'm no more experienced than many French or other European language speaking people on the forum. They have been using the same MioMap/iGo since C710/C510E were available in Europe more than half year ago.
I tried to answer these questions as best as I can in the forum and email, but I felt it's better to put a mini FAQ so that other people don't have to waste time trying.
This FAQ assumes you have an unlocked C310x. Scroll down to The 2-button Unlock to understand exactly what this means.
1. SD Card issue
As a general rule, anytime you put SD card back to C310x, make sure you do a soft reset (with C310x on) or C310x won't find it or refresh its cache. This is not always necessary if the C310x is powered up (screen on) but it is good practice, especially if you get "file not found" type errors. Here and Here are some additional SD card comments that you should read before you post a "problem" topic.
2. Soft Reset and Hard Reset
Some people have never used a Palm or Pocket PC all their lives. I envy them. But there is a difference in soft reset and hard reset in these kind of gadgets, including C310x.
Take a look at the bottom of C310x. There is a recessed on/off switch, hard to get to. Well, it's designed that way on purpose. If you switch it to off, then C310x loses its power, everything you added to the \Windows folder and in the Registry is erased and replaced with files from the Mio ROM. That's all you have to know. Period.
However, there are many times you are reqested to do a soft reset. Just use a clip or toothpick, poke the tiny hole between USB and ear phone. It's like restarting your PC. All your programs are closed but the programs installed (and the Registry/Windows files required to run them) are still there in C310x.
Neither soft reset nor hard reset can restore any changes you made to MioMap, though. Since MioMap are stored in NAND Flash, similar to hard disk, any changes you make is undoable. Don't change anything you don't have a copy, that's my suggestion.
3. Hide taskbar
After unlocking the c310x and running Miomap, the taskbar seems to block button access for MioMap. Here is how to hide it.
Windows icon > Settings > Taskbar and Start Menu ...
Check Auto Hide
4. Fast Fly Over / Track Log Export / Lat/Long format / Easy Route
You can download either of these two files to replace your DATA.ZIP in \My Flash Disk\MioMap\MioMap
MoonBear_MioMap_Data.zip (with my startup image)
If you applied the DC fix, here is the new Data.zip.
See http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=70131 for detail.
5. Change MioMap startup graphic
Some of you are not fascinated by the startup image in DATA.zip. Maybe your girl friend cajoles you to change it to her picture. I understand, totally.
Here is the quick guide to replace the startup image.
Resize your favorite image into 320x240 and save it as loading_C310.bmp (bitmap format).
Open the DATA.ZIP with WinRAR (or WinZIP). Go to ui_mio\mio. Simply drag and drop your file into this folder. WinRAR will recompress and save DATA.ZIP.
Now all you need to do is copy it to \My Flash Disk\MioMap\MioMap.
6. Modify script on your own
One of the best features in MioMap/iGo is the built in script language.
One of the best references for MioMap/iGo script is Fred Lynx's web site.
Feel free to use Babel Fish or language tool from Google. I always do. I regret that I only took 2 hours of French class in my university.
7. Map on SD Card
Some people weren't lucky enough to get the 2G Flash model of C310x. In order to make space in Flash, you can off-load those less-frequent used maps to SD. Try this if you have problem accessing them.
You can create a \Maps directory under \Storage Card. Store extra maps in there. If you have a valid license for those maps (e.g the larger size "Canada" map), the Mio software will automatically find them.
If not, then use a registry editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
--> SHELL FOLDERS
--> My Document
Change its value to the name of SD card, "\Storage Card". This step, however, is seldom if ever necessary.
If it still doesn't work, please check rule number 1 in the FAQ.
8. Route planning
At first, I was trying to emulate a future vacation. Set my Start point from an airport, there I pick up the rental car. Then add destination and some via points. But then the GPS signal kicked in, my Start point got replaced by my Home or current GPS location. Bummer!
But hey, iGo teams are smarter than we think. ;-) Try this on your C310x
Settings > General > Off-Route Recalculation > Disabled
9. TomTom 6
Many of you might be tempted to install TomTom 6 on C310x but in vain. The truth is, you don't have to. MioMap/iGo is far superior to TomTom IMHO, but if you insist, here it goes.
On your SD card, create a TomTom directory, put data.chk(originally in tomtom directory), TomTom Navigator.exe, Voices directory under it. Put all your map directories under the root directory. These are all you need to run TT6. No installation required.
Run TomTom Navigator directly, after you've selected language and voice, TTN gives you error message "No Maps Found".
What can you do?
Easy! Use a registry editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
--> SHELL FOLDERS
--> My Document
Change its value to the name of SD card, "\Storage Card", in C310x's case.
Next, TomTom needs to know your GPS device. For C310x, it's
Other NMEA GPS receiver
GPS Baud Rate 4800
GPS serial COM2:
Additional details are located HERE.
TomTom does have its name appeal, but like most brand name out there, the appeal fades on me rather quickly. You can do a test drive on a round trip. Use MioMap one way, TomTom 6 the other. This will give you a fair idea of the difference. Most people find that the Mio graphics are much superior, but the TomTom user interface is more intuitive. As of March 2007, TomTom PDA had more up-to-date maps which, for some areas, may be a signifcant advantage.
OziExplorer comes handy when you are off-route. For example, when you are taking a cruise or mountain climbing. It can record waypoint and track. Remember to turn off the GPS in Ozi before you exit from the program or your MioMap can't find GPS signal at all.
Here is what I did
File > Configuration
o General Settings
Position Format : Deg, Min, Sec
Display Datum : WGS84
o NMEA (GPS)
Communication Port : COM2:
Baud Rate : 4800
Sentence : GPRMC
GPS NMEA Output Datum : WGS84
Click on the GPS icon to turn on GPS.
Use Map > View Satellites to check the satellite status.
11. The 2-button Unlock
Most of the "stuff" talked about in the Forum relates to having an "Unlocked" device. Hence the first question that is usually asked by a new Forum member is "what is 'unlocking' ". Basically, the MIO GPS is a WinCE device similar to a Pocket PC. The Operating System (OS) that runs most Mio's is MicroSoft Windows CE Version 4.2, which is very similar to WinCE 2003 but does NOT have all the functionality of same. During boot-up, the Mio firmware executes a series of commands that boots you right into MioMap, so you never see anything else but that program.
But of course various "investigators" out there have figured out how to get into the WinCE environment, and this is the meaning of having an Unlocked Mio. There are three main methods of Unlocking; (1) the so-called "2-button reset" method (described here), and (2) the "C310AUTO" method, and (3) the unlock-cab method. You can do the 2-button reset method immediately, the C310AUTO and/or unlock-cab method is the next level up. And once you have an Unlocked Mio, you can add all sorts of software and functionality - Movie Players, picture viewers, other PDA GPS software, games, the list goes on and on.
We'll be talking here primarily about the C310x, but most of the discussion transfers directly to the other models.
Resets and Power (continued)
When you first got your Mio, you charged it then turned it on by moving the recessed switch from OFF to ON. This switch is referred to as the HARD RESET switch- if you have to do a hard reset after you've "modified" you MIO, essential information required for most of the mods will be lost, including most of the settings in MioMap. The main advantage to unlock methods (2) and (3) is that, after a Hard Reset, this information can be restored automatically. We're not going to discuss in detail either method here, there's are linked topics on the subject:
A SOFT RESET is executed by using a paper clip in the hole labelled RESET near the mini-USB connector. Doing a soft reset will not change any of your settings and is completely harmless. If for whatever reason your Mio freezes, a soft reset will usually get you out.
The power switch on the side of the unit is more accurately described as a SUSPEND switch. While the screen goes out, power is still applied to the internal RAM to maintain your settings, and hence leaving the MIO off for weeks at a time may result in a discharged battery (which is the equivalent of a Hard Reset and all that entails).
The 2-button unlock is simple, and you can't get into too much trouble doing it. Here is how:
(1) Power on the MIO
(2) Using a paper clip, perform a SOFT RESET
(3) Before the MIOMAP opening screen comes on (which is less than 2 seconds), press and hold the "Vol+" and "Menu" keys (the middle two keys) on the side of the MIO. If you were quick enough, you should see a screen that looks very much like an empty Windows screen. Release the keys. You're now almost there.
(4) A "splash" screen will appear that says "There is no DM in SD card". Tap on "OK"
(5) A second splash screen appears that says "If you want to copy map files?". MAKE SURE YOU TAP NO. If you tap YES, all your Maps will be erased. But don't panic - you can restore them easily from the DVD that came with your MIO, it's just a long (1 hour plus) process for the USA maps.
(6) Congratulations - you're now UNLOCKED !
Tap the "windows" icon in the lower left. You'll see some basic Windows like programs. Be careful, do not do stupid things like "format", etc. Feel free to use Windows Explorer and Control Panel to look around, but don't start renaming, changing, or erasing stuff. As one of the Forum Moderators like to say, "knock yourself out...".
Now the next question you'll ask is - OK, I'm in WinCE, how do I get back to MioMap (which is presumably why you bought the thing in the first place). Well, the quick and dirty way is to simply do a SOFT RESET again but do NOT hold the two-buttons down. There you are, back in MioMap, just like you never left. But - if you're a little more adventurous and want to add things like a Movie Player, Slideshow software, other GPS software, games, etc... you'll start by reading the Forum topics.
As a start, here's how you can place a MioMap icon on your Desktop and run it from there:
(1) In the WinCE environment, tap the "Windows" key in the lower left corner
(2) Select "Programs", then "Windows Explorer".
Look familar? Not exactly Windows Explorer from XP or similar, but if you're even remotely familar with that utility you'll have a very short learning curve for the CE version.
(3) Navigate to \My Flash Disk\MioMap\MioMap and highlight the MioMap icon
If you need help doing that, I'd suggest you go no further and practice on a WinXP machine.
(4) Tap on File\Send to\Desktop as Shortcut (you may have to tap on the little vertical bars on the top of the screen to get to the "File" selection). Exit Windows Explorer.
That's it - You can now execute MioMap from your Desktop, and when you exit MioMap you'll be right back in the WinCE screen.
Remember, if you Power down using the side button when in MioMap, you'll come right back into WinCE.
That's about as simple as it gets, Mio fans. Here's a preview of coming attractions as you wade through the topics:
(1) The WinCE OS included with the Mio is not a full blown WinCE OS - many dll's (Dynamic Link Libraries) that are not included and are needed by a good deal of the software we discuss here. And even then, there are sometimes different "flavors" of these dll's out there that different programs want to see. And it gets even better - putting some of these dll's in may screw up other programs !
(2) The 2-button unlock is fine as long as you never have to do a HARD RESET. A hard reset, as mentioned above, overwrites your existing Windows directory, Registry, Programs, Desktop, etc. It will not, however, touch My Flash DIsk or, if you have one (and if you don't you will shortly) , a SD card (called the Storage Card in the Mio file structure).
But there is hope, Pilgrim... that's why GPSGator (a long time Forum member) invented C310AUTO.exe. Here's the topic.
(3) To install software, see HERE for a description of the '.cab" method. In any case, you'll want to (a) install Activesync 4.2 on your PC and possibly the so- called Mio Transfer hack. This improves upon the Mio Transfer program supplied on your DVD, but be aware that it does have some nasty bugs, especially when you try to rename or make a folder inside My Flash Disk. These "nasty bugs" are not irreversible, since you can restore functionality using the DVD (but it does take a while over the Mio's USB 1.1 interface). Transferring files back and forth with the hacked utility is fine. And speaking of software, as you browse the topics and beyond (to the Internet) for WinCE software to install, stick with WinCE 2003 compatible software - the C310x does not and (barring a new firmware release by Mio) never will support a later version. And in case you didn't "catch the drift" in the Forum rules, discussion, links, assistance, etc. of or for pirated software is absolutely VERBOTEN. Irrespective of the legal and moral issues, this site is advertiser supported. How long do you think that would last if the "wArEz d00d's" took over ? Enough said.
(4) Don't like the "look and feel" of the stock Mio interface. That's been modified so many ways from Sunday that you won't be able to keep track. Trying out a new skin is dirt simple - just replace the existing data.zip file (make sure you make a backup copy of the original first) in \My Flash Disk\MioMap\MioMap\ with a "skinned" version. Here is more than you ever wanted to know.
(5) Errors in routing? Crazy directions. Sorry, Charlie, that goes with the territory, plenty of FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about Mio doing a map update.
12. The "Blue Screen of Death"...
Yes, there is one, but it takes some effort to see it. It appears to be a factory-only screen that allows OS upgrades, disk formatting, etc. - stuff that really borders on the "bleeding edge" at this point in time (March 2007) and is a definite USE AT YOUR OWN RISK area. Intrigued - HERE'S the link, don't say I didn't warn you... NOT FOR NEWBIES.
Well, that oughta keep you busy for an hour or two anyway...
Now PLEASE - before you post anything, go back and read the Forum rules and guidlines. DO NOT REPLY TO THIS TOPIC, almost anything you can possibly think of has been asked already. When you do post, try to be descriptive in the topic title. A subject like "Help" or "My Mio is Dead" will not elicit a massive response. Do not do multiple posts on the same topic, that just pisses off the Moderators. And BE PATIENT. You'll probably do better here than with Mio-tech, if you have the right attitude and are willing learn.
One More Thing
People are never satisfied. Once they got an exciting gadget like C310x, they want to install as many programs as possible. However, you can't just install everything out there. Make sure the program you're trying to install is at least made for PPC2003/2002 if not specially made for Win CE 4.2 (not 5.0). On the other hand, you don't expect to run all Win CE 4.2 apps on a WM5 PDA either. It's a fair game. In addition, remember that the WinCE OS supplied with a Mio includes only those dll's (dynamic link libraries) required to operate MioMap and not the full WinCE dll complement. Many topics are posted within the forum describing the trials and tribulations involving "guess the dll version you need" for different software packages. DO A SEARCH WITH THE GOOGLE TOOLBAR AT THE TOP OF THE FORUM PAGE BEFORE POSTING A QUESTION IN THE FORM OF A TOPIC. It is likely if it's out there, someone has tried to install it already.
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||Posted - 21 févr. 2008 : 18:12:50
I cannot get Tomtom's custom menu builder to work with the Tomtom I bought/installed on my Mio C310. Anybody have any suggestions? THANKS SO MUCH!
||Posted - 05 juin 2007 : 05:27:04
@MoonBear & @Supremo
It worked, appreciate your help.
||Posted - 04 juin 2007 : 02:06:10
An unlocked C310x by default connects with PC via Active Sync. If you want to restore anything with the original DVD, first
1. Manually execute \Windows\MapReceiver (on Mio C310x)
2. Make sure Active Sync is not running on your PC (Check lower right corner for any hidden icon, right click on a gray round icon with 2 "rotation" angles. If it says "Open Microsoft Active Sync", then AS is still running. Use Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del), select "Process", select "wcescomm.exe", select "End Process".
3. Connect C310x to PC now.
4. Depends on what you want to do, you may or may not have to start Mio Transfer on PC now. Since Mio's update program want to make its own connection, I'll guess you don't have to run Mio Transfer when you want to do a DVD restore. If it fails, then run Mio Transfer first.
||Posted - 03 juin 2007 : 20:17:56
Well, the good news is that you should be able to manually restore the C310x to OEM configuration using Activesynch, albeit a PITA. The other good news is that your USB port is OK.
Have you tried manually (re)installing the USB drivers per the Mio website link above? Have you ever gotten MioTransfer to work in the past? Is MapReceiver.exe running (as I recall, it needs to be for MioTransfer to work)?
||Posted - 03 juin 2007 : 18:31:19
I have ActiveSync installed and it works fine. I am able to browse my 310x using it. As I have unlocked the device, I am able to explore my device. I tried to format, but it didn't allow me to.
||Posted - 03 juin 2007 : 17:43:23
Two possibilities -
(1) Your USB signal lines are fried inside the device, or
(2) You don't have the USB drivers installed, but Mio Transfer should have installed them. If you have Activesynch installed, do the 2-button unlock (item 11 on page 1 of this topic) and see if Activesynch finds the Mio.
||Posted - 03 juin 2007 : 17:29:54
I had customized my mio 310x using instructions from www.miogrand.com. I really like the skins and the functionality. But when I tried to restore it to the original using the dvd that came along with it, it says "A navigation device has not been detected. Please connect your PNA to your PC and restart Setup". I tried both soft & hard resets, restarting the computer, but it didn't help. I also tried to install the Mio Transfer but it doesn't recognize the GPS.
Can someone help me?
Appreciate your help in advance.
||Posted - 26 mars 2007 : 14:15:54
@xstranger --Surely you can find a better thread to post your question than this thread!!! Please do some research in finding the right thread to post your questions in --- and read the sticky at the top of this forum first as many questions are pointed to proper threads.
||Posted - 25 mars 2007 : 22:45:28
Can you guys please tell me how to add a movie player applycation on my c710 as in us verssion (i have the eu version that don`t have the movie application)
||Posted - 25 mars 2007 : 16:30:21
I just bought a new 310x. I performed the 2 button unlock procedure
without any luck. I did get the windows desktop but clicking
on the windows start icon does not do anything. Menu does not
pop up. There are no icons (shortcuts) on the desktop either.
Please help me.
Here is the device info:
Win CE .NET 4.2 Core
Is there anything I'm doing wrong?
||Posted - 10 mars 2007 : 21:54:02
For the record, the Data.zip for the DC update has been uploaded and is on the page 5 of skin thread. I don't know why I can locate it in 2 mintues but people kept asking me to upload it.
Anyway, I've added it to the first page of this Mini FAQ as well.
||Posted - 10 mars 2007 : 16:02:41
Since the Data.zip is just the user interface, and it has been extensively modified for all the alternative skins, I don't think there's any need to use the Data.zip from the DC update. I installed the DC update, kept the new map and the program update, and now I use them with any of the existing skins without any problem.
||Posted - 27 févr. 2007 : 20:44:50
The DC map fix does update the Data.zip as well, as a result all your data.zip settings are gone. Do you have the latest vesrion made/based from the DC map fix that can share with us? Many thanks!
||Posted - 15 févr. 2007 : 03:20:27
Hi Thanks everyone for your help. My brother finally return his Mio and buy a new one.
I have one other question. Mio use IGO as software for the gps? If so, the one that is in the 310x is the last version available? If not can we install the new one after unlocking and erasing the existing one?
Thanks again for your help and sorry for ny ignorance.
||Posted - 13 févr. 2007 : 14:52:06
Thank you for your answer.
He already tried that. Nothing happens... NO signs of the computer or MIO seeing eachother.
Any other ideas?
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