Installing TomTom Navigator 6 from DVD onto Palm TX device.
(for windows XP).
Having searched the various SatNav forums, I didnít see anyone who had installed TomTom onto a Palm in this manner
. So having gone through the pain of figuring out how it works, including the moments of madness when I considered chucking the damn thing in the bin and getting a pocket-pc
, I thought Iíd share this with others in the same boat.
hope you find this useful.
After inserting the DVD into your drive, you will see the following in explorer:
On the DVD in the app directory you will find the file ttn.palm_6.010.cab, which you need to open and extract the contents to your hard drive Ė the exact location Iíll leave up to you but I created a \TomTom\.. directory and extracted the installer to an ..\install sub-directory for this process.
Repeat this process for the raster, voices and zip directories Ė for voices you only need extract those in your language of choice. Licences are text files and can be copied straight across.
This is where it took some trial and error, before I got anywhere. The maps are stored in .CAB files, which when opened contain files with extensions like .001. What you can see are the map files, but they have to be renamed in order to be able to use them
. Also, the maps can be split across multiple .CAB files, so you need to make sure you extract them all for the map set you are interested in.
e.g. I extracted the files for GB plus major roads WE. The resulting files I then renamed. So I can hear you thinking, how do I know what to call the files? Fortunately, for most files you simply replace the extension from .xxx to .dat, the others like the .mpr and .pna actually contain the file name as a text string if you open them with notepad. This leaves one more file, which is the .mid which contains a string something like ŠĹ…©√ŖÕ…Ā"Ąěq„sů*“ĽXāŪnõų6 'Ŗod
Copy the files from your PC to your SD card Ė 256MB+ for GB plus maps, 1GB+ for Western Europe. You can use wi-fi, Bluetooth or USB Ė whatever youíre used to. I used Palm File Browser over USB, itís slower than wi-fi but more reliable and can be done through a cradle, so you can leave it to transfer the larger files while you do something else.
Note: the map files are stored in a directory off the root of the SD card, with the same name as the map set.
Install the navstart.prc to the Palm in the usual manner
Start the Navigator application, do all the setup as per the on-screen instructions and away you go
. Youíll need your activation code, which you will be instructed how to get by the setup.