|Q: Why is PMN no longer for sale?
A: It's no longer viable to support this project.
|Q: Will the software still be available?
A: When time permits, the application will be convered to OpenSource. Please check back in future.
|Q: Will support still be available?
A: Support will not longer be available through this website.
|Q: How do I update my navigation computer's software to the
A: Ask this question in the
X5World.com Navigation Forum
|Q: Can I enable a warning sound when approaching a POI?
A: The factory supplied navigation system does not have this feature, however there are some "hacked" versions of firmware available on the internet. Installation of third party software on your vehicle's navigation computer should be considered inherently risky.
|Q: Can I use different icons for different types of speed
A: Yes, however limitations with the factory navigation system
allow only one POI icon to be display at a time so you won't be able to
see them on the screen at the same time. For this reason, a
single POI file is recommended for all classes of speed cameras.
|Q: I have an older CD-based navigation computer (MKII or MKIII) - can the
computer hardware be upgraded to MKIV to support POI?
A: Probably. Ask this question in the
X5World.com Navigation Forum
|Q: Is the RNS510 Navigation system (VW, Skoda, SEAT) supported?
A: Yes, this support has recently been added.
|Q: I have a MKIV navigation computer, but my DVD-based map is
older than 2006. Can I use it, or do I need to obtain a newer
version that supports POI?
A: If it's a DVD map, then it currently needs to be a 2006-1 or later edition, although this requirement might be lifted in future, depending on customer demand.
(Maps are for sale from BMW dealers, Navteq, TeleAtlas and genuine maps can
occasionally also be found on eBay.)
|Q: I have a MKIV navigation computer, with a CD-based
(CARiN) map that
does not have a /TPD directory structure on it. Can Pimp-My-Nav add
custom POI to it?
A: Yes, Pimp-My-Nav is able to upgrade the file structures on a
CARiN navigation CD so that a MKIV navigation computer can read custom
Points of Interest from it. (NB: MKIII and earlier computers will
still NOT be able to read POI from this CD). Please note that the
Pimp-My-Nav will not install any POI data, except for some royalty-free
|Q: What is a CARiN CD? (Also known as Carinet or CarinDb)
A: CARiN is an acronym for Car Information and Navigation. This is a navigation map CD format created by
VDO-Dayton that is
compatible with various OEM navigation systems, including BMW (HIGH), Mini, Rolls-Royce, Vauxhall/Opel. These CD's can
usually be recognised by the presence of the following files:
|Q: Will you be supporting other makes of vehicles and after-market navigation systems that also use
|Q: Will the application support future map CD/DVD's?
A: Yes, new maps will be supported as long as Navteq keep the
specification of the map DVD reasonably consistent with its current
format. All future compatibility updates will be free to registered
|Q: I have a navigation CD that is nearly full. Am I
limited to the maximum CD size of 650MB or the maximum DVD size of
A: Pimp-My-Nav will let you "upgrade" a CD to DVD, so the maximum
DVD size is your limit (unless of course you do not have a DVD burner).
|Q: Can I update the navigation street maps with this program too?
A: No, this tool is designed to update POI only. The map
database is encrypted and stored in a proprietary format specifically to
prevent it from being copied or modified.
|Q: What's the issue with the 2010-1 map of Europe?
A: The files for all the languages have mistakenly been added into the English language folder by the publisher, making it difficult to remove unused languages in order to reduce the map size.
|Q: What are POI?
(P)oints (o)f (I)nterest are sets of GPS co-ordinates or
waypoints on earth that can
be loaded into a navigation system and displayed as icons on its map. A
typical application for POI are speed camera locations.
|Q: Where can I get speed camera POI files from?
A: The best site for the UK, Australia and South Africa is
www.pocketgpsworld.com. Use Google to search
for POI for other countries. TomTom .ov2 or Garmin
.gpx files are
generally the least error-prone file types to use, although text file
formats such as .asc and .csv are supported too. TomTom POI usually include an icon.
|Q: Can you add support for my CD/DVD burning software?
A: Where CD/DVD burning software supports an unattended execution via commandline parameters or a COM API, support
may be added on a "best
efforts" basis. However it is highly recommended that you use
the free ImgBurn
|Q: What blank CD or DVD media an I use?
A: Use single-sided branded
DVD-RW media for DVD's
and CD-R or
CD-RW for CD's. Rewritable media is recommended as
it's more environmentally friendly. The vast majority of problems
that people encounter are caused by using cheap, unbranded media, by
burning the disk too fast, or because of a dirty laser lens in the DVD unit of the navigation computer and/or PC.
|Q: What speed should I burn the new CD/DVD at?
A: It is HIGHLY recommended that you burn your first disk at 1X
speed. Thereafter, experimentation will soon establish if your
navigation computer can read media burned by your computer at faster
speeds. 4X appears to be a good compromise between speed and
|Q: How can I ensure the CD/DVD I burned is error free?
A: Burn at 1X speed until you have proved that this works with
your particular hardware. Tick the "Verify" box when
verify the disk immediately after writing.
|Q: I've run out of disk space - can I move the cache directory that Pimp-My-Nav uses to another drive?
A: Yes. There are two things you can do to work around this problem:
- Change the %Temp% directory to another drive (Control Panel | System |
Advanced | Environment Variables | User, then change %Temp% to a folder on
another drive.) This will affect all applications on your system.
- Alternatively, change the folder for PMN only by setting the following
registry value: Run RegEdit.exe, navigate to
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Bliksem\PimpMyNav] then create a new string
value named "CachePath" and set it to "D:\Temp" (Assuming you want to use
drive D: instead of C:)
|Q: I don't have the time to update the CD/DVD
myself - can't you sell me an updated map with the latest speed
A: This site does not condone or participate in any way in the unauthorised duplication or distribution of copyright digital maps.