Adding Canada maps to Mio C230
Two different version 2007.1 Canada maps are available that work great with a Mio C230 purchased in the United States regardless of whether you unlock it or not and they are covered under the same North American license that you’ve purchased when buying the C230 (Europe and other regions of the world – you gotta buy additional SD disk(s) that come with their own licenses – be sure to copy the license.db file into the same directory holding your .fbl files). If you are using a SD card, go for the large map file, which has many more Points of Interest (POIs) than the smaller version. Create a MioMap folder at the root level of your SD card and within that folder create another folder maps where you’ll save your additional fbl file(s). Otherwise you’ll have to make room on the flash drive by deleting the California map file or a couple of other states you are unlikely to visit, and should use the smaller file. Remember you can always copy them back using your MioMap DVD.
A Canada map probably would have been included with the United States and Puerto Rico maps had there been space on the internal 1GB flash drive (that also includes the WindowsCE™ OS, the MioMap software, and the additional files needed for Text to Speech), as would the 3.5 million POIs that were originally released with the updated maps. Now there are less than 1 million POIs included.
There is a big plus to Mio not putting all of the map data on a SD card though – Now you can use the slot for storing “enhanced” map files with more POI data, MP3 files, movie files, viewing your camera photos, etc. And don’t forget this an entry-level PND priced below $200!
UPDATE 5/1/2010, 4/9/2016
I see that the posted links were no longer available so I have removed the links and as a service to those still using the Mio C230 and wishing to add the Canada maps legally to their unit, I have uploaded the large 12M POI Canadian map (2007.01 version) file to my MediaFire account, but rather than posting the link in this Blog, I will email the free download link to those that make any donation to my Coffee Fund. (Send me an email after making your donation so that I know that you are expecting the Canadian map, since I can’t differentiate the donation from other blogs that I write.)
The map file is legal and will only work for those that have purchased their Mio C230 in the United States (regardless of whether you unlock it or not) and they are covered under the same North American 2007.01 license that you’ve purchased when buying the C230. Do not ask for a license file – if you aren’t licensed to use this file, then the Canada maps simply will not work!
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