Looking for help with Chinese GPS unit

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by MatBirch, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. MatBirch

    MatBirch Been here awhile

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    hey gang, recently, I picked up one of the inexpensive units from a fellow inmate. It is labelled as FodSports. He is Canadian, so the unit is set for km instead of miles. The maps are worthy enough for my limited needs, but I'd like to change the units to miles. Can't seem to do it through the user interface within the device, and I've never messed with updating files using the laptop. Don't even know where to start...
    I'm only out a few bucks, and plan to upgrade someday, but if this can be made a little more convenient, it'd be nice.
    I did spend lots of time searching the web, but wasn't able to come up with anything useful. Probably not asking the right questions...

    Thanks!
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  2. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    is there somthing on the boot up screen where it says ENG or somthing like that?
    Maybe Menu?
    is it all in chineese?
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  3. MatBirch

    MatBirch Been here awhile

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    it is all in English, and there is a boot menu, settings, etc., but no changeable setting for like units. There is a unit conversion "app", but is just that, a calculator of sorts.
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  4. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    Something like "Region" or "International"?
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  5. lkraus

    lkraus Been here awhile

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    Google shows me a GPS that appears to be identical with my old generic Chinese "Rage". Uses WinCE as an operating system, and iGO primo for a GPS app. The settings menu on mine uses a wrench and screwdriver icon, scroll down to "Regional" and the "Units and Formats" option allows setting Miles and Feet for distance units.

    There is an old thread about these units here:http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/4-3-inch-motorcycle-gps-navigation-systems.906910/
    I used Tyre on a PC to plan routes when I wanted want more than simple "Take me here" directions. iGO uses .kml format files - saved to /igo9/content/userdata/route on the GPS. Furkot would probably be my choice today.

    Mine went in the closet when I broke the mount, but I was frustrated with it already. Voice directions increasingly lagged behind the (correct) visual display, so I'd receive directions to turn a quarter mile after the turn.
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  6. MatBirch

    MatBirch Been here awhile

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    Thanks. This sounds very similar, but the wrench and screwdriver icon is tools, with calculator, calendar and unit converter. Settings icon is a gear, and has date/time, system info, volume, etc. It does have a language option, but nothing else.
    Maybe I don't get the choice
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  7. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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  8. Jim(tm)

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    I realize this thread is almost a year old, but if the app you're using won't let you change units, it's pretty simple to install a different app like OSMand or iGo or HereWeGo, which are all free in the google app store. I have several navigation apps on mine.
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  9. andershz

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    Except that this unit runs Windows CE, not Android, so the Google App Store is not relevant.
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  10. Jim(tm)

    Jim(tm) Adventurer

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    Some are windows CE, some are android. I don't think the OP mentioned which his was. It was a different poster who said his ran windows.
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