Garmin C510 hack to add text-to-speech function

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If you own one of these Garmin C510′s (or C530‘s) you must have realized that it doesn’t speak street names (a.k.a “text-to-speech”) – but this is a standard feature on the C550 and C580. Well, this advanced Garmin user (Phillip Hornby) has posted full instructions on how to hack into the C510 – download the sound files from Garmin after deleting some unnecessary files, and do a permanent install so your changes stick.

Here is a quote for some encouragement:

So to continue our example, connect the C510 in its conventional Mass-Storage-Mode and copy the \Garmin\Voice\English_British_Emily.VPM file to \Garmin\Voice\000.NEW. Also copy \Garmin\Voice\English_British.sum to \Garmin\Voice\English_British_Emily.sum.
You need to end up with the following new files in the \Garmin\Voice directory :-
English_British_Emily.vpm This is your new TTS voice file.
000.NEW (they’re zeroes)This is a copy of the file listed above (eg English_Britsh Emily.vpm)
English_British_Emily.sum This is a copy of one of your original .SUM files

Go ahead and give it a try… Come on… via

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  7. david Says:

    i am looking for text to speech for garmin nuvi 250


  8. Joe Says:

    I am looking to add TTS to my ATT Tilt. Would I be able to take this TTS file you are referring to and load it on my phone?

    I would like to try it if you would be willing to pass on the .vpm file foe review. Let me know.

    Thanks


  9. Desi Says:

    Did any one find a TTS hack for garmin 250W?


  10. al Says:

    Hi, could you mail me the English_British_Emily.sum file please.

    I’m trying to see if i can get the Zumo 500 to do the same thing


  11. desi Says:

    does any one have american male voice for 250W. i read some where that it is easier to understand than female


  12. i hacked every one hear Says:

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