Using old voices with Via 1605?

Jun 6, 2010
Conroe Texas
TomTom Model(s)
VIA 1605tm
I have a Via 1605tm & it replaces an XXL540. I had several purchased voices & some free ones that I had downloaded. I had done a full copy of the content of the 540 before it died & want to use some of these voices. There are a bunch of .chk & .tlv files in the voice folder, but the file names are just dataxx & not descriptive. First, can I use these on the Via 1605 & second, how do I load them. I have a micro SD card if that's the method, but do I have to put the files in a folder? Any help is appreciated & if anyone has a link to this info, even better.
Any idea if TT intends to build a site to support downloads as was available for Nav2 units?

You should be able to use at least SOME of your old voices.

But firstly, the vioce "set" should consist of these files:
dataxx.bmp (optional - the icon)
dataxx.tlv (optional - ONLY used by TT Home for it's own purposes)

So you do need to find those .vif files. They are the link between the voice name and the "xx" number in the file names.
If you open a .vif file in Notepad, you will find the voice "name" in there.

To add these voices to the new TomToms, you use the "Add community content" feature in MyTomTom.
Launch MyTomTom, and click on the icon in the system tray (next to the clock).
Select "Add community content" and a browser window will open.
Scroll down to "Add voice" and click on it.Then click on "Browse"
You'll get a standard file selector, use it to find the .chk .vif and .bmp files (the .tlv is unnecessary)
Click on "Open" and then "install" back in the main window.

That should work for the FREE voices you have.
I suspect the paid-for voices will be locked to the device they were purchased for, so they won't work. It's worth a try... but I doubt it.

The voices will be installed directly onto the internal memory, unless there isn't enough room, in which case you'll be asked to insert an SD card (which will need formatting in the unit)

There's no folder to put them into, because the new units don't use the standard PC-type of formatting and file structure. That's why you need to format any SD cards to TomTom's own format on the device itself.

Finally, no I don't think TomTom will ever get round to launching a similar download site as they did with Home.
Thanks, the voices worked except for John Cleese which was purchased. Dario Franchitti worked, so I guess it was free.
BTW is there a way to clear all of the files like foreign voices etc. that I don't want?
Is there a source for these files that were available for me with the nav2 device, that I may dnload them & then install in the 1605? Mainly, I am looking for a male computer voice.

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