The Garmin StreetPilot C510 Deluxe is an excellent GPS car navigation system. Even better, Garmin seems to be selling it off in favor of the new “nÃ¼vi” series, so you can get one at roughly EUR 200.
One of the main differences to the more expensive C550 is the ability to speak the directions and street names, i.e. text-to-speech capability.
Though the Garmins are less hackable than, say, the TomTom devices, somebody has discovered a way to add text-to-speech to the C510. The basic procedure goes like this:
Download /Voice,BritishEnglish-Emily_TTS__140.exe, unzip the file
English_British_Emily_0140.rgn, cut the first 60 bytes using xvi32 , call the file
English_British_Emily.vpm, make a copy of that file called
000.NEW (again zero zero zero.new) and copy both files to your unit into the folder Garmin/voice. Make a copy of
english_british_.sum in your Garmin/voice folder on your unit, call it
English_British_Emily.sum and disconnect the unit from your PC. Restart it et voilÃ¡.
Detailed instructions and download URLs can be found on Claudio Ehr’s site.
I tried it last night, and believe me – you won’t know how much of a difference this makes until you experienced it. Thanks, Claudio!