I bought a Mio Moov 500 GPS a few days ago. Here’s how it looks:
Pretty nice, huh ?
The bad thing is that it came only with the navigation software ( MioMap ). No video player, picture viewer or mp3 player. After a little bit of google-ing I found out that Dalibor Dalik made the Mio Moov Unlock Shell.
The Unlock Shell simply kills your original GPS application and starts Visual Shell. You can download the Visual Shell from www.lanik.org. I wanted to upload the current version to my website but it wouldn’t be useful as it isn’t final and future versions will appear. Let me share a small tutorial on how to install the Unlock Shell on a Mio Moov 500.
Note: If you have another GPS model read the full instructions. This is the easy way to install on a Mio Moov 500. I’m writing this so you don’t have to read the whole ReadMe file.
- Download Visual GPS
- Extract it to your hard drive
- Connect your Mio Moov 500 to your computer with the USB cable
- Copy the following 3 folders to your GPS to the parent directory (just open Mio Device – appears on your desktop when it has connected with your PC): Visual, Visual.auto and Visual.ins.
- Open Program Files/MioMap/appstartupsec.ini in a text editor and change the line:
ProcessFile=Program Files/MioMap/MioMap.exe to
ProcessFile=\\..\\My Flash Disk\\Visual.auto\\auto.exe
- Safely remove your GPS, remove the USB cable and turn it on.
You will see that VisualGPS is starting. I won’t tell you how to use VisualGPS. It will be nicer to find out what it can do yourself. All I’m telling you is that you can now play a video, listen to music and use other GPS software (iGo, TomTom, Route66 etc.) on your Mio Moov 500.
As you can see I have MioMap and iGo8. They both work flawlessly.
I use Core Player to view videos (top left corner) and Nitrogen ( 3rd icon on top row )to play mp3 files.
Solitaire is the best thing ever for the times when you’re stuck in traffic 😀
Total Commander is really useful 😉 . From this screen you can change the wallpaper, open USB mode, close processes and modify some settings.
And there you have it: your unlocked Mio Moov 500. Remember that you can always read more about the VisualGPS Mio Unlock Shell.