OziExplorer CE - Using OziExplorerCE on a VMS Device

This is a GPS Navigator Brand sold in Australia

Activating the trial version of OziExplorerCE on a VMS GPS


VMS have installed the trial version of OziExplorerCE on their GPS units.

To make it a fully working version, an OziExplorerCE License ($40) is required.

If you need a map as well then the OziExplorerCE License + Raster 250K Map (all of Australia) for $50 is a good option.

The license can be purchased from the Australian purchase page of our website.


See here for important information about using maps in OziExplorerCE - Using Maps In OziExplorerCE

(Note - To add maps to the GPS, see the section at the bottom of this page)

OziExplorerCE does NOT include maps.

VMS may have provided an offroad map, I am not sure.

For information on some popular maps that work with OziExplorerCE, see the Australian Maps page of our website www.oziexplorer.com.  There are links at the bottom of the Australian Maps page to other producers of maps.

If you need a map as well then the OziExplorerCE License + Raster 250K Map (all of Australia) for $50 is a good option.

If you already have maps calibrated for use in OziExplorerCE you may not need the PC version of OziExplorer, simply copy the maps to the OziExplorer/Maps folder on the GPS.

If you also want to use the maps for trip planning etc. on the PC or need to calibrate your own maps, then the PC OziExplorer license ($130) is also required.  The PC OziExplorer can be downloaded from the OziExplorer page of our website.

If you experience the following issue.

NOTE : We have had reports from VMS users outlining the following issue on the VMS units which must be due to some setting VMS have configured.

If you find the GPS Satellites screen shows and there is no way to move off it, follow the procedure below.

- Delete the "oziexplorer2.cfg" file from the folder where OziExplorerCE is installed and the menubar will be available to change pages.

Map File Path

IMPORTANT : It is important that OziExplorerCE knows where to look for maps to load.  In OziExplorerCE configuration (File Menu / Configuration / Map & Data Files), configure the "Map File Path" to the folder where VMS have the offroad maps stored (if they have provided them).

Adding Maps to the VMS for use with OziExplorerCE

  1. Maps are stored on the memory card in the OziExplorer "Maps" folder. The folder may be called "Ozi" or "OziExplorer" or something similar. There will be sub-folder called "Maps" under this folder.
  2. For each map, 2 files are required (a) the OziExplorer calibration file (.map) and the map itself (it may have the file extension .ozf2, .ozfx3, .ozf4, .ecw or another of the supported formats)
  3. To use the maps on the VMS, copy the 2 files for each map to the memory card.
  4. If the maps do not load when GPS tracking is "ON" check the following.
    • The GPS has a clear view of the sky and has a fix on the satellites.
    • For each map, 2 files (as described above) have been copied.
    • The folder the maps have been copied to is the same folder configured in OziExplorerCE Configuration / Map & Data Files and this path is ticked as "Active"
  5. "Image file not found or could not be loaded".  If this message is received it means the (.map) file has been copied ok, but the actual map image is not there.  Check and make sure the 2 files have been copied for each map.

Upgrading OziExplorerCE to Latest Version

Download the update from the link below.


Please Note : OziExplorerCE does not run on a PC - it is not intended to, it will only run on the Navigator.

This next section is important as it appears VMS have renamed the OziExplorer program file.

If the exe file has been renamed and this is not performed the new updated program file will not run.

  1. Check for the location of OziExplorerCE on the VMS memory card. The folder may be called "Ozi" and the program called Ozi.exe.
  2. It is most likely the OziExplorerCE.exe file has been renamed to ozi.exe.  If so, follow the steps below.
  3. Rename the current executable file "ozi.exe" to "ozi_old.exe".
  4. Rename the new executable file "OziExplorerCE.exe" to "ozi.exe".