Using a garmin etrex with Google Earth

Discussion in 'General GPS' started by hugh, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. hugh

    hugh Guest

    Has anyone succeeded in connecting a garmin etrex to Google Earth?

    According to the GE help, you just attach the GPS as a USB or serial
    device, then tell GE that you have a garmin gps, and it will import
    waypoints, tracks etc, and presumably overlay them on the GE screen.

    I connect my etrex to my computer using a serial-to-usb converter.
    Fugawi recognises this as a device on COM9 with no problem but GE
    runs thru USB,COM1,COM2...COM20 without finding the device. What am
    I doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance
     
    hugh, Sep 1, 2009
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  2. hugh

    Wayne R. Guest

    On Tue, 01 Sep 2009 23:55:53 +0100, hugh <> wrote (with
    clarity & insight):

    >Has anyone succeeded in connecting a garmin etrex to Google Earth?
    >
    >According to the GE help, you just attach the GPS as a USB or serial
    >device, then tell GE that you have a garmin gps, and it will import
    >waypoints, tracks etc, and presumably overlay them on the GE screen.
    >
    >I connect my etrex to my computer using a serial-to-usb converter.
    >Fugawi recognises this as a device on COM9 with no problem but GE
    >runs thru USB,COM1,COM2...COM20 without finding the device. What am
    >I doing wrong?
    >
    >Thanks in advance


    There's usually an interface type selection within the GPS device.
    It'll show NMEA only, NMEA with DGPS, or Garmin (at least).

    For data transfer, use the Garmin setting.

    NMEA is a text-formatted data stream output to feed other devices.
    NMEA with DGPS sends out a stream and also listens for corrections
    from another type of receiver.
     
    Wayne R., Sep 2, 2009
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  3. hugh

    hugh Guest

    On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 08:16:15 -0400, Wayne R. <>
    wrote:

    >On Tue, 01 Sep 2009 23:55:53 +0100, hugh <> wrote (with
    >clarity & insight):
    >
    >>Has anyone succeeded in connecting a garmin etrex to Google Earth?
    >>
    >>According to the GE help, you just attach the GPS as a USB or serial
    >>device, then tell GE that you have a garmin gps, and it will import
    >>waypoints, tracks etc, and presumably overlay them on the GE screen.
    >>
    >>I connect my etrex to my computer using a serial-to-usb converter.
    >>Fugawi recognises this as a device on COM9 with no problem but GE
    >>runs thru USB,COM1,COM2...COM20 without finding the device. What am
    >>I doing wrong?
    >>
    >>Thanks in advance

    >
    >There's usually an interface type selection within the GPS device.
    >It'll show NMEA only, NMEA with DGPS, or Garmin (at least).
    >
    >For data transfer, use the Garmin setting.
    >
    >NMEA is a text-formatted data stream output to feed other devices.
    >NMEA with DGPS sends out a stream and also listens for corrections
    >from another type of receiver.



    Hi!

    Yes I already have Garmin selected and Google Earth still goes
    searching all the COM ports without finding it :O(

    Thanks for your input anyhow
     
    hugh, Sep 2, 2009
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  4. hugh

    OG Guest

    "hugh" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Has anyone succeeded in connecting a garmin etrex to Google Earth?
    >
    > According to the GE help, you just attach the GPS as a USB or serial
    > device, then tell GE that you have a garmin gps, and it will import
    > waypoints, tracks etc, and presumably overlay them on the GE screen.
    >
    > I connect my etrex to my computer using a serial-to-usb converter.
    > Fugawi recognises this as a device on COM9 with no problem but GE
    > runs thru USB,COM1,COM2...COM20 without finding the device. What am
    > I doing wrong?
    >
    > Thanks in advance


    Must admit I've not had problems with downloading to GE on either XP or
    Vista.

    Have you tried other programs to confirm that the problem actually is with
    GE?
    EasyGPS, for example, will allow you to download the data to a GPX file,
    which you can then open in GE.
     
    OG, Sep 2, 2009
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