Using eTrex with Google Earth

Discussion in 'Garmin' started by hugh, Sep 2, 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 2, 2009
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  2. hugh

    Jack Erbes Guest

    hugh wrote:
    > 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


    Have you tried changing the communications protocol? There are two
    generally, Garmin and NMEA, and GE may be looking for the one you are
    not using.

    It is on the System > Interface menu.

    Jack
     
    Jack Erbes, Sep 2, 2009
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  3. hugh

    hugh Guest

    On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:55:29 -0400, Jack Erbes <>
    wrote:

    >
    >Have you tried changing the communications protocol? There are two
    >generally, Garmin and NMEA, and GE may be looking for the one you are
    >not using.
    >
    >It is on the System > Interface menu.
    >
    >Jack


    Yes I set it to "Garmin" as per the GE instructions.

    Still no joy!
     
    hugh, Sep 2, 2009
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  4. hugh

    OG Guest

    "hugh" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:55:29 -0400, Jack Erbes <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>Have you tried changing the communications protocol? There are two
    >>generally, Garmin and NMEA, and GE may be looking for the one you are
    >>not using.
    >>
    >>It is on the System > Interface menu.
    >>
    >>Jack

    >
    > Yes I set it to "Garmin" as per the GE instructions.


    I think Jack's question was whether the eTrex Setup | Interface setting is
    showing Garmin, rather than what options you have selected in GE.
     
    OG, Sep 2, 2009
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  5. hugh

    Jack Erbes Guest

    OG wrote:
    > "hugh" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:55:29 -0400, Jack Erbes <>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Have you tried changing the communications protocol? There are two
    >>> generally, Garmin and NMEA, and GE may be looking for the one you are
    >>> not using.
    >>>
    >>> It is on the System > Interface menu.
    >>>
    >>> Jack

    >> Yes I set it to "Garmin" as per the GE instructions.

    >
    > I think Jack's question was whether the eTrex Setup | Interface setting is
    > showing Garmin, rather than what options you have selected in GE.
    >



    Thanks for pointing that out. Yes, as a matter of fact it was.


    Jack
     
    Jack Erbes, Sep 2, 2009
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  6. hugh

    pmh Guest

    On Sep 2, 4:46 am, hugh <> wrote:
    > 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.


    The converter may be at fault. I have an etrex Legend HCX with
    dedicated USB cable; I can communicate easily with Google Earth,
    Terrain Navigator or USAPhotomaps.

    The one annoyance I have found w/ GE is that I cannot download single
    waypoints, i.e. those created since the last download. GE will take
    all waypoints in the GPS and in create doubles of all previous
    waypoints. In order to add newer waypoints, I have to delete all
    previous GPS files & then download.
     
    pmh, Sep 3, 2009
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  7. hugh

    Mike Coon Guest

    pmh wrote:
    > On Sep 2, 4:46 am, hugh <> wrote:
    >> 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.

    >
    > The converter may be at fault. I have an etrex Legend HCX with
    > dedicated USB cable; I can communicate easily with Google Earth,
    > Terrain Navigator or USAPhotomaps.
    >
    > The one annoyance I have found w/ GE is that I cannot download single
    > waypoints, i.e. those created since the last download. GE will take
    > all waypoints in the GPS and in create doubles of all previous
    > waypoints. In order to add newer waypoints, I have to delete all
    > previous GPS files & then download.


    As far as I recollect the Garmin protocol has no function to download single
    waypoints. Except that if you download a route you only get the waypoints in
    that route. Worth a try?

    Mike.
    --
    If reply address is invalid, remove spurious "@" and substitute "plus"
    where needed.
     
    Mike Coon, Sep 3, 2009
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  8. hugh

    pmh Guest

    On Sep 3, 10:55 am, "Mike Coon" <Mike@@mjcoon.+.com> wrote:
    > pmh wrote:
    > > On Sep 2, 4:46 am, hugh <> wrote:
    > >> 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.

    >
    > > The converter may be at fault. I have an etrex Legend HCX with
    > > dedicated USB cable; I can communicate easily with Google Earth,
    > > Terrain Navigator or USAPhotomaps.

    >
    > > The one annoyance I have found w/ GE is that I cannot download single
    > > waypoints, i.e. those created since the last download. GE will take
    > > all waypoints in the GPS and in create doubles of all previous
    > > waypoints. In order to add newer waypoints, I have to delete all
    > > previous GPS files & then download.

    >
    > As far as I recollect the Garmin protocol has no function to download single
    > waypoints. Except that if you download a route you only get the waypointsin
    > that route. Worth a try?
    >
    > Mike.
    > --
    > If reply address is invalid, remove spurious "@" and substitute "plus"
    > where needed.


    That may well be. But with the other programs, I am offered a dialogue-
    style box (presumably generated by the "client" prgram) from which I
    can choose one or more discreet waypoints, and they need not be
    contiguous in time or space; there is no unnecessary duplication in
    any of my mapping programs except with GE. Due to the nature of my
    guiding to specific trout pools along certain streams, there is little
    need for plotting routes; for that I have trail tape which serves
    admirably.
     
    pmh, Sep 4, 2009
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  9. hugh

    BikerRay Guest

    On Sep 2, 4:46 am, hugh <> wrote:
    > 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


    Why would you use a converter? GE can read a USB or COM port
    connection.

    As a side note, I have found some devices that aren't recognized if
    they go through a (admittedly cheapo) USB hub.

    --
    Ray
     
    BikerRay, Sep 4, 2009
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  10. hugh

    Klatch Guest

    "BikerRay" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    On Sep 2, 4:46 am, hugh <> wrote:
    > 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


    Why would you use a converter? GE can read a USB or COM port
    connection.

    As a side note, I have found some devices that aren't recognized if
    they go through a (admittedly cheapo) USB hub.

    --
    Ray

    eTrex - no usb, PC - no COM port. Hence, converter.
     
    Klatch, Sep 4, 2009
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  11. hugh

    pmh Guest

    On Sep 4, 5:12 pm, "Klatch" <> wrote:
    > "BikerRay" <> wrote in message
    >
    >
    >
    > eTrex - no usb, PC - no COM port.  Hence, converter.


    You can find USB cables on ebay; a quick search for "Garmin etrex"
    under electronics\GPS\accessories\chargers & cables gave 84 hits. The
    appropriate cable will power your unit, saving batteries, and provide
    2-way data transfer.

    PMH
     
    pmh, Sep 5, 2009
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  12. hugh

    Klatch Guest

    "pmh" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    On Sep 4, 5:12 pm, "Klatch" <> wrote:
    > "BikerRay" <> wrote in message
    >
    >
    >
    > eTrex - no usb, PC - no COM port. Hence, converter.


    You can find USB cables on ebay; a quick search for "Garmin etrex"
    under electronics\GPS\accessories\chargers & cables gave 84 hits. The
    appropriate cable will power your unit, saving batteries, and provide
    2-way data transfer.

    PMH

    eTrex, eTrexH - NO USB, serial only.
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=144&pID=8705#specsTab
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=167&pID=6403#specsTab
     
    Klatch, Sep 5, 2009
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  13. hugh

    pmh Guest

    On Sep 4, 5:12 pm, "Klatch" <> wrote:

    >
    > eTrex - no usb, PC - no COM port.  Hence, converter.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-PC-data-Cable-for-Garmin-Etrex-
    GPS-NEW_W0QQitemZ370252610208QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?
    hash=item5634c67aa0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

    There are at least two other sellers of USB data cables for the Garmin
    etrex. Of the three I looked at, none is over $20, shipping included.

    PMH
     
    pmh, Sep 5, 2009
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  14. hugh

    Klatch Guest

    "pmh" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    On Sep 4, 5:12 pm, "Klatch" <> wrote:

    >
    > eTrex - no usb, PC - no COM port. Hence, converter.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-PC-data-Cable-for-Garmin-Etrex-
    GPS-NEW_W0QQitemZ370252610208QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?
    hash=item5634c67aa0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

    There are at least two other sellers of USB data cables for the Garmin
    etrex. Of the three I looked at, none is over $20, shipping included.

    PMH
    Your link doesn't work, but nonetheless I am finished with this thread. All
    the other models have a USB connection, but not the base models eTrex
    (discontinued) and etrexH do not. The OP said he has an eTrex. I gave you
    the links to the Garmin site so you could see the specs for yourself, but
    you choose to believe something from eBay.
     
    Klatch, Sep 5, 2009
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  15. On 05/09/2009 20:12, pmh wrote:
    > On Sep 4, 5:12 pm, "Klatch"<> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> eTrex - no usb, PC - no COM port. Hence, converter.

    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-PC-data-Cable-for-Garmin-Etrex-
    > GPS-NEW_W0QQitemZ370252610208QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?
    > hash=item5634c67aa0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
    >
    > There are at least two other sellers of USB data cables for the Garmin
    > etrex. Of the three I looked at, none is over $20, shipping included.


    That's essentially just a serial etrex cable combined with a USB/serial
    adapter into a single cable.

    So it will still appear as a (virtual) COM port, and need some sort of
    drivers for the USB/serial adapter.
    Though it is maybe more convenient than having to use a separate
    USB/serial converter, and is useful in that it also powers the etrex.

    --
    Craig Wallace
    http://craig.neogeo.org.uk
    http://www.neogeo.org.uk
     
    Craig Wallace, Sep 5, 2009
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