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hugh
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      09-02-2009, 08:46 AM
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
 
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Jack Erbes
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      09-02-2009, 11:55 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


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
 
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hugh
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      09-02-2009, 02:08 PM
On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:55:29 -0400, Jack Erbes <(E-Mail Removed)>
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!
 
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OG
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      09-02-2009, 07:12 PM

"hugh" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:55:29 -0400, Jack Erbes <(E-Mail Removed)>
> 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.


 
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Jack Erbes
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      09-02-2009, 09:40 PM
OG wrote:
> "hugh" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>> On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:55:29 -0400, Jack Erbes <(E-Mail Removed)>
>> 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
 
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pmh
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      09-03-2009, 01:20 PM
On Sep 2, 4:46*am, hugh <(E-Mail Removed)> 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.
 
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Mike Coon
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      09-03-2009, 02:55 PM
pmh wrote:
> On Sep 2, 4:46 am, hugh <(E-Mail Removed)> 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.
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      09-04-2009, 02:55 AM
On Sep 3, 10:55*am, "Mike Coon" <Mike@@mjcoon.+.com> wrote:
> pmh wrote:
> > On Sep 2, 4:46 am, hugh <(E-Mail Removed)> 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.
 
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BikerRay
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      09-04-2009, 12:29 PM
On Sep 2, 4:46*am, hugh <(E-Mail Removed)> 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.

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      09-04-2009, 09:12 PM

"BikerRay" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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On Sep 2, 4:46 am, hugh <(E-Mail Removed)> 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.

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Ray

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


 
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