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hugh
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      09-01-2009, 10:55 PM
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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Wayne R.
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      09-02-2009, 12:16 PM
On Tue, 01 Sep 2009 23:55:53 +0100, hugh <(E-Mail Removed)> 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.
 
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hugh
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      09-02-2009, 05:27 PM
On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 08:16:15 -0400, Wayne R. <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>On Tue, 01 Sep 2009 23:55:53 +0100, hugh <(E-Mail Removed)> 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
 
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OG
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      09-02-2009, 06:19 PM

"hugh" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> 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.


 
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