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  • Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Do you have mapping software?

    Premier Icon woody21
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    Did have – changed computer and lost memory map as it was an old version and its no longer supported. In my simple world I’m wondering if I can upload grid references into Garmin Connect and the upload onto my Etrex

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Sorry, don’t know the answer.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Think the basic yellow etrex needs the pricey serial cable? Pretty sure you can upload routes to it.
    I use gmap-pedometer website with some plugin to grab the gpx, but I sold my old serial Garmin and have a USB one now

    Premier Icon woody21
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    I have a Garmin Etrex (the basic one) is it possible to upload a GPX file from the Internet direct onto my Etrex? Or do I have go via Garmin Connect?

    All advice gratefully received

    boblo
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    I’ve only ever uploaded via Memory Map and serial cable. If anyone needs a cable, cheap copies can be had from Fleabay rather than the £30 Garmin charge.

    Premier Icon woody21
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    I had to buy a new cable as the new computer had no spare serial ports, now have to contact via USB cable.

    Premier Icon woody21
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    Oh it’s a nightmare – instructions for the USB driver are an earlier version of windows. Telephone helpline me thinks

    boblo
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    Can you net get an updated driver from the cable manufacturers website?

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Think the basic yellow etrex needs the pricey serial cable?

    I made one from an old mouse and a chopped up credit card.

    CraigW
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    You will need some sort of software for loading waypoints etc. One fairly simple free option is EasyGPS. You can set it to use OS grid references, and it can open GPX files etc. http://www.easygps.com/

    Or you could use Garmin MapSource. It lets you view your waypoints on a map. See this for instructions of how to download and install it for free: http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-garmin-mapsource-for-free-and-install-without-media/

    Premier Icon woody21
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    Thanks for all of the advice

    boblo
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    With Garmin Mapsource, you’ll need mapping as the Basemap is next to useless. You can buy it (Google) or if conscience allows, ‘find it’…..

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Used to use EasyGPS on windows to transfer the files.
    Now I use GPSBabel on Linux (not sure if there’s a Windows version) to transfer them.
    Both let you transfer waypoints, routes and tracks independently or all together (and a GPX file can contain a mix of those).
    Need to beware maximum size of routes/tracks on the older basic eTrexes though. My ancient one was limited to 50 points on a route (quite limiting), and 1000 on a track. GPSBabel is able to convert route to track if it’s too long.

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