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Connecting Garmin Foretrex to PC

I have bought the cable to down load tracks to my PC but the PC is not recognising the unit? The cable is a 9 pin, female D serial port connector. Has anyone got any suggestions?

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  • lawgub3 Nov 19, 2008

    I'm having the same problem. I've tried connecting the Foretrex 101 to 3 different PC's, two Windows Vista systems and one XP using a Belkin serial port to USB port adaptor and none of the PC's will recognize the GPS unit even though the adaptor is recognized by all three. I've even had Garmin send me a second Foretrex PC cable in the event that that might have been the problem, but still nothing. So presently I have no means of downloading/uploading waypoints, routes or tracks between a PC and the Foretrex 101 --- very upsetting.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    my comuter don't recognise the foretrex 301



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Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I have been having problems downloading the wayponts but not the tracks. I use Street Atlas USA and have NO problems downloading all data with my garmin GPS12. I notified garmin about this problem. To see if your gps is recieving data try using the web site. Sign up [ it is free ] and click on an icon cache in yoir area, then click on send to gps. You will be prompted to download free software to use it. Once it is installed, try the above option again. You will get a menu that shows devices shown. Look for the fortrex and send it to the gps. Make sure your gps is in " GARMIN " mode for the interface. If it shows your fortrex then it is communicating with it. Download the cache to your fortrex and then look at it in the waypoint file of the gps. The web site is :


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    scramblepad Jan 31, 2009

    Well after going around and around with the people at garmin...they sent me trip and way-point manager free. The problem is solved. It seems to be in the software. they may have changed some type of code in the gps but for a fact....MAPSOURCE works 100%. I suggest you use this as mine works fine. I would really like to have my Street Atlas USA working with it but instead I use EASYGPS which is a file converter between software's. You may which to give this a try. I have converted the fortrex file to a TEXT and was able to get the way-points ONLY to download to the street atlas usa......First I download the track which works fine but have to convert the way-points to text format and they place the way-points and way-point tracks over the fortrex track.



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