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Re: Connecting Garmin Foretrex to PC
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 geocaching.com 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 :http://www.geocaching.com/
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Since you bought the device used, it's likely the previous owner did not clear the passwords and data. Short of tracking down the previous owner, there is no way to unlock the unit without doing a factory reset. Here's a guide to reset the Garmin GPS units to their original factory settings. http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/06/09/how-to-reset-garmin-nuvi-gps-device-access-maintenance-mode/
You can download tracks and waypoints via EasyGPS for free, or ExpertGPS or Garmin Mapsource. These programmes will transfer waypoints, tracks and routes to your PC. If this solves your situation, please come back and rate our solution. Thankyou.
Cause of all these problems may be as simple as faulty USB cable. I had initially bought cable on e-bay when i described problem below and didn't think cable was faulty as got the green loading bar etc. Subsequently tried another cable from a digital camera and gps began charging but no green loading bar etc. Finally borrowed cable from friend with similar model and it all worked perfectly: began charging, managed to register (and get the free 2009 maps update) etc. so problem could be the cable. Garmin sell it on their website for 7 euro but I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives in Electronics shops.
I had the same issue. I would plug it in and it would recognize the device then it would disappear.
What I did to solve the problem was to first turn on my Gamin 200w. After it was finished loading maps then I plugged in in to the usb port. My machine recognized the device without any problems. I am running Windows Vista Home Premium. Hope that helps.
while this may not be a fully working solution, have you guys tried pressing and holding the page button while at the same time pressing power. hold them in for a while and see what happens. it might just work. mine is sort of working after doing it a couple of times. page+power same time and hold longer than 5 sec just to be sure.
These would be the drivers that allow your computer to interact with your gps unit. If you use it as a standalone unit, then you won't need them. If you plan on saving waypoints and tracks or prerouting yourself and then loading it to your gps, then you will need to install the usb drivers from your installation disk, or from the garmin site before connecting your gps to the usb cable from your computer. Once loaded, you should be able to communicate with your unit and up/down load information.