You have the USB cable but what software? Have you got the MapSource CD? If not, there's a free and legal workaround. Download the free Garmin Training Center (from Garmin site), open it to check it works, close it then download the Mapsource update file, also from Garmin site. You'll now have MapSource and can uninstall Training Center. You'll need maps though - depending where you are there's some free maps otherwise get a Garmin map to make it easier to plan trips.
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You cannot load maps to the unit using the Trip and Waypoint Manager software. That software only does what it's called - it transfers routes and waypoints. To install maps onto your GPS, you will need Mapsource, which normally comes with the maps. Once it's installed on your PC, you hook up your GPS with a mini-USB cable, choose which maps you want transferred to the unit, and then the Mapsource software will knit the map segments together and transfer them over to the unit. Hope this helps.
Yes there is a discontinued Garmin software product called nRoute that allows your laptop to sue your gps to provide realtime info onto any mapsource map, as well as provide voice prompting and auto-routing etc.
This is a discontinued product since I guess some lawyer figured that using a laptop while driving was a bad idea. NRoute is available online if you google around for it though.
You connect the 2720 to your pc with the supplied usb cable. Power up the 2720 with the ac supply cable. Then run the garmin webupdater. It will do the update.
You must have previously installed the webupdater and the usb drivers. If you use the garmin mapsource software and can connect to the 2720, to transfer waypoints, tracks, etc., then the usb drivers are already installed.
You can download the webupdater at this site: http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp
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.
There is freeware out there provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that allows Garmin users to download their data in a number of different format. Search "DNRGarmin GPS Application" and follow the instructions. This is great for GIS user because it will download to a shapefile.
It has the ability to upload some data, as well. Although, I suspect there are fewer options for uploading data than, say, Mapsource.
I went to Garmin's driver download site (http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=591) and got the latest USB driver (2.2.1) for the 60C. (Although, it appears that that driver pertains to all Garmin products, not just the GPSmap series or the 60C.) Installation instructions are pretty much standard for Windows drivers, so it's easy.
That: a) Garmin requires special USB drivers for their product is finicky (most USB-connectable products just connect automatically using Windows' generic USB driver), and b) my unit -- which had always worked just fine, and suddenly stopped connecting out of the blue -- remains a mystery. Nonetheless, a driver upgrade was the final step that I needed. (Although, I also swapped USB cables and upgraded MapSource, too, so maybe it's some combination of those things.)