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Cannot install new Garmin eTrex Vista HCx to my PC

After installing the Trip & Waypoint Manager software and plugging in the GPSr, the Found New Hardware Wizard appears. I have followed the wizard and it says the file 'grmnusb.sys' is needed. I was given the option to browse and point to the file, which I did, but it still cannot find the file. Sometimes I get a message that says the driver is not intended for this platform. I have a PC with Windows XP. The CD cover says I need Windows 2000 or newer, so I think I have the right software and operating system.

I have used an earlier model, the eTrex Vista C, on this computer before, and was able to connect. Recently, however, I've had this same problem with the older GPSr that once worked well with this computer.

Any ideas?
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The driver file should be in a folder called USB_Drivers on the Trip & Waypoint Manager CD. The install process is confusing - it looks like it has to install twice as after the first time it looks for the file again - carry through with this the 2nd time and you should be fine. I have had to reinstall the driver several times over the last few years - also when using a different USB port. So now I keep the driver file handy on the hard drive to save getting the CD every time.

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