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Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx USB Connection

I have just purchased the Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx bundled with the MapSource US Topo CD and USB cable. I have installed the setup USB drivers and my computer recognizes the device when connected via the USB cable. I've switched to Menu/Settings/Interface and it displays "Connected". I open up the Maps software and select File/SaveToDevice and my only option is com port. When I select the USB Port tab it displays "No Compatible Devices are Available". Issue is I can't make it recognize the USB Connection. The software is only looking for the COM port connections. I have to believe it should work with the cable the package was bundled with, so what am I doing wrong? Many thanks in advance! RRowe

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Re: Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx USB Connection

Actually, I just solved the problem myself...

I went to Garmin's driver download site ( 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.)

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CroceF- I just opened up a Garmin 60CSx and found that one of the contacts came un-soldered from the board. I placed the contact back on the board and heated gently until solder paste began to melt. I pressed down on contact gently and let cool. I reassembled unit and still no connection via USB. I am stumped.

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Re: Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx USB Connection

The problem could well be a disconnected usb port. Carefully disconnect your cord from the unit by pulling straight out. Carefully inspect to see if the port extends past flush with the case. If it does it has become seperated from its little PCB inside the unit. It will need to be resoldered. This is where my help ends. Garmin no longer stocks the part so repair is only option. The case is easy to open and the part easy to remove but I have found no one who does this type of precision soldering work.

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Re: Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx USB Connection

Firstly, you should update your Mapsource program to the latest version 6.13.7, I think.
Select your maps using the Map Select tool.
Transfer > Send to Device
A window should pop up, hit the button [FIND DEVICE] and it should search for the unit.

Please let us know if this cures the problem.

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