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ETrex legend serial to usb cable problem

Sorry for trouble: I got eTrex legend which is old model and interface is serial port, I bought a serial usb cable to connect to my laptop to do data tranferring but my laptop not detect anything... kindly advise.

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Hi,

Have you tried using the cable with another device just to check it's working ok.. And try a different usb port also, they can be funny that way.
A Garmin rep I spoke to about this told me (off the record) to just go to my local electronics store to pick one up for app €15 as the same thing from Garmin would be about €75. So it's basically the same cable and should work. I tried it with a generic cable here in the shop and it worked in one usb port but not in the other two so a bit of trial and error is needed.
All that failing I'd bring it back to the shop and ask them if there is a different type you could try, possibly you need one with a higher data transfer capability.. But try the cheaper and easier options first..

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some computers require you to press del while booting other esc.

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If the device is enabled, then check to make sure that your cable is making a connection properly.

(May require you to open up the unit) if out of warantee

To check that the cable is connected properly on the outside contact to db9 port.

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on the inside there is a cable with 4 wires soldered to a board which links the outside to the inside.

Connect your serial cable to the GPS, using a multimeter check continuity by holding red lead on pin 1 of db9 serial port and checking each pin for continuity. only 1 should indicate continuity, continue with pin 2 and pin5 on serial port connector.

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