March 13th 2017

When I established the forums in 2005 it was to offer a more richer web experience and greater functionality than the platform where we started this social adventure in 2003, Yahoo Groups. The forums were once a busy hive of activity and provided locals and visitors with a wealth of information just like the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook today.

It was a time where we didn't have the many social media platforms we have today, and it was a different time in terms of mobility and technology. There was no instant access to information, no Google Maps and a very limited base map on your GPSr. Mobile connectivity for me was a 9600bps Infrared connection from a Nokia to a laptop and in later times to a PDA using WAP.

As we moved into the social media era so did our forums users. Geocaching Ireland moved there too, and we have a thriving community on the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook. As a result, forum activity isn't what it used to be and I have taken the decision to disable new registrations to the forums and to make the forums read only so any information there can still be accessed.

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eTrex H Serial/USB question

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GoldCircle
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eTrex H Serial/USB question

Post by GoldCircle » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:40 pm

OK, ok, I know what I'm attempting is probably a bridge too far, but then again, it might just be a configuration thing.

Garmin's eTrex H has one of those awful connectors and the real Garmin cable is real money, not worth spending on such a device. I bought an eBay cable - and of course, it was a Serial connector at the end. I assumed my laptop still had such a thing. It doesn't.

So I bought a further male Serial to USB cable to plug in to it.

Windows 7/64 bit seems happy enough with the USB to Serial cable and happily loads a driver from memory and assigns a COM port to it.

However, there seems to be no life beyond that point to the GPS - and EasyGPS doesn't see anything. I have updated my Garmin Plug-in and Garmin USB drivers also.

So, where does problem solving begin on this beast of a legacy issue?

And before anyone says it I know the correct solution to my problem is to buy a new GPS! [:D]
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Re: eTrex H Serial/USB question

Post by Daithi2004 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:05 pm

I had the same problem. I just got a new GPS with all the modern cables... Worth it in the long run.
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