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sbukosky
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 7:56 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Anyone have insight into changing a Garmin serial port connection to USB? I'm thinking a stumbling block would be the EasyGPS and Mapsource software, but thought I'd ask.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:23 pm Reply with quote Back to top

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Originally posted by sbukosky:
Anyone have insight into changing a Garmin serial port connection to USB? I'm thinking a stumbling block would be the EasyGPS and Mapsource software, but thought I'd ask.



Before I purchased a Windows notebook PC, I connected my Garmin eMap to the USB port on a Macintosh. To do this I used a Keyspan PDA adapter. It worked to download MapSource maps to the eMap while running VirtualPC on the Mac, although the downloads went very slowly. However this setup would not allow me to download Garmin firmware updates into the eMap.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:56 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Steve,
I've heard that there have been some problems with the Keyspan adaptors and that a lot of people have been using IOGEAR adaptor(http://www.iogear.com/products/product.php?Item=GUC232A) with much better success. Appears to be something with the Keyspan drivers or something. Haven't tried it yet myself, but will have to face up to the situation soon when I get my MAC up and rolling with VPC.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2002 8:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Well it looks like I got things running. I bought a Belkin PDA serial to USB adapter and once I downloaded the Windows XP driver off the website, it seems to be uploading and downloading at what appears to be the same speed as the direct to serial port connection. I bought this off of eBay and saved about 50% from what CompUSA wants. Also have a USB hub coming as I've got four USB plugs using two outlets.

Oh yes, Easy GPS and Mapsource both work with it.

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