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Joined: 2003-02-02
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2003 7:23 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Just a thought (and there are some really great technical people who probably know what it is) but is there another program using you port you need to download on?
palm software is famous for this.
Try closing resident programs and then downloading.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2003 9:37 pm Reply with quote Back to top

A couple of things come to mind right away...

Start up Easygps and click file/prefs./my gps receivers/.... See that your gpsr is listed there... If not, add yours....

Second, with everything hooked up...Try Clicking on GPS at the top menu bar..Then click "test my serial connection" See what that tells you...

Just a couple thoughts...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 11:12 am Reply with quote Back to top

Originally posted by What's Next?:
We're trying to download with Easy GPS and finding it not so easy. Why is that? Should they have named the program Incredibly Frustrating Bang Your Head Against the Wall or Throw Something GPS. We know it works, we've seen it done so effortlessly at events! If anyone can try to shed some light for us, it would be greatly appreciated.

We can get all the waypoints to display in a window on our monitor, but when we try to send them to the GPS, nothing happens. We've tried a couple different ports on the computer too.


You're not alone in having this problem. In the past I successfully downloaded waypoints many times using my notebook computer. I even set it up for downloads at WGA events, but for some reason I haven't been able to make it work for the past couple of months. JeremyV has been offering advice to help me. I got it to work a couple of weeks ago, but then it stopped working again. Evidently there is, as wzbt03 suggests, a program using and interfering with the COM1 port.

Here's some advice JeremyV gave me:
Go to the Task Manager by hitting Control/Alt/Delete keys at the same time.

If you have time, just go to the "Processes" tab in the Task Manager
and starting killing the processes one by one using the "End Process"
button. (Note: Only kill the processes that you started... check the
User Name column... you can ignore anything started by SYSTEM. Also,
it should be safe to shut down anything you started.) Then try
ExpertGPS and see if you can communicate with the GPS.
Here's some additional advice from JeremyV:

First, make sure that COM1 is still installed and is not disabled. Go
to Settings->Control Panel->System->"Hardware" tab->"Device Manager"
then look under Ports (Com & LPT) to see if Communications Port (COM1)
is still there. If it is there but the icon has a red X over it, it is
disabled... right click on it to enable it.

Second, try disabling the infrared port. On a lot of laptops, the
infrared port and physical serial port share the same resources, so
there could be a conflict. Easiest way to disable IR is through the
Device Manager.

I guess if these suggestions don't work, you may want to check for a
hardware problem... either the serial port on your laptop or the one on
the GPS could be physically bad, or the serial cable could be bad. You
do have serial communications properly set up on your GPS, right?

I hope this helps!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 11:34 am Reply with quote Back to top

I also had problems at first with the progarm. Connect the gpsr to the computer before turning the computer on. I know usb is suposed to be hot swap but it seems to make a diference on my system. Make sure the baud rate on the gpsr (under setup on my Magellan) and the program match. Set up the program to the right port. I just try all three ports until one works. All of these settings are under file/preferences/my gps receiver/settings. Hope this helps some.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2003 11:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

As a follow-up to my previous post, I decided to attack this problem once again and I found a solution! I went into the task manager and began ending specific processes one by one, then attempting to download through EasyGPS. After ending a process labeled "HKServ.exe" I am now able to do the downloading thing.

[This message has been edited by kbraband (edited 10-29-2003).]
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