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How do I connect my Garmin GPS to my PC?


I have a Garmin GPS and I have been unable to make a connection from the map software to the GPS using either comm1 or comm2 serial ports. The error message in the map software says that the GPS is not connected. I have tried both comm ports. I found that the modem was on comm1 so switched the modem to comm2. With no results. I have used an adapter to connect the pc interface cable to the comm2 port with no results. I took the Gps and the pc interface cable to the Garmin dealer and it worked fine on their computer it made the connection and downloaded the maps from their software. I have checked the device manager and it indicates that both ports are operating. I have checked the bios and both ports are enabled. I have called customer support for Garmin and they indicate that its probably a configuration error in my computer.

Any suggestions? or do I need to take this to Data Doctors and have them check it?

Thanks for your help

Dave taylor


This question was answered on April 6, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I had a hard time deciding on what version you had, so I am giving you Garmin's Frequently Asked Questions page The second link, will provide you instructions on how to interface your unit to a pc I hope that these links will assist you If not, please resubmit your question with more details, such as the version that you are using.

Good luck to you I hope this helps.

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Posted by Jacqueline of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 6, 2001