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GPS Help and advice needed.

Postby kanangra » Thu 23 Jul, 2020 10:14 am

I have a Garmin eTrex Vista. It was purchased in 2008. It still works fine. I also have Oz topo v2.1. Now my question is how do I transfer tracks from the GPS to the computer for viewing? I have the cable but I suspect I don't have the software? The owners manual says I need Mapsource Trip and Waypoint Manager? Can that still be obtained?

These days I notice all the fancy watches with GPS capability can transfer tracks and routes remotely. What is the best way for me to do that with what I have got?

I know this probably sounds pretty basic but to me, well let's just say I'm challenged. :oops:

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Re: GPS Help and advice needed.

Postby wayno » Thu 23 Jul, 2020 10:57 am

that software is Discontinued

replaced by Basecamp which doesnt support your device

https://support.garmin.com/en-NZ/?faq=O ... jPUxBWrQQ6
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Re: GPS Help and advice needed.

Postby kanangra » Thu 23 Jul, 2020 11:44 am

Thanks. I was afraid you would say that.

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Postby tom_brennan » Thu 23 Jul, 2020 12:55 pm

I use OziExplorer for old GPSs, but EasyGPS would probably work as well. This assumes that your computer will still accept the cable.

You won't be able to do it remotely.
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Re: GPS Help and advice needed.

Postby tastrax » Thu 23 Jul, 2020 1:14 pm

GPS Babel will also download and convert from most GPS's but its a bit nerdier to use

https://www.gpsbabel.org/
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Re: GPS Help and advice needed.

Postby Redtail » Sun 26 Jul, 2020 8:56 pm

IIRC, it's the old 9 pin serial comms cable with a Garmin-specific connector for the Vista?

OziExplorer should work, as already advised, but you made need to much about getting the right COM port.
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Re: GPS Help and advice needed.

Postby tastrax » Mon 27 Jul, 2020 5:14 pm

You can still get USB to RS 232 adapters. I Recently had a need to connect up some old GPS and after updating the adapter I had no issue in WIN10 and multiple programs. My old adaptor didn’t work as the drivers had not been updated to WIN10 and I could Not find an update online.
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