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    GPS Connection (Win XP 5.1, SP 1)

    I am unable to have my Dell 8200 computer recognize my new Garmin eTrex GPS via the serial connection provided with the GPS unit. It needs to connect so I can upload and download info to MapSource software.

    When I try to connect the GPS using MapSource v4.07 software, I use the autodetect feature. I set the software to use Com 1 at 115200 baud. It skips Com 1 & tries to connect to Com 3, then gives the following message:

    "Unable to find a GPS
    1. Make sure GPS is connected (it is).
    2. Make sure GPS is turned on (it is).
    3. Make sure GPS interface is set correctly (it is)."

    I called Garmin & they said another program is conflicting with the GPS. I tried turning off my PDA's hot synch software but still receive the error.

    Any suggestions on how I can connect or troubleshoot this problem?

    Thanks.

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    Re: GPS Connection (Win XP 5.1, SP 1)

    I never have good luck with port conflicts, sorry. But I saw a device the other day that I think allows you to connect serial devices to a USB port. (Or was it USB devices to a serial port?) Maybe something like that would help.

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    Re: GPS Connection (Win XP 5.1, SP 1)

    Occasionally, I have had success with deleting the port and letting it reinstall itself. To do this, you need to go into Device Manager - Accessible from Control Panel|System|Hardware. HTH
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