Connect etrex GPS - what next?

I bought a Garmin eTrex of eBay along with a serial/USB cable to connect it
to the computer.
When I plug it in it /looks/ like it’s setting up gpsd Ok - by tail -f
/var/log/messages.
I’ve tried cat /dev/ttyUSB0 but nothing shows.

Now I’m stuck - what do I need to do to download the waypoints on the GPS?

openSUSE 11.0 + KDE 4.2 - fully updated.

Alan

Not exactly sure but the main thing is not to save them on the etrex; they need to be downloaded in the raw state.

Have a look at Main Page - OpenStreetMap

john hudson wrote:

>
> Not exactly sure but the main thing is not to save them on the etrex;
> they need to be downloaded in the raw state.
>
> Have a look at ‘Main Page - OpenStreetMap’
> (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Main_Page)
>
>
The big question is how to get to the entries on the GPS to do anything with
them.

I’m assuming it’s connected Ok but I don’t know for sure - do you know of
any software I can use to get at the info?

Alan

Open a console and enter
su –
hwinfo --usb

This should tell you whether the hardware has been recognised and what sort of hardware your system thinks it is.

If you can’t work out how to use the information, post it here to see if someone else can.

john hudson wrote:

>
> Open a console and enter
> su –
> hwinfo --usb
>
> This should tell you whether the hardware has been recognised and what
> sort of hardware your system thinks it is.
>
> If you can’t work out how to use the information, post it here to see
> if someone else can.
>
>
hwinfo --usb
<snip>
05: USB 00.0: 0700 Serial controller
[Created at usb.122]
UDI:
/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/usb_device_67b_2303_noserial_if0_serial_usb_0
Unique ID: TVZz.yosUmW5iOW6
Parent ID: pBe4.kllrQr_lFX9
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0/usb2/2-9/2-9:1.0
SysFS BusID: 2-9:1.0
Hardware Class: unknown
Model: “Prolific PL2303 Serial Port”
Hotplug: USB
Vendor: usb 0x067b “Prolific Technology Inc.”
Device: usb 0x2303 “PL2303 Serial Port”
Revision: “3.00”
Driver: “pl2303”
Driver Modules: “pl2303”, “pl2303”
Device File: /dev/ttyUSB0
Device Number: char 188:0
Speed: 12 Mbps
Module Alias: “usb:v067Bp2303d0300dc00dsc00dp00icFFisc00ip00”
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: pl2303 is active
Driver Activation Cmd: “modprobe pl2303”
Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #11 (Hub)
</snip>

l /dev/ttyUSB0
crw-rw---- 1 root uucp 188, 0 Apr 3 17:18 /dev/ttyUSB0

as root
gpsbabel -i garmin -f usb: -o gpx -F waypoints.gpx
Found no Garmin USB devices.

Does this help?

Alan

It tells you that the problem is hardware detection. So the next step is to try the unit on another computer, preferably not using openSUSE, and see if it detects it.

etrex is used regularly by OpenStreetMap contributors. So you may get better help from OpenStreetMap or someone in your local Linux group who contributes to OpenStreetMap.

Hi
Have you change /etc/fstab for the usbfs from noatuo to auto? I have to
do that for gpsd to talk to my Nuvi.


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john hudson wrote:

>
> It tells you that the problem is hardware detection. So the next step is
> to try the unit on another computer, preferably not using openSUSE, and
> see if it detects it.
>
> etrex is used regularly by OpenStreetMap contributors. So you may get
> better help from OpenStreetMap or someone in your local Linux group who
> contributes to OpenStreetMap.
>
>
Out of curiosity I changed -f usb: to -f /dev/ttyUSB0 and it worked :slight_smile:

To recap
% gpsbabel -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F waypoints.gpx
works.

Alan