Thursday, November 13, 2008

Trials with a Garmin eTrex Legend

I've had a Garmin eTrex Legend for quite a while now. It started acting quite flaky: powering down randomly, not displaying all the pixels, etc. Apparently I not alone in this. Found distructions at and being who I am, went for it. Much better afterward. Then I wanted to upgrade the software and keep it updated. This has turned in to a much bigger pain. Was able to use the serial connection and a Windows machine to do the upgrade, but I don't do Windows very often and want to use one of my Macs. IOGear GUC232A USB->serial cable. Again, works with Windows, but not OSX 10.4. Grabbed the driver from The IOGear is recognized:

Steve-Beatys-Computer:~ beaty$ ls -l /dev/tty.*
crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 11, 2 Oct 2 14:33 /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Modem
crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 11, 0 Oct 2 14:33 /dev/tty.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync
crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 11, 10 Oct 4 08:33 /dev/tty.PL2303-0000103D

and I can connect to it via 'screen' and make the LED flash, but Garmin's WebUpdate doesn't see it. So it looks like i'll have to find a

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