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Laptop recognizes my GPS as a 'mass-storage' device, rather than a GPS
johnbarr44
I want to use my Toshiba Windows 10 laptop as a chart plotter for small boat navigation. I have a Garmin 62s GPS.

I have downloaded and installed Memory-Maps charts for the New Zealand coast and can find my way around them OK.

I have connected my Garmin 62s to laptop USB and can transfer Marks, Tracks and Routes back and forth between laptop and GPS, so there is a connection.

My problem is the Laptop recognizes the GPS as a 'mass-storage' device, rather than a GPS, and so is unable to display my current position or track.

I have used the Garmin Spanner interface setting and chosen Memory-Maps Garmin USB options. I've also tried every other settings option I can see and still the laptop can only see the GPS as a mass storage device.

Memory-Map support have suggested the problem is with my Garmin (which has been updated with latest version) and recommend I purchase a GPS Receiver such as the BU-353, however I'm reluctant to purchase a new device if what I have can do the job.

I would be grateful for any suggestions or advice,
Thanks
Boyd
With the GPS set for Garmin Spanner, what happens when you plug it into your computer? You should see a message on the GPS screen that says

"USB Cable Detected. Would you like to go to Mass Storage?"

Does that happen? If so, then you should press the "No" button. That will allow the GPS to continue functioning while sending position data to your computer. If you press the "Yes" button, this does not happen.

If this still doesn't work, then try setting the interface mode to NMEA In/Out. In that mode, it should only send position data and never go into mass storage mode. You might also need to change the baud rate in the interface settings, depending on the software you are using.
johnbarr44
Hi Boyd,
Thanks for your reply.
I should have updated my thread with news that I finally got it working by making sure the Garmin was getting a clear strong signal. I believe the initial problems were due to poor siting of the GPS not getting a good signal, so nothing to do with hardware or software - just incompetence of the operator! :-}
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by johnbarr44
Hi Boyd,
Thanks for your reply.
I should have updated my thread with news that I finally got it working by making sure the Garmin was getting a clear strong signal. I believe the initial problems were due to poor siting of the GPS not getting a good signal, so nothing to do with hardware or software - just incompetence of the operator! :-}
Not incompetence, John. Just part of the learning curve when we tackle something new. It's good to thank folks who help out, but no need to ever apologize for being on the learning curve. In fact it's something to be proud of, that you are brave enough to take a run at it. Good on ya!!

...ken...
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