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USE YOUR GARMIN E-TREX LEGEND GPS WITH GOOGLE EARTH.

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A NEW AND IMPROVED WAY TO USE YOUR GARMIN E-TREX WITH GOOGLE EARTH, WITH A LAPTOP, G.P.S. AND SOFTWARE YOUR ABLE TO HAVE A REALLY FANCY SETUP. OF COURSE THIS WILL BE FOR THE PRICE CONSCIENCE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK AND DON'T FORGET TO RATE THIS INSTRUCTABLE

I ALSO HAVE INSTRUCTABLE ON USING YOUR DELORME LT20 WITH GOOGLE EARTH.

!!!!! I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACTIONS AND OR DAMAGES YOU MAKE WITH THIS INSTRUCTABLE !!!!!

I'M PUTTING EVERYTHING I KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO ASK.

Step 1: Gather all your hardware together.

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1. Laptop Windows XP Professional
2.8 ghz Intel Celeron
512 mb
40 gig drive
It does not need to be the same, but you do need the free
.NET FRAMEWORK from Microsoft.NET FRAMEWORK from Microsoft.

2. Your Garmin E-TREX Legend
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3. A Serial to USB cableSerial to USB cable to be able to connect your Garmin unit to
the laptop if you don't have a serial port, Radio Shack has these in stock
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Step 2: Gather all your software together.

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1. Install your .NET FRAMEWORKNET FRAMEWORK from Microsoft.

2. Install the drivers for the the SERIAL TO USB cable into the computer.

3. Install Google Earth.

4. Install Earth Bridge.

 
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msharm2 years ago
Hi, thank you so much for your instruction it worked but the only problem i have that google earth sees me in other country not where i am. i am using win7 . please help find out what i did wrong, i followed all your steps . Thank you.
92buckshots4 years ago
 Wow we have two etrexes int the house, (Legend H, and Summit Hc) so we will definitely have to try this!
TFTI (thanks for the instructable!)
steed11725 years ago
e-trex legend... not working for mine
this looks hard (just for me, im 13) but its still a great instructable!
I was 13 2 years ago almost and I could have done this, you probably could too
mrktn4lifergv (author) 5 years ago
No you don't need Internet connection but you do when you do need it for the preliminary routing on Google Earth. GE will cache(store) recent information of areas that you view in medium to low detail and so when not connected to the internet such as in your car doing this you can still view some nice images again only some of it is cached have fun can't log into my account for some reason to update
ReCreate5 years ago
Do i need to have an active internet connection for this to work?
Maniacy5 years ago
I also think you should not YELL... It makes your text less readable and seems just 'not good'.... Write it again please... pleeeease....
ReCreate5 years ago
so you install this into your gps disconnect and enjoy? Of connect gps to pc for it to work and suffer?
ReCreate5 years ago
YOU DON'T HAVE TO YELL AT ME You should fix that every time i see an instructable that yells at me i think it is some sort of spam or fake
Mohan N6 years ago
I want to use the GPS data ported to my laptop working in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop edn 10.1
Fastbeatz6 years ago
cool i have a apple notebook...how do i do it to connect my gps? thanks
Cool!!! I have the same GPS! Love it! I am going to do this. Great intractable!!
mrktn4lifergv (author)  joejoerowley6 years ago
great if you have any questions please ask
Hi,.. Help! ..I downloaded .Net & Earth bridge, already had drivers saved for cable & it still my system did not recognise the GPS device through Port 7 as defined in Earth Bridge. Usualy the device is recognised by my sytem withought any problems. One question about the cable ..you mention a 'serial to USB cable' but the Garmin E-trex comes with a serial to garmin specific fitting. I already purchased a USB cable recently to connect my laptop to my garmin Etrex. I'm so dissapointed it hasnt worked ...If I am missing something please do let me know as i think this is qan outstanding instructable & practivcal app. Thanks :@)
mrktn4lifergv (author)  anubishead6 years ago
go to----- control panel-----system------hardware(tab)------device manager-----and look for your radio shack cable -----double click it, look for port settings -------advanced --------and on "comport" select port 7 if already taken or does not appear look for what device is on 7and change it to something else, and set your radio shack cable to com 7.

I would make screen shots but as im looking for my cables i seem to have lost both of them if ne1 has ne extras let me know.
I know the Legend already comes with a serial port connector but i dont have a serial port on my laptop thats why i bought the adapter.

Let me know if it helped or ne futher questions.
Hi, thanks for the reply. I continued to experiment with the settings on Earth Bridge as I was sure that the problem did not lye with the port settings (even though it did not detect the device or output) I noticed i was receiving raw data but unreadable via earth Bridge...the solution..i checked the baud rate for GPS & Earth Bridge settings...& set them both to 4800 & it works!! Thankyou for this instructable, it makes it a great deal easier as a navigator to see a larger more detailed screen :@)
boardboyd6 years ago
you can do the same thing in linux with Google earth for Linux, and using GPSBabel for route tracking, I'm sure changing the data transmission to NEMA will allow it wo work in linux.
gamer6 years ago
i dont even know how to make the gps cable, and i dont have one either, if i would i would try this, but... nice instructable. -gamer
boardboyd gamer6 years ago
I've made the gps cable for my Garmin eTrex Legend:
DIY Garmin Data Cable
mrktn4lifergv (author)  gamer6 years ago
The gps serial cable comes with the unit when u purchase it I'm sureyou can find it on E-Bay
CameronSS6 years ago
Does the eTrex have a coordinate display? (I.e., 37.78N, 122.31W), and if so, does it display in degrees, minutes, and seconds, or in decimal degrees? And, how accurate is it? (100', 30', 10', 1/4") No one seems to be able to answer that question.
mrktn4lifergv (author)  CameronSS6 years ago
ive had accuracy ratings between 10-27 feet, in the city. When I'm at South Padre Island, Texas ill get accuracy of 3 feet with 8 satellites tracking. it all depends where you are and the surrounding environment of your location. Let me know if my comment answered your question.
Almost...Thanks for responding. My main question is if it can display the latitude/longitude coordinates, and whether it shows the coordinates with degrees, minutes, and seconds, or with a decimal after the degree. I would assume that it would have such a basic function, but I'm trying to figure out what I want, and I want to make sure.
Yup it displays lat/long coordinates and can display in degrees, minutes and seconds with a single decimal. The units can be changed to UTM as well and the coordinate system can be changed as well.
Truik6 years ago
Does this set up work for Macs?
mrktn4lifergv (author)  Truik6 years ago
Wouldn't know last time i touched a Mac was in '89 nothing against macs i just prefer Microsoft.
zjharva6 years ago
OMG ALL CAPS!