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Old 05-12-2010, 09:21 AM   #1
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Garmin 276c questions (uploading files)

I'm trying to install a .gpx file of the Continental Divide onto my Garmin 276c. When I purchased my 276c all it came with was a USB cable and a wall charger.
At first I tried to just plug the GPS into my computer with the USB cable, but luck. Then I remembered that I usually have to have the driver, so I downloaded it. Now when I plug the GPS into my computer the GPS' screen says "USB Connected," so I know that it is now plugged into mu computer. How do I now transfer files into the GPS now? Is there some programe that I need that I am missing?
I'm planning on leaving in about 3 weeks, so I need to figure out some solution to this.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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Is there some programe that I need that I am missing?
I'm planning on leaving in about 3 weeks, so I need to figure out some solution to this.

Yeah, Garmin Mapsource, although there may be some 3rd party software that will work.

You don't just load .gpx files directly to a 276C.

3 weeks is nowhere near enough time to figure out a GPS.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:47 AM   #3
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Yeah, Garmin Mapsource, although there may be some 3rd party software that will work.

You don't just load .gpx files directly to a 276C.

3 weeks is nowhere near enough time to figure out a GPS.
I tried to download Garmin MapSource. When I went to install the software on my computer it wouldn't allow me since "Previous MapSource not Found."

All I need for this trip is to upload the file and follow the trail. I am not really looking to know all of the ins and outs of the system.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:20 AM   #4
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you have to have Mapsource to load tracks into your unit, either borrow a copy from someone of buy a mapset.
You will open the 'gpx' file in mapsource and then select ' send to gps' and it will install the tracks, I believe the 276 holds 15 tracks @ 700 points each. You can filter, combine etc in Mapsource.
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:09 AM   #5
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3 weeks is nowhere near enough time to figure out a GPS.


Unless you plan to spend a lot of time between now and then, don't rely on the GPS as your primary navigational aid on your trip.
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