I am attempting to send a tracklogs (.trl) file to a Garmin Venture HC
USB device using OSX 10.5.1 and the Garmin USB device has software
version 2.30. GPS Babel version for OSX is 1.3.4. I have now also
tried this on Windows XP with the latest GPS Babel and the same GPS
device (Garmin Venture HC).
My 'hunch' is that is is perhaps something to do with the Venture HC
not using a SD Card but perhaps you can advise?
Here is the scenario...
I select 'use file' radio button
I select waypoints, tracks and routes
I choose my .trl file and choose 'tracklogs digital mapping' from the
In 'output options' I have 'Use GPS receiver' selected (type: Garmin,
No filters supplied
When I click 'Send GPS...' I get the message 'GPS Babel: processed
successfully' but there is nothing actually getting to the device.
Usually the Garmin emits a confirmation 'beep' and this isn't happening.
Points of note:
I can read from the Garmin, through GPS Babel, to a file no problem
(and I get the audio beep from the Garmin)
I have tried selecting all permutations of waypoints, tracks and
I have tried sending other file formats to the Garmin - none make it
to the device
The Garmin is definitely connected to the Mac as I can take the
information from it - just not to it.
The log output when I perform the above operation is "EXECUTE-> /
Applications/GPS\ Babel/gpsbabel -w -t -r -i dmtlog -f /Users/benfrain/
Desktop/MTB/routes/Hope_Triple_Eight.trl -o garmin -F usb:
If anyone knows why this isn't working or wants me to try anything
further, please email - ben@...
Thanks in advance - Ben
I am attempting to send a tracklogs (.trl) file to a Garmin Venture HC USB
> device using OSX 10.5.1 and the Garmin USB device has software version
> 2.30. GPS Babel version for OSX is 1.3.4. I have now also tried this on
> Windows XP with the latest GPS Babel and the same GPS
I haven't confirmed it, but I've heard rumours that some of the latest
Garmins seem to be insisting that sent tracks have names. Does your source
data have names on the tracks? Please send me one of the affected files if
you can't tell as well as the debugging output of the transfer. (Feel free
to drop the highly redundant part of the session; I don't need to see all
10,000 points fly over the wire, just the setup and the first few dozen.)
On Jan 6, 2008 6:13 PM, Ben Frain <ben@...> wrote:
> Hello Robert,
> I have attached one of the files I was attempting to transfer and
> below is the log output. Look forward to your thoughts...
If the HCx is like the 60CSx that I just tested this on, it actually does
transfer; the unit just does a goofy thing with it.
If you're in the screen looking at saved tracks, it creates an invisible
entry for it. This is more obvious if you actually
have some named tracks on the screen and you watch that screen when the
transfer is done and it pushes the others
down. You actually can select it. I can see your 18 mile track in
If you can't name them in dmt, convert the file to GPX so you can edit it
and hand stitch one in. Insert <name>whatever</name>
between <trk> and <trkseg> to name it foo. You can then read GPX and write
to Garmin and see it get named 'whatever'.
Still, we should be able to protect you from this bit of Garmin
silliness. I've modified the development version of GPSBabel to create a
name for Garmin tracks if none otherwise exists. WIth that version, your
test case becomes "TRACK00".