From: John L. Stechschulte <john.l.stechschulte@gm...> - 2008-07-24 06:42:12
Is it possible to download data from a Garmin USB device (Forerunner
205) without installing the driver on Windows? I ask because I am
about to embark on a cross-country bike tour, and I want to be able to
download my tracks at any random computer I come across without
worrying about permissions (or leaving a random driver installed on
someone else's computer). After poking around the website and mailing
list (the search for the mailing list is broken, by the way--probably
SourceForge's problem), the only thing I found was:
"For models connected via USB, we recommend use of the usb: filename.
For this to work on Windows, you must install the Garmin driver."
I'm not that familiar with the Windows command line (I'm a Linux
user), so how else could I refer to a usb device on Windows?
On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 1:42 AM, John L. Stechschulte <
> Is it possible to download data from a Garmin USB device (Forerunner
> 205) without installing the driver on Windows? I ask because I am
The newer Garmins are "driverless" and work better in the scenario you
But that line of products requires drivers to get to the hardware on
If you really only care about tracks, you might look to a device like the
It shows up as a disk drive to the host, so you can walk into a random
(at least one that'll let you mount USB storage devices...) and mail
yourself the files
of NMEA records that it writes.
Knowing that weight reigns supreme on a cross-country ride, I just put the
a 205 next to each other. The AMOD is a little bigger and with its three
AAA's, a little
heavier. (It also has a way better receiver circuit that is less likely to
The Wintec WPL-1000 "Easy Showily" (no, I don't know who names this stuff; I
it's a translation thing...) allegedly has similar features, but I don't
have one here in the lab.
Unfortunately, the search/archive of the mailing list has been an eternal
problem with the sourceforge
site. It's one of the last services left to replace - either with a
forum/bbs type thing or a list
of our own. There's the little detail of the 500-ish members now using
this list and the zillion
places that refer to it.