04-15-2010, 06:26 PM #1
MacBook cannot read/write USB/Serial device
- Member Since
- Feb 03, 2008
- Leeds UK
- iMac9,1 2.66 GHz Intel Core 8GB RAM; 320GB harddrive; OS X 10.9.4
I have recently bought a Garmin eTrex GPS receiver to use for geocaching.
It has a "Memory-Map" USB to Serial cable, and a windows-only trial mapping program, which gave me enough clues too work out how to write a command line fist for windows and then for linux.
However I wish to also do it with my MacBook ( MacOS X 10.6.2 ) - the computer I take away on holidays for photography and now geocaching.
I have a Windows/Linux dual-booted desktop, and a Linux - Ubuntu 8.04 laptop. Both of these can read and write to the Garmin eTrex to upload or download latitude and longitude co-ordinates.
I use the terminal program gpsbabel like this :-
gpsbabel.exe -i geo -f geocaching.loc -o garmin -F com3: - for Windows
gpsbabel -i geo -f geocaching.loc -o garmin -F /dev/ttyUSB0 - for Linux
and would like to do something like this on my mac-book :-
/sw/bin/gpsbabel -i geo -f geocaching.loc -o garmin -F /devicename
BUT it says "cant open serial port 'devicename' "
I found the Linux "/dev/tyUSB0" by looking in the /dev directory and seeing a few things that looked useful.
However I can't see anything on my MacBook /dev that looks useful.
The MacBook "System Profiler > USB Tree" correctly identifies the USB/Serial cable as long as it is plugged in, but I guess there needs to be some sort of device driver with a link in /dev.
Can anybody help me please.
The Geocaching website says to use on a mac one of the GUI programs -
I have all of these working, and all give the message "no Garmin PS was found".
GPSContact offers a choice of USB,Bluetooth-PDS-Sync,Bluetooth-Modem for the device to be written to, and there are tty.Bluetooth-PDS-Sync and tty.Bluetoth-Modem in the /dev directory.
The other 3 have an Input and Output icon with nothing else specified.
01-18-2013, 03:59 PM #2
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- Jun 29, 2010
Plugables.com sell a USB to Serial converter for my Garmin Etrex H but it doesn't detect it either!! even when one follows their guidance in relation to
Installing a USB Serial Adapter on Mac OS X*|*Plugable
If you wish to try it let me know if you are successful
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