Garmin BaseCamp recognizes and receives data from my GPSmap 60CSx, but QGIS GPS Tools plugin does not. Am I missing a step? I want to be able to transfer data both directions.
MacOS 10.6.8 QGIS 1.7.2
@Gray, first, upgrade to QGIS 1.7.4-4, if you can. Transferring data, via the GPS Tools, leverages the GPSBabel tool. When debugging a GPS (that appears to not be working with QGIS) it is best to start with GPSBabel and see if it connects and downloads data in .gpx format, which can be added to QGIS via the GPS Tools directly.
You're in luck, many users of more recent GPSes, whose interface is solely USB, may have more trouble getting their GPS to work with QGIS. Your 60CSx has both USB and serial physical ports, which is a bit of a rarity. If you can't get it to work via USB, try with a serial cable (purchase separately?).
Here are some sites that have additional information:
Sometimes, the devices used in QGIS do not find the bundled 'gpsbabel' binary. Choose to 'Edit Devices..' in the GPS Tools plugin (under upload or download) and replace the '%babel' token with the actual path to the binary:
You will probably have to set up a new device for the USB connection (see 'Quantum GIS – using a USB GPS device' above). Try setting the Port to 'usb:' as well. QGIS defaults to a serial interface, which your GPS also readily supports.
Connecting via serial will also let you use the Live GPS Tracking tool.
The tracking tool supposedly works with USB interfaces, but I have been unsuccessful connecting, except for serial. I believe it uses a different serial adapter package, so it's GPS support may be less than GPSBabel's.
The following configuration works for me with MacOS 10.6.8 QGIS 1.7.2 and the Garmin 60CSx:
Setup the 60CSx to use Garmin Serial Data Format before you connect to the computer. Press the MENU key twice to open the main menu. Use the rocker button to highlight the Setup icon and press ENTR button. Use the rocker button again to higlight the Interface icon and press ENTR button. Use the rocker button to highlight the Serial Data Format field and choose GARMIN. Press the MENU button twice to go back to the main screen.
Now connect the GPS to the computer with the USB cable.
Then open the QGIS GPS Tools Plugin. Click on the "Download from..." tab. Choose "Garmin serial" as the GPS device and "usb:" as the Port. Enter a Layer name and use the "Save As.." button to name the output file. Use the same settings in the "Upload to..." tab.
Two-way communication should work now.