Following the guidance at, http://docs.qgis.org/html/en/docs/user_manual/working_with_gps/plugins_gps.html I checked my Plugins Manager and verified that GPS Tools is enabled. However, unlike what the reference site indicated, I only have one button on my tool bar--the one for "Create New GPX Layer"; not the one for "GPS Tools", which is used for loading GPS data from a GPS unit.
Any idea why I'm missing that button? Or how I should load data from my GPS unit? (I'm using QGIS 1.8.0 and Windows 7.)