I am trying to send background shapefiles to the trimble GeoExplorer 2008 series. I have used GPS Pathfinder Office and sent the files in the correct coordinate system. Look at the picture I attached. The Geo7X clearly shows background files as an option. The GeoXT does not.enter image description here

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    Have you checked the Terrasync documentation for the version of Terrasync on the GeoXT? Those two handhelds are almost certainly not running the same version of Terrasync.
    – Dan C
    Oct 7, 2016 at 19:51
  • Can you clarify what the question actually is, the title mentions disabled does that mean you have documentation that says uploading files is theoretically possible in a GeoXT and you want to know how to enable this functionality, or is the question is it possible to upload files or is it how do you upload files?
    – nmtoken
    Oct 7, 2016 at 19:55
  • The GeoXT has version 3.7 and the Geo7X has version 5.7. My question is why can't I see the background files option on the GeoXT GPS? I am trying to load a background raster image and boundary. I am almost certain I have uploaded background files before on the GeoXT. This unit is pretty old so it has been a few years.
    – Brett
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:00
  • Please edit your question to provide any requested clarifications.
    – PolyGeo
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:14

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According to the documentation for Terrasync v3.0, Background files are only available in Terrasync Professional. If you have the Standard version, you can't use Background files. The GeoXT probably has the Standard version.

This option is not available in the TerraSync Standard edition software. You can only open background files using the TerraSync Professional edition software.

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