Dukie 'n' Dad Posted May 17, 2006 Share Posted May 17, 2006 Been using my trusty Vista C for about two years now. Only real complaint has been the limited map memory when going on longer trips. (Northeast maps devour memory. Adding the Boston Area for example means I have to remove half the rest of the state.) So, when the new models with the microSD cards became available, I saved up and got one. Since I like the eTrex Vista C, I got the Vista Cx version. Now I've hit an issue that I've gone back and forth with Garmin on for a week plus. Downloading mapsets fails. Somewhere in the download, I get a messge on the screen that there was a communication error and the unit is stuck in the 'transfer' mode requiring a power off and on. Naturally, I find that no data has been transferred to the device. If I use the older saved mapsets that fit into the original 24 meg of the Vista C, they work. In fact, I can successfully load up to about 40 meg before the failures start. Garmin swapped out the original microSD card. No effect Garmin swapped out the unit. No effect. I bought another card locally. No effect. I installed my MapSource onto my laptop. No effect, in fact, the communication errors were even worse. Then I started playing around with USB ports. Found that the downloads ONLY work with motherboard mounted USB ports. Front panel ports that use short wires from the MB fail. Docking stations fail. USB hubs fail. Only three ports on two computers have succeeded. Two are the rear USB ports on the desktop that are mounted on the motherboard. I hate using these because they were dedicated to my printer and film scanner and annoying to access. The other is the lone USB on my laptop that is accessable while the laptop is docked. (I have not tried the two rear ports on the laptop that are covered by the docking station.) Has anyone else seen this kind of thing? I suspect that there is a severe issue with the Garmin USB drivers that needs to be solved. I sent Garmin an e-mail documenting my findings, but naturally the result was just as productive as if I had just printed it and tossed it out the window. I can't believe that they have not been swamped with tech support issues on this as I have never had a USB device fail like this. Anyone else see this happening? Quote Link to comment
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