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Its been about 9-12 months since I downloaded geocache to pn 60. Error regarding plug in. I am a premium member and I have repeated download newest plug in from Delorme. Was on Internet Explorer, changed to Chrome and re download plug in without success.

 

Do not want to go to another site like Gzak to do this and I would prefer to to download a few caches at a time. I just want system to work like it used to.

Have been reading topics. Some say it is Delorme's issue. Some say it is geocaching.com issue since an update.

 

Can't get it to work. I am almost ready to look for new hand held GPS but upsetting due to cost of the original unit was about $400 retail. Would like to get back out there caching.

 

Please be detailed about any suggestions.

 

Thanks.

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You can connect your GPS to the computer and the OS (operating system) will see it as a disk drive. On a cache page on the web site, instead of selecting "Send to My GPS" select "GPX file." The OS will ask you where you want to save the file. Navigate to the proper folder on the GPS and tell the OS save. No need for a plugin or 3rd party web site.

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The Delorme plug-in, Cache Register, hasn't worked for well over a year now. They are not going to fix it.

 

Truth be known... you don't need a "plug-in" or any go-between program. You can download directly to your PN by using Pocket Queries.

 

Create and run a PQ (Pocket Query);

Download the results to your computer;

Unzip the downloaded GPX file, if it is zipped -- this will provide you with two (2) GPX files;

Plug in the Delorme and then turn it on;

When prompted by the unit, choose either Internal Memory (no SD card) or SD card if you are using one;

Access the unit via the computer Start menu (PC) as a drive... it will probably be named Delorme or [Delorme];

Access the downloaded file(s) in another window;

Click, drag and drop those files to the unit (or SD card);

Right-click over the Delorme [drive] and select Eject;

Turn the unit off and unplug from the computer;

Go geocaching.

 

Same as before: http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=308696

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You can connect your GPS to the computer and the OS (operating system) will see it as a disk drive. On a cache page on the web site, instead of selecting "Send to My GPS" select "GPX file." The OS will ask you where you want to save the file. Navigate to the proper folder on the GPS and tell the OS save. No need for a plugin or 3rd party web site.

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This did not work. Unfortunately, the computer OS drive did not recognize the USB connection but did recognize other USB thumbnail I inserted. Sound like it might be the cord, which I had ordered new about 1 year ago. I'm thinking I will need to order another one.

 

Wondering if I should chuk the whole system. Just getting frustrated with this. Seems like there is always an issue with Delorme and no easy nor quick fix.

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This did not work. Unfortunately, the computer OS drive did not recognize the USB connection but did recognize other USB thumbnail I inserted. Sound like it might be the cord, which I had ordered new about 1 year ago. I'm thinking I will need to order another one.

 

Wondering if I should chuk the whole system. Just getting frustrated with this. Seems like there is always an issue with Delorme and no easy nor quick fix.

 

There is a setting on the GPS that you need to check. I don't own a Delorme but found the info in the user's manual online. You should be able to do the same easily enough. I used Google to search for "delorme pn 60 manual" (without the quote marks) and the link was one of the first two in the search results. Jump directly to "Settings" in the manual to find the specifics.

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USB Power was in "on" position, as manual directed owner to select; I selected "off" and then "on" again. Selected connect to computer and option "use GPS" highlighted. Played around with open SD card and Open internal drive. Computer now recognized GPS as removable disk "J". Tried download via send to GPS and GPX file. Could not drop GPX file into removal J file folder: options were "open", "always open files this type", or "show in folder." Folders of Delorme are forms, map, query,waypoints,tracks, updates, and the GC code listed on geocaching. when last folder open looked like computer coder speak. Checked hand held GPS and could not find geocache in SD card nor internal drive.

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I've got the same problem with my garmin.

 

it tells me it isn't recognised and to download the latest plug in ... which I did quite a while back and it was working fine! last time it took a while to 'find' the garmin and today it doesn't want to find it at all, which is an absolute pain, as I want to go somewhere that I already know my phone doesn't work so well! so will have to manually insert the co-ords!

 

and the 'add GPX' button isn't available for me.

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USB Power was in "on" position, as manual directed owner to select; I selected "off" and then "on" again. Selected connect to computer and option "use GPS" highlighted. Played around with open SD card and Open internal drive. Computer now recognized GPS as removable disk "J". Tried download via send to GPS and GPX file. Could not drop GPX file into removal J file folder: options were "open", "always open files this type", or "show in folder." Folders of Delorme are forms, map, query,waypoints,tracks, updates, and the GC code listed on geocaching. when last folder open looked like computer coder speak. Checked hand held GPS and could not find geocache in SD card nor internal drive.

OK, it sounds like you're trying two different things and they're confusing you. Now that you've figured out how to get disk J:, what you want to put there is a pocket query, in the "waypoints" directory. If the pocket query is in a .zip file, the .gpx files in .zip file are what you need to put in the waypoints directory. Once the .gpx file is there, you can disconnected your PN-60, turn it off and on -- I've found my PN-60 doesn't see the waypoint files after I've connected it to the computer until I've power cycled it -- and then if you go to the page where the PN-60 lists geocaches and then to that page's menu, the "Files" choice will take you to the list of pocket query files. Load up the one you copied over -- presumably the only one at this point -- and you should be ready to go.

 

I think you have an SD card, and if so, be aware that the SD card and the internal drive both have waypoints directories, and you can copy the PQ to either one. In fact, you can copy it to both, in which case the PN-60 will show two copies in the list. Best to pick one or the other for your PQs to avoid that kind of confusion. (It turns out that the PN-60 can confuse itself by writing the loaded PQ to the wrong disk, but you shouldn't have to worry about that until you get PQs working to begin with.)

 

If there's a problem with your cable, it should show up when you copy the .gpx file to waypoints. If the files goes over to the PN-60, you're cable's probably fine.

 

Now there is another thing that lets you send individual caches over to your GPS, and I think you know about it because you're talking about a "plug in". I almost never use that, but if you want to get that working, I've found it helps to deinstall any old version you might have and reinstall a fresh version direct from Delorme instead of using the install button on geocaching.com. Sometimes direct from DeLorme works when the geocaching.com download doesn't. And you need to have up-to-date firmware on your PN-60, or all bets on the plug in are off, although "up-to-date" was a couple years old last time I checked.

 

As someone else mentioned, forget CacheRegister, if you ever knew about it. I also recommend using the manual PQ copy technique over using Topo to synchronize the PQs, in case you're considering that.

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Keep in mind that the Delorme PN-40 and PN-60 devices cannot unzip a zip file containing a compressed gpx file on the device.

 

The unzipping must be done on a Computer before copying the resultant uncompressed geocache *.gpx file onto either a PN-40 or PN-60 SD card Waypoints folder. An uncompressed gpx geocache file can also be copied into PN-60 EM_User Memory (internal)using the proprietary USB cable. PN-40 does not support gpx files in EM_User Memory.

 

Unzipped *.gpx files may also be "imported" as Draw files into Delorme Topo8/9/10 and saved into proprietary native file format for later transfer back out as GPX files to the PN-40/60 devices. However it is not necessary to import the geocaches into Delorme Topo apps as an intermediate step.

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USB Power was in "on" position, as manual directed owner to select; I selected "off" and then "on" again. Selected connect to computer and option "use GPS" highlighted. Played around with open SD card and Open internal drive. Computer now recognized GPS as removable disk "J". Tried download via send to GPS and GPX file. Could not drop GPX file into removal J file folder: options were "open", "always open files this type", or "show in folder." Folders of Delorme are forms, map, query,waypoints,tracks, updates, and the GC code listed on geocaching. when last folder open looked like computer coder speak. Checked hand held GPS and could not find geocache in SD card nor internal drive.

OK, it sounds like you're trying two different things and they're confusing you. Now that you've figured out how to get disk J:, what you want to put there is a pocket query, in the "waypoints" directory. If the pocket query is in a .zip file, the .gpx files in .zip file are what you need to put in the waypoints directory. Once the .gpx file is there, you can disconnected your PN-60, turn it off and on -- I've found my PN-60 doesn't see the waypoint files after I've connected it to the computer until I've power cycled it -- and then if you go to the page where the PN-60 lists geocaches and then to that page's menu, the "Files" choice will take you to the list of pocket query files. Load up the one you copied over -- presumably the only one at this point -- and you should be ready to go.

 

I think you have an SD card, and if so, be aware that the SD card and the internal drive both have waypoints directories, and you can copy the PQ to either one. In fact, you can copy it to both, in which case the PN-60 will show two copies in the list. Best to pick one or the other for your PQs to avoid that kind of confusion. (It turns out that the PN-60 can confuse itself by writing the loaded PQ to the wrong disk, but you shouldn't have to worry about that until you get PQs working to begin with.)

 

If there's a problem with your cable, it should show up when you copy the .gpx file to waypoints. If the files goes over to the PN-60, you're cable's probably fine.

 

Now there is another thing that lets you send individual caches over to your GPS, and I think you know about it because you're talking about a "plug in". I almost never use that, but if you want to get that working, I've found it helps to deinstall any old version you might have and reinstall a fresh version direct from Delorme instead of using the install button on geocaching.com. Sometimes direct from DeLorme works when the geocaching.com download doesn't. And you need to have up-to-date firmware on your PN-60, or all bets on the plug in are off, although "up-to-date" was a couple years old last time I checked.

 

As someone else mentioned, forget CacheRegister, if you ever knew about it. I also recommend using the manual PQ copy technique over using Topo to synchronize the PQs, in case you're considering that.

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Thanks everyone but especially dprovan. I deleted my Delorme plug ins(several) which I had loaded directly from the geocaching site from my computer. Went directly to Delorme to downloaded plug in again. Also, I enable my plug ins and java script from both Internet Explorer and Chrome. Then, click on send cache to GPS and it worked. Whoohew.

 

I did see where IE had Delorme plug in disabled. Anyway, can't wait to go caching... :)

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I too am having issues now with my PN-60. Using Firefox I can add caches to my son's PN-40 but using the same cord it does not recognize my PN-60. I'm using the cord that came with the PN-60.

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DeLorme customer service contacted me and suggested using a pencil eraser on the contact points to clean them. That did the trick.

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