[OSM-talk] Garmin Legend HCx and Linux

Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason avarab at gmail.com
Mon Dec 29 01:46:58 GMT 2008

On Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM, Gervase Markham <gerv-gmane at gerv.net> wrote:
> I asked for a Garmin Legend HCx for Christmas, on the recommendation of
> various people in this group, and am now trying to connect it to my
> Linux computer to do some real-time mapping. Has anyone got this device
> working with gpsd? A bit of Googling and other work doesn't turn up
> anything - some say to use the garmin_gps kernel module, others say it's
> unreliable (and, in fact, it is blacklisted in my Ubuntu 8.10).

I was unable to get my 60CSx to work in Ubuntu 8.10 over usbserial. It
seemed fine from dmesg but every time I did read() on /dev/ttyUSB0 the
process that did the read() would become unkillable and I'd have to
restart the computer.

I compiled a 2.6.26 kernel from the iwl5000 branch of
(my wireless didn't work either). After that both my Garmin and
Wireless worked perfectly.

It really is trivial to compile your own kernel on debian-based
systems (there are instructions on the ubuntu wiki), if you're having
trouble you may want to try it instead of desperately fiddling with
other stuff.

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