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    Default USB cable connecting Chinese GPS issue

    I have a Chinese GPS, typical of most them that are effectively nameless, and it works great like all of mine have. This particular one is on my motorcycle. An increasing problem I have is getting the laptop to connect to it reliably by a cable, and has got to a point now where it just won't see it at all, which means I can no longer create routes on the laptop and copy them over to the IGO Primo directory structure. Worked great for a while. What increasingly happened is that the laptop would see the GPS as a USB device, then it wouldn't/would/wouldn't/would/wouldn't, looping around, sometimes settling down long enough for me to copy the route file over, and as at present, not at all.

    Comes down I think to not having a suitable device driver for windows to recognise it as a USB device, even though it initially did. I tried Plan B which was to place a route file (.kml) on to a micro SD, and whilst the GPS knows the card is there, it is only set up to look for track files, not for kml files. So I'm wondering whether anyone has seen this issue and has any suggestions?

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    I'd be suspecting corrosion caused by moisture entering into the USB socket seeing you're using it on your bike. Try cleaning the socket with a dedicated aerosol electrical contact cleaner [don't use WD40 or RP7 or similar all-purpose water dispersant cleaners]. Have the device off. Spray into the socket and let it evaporate naturally before trying to connect again.
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    The GPS is near new and only been out a few times in dry weather, but following your reasoning it could just be the cable I'm using, and I have a bunch in a drawer somewhere so I'll swap in a few to see what happens.
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    Cable!
    As mentioned, I have a drawer of seemingly identical USB cables, and I just went through them until on about the 6th cable, it just worked! How bizarre - either the wiring is different, or the manufacturing tolerance is different, but I now have access to the GPS to place files where I need them - thanks for the idea!

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    Yup, that's often the case when the usb socket has a problem, e.g. a bent pin or a corroded pin. If 5 out of 6 worked i'd go with a faulty cable. When 1 out of 6 works i'll plump for faulty socket. Try my tip anyway if you can find some contact cleaner. Or look at it carefully for a bent pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    PS: Nice nick, but i don't reckon the rest of the world will get it without [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] ..... Kinda dates you tho' cobber.
    heheheh! It actually came about years ago when I had about 30 seconds to dream up a nic on a motorcycle forum, and as I have a Honda ST1100 touring bike that my wife and i often go out on, two up, then twouptourer seemed appropriate
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