How to connect Garmin Forerunner 210 to Linux Mint 14

by drizad on August 20, 2013

I have been using Linux Mint 14 for my main operating software for my Dell Inspiron 15 since I bought it in February. I am very happy with the performance and ease of use of Linux Mint, as I can do almost all my daily office and clinic work in it. However, when I started to use Garmin Forerunner 210, I had a difficult time connecting both devices together. The need to connect both device is important, as I have to upload all my GPS tracking data for my run in Forerunner 210 to Garmin Connect website.

After working on the issues for few days, I found the best way to connect both devices together without any hassle.

So, if you have similar problem like me, you may want to check out the steps that I took to get things working perfectly.

Things that you may need:

  • Garmin Forerunner 210 with the data cable connector
  • Linux Mint 14 (or if you are using Debian/Ubuntu based OS, you may find this steps quite similar)
  • Firefox web browser
  • Your own Garmin Connect account. You should have your own account to upload all your activities. If you still do not have the account, please get one here: http://connect.garmin.com/
  • Garmin plugin from Synaptic package manager
  • Garmin forerunner tools from Synaptic package manager

First and foremost, install Linux Garmin Communicator Plugin. As the plugin is NOT available in Synaptic by default, you need to install it from the developers PPA here: http://www.andreas-diesner.de/garminplugin/doku.php. Fire up your terminal and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andreas-diesner/garminplugin
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install garminplugin

The above steps should install garminplugin in your Linux Mint 14. If you are not sure whether it was installed correctly, just open up your Synaptic package manager and search garmin.

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Garminplugin and garmin-forerunner-tools

At the same time, you also need to install garmin-forerunner-tools from synaptic. Just tick garmin-forerunner-tools and click apply to install it.

Now, you should have both garminplugin and garmin-forerunner-tools in your Linux Mint 14.

Now, open your Firefox web browser. Click Tools>Add-ons, and search Garmin Communicator. It will automatically install Garmin Communicator Extension, a free Internet browser add-on that transfers data between your Garmin GPS device and your computer.

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Garmin Communicator Firefox extension

Now close all windows, and plug in your Garmin Forerunner 210 connector cable to your USB port and your device. If you want to know whether your device is read by Linux Mint 14, fire up your Terminal and type:

lsusb

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Garmin devices should be seen from the terminal

It will show all your devices that are connected to your Linux Mint 14. You should see that your device is connected properly. A triangular Garmin icon will appear on your desktop if all the steps above are done correctly.

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Linux Mint will treat GARMIN as a USB device

Now fire up your Firefox, and login to your Garmin Connect website. Click Upload, and you will see that your device is detected properly.

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Garmin Forerunner 210 + Linux Mint 14 + Firefox + Garmin Connect

Now get out and get running!!!

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1 Stitch 10.29.13 at 9:06 pm

Great post. Crystal clear ! Thanks :)

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