Hacking A Suunto Gekko

Before you read any further... nowadays, Suunto have actually released a minor upgrade to the Gekko (i.e. allowing the dive logs to be downloaded) and called it a Zoop, rendering this tutorial useless (as they no longer make or sell the Gekko) unless you already have one.

Anyway...

When I bought my Gekko, I did so because I wanted an entry level computer (knowing fine well that it may get upgraded in the future once I know that I was really liking this diving malarkey). At the time I really wasn't bothered about looking at my dive profiles, hence not opting for the Vyper.

However, once I discovered that it could actually be done... well... enough said really! Unfortunately, this requires the use of Windows <sic> to run the software.

Basically, the software in each computer is identical. The only difference between the two is that the download facility has been disabled in the Gekko (also, the Gekko has a phosphorescent display which needs to be "charged" up with a torch, whereas the Vyper has an electro-luminescent display).

So, here's a step-by-step process (note that I did not write the software that does this... I'm just merely pointing it out):

  1. Buy / find a Suunto Gekko
  2. Order a USB Download Cable for Suunto Computers from Custom Idea
  3. Download and install their driver (note that the likes of XP recognises the cable, but it won't function properly without their driver)
  4. Visit Liquid Image Photo's website and download the Gekko2Vyper.zip utility.
  5. Plug your Gekko in and switch it to "PC SET" mode, then run the software. Note that it can be put back into Gekko mode if you wish!
  6. Download the Suunto Dive Manager software, install it and run it. Remember that your computer is now a "Vyper" ;-)
  7. Also, if you want to play with the data yourself in a more manageable form, then download the Suunto Downloader tool from Liquid Image Photo too. This will download the data and present it in an XML file which you can parse yourself. That's how I got my dive logs on-line after all (of course, I wrote some fancy PHP software to convert the XML into pretty HTML with graphs)!



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