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GPS can't get a lock on satellites?

If your GPS can't get a lock on the current position or find GPS satellites....

a) For TomTom only: Be sure you have the latest "QuickFix" update installed in your GPS. It helps to get a lock on GPS satellites much faster (within 15 seconds, instead of several minutes).

b) Be sure you're outside of any building. Most GPS don't work at all inside (with exception of TomTom and only if you have the latest QuickFix installed and you are within 10 ft. of a window).

c) Tall buildings can make difficult for a GPS to lock on the satellites. If you're in the middle of tall buildings (on the street), move to more open space (like a park or an intersection with shorter buildings).

d) Try resetting your GPS. Most GPS have a "RESET" button (TomTom GPS's have it on the bottom). Resetting your GPS may help it get a lock on its current position.

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waiting for valid GPS signal


When was the last time you updated the QuickFix of your TomTom? It helps your GPS to find the satellites.
Please, do the following:
1) Install "TomTom Home" software in your computer from www.tomtom.com
2) Start TomTom Home in your computer
3) Plug in the GPS dock to your computer's USB port and place the GPS on the dock. The green light on the bottom right of the GPS should turn ON to indicate that the GPS is getting power from the dock and charging
4) Start your GPS while being in the dock. If the GPS asks "do you want to connect to computer" answer "YES"
5) The TomTom Home software will detect the GPS and check if there are any updates for it. Then you'll be offered updates to install. Some are free, some are not. Be sure you choose to update "QuickFix".

Please, report back if you need further assistance
My ID: alexocuello_

Apr 05, 2010 | Tomtom ONE XL GPS

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Delay while aquiring satellites, and then loses satellites frequently


Your problem might be that the GPS can't get a lock on the satellites and it doesn't know in which part of the world it is.

I suggest you download the latest updates and QuickFix, then leave the unti close to a window (even if you are indoors). The unit should be able to get a fix on the GPS satellites in less than 15 minutes.

Please, let me know if you need more detailed instructions

By the way, TomTom suggest to update your GPS at least once a week. This ensures that the GPS can finde the satellites quickly. believe me, after I did it the 1st time, the GPS was able to find the setellites in less than 10 seconds. Most GPS take a good couple of minutes :)

Apr 01, 2010 | Tomtom XL 340.S GPS Receiver

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NEED UPDATES


Yes, you can get SOME updates for free... indefinetely.

You will need the latest version of TomTom Home software, available for free from www.tomtom.com.

Install the software on your computer BEFORE connecting the TomTom GPC to the USB port of the computer.

The free updates you can get are:

1) "QuickFix" updates. This contains the global positions of GPS satellites, allowing the TomTom GPS to get a faster lock on the GPS satellites (the GPS will get a lock within 5-10 seconds of being turned on, instead of 2-5 minutes on some other GPS brands). It is suggested that you update the QuickFix at least once a week. If you don't do it often, the GPS will just take longer to find the GPS satellites, that's all.

2) Minor updates to your map(s), but only the ones submitted by other TomTom users.

3) Updates to POIs (Points of Interest), such as new stores, malls, gas stations, parking lots, etc.

Whole-map updates ARE NOT FREE

Mar 29, 2010 | Tomtom ONE XL GPS

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My tomtom only gives Guam locations


Your problem might be that the GPS can't get a lock on the satellites and it doesn't know in which part of the world it is.

I suggest you download the latest updates and QuickFix, then leave the unti close to a windows (even if you are indoors). The unit should be able to getn afix on the GPS satellites in less than 15 minutes.

Please, let me know if you need more detailed instructions.

Mar 21, 2010 | Tomtom GO 510 GPS Receiver

2 Answers

my tomtom one gps can't get signal


When was the last time you updated the QuickFix of your TomTom? It helps your GPS to find the satellites.
Please, do the following:
1) Install "TomTom Home" software in your computer from www.tomtom.com
2) Start TomTom Home in your computer
3) Plug in the GPS dock to your computer's USB port and place the GPS on the dock. The green light on the bottom right of the GPS should turn ON to indicate that the GPS is getting power from the dock and charging
4) Start your GPS while being in the dock. If the GPS asks "do you want to connect to computer" answer "YES"
5) The TomTom Home software will detect the GPS and check if there are any updates for it. Then you'll be offered updates to install. Some are free, some are not. Be sure you choose to update "QuickFix".
Please, report back if you need further assistance
My ID: alexocuello_

Mar 19, 2010 | Tomtom ONE GPS Receiver

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