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I have a Nuvi 200w that I received last December as a gift. This unit takes forever to aquire a satellite. The "DIFFICULY AQUIRING SATELLITES" message comes on 90% of the times I try to use it. Only on rare occassions will it pick up a satellite within a few minutes. The longest time, so far, has been about 40-45 minutes. The norm is between 10-20 minutes. I mentioned this problem to three friends of mine who also have GPS units (another Garmin, a Tom-Tom and a Magellan). We all took our units out to the middle of a local baseball field (no trees, no buildings, no towers)and turned them on at the same time. The three other units picked up satellites almost immediately, but mine, after about five minutes, displayed the difficulty aquiring satellites message. I chose "continue" and about 10 miutes later I still didn't have a satellite so we walked off the field. I firmly believe there is a problem with my unit and that I need to send it back to Garmin while it is still under warranty. Do you agree?

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While under warranty.... yes.... Make sure it's been registered on their site before calling them and requesting an RMA number.

Good luck!

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Posted on Sep 17, 2008

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