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Roadmate 800 quits receiving satellites on startup

On startup quits receiving satellites, then later starts working again in unobstructed view area's. Or, you can be driving along long wide open area's and it just quits and starts looking for satellites again. Never done this before. After reboots it might start working again, not all the time that works.

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  • greno1 Sep 26, 2008


    Thanks, for the comments although, I don't think thats the cause. One week ago I departed North Louisiana and drove to California, the 800 worked great in its orginal position on front dash. Suddenly, it started acting crazy on startup, it would go through the routine and i could use previous addresses, it would say " Calculating route" and, the view at bottom of screen says "aquireing sattelite" but, never comes out of that mode. It did it again after work so, I did a reset and it floated around strength issearching until it locked up on satellite after 20 minutes of looking. Indicated field now full scale with all working fine. I suspect maybe an intermittent receiver/antenna short occuring. I will try external antenna to see what it does. Any new thoughts? Thanks, Gary



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There are various reasons this could be happening. To start eliminating the main causes, go to the Magellan site and create a profile for yourself. You will then be able to download the latest firmware update and the newest maps. This will fix connectivity issues and at the same time give you the latest and greatest of what your device has to offer.Also, if your windshield has the blueish.silver covering over it from the factory, this can inhibit GPS Signal from penetrating the windshield and reaching the antenna. You could purchase an external mount antenna which will extend and amplify the signal .

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