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The tom tom always wants me to go across the benjamin Franklin Bridge. I would rather use the Walt Whitman Bridge how do I get it to work this way

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If you have it using the fastest route try getting it to use the shortest route or vice versa. Failing that plan your journey using waypoints and you can instruct it which way to go and what route to take using this method. Hope this helps.

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How up to date are Tom Tom's free lifetime maps? I have a Via 280 and always come across the same errors constantly.


only the manufacturer would know the answer to this question .no one here on fixya has their information .

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Why does my tom tom always say searching for valid gps signal


tomtom had a problem with this at one time, have you connected it to their website to download fixes?

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My tom tom one when i swith on the screen shows the sd card being removed from tom tom with a red cross across sd card.the sd card is in side .i can not past this screen or use gps how do i fix thanks


It is likely that the SD card (data) is corrupted. I'm assuming that it had previously worked properly.
Have you tried running a (fix) disk utility against your (internal disk or SD card) storage for the GPS ?
For instance, connect the GPS to your PC (Windows), and select (highlight) the (internal) "disk" on the GPS device. Under File - Properties, go to the Tools (tab) and run the "Error-Checking" option.
This utility may fix your data error.
If not, consider doing a restore (from backup) of your GPS disk storage.

Mar 24, 2013 | Tomtom One XL GPS Receiver

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My tom tom is not working there is no file in there by mistake i formate the tom tom


Oh dear.
Try contacting TT and see if they can send you the files (or they may want it back to do a restore).
Always back up your GPS before doing anything.

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Feb 15, 2011 | Tomtom ONE 3rd Edition GPS

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Tomtom go740 is always saying "searching for a valid satelite"


The Tom Tom will say searching for a satellite ... under several scenarios.

Place it in the dash of your vehicle in full unobstructed view of the sky. If there are many cell towers, power stations, TV or Radio antenna in the near vicinity, it is possible you may need to drive, or move it around a short distance until it can 'lock on' to a satellite. This can happen in very clustered city environments.

Also, when is the last time, if ever, (no worries I'm just looking for causes) you updated your Tom Tom? In my opinion, the Tom Tom requires more frequent updates (depending upon your performance results) which means going to your local store (discount, electronic, etc) and purchasing a card that is activated at the register, and then at home, typically through a USB cable, you will hook your Tom Tom up to a PC or laptop and at the Tom Tom site (or whenever the card you purchased directs you to) you will type in your code from the card and it will upgrade your Tom Tom to the latest data available, and potentially resolving the 'satellite not found issue.'

I do hope this resolves your problem, if it does I would love hear that from you. A testimonial is always a kind way to say thank you! If this did not resolve your problem, I will continue to assist you until a resolution is reached.

Thank You!


May 16, 2010 | Tomtom ONE XL GPS

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GPS not working now


try updating with the latest GPSfix updates via the tomtom home software

Jul 22, 2009 | Tomtom GO GPS Receiver

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Tom Tom is dead!


try using the reset button on back. u will need very small point e.g. pin or wire and insert it into small hole and press. always works for me!!!

Jun 20, 2008 | Tomtom ONE GPS Receiver

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Always "Waiting for GPS Signal"


The waiting for signal message just means it can’t get satellite reception where you are. you most likely need to utlize the Optional external GPS antenna. This is a common problem in the midwest and southwestern states. if this has happened since you bought it. the internal antenna couldve come loose. Which means you may have got a defective unit from the factory. But my guess is you just need to utilize the external antenna.


its like thinking of a cell phone and how some people dont always get a signal. now in gps it needs 3x the signal. with 1/8th of the communications satellites cell phones have.
so as more and more people get tom toms the harder it is for each unit to work, and less signal can be partitioned to your unit at the time of use. where as cell phones only need 2 towers, GPS needs 4 satellites.

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Direction of scroll while navigating


The Garmin units have three ways to view the map - 3D, 2D North Up or 2D Track Up. I believe the Tom Toms have just 2D or 3D. If you are asking if the Tom Toms can Track Up (which is what it sounds like you are asking), I believe the answer is no.

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Custom voices


You cannot customize the voices on this, or any other Garmin product of which I am aware. The Tom Tom Go 720 will allow you to record your own (or someone else's) voice on the unit (50 different phrases). However, any unit with the Text-to-Speech feature (which is what gives you the spoken street names) utilizes computerized voices to put the words together, which is why some sound "garbled." No unit does this better at this time. Tom Tom's pronunciations are, in my opinion, worse if anything (Branch instead of Bridge when abbreviated "Br", Crossing Island Parkway instead of Cross Island Parkway, etc.).

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