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My tom tom one europe is taking at least 5 mins to locate where it is at the start of a journey , at least 18 month old now , so well out of guarentee. Any clues on what I can do to fix it???

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You can try and install new maps and update the firmware, go to tomtom.com and put it the serial number it should let you download the new firmware for it, that's how i got mine fixed.

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