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GPS 196 will not pick up any satellites.

Turn it on and it shows the screen with the graph bars, which normally indicate satellites found. Used to work. Began dropping out occasionally during flight. Now it won't find satellites at all.


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SOURCE: Nuvi 660 fails to get satellites, resets don't help

Try this and see if it fixes your problem...first disable bluetooth then follow these steps.
1. Power off the unit.
2. HOLD down the power button and you will see "Pre Boot Mode" appear on the lower part of the display. KEEP HOLDING the power button down and the display will flicker, do this until the pre boot mode message disappears. This seems to take a long time (60 seconds at least).
3. Once the pre boot mode message disappears release the power button and your device will perform some activites to recover from the problem.

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SOURCE: No satellite signal pick up

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SOURCE: GPS won't pick up satellite reception.

Let's assume the unit is in good conditions. When you travel for more than 500 Kms the unit need more time to acquire the satellites, so the solution is to keep the unit on in a uncovered area for about 15 minutes.

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Osiris

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SOURCE: my garmin nuvi 360 just stopped picking up satellites

Please see this link:


http://www.sharc.net/gps_antenna_repair.htm


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My Nuvi 310 can't find satelites.I have re-booted several times but without any Joy.the re-boot also locked on the map display The Mall in London.!?


There are a few things you can try to restore satellite reception.

1. place your finger over the lower left-hand corner of the screen and hold it there
while pressing the on/off power button. Keep holding your finger there and a window should pop up asking if you want to go into maintenance mode. Select yes. There is an option called "clear user data". Select that option. It will not erase your favorites. It will however, erase any corrupted satellite data and will default you back to some factory settings. This will clear some of the memory allowing your Nuvi to collect new satellite data. Your Nuvi should reboot and it will ask you a couple questions like, timezone, language. Please select the proper settings.

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Here's another way to determine if your antenna has failed and will have to be replaced:

At the main menu, pres on the "wrench" symbol. Then press the "gear" symbol and then press "about". There is a field marked "GPS S/W". There should be a number next to it. It may be "2.9" or "3.0". That is good. That tells you that the main board in the GPS is communcating with the antenna receiver. If you see "0.0" then your antenna is defective and there's no way to repair it other than replace it.

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There is a known problem with the Nuvi antennas. Press the wrench icon, then the "gear" icon and then "about" and tell me what the GPS S/W field says. If it says a number like 2.9 or 3.0 that is good and tells me that the antenna is communicating with the main board. If it says 0.0 then the antenna is defective.

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